Would You Donate A Kidney? Renewal Can Help You and Somebody That Needs You

You will find on my blog a lot of product reviews, travel stories, and new foods. I love sharing that with you here. Another area that  love to write about is about organizations that give. There is one particular organization that is near and dear to my heart. Renewal you will learn more about that below). This organization is incredible and if you live in the New York area, you will want to attend their Third Annual Food & Wine Tasting Event with wines by Herzog Wine Cellars. Last year, I had the opportunity to attend this event with my husband and it was phenomenal. More than 500 people came out to celebrate an evening of Renewal at the TriBeCa Rooftop, located at 2 Desbrosses Street in New York. The event will take place at this beautiful location again on July 29, from 7pm-11pm. My husband and I made it our “date night” and we plan to do so every year from now on. Yes, we do go out on dates more often than that!  However, this was such an incredible event that it has become a part of our lives as well.


The ambiance is sophisticated and stylish while the views of NYC spectacular. The purpose behind this event is to benefit Renewal and all of the incredible work they do to save lives. The people behind this organization are very special. They are involved in each of these living donor transplantations, both physically and spiritually. They go to the hospital on the day of the surgery and they send out an email before each surgery with the names of both the donor and recipient with Tehillim (psalms) included. Does donating a kidney slow you down? Absolutely not! I know a mom in Canada that donated a kidney to her brother several years ago. She has since had 4 healthy children and trained for a few marathons as well. Amazingly, each of Renewal’s previous events have brought forth kidney donors that resulted in successful transplants. Renewal has facilitated over 200 living donor kidney transplants in the six years since its inception. I loved that these donors are recognized in a beautiful book. You never know, a kidney donation may be in your future? Learn more about Renewal at http://www.life-renewal.org. Interested in attending the event, please go to https://renewal.ticketbud.com/wine2013.





Finding Myself Friday: Food for Thought

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This past week was very busy and full. It started off with the very first Kosher Cupcake Bake-off, an event that I co-produced with SweetUP partner Abbey Wolin (Not2shabbey.com), Breezy Beckerman (breezyny.com), and Beth Rosen (Chicagonista.com and 4KeysMedia.com). Thank you all for making things happen. Event planning can be very stressful and tiring, especially for parents also working full-time and taking care of young children. Family is first, and being a mother and wife are my top priorities. I am so thankful that my husband and children gave me the extra five minutes, which often became fifty, while working on this event.

Once everything came together at Breezy’s beautiful store in Cedarhurst, NY, and over 100 people from just a few streets away to as far as New Jersey filled the room, I remembered why I work so hard on these events. The end result is always good. This event, an idea that came from the talented Beth Rosen, came to fruition in just five weeks. These things only happen when every member of the team is contributing what little extra time they have to make things happen. All of our time was donated to create this event and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Achiezer Hurricane Sandy Fund.

It was so nice to see the tremendous support from the community, which was a mixture of foodies, friends, and fans of everything cupcakes. Our special MC for the afternoon was Jamie Geller. In addition to being a mom of five children, she is the founder of the Kosher Media Network, Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine & JoyofKosher.com. Even though Jamie now lives in Israel with her family, she takes frequent trips to the USA for speaking engagements and press events. We were thrilled to have Jamie join our other impressive panel of judges including, Bobbie Lloyd, President and Operating Partner, Magnolia Bakery; Alessandra Rovati, an Italian food writer and lecturer and founder of dinnerinvenice.com; and Tamar Genger MA, RD Director of Digital Media for Kosher Media Network and Executive Editor for JoyofKosher.com. There was no shortage of sweet treats at the event, but I also want to thank Esti from Fruit Platters and More for supplying a beautiful platter of fresh fruit. She also donated the pomegranate seeds that our contestant used during the competition. Also, just as important, was the hip tunes sound system donated by the fab DJ Ben Black.

Check out some of the photos of the event from Lia Jay Photography and Heidi Schwartz.

