Kosher restaurant Asher Caffe and Lounge is being accused of neighborhood gentrification by protesters in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. Boyle Heights has been a hotspot for gentrification protests lately, but the newest target of activist ire isn’t your usual overpriced, artisanal coffee shop. In fact, Asher Caffe is kosher.
Growing up, one of the most egregious kitchen crimes my mother ever committed was cooking hot dogs and chopping them up into our Shabbat cholent.
New York is the city that never sleeps. It’s a place where bagels and babka can flourish, where people can go for a whitefish salad at any time of day or night. But for an enterprising food editor like me, it’s sometimes hard to keep my eye of Sauron on all the Jewish food happenings in New York. And that’s where this new project comes in.
The title of a new essay collection telegraphs you’re in for a bumpy ride. And Unholy Land: An Unconventional Guide to Israel (Repeater Books) delivers, with punchy, unfiltered writing from young Israeli scribes like actor Rana Werbin, novelist Reuven Miran, and social critic David Sorotzkin. On the menu: Sex, drugs, and - since this is Israel - politics instead of rock ‘n’ roll.