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Cake Pops in D.C. and All the Week’s Hot Dish

Washington’s cake (pop) boss made these.

Here’s one to watch: Haley Raphael is the 23-year-old founder of , which specializes in push-up cake pops inspired by classic ice-cream pops. Washington Jewish Week reports she’s already receiving franchise requests from around the world; at the moment, she’s a very busy one-woman show out of an incubator kitchen in D.C.

The photos of her colorful pops on Instagram look pretty darned irresistible.

Grilled Israeli Goodies at Hester Nights Food Festival

Hester Nights, the food festival inside the courtyard of Midtown’s Eventi hotel, is back, says Grubstreet. And one of the star vendors is Bisska, which grills Israeli- and Mediterranean-inspired food over charcoal.

Think shortrib with harissa glaza and salad of enoki mushrooms, budding chives and cilantro over za’atar laffa bread. Yum.

Taste of Kosher Clover

Clover, the popular Boston-area vegetarian chain, is going kosher. The company was founded by the non-Jewish Ayr Muir.

In a blog post titled This Is What Kashering Looks Like, Muir explains:

“I was raised going to a small New England brick congregationalist church a couple of towns over from where I grew up. But I’ve wanted Clover to be Kosher for a long time. I had a colleague at McKinsey who kept fairly strict Kosher, and I was shocked what a nightmare it was for her to try to find food she could eat. I have no idea how many people in Boston keep Kosher, but I want Clover to be accessible to everybody and I started thinking about getting Kosher certification a long time ago.”

Wexler’s on the Move?

Wexler’s, the very cool little deli inside L.A.’s Grand Central Market, may be opening a second location. Eater says the Wexler’s crew is scouting for a second spot. No details yet, but we’ll be following the story — along with every deli-lover on the West Coast…

Another One Bites the Dust

Cue up that old Queen song; another Jewish deli has shuttered.

Miller’s East Coast Delicatessen in San Rafael, California, shut its doors last week after just three years.

Owner Robby Morgenstein also has stopped supplying the Marin County JCC with grab-and-go items such as sandwiches, baked goods and matzo ball soup, J Weekly reports.

Morgenstein’s San Francisco location will stay open.

Plant-Based Pastrami

Maybe the future of the deli resides at places like Atlas Meat-Free Delicatessen, a stand at Hollywood, Florida’s, Yellow Green Farmer’s Market.

Owner Ryan Bauhaus just introduced the Rachel on Rye — six ounces of vegan pastrami and cheese topped with German and Latin sauerkraut and Atlas’ signature mustard, all layered on Jewish rye and served with a dill pickle.

A friend “begged” Bauhaus to create a vegan sandwich “that reminded him of a Jewish deli,” says the Broward/Palm Beach New Times.

Michael Kaminer is a contributing editor at the Forward.

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