The contestants were incredibly talented at their trade! They included Melissa Kaye of lilmisscakes.com, Faige Goldner of cupofcakenj.com, Michelle Goodman Frohlich of cakeabite.com, and Shira Perlman of DelightfullySweet.com. They all produced some of the most amazing looking, and tasting cucpakes, I have ever had. All of these cupcakes, from cake to frosting, were dairy free. Part of the fun in this event was the element of surprise. The contestants were sent a box of ingredients to use in their cupcakes earlier in the week. These ingredients included Cherry Heering Liqueur and Coffee Liqueur, King Arthur Flour, Fig Jam, and Balsamic Vinegar. They could either use all of them in one cupcake, or use them in three different cupcakes. For the icing on the cake, literally, the contestants had to pick three of the following ingredients: pomegranate seeds, lavender, cumin, cinnamon maple butter, apricot kernel oil and wild sweet orange Tazo tea. The theme that they had to create in their cupcakes was Purim. They had a total of 45 minutes to create their frosting from scratch and decorate their cupcakes.

Once the clock started, attendees watched as the contestants made their way to great creations. Breezy provided all of the tools and fondant a cupcake designer could desire. When their time was up, the contestants presented their cupcakes, all so inventive and festive. Once the judges had a chance to view and taste the three cupcakes from each contestant, they took a few minutes to make their decision. During this time, the winners of the raffle prizes were announced. The raffle prize sponsors included Joy of Kosher, Earth Balance, KitchenAidUSA, King Arthur Flour, Breezysny.com, Not2Shabbey.com, and Fairway Market.

The winner of the cupcake competition went to Cup of Cake NJ. Faige Goldner, with her baby in tow, created Fig Cupcakes with Pomegranate Cream Cheese Frosting. Faige’s cupcakes and winning recipe will be featured on joyofkosher.com and in the Shavuot issue of Joy of Kosher Magazine with Jamie Geller.
Feeling full from such a tremendous event, but not yet done for the week, I attended the 7th Annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience on Monday evening. This event was sold-out and 1700 people attended. I just loved running into some of the food personalities I met since I started my blog over four years ago. From Chef Jeff Nathan of Abigael’s to Nachum Segal of the Nachum Segal Show, it was an evening full of the leading personalities in the kosher food world. The food at this event was so beyond what most people think a kosher meal should be; move over matzo balls! Kosher food has influences from all of the countries that Jews have lived. We’ve been everywhere! For a complete listing of the food and wine, go to http://www.kfwe2013.com. Who knew?

As I now start my next diet, or is it I am picking up from the last one I was keeping? I am thankful for having a full week. Now, as Shabbos approaches along with a major winter storm named after a fish in a Disney film, #nemo, I am happy to also have a full tank of gas, a refrigerator of food, and a heart full of appreciation of what is on my plate.

Hanukkah Hangout Brings Bloggers Together for a Night of Giving, Crafting, Creating, and Sharing

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Right before the busy stream of Hanukkah events began, Jewish bloggers gathered together at the Hanukkah Hangout for a night of Giving, Crafting, Creating, and Sharing. The price for entry was a toy for families affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The evening started out with a welcome by Hanukkah Hangout co-hosts Jodi Samuels (jdeal and Metroimma) and Abbey Wolin and Esti Berkowitz (SweetUP). What better way to get better acquainted than using no more than 140 characters as the perimeters. The crowd of bloggers represented both traditional and online media. In traditional blogger event style, iPhones, Androids, and iPads shared the event as it was happening using the hashtag #hhangout. Once all of the introductions had been made, the bloggers started “creating”.

Abbey Wolin, SweetUP co-founder and founder of Not2Shabbey.com, gave a quick demonstration on how to take an ordinary piece of glass and make into something special. While some bloggers were with Abbey, the other bloggers competed in the Manischewitz Chanukah House Decorating Contest. Bloggers were split up into teams and created their own Chanukah House.

The bloggers were having so much fun creating and schmoozing that some of them did not get a chance to finish decorating their Chanukah Houses. However, the Chanukah Houses that were completed before the end of the evening were judged by a friend of our host for the evening. The decision was challenging, as each house had a unique and attractive design. The winning house was selected and the winners (Jessica Bernstein, Rafi Bernstein, and Gloria Kobrin) took home this beautiful kosher Godiva Chocolate package as their prize.


Thank you to the sponsor of this prize package, LeChocolatier, http://www.lechocolatieronline.com/sweet-holiday-planter.html. You can also save 10% on your order by using the code hhangout when you check out!

The winning house!


The neighborhood of Chanukah Houses created at our event


Not to worry, each Chanukah House is still eligible to win the Manischewitz Chanukah House contest. All photos can be uploaded easily to the Manischewitz Facebook page up until December 15th. Who couldn’t use an extra $500 this year? Besides, it is a lot of fun and a great activity for a Hanukkah party!

Manischewitz also has a fun Chanukah Cookie Decorating kit that your kids will just love. Just make sure they use their fingers to spread on the icing, not to eat it. Yes, this is the mission impossible!


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Thanks again to all of our wonderful bloggers that came out to join us for the evening! Also, thanks to all of our fantastic bloggers that were tweeting and facebooking along with us that evening.

This holiday, consider giving back to those that suffered from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. Many, many families have been affected and finding the extra time and money to give their children a gift this holiday season has had to take a back seat. Now, we can all help make this holiday special for them.

All toys collected from this event were donated to Achiezer.org.

Why My Husband Should Enter The 7th Annual Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-Off

He has nothing to lose but everything to gain! Have you seen the Grand Prizes? What’s a wife not to like; $25,000 Grand Price Package Including Maytag Appliances! Not to mention cash, and expense paid trip and a beautiful crystal trophy! I know he can do this!

The official opening of this contest was last Monday and entries will be accepted up until February 4, 2012. We won’t even need to make travel arrangements to get to the cook-off; this year, the contest will be held at the Manischewitz® Manufacturing Plant and Headquarters in Newark, NJ!

I love that this Cook-Off encourages at-home chefs (like my dear husband) to experiment with kosher products while preparing delicious recipes. Have I mentioned how happy I am that I married a man that can cook!

So, dear husband, if you are reading my blog, all you have to do is go to www.manischewitz.com, and click on the Cook-Off Banner to submit your recipe. I know you are quick in the kitchen, especially those Rosh Hashanah meals you make in minutes. Good news,  the recipe must adhere to Kosher guidelines, be prepared in under an hour, and have no more than 9 ingredients. Out of those 9 ingredients, one of them must include the Manischewitz® All-Natural broth flavors-new Turkey, Chicken, Reduced Sodium Chicken, Beef and Vegetable, plus one additional Manischewitz® product. You recipe will be judged and if you make it, four finalists will be chosen by the judging panel and five semi-finalists will be posted on http://www.manischewitz.com/ from February 21stth through February 28th  allowing anybody to vote online to select the five finalists.

Please save the date of March 21st 2013, you may be competing live along with four other finalists at the Manischewitz® Manufacturing Plant and Headquarters in Newark, NJ. You will be preparing your recipe in front of a live panel of judges consisting of food media and other culinary experts. Remember the grand prize package includes Maytag® appliances, cash, expense paid trip and a beautiful crystal trophy.

If you win, you will be in great company. Over the years, more than 10,000 people nationwide, of all ages and all walks of life, have entered the competition. Past winners include: Eric Silberman, from Lincolnwood, IL with hisMod Matzo Ball Soup;Stuart Davis, from Cherry Hill, NJ with his Chicken and Egg Donburi; Sarah Freedman-Izquierdo of Miami Beach, Florida with her Mandarin Dumpling Soup; Amy Siegel from Clifton, NJ with her Marvelous Mediterranean Falafel Sliders; Joy Devor of Rockaway, NY with her Fantastic Flounder Rolls and Candace McMenamin from Lexington, SC with her Sweet Potato Encrusted Chicken.

You know how much I love Jewish History and Jewish Geography? Additionally, the cook-off raises awareness regarding Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), a national month of recognition of the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. The Manischewitz Company is the founding sponsor of JAHM, and works with the JAHM steering committee to drive awareness of events and programs. Updates on JAHM are available on www.jahm.us and will continue through the end of JAHM on May 31, 2013.

Honey, it is time to get inspired! I know you can create an original recipe using any of the new Manischewitz broths, check them out at http://www.manischewitz.com/.

Do you know somebody that would love to enter this contest? Here is some more information on how they can enter!

How it works

U.S. residents 18 or older are invited to submit an original, easy-to-prepare entrée using any flavor of new Manischewitz Broth product. Recipes should have no more than a total of eight ingredients and be prepared and cooked in one hour or less. For official contest details log onto www.manischewitz.com, complete the official entry form and submit your recipe online or by mail. Entries must be received by February 4, 2013. Four finalists will be selected by a panel of judges and one finalist will be selected during the online people’s choice vote from February 14-28, 2013. Five contestants will compete live in New York City in front of a panel of live judges on March 21, 2013.

I would just love, LOVE, a new kitchen!!! This would stop all of my kvetching you know!!

Waiting for Sandy


I feel like waiting for Sandy is like waiting for somebody to give birth. The wind gusts are like contractions, each one stronger than the next. Each one getting us closer to the arrival of a baby.Not really. Today, we wait for the arrival of the #superstorm! Sandy, a real HER-icane.

While waiting for Sandy, the kids are home from school and inside the house. We all love being outside, but today is not one of those days. I actually went out today with a friend to find a Starbucks coffee. This would be the last one until the #superstorm is over and done. The usual Starbucks I go to was not open, as were the other 3 I drove by earlier this morning. However, from the news, this is a storm that could cause a lot of damage. I only pray that people will be safe and get the help they need.

I am glad that a I had the chance to go out with a very close friend of mine this past Saturday night. Where to go? Now that I know about this cool, free app, Kosher GPS, there is no question. Here I am sitting with my friend’s phone and the app!

el bomba. This is the most amazing eggroll I have ever tasted, which includes: avocado, sun dried tomato, wrapped in a cruncy eggroll and a side of tequilla lime sauce!

Since my friend is not a fan of raw sushi, we went for a cooked roll. Godzilla: Tuna, yellow tail, kani, battered, and tempura.

Dessert was incredible. Hot chocolate cake and parve ice cream.

Speaking of dessert, I think I am going to bake some cookies. Be safe all!

Illinois Native Wins The 6th Annual Manischewitz Cook-Off With “Mod” Matzo Ball Soup

When I started my blog in 2009, there were a few Kosher food brands that I wanted to build a relationship with; Manischewitz was at the top of my list. While at Kosherfest 2010, I met the marketing team behind the new face of Manischewitz and we have been good friends ever since. I was at the Maniscehwitz Cook-Off the past two years, but this year I was unable to attend and see all my Manischewitz friends. I did receive a wonderful box of Manischewitz kosher for Passover products. The Manischewitz brand has really made an effort to provide healthy, gluten-free food options. You don’t have to be Jewish to love them either. Now, here is what Shira saw and tasted at the 6th Annual Manischewitz Cook-Off. 


Contributed by Shira Frager

 The sounds of sizzling vegetables and boiling broth filled a cozy room of Manhattan’s JCC on March 28 as contestants prepared their dishes to be presented to judges for the 6th annual Manischewitz Cook-off competition. Continue reading

Super Bowl Nosh

Not up to making a Super Bowl feast today, check otu some of these Super Bowl Restaurant Specials around the US. Thanks to our friends at Great Kosher Restaurants Magazine for making this information available. 



Super Bowl Special: 10% off on all take-out sushi platters. And click here for exclusive pictures of their new renovation

Clubhouse Cafe
Click here for their Super Bowl menu specials and
be sure to stop by to watch the game on their large screen TVs

Eden Wok

Click here for their Super Bowl Specials:
Dozen Buffalo Wings – $2.99 / Chinese Hot Dog – .99 each
Sushi – 50% off.

Eighteen Restaurant
Assorted Sushi Platter, Franks in the blanket, Moroccan Cigars
Israeli Salads: Humus, Matbucha, Tahini and Babaganoush
Guacamole, Assorted Deli Sandwich Platter, Coleslaw and Pickles
5 person minimum: $100 / Package for 10 @ $200 


Meat Me
Click here for their Super Bowl Party menu, including sandwich platters, crudites platter, hors d’oeuvres platters, sushi platters

Mendy’s 34th 

Click here for their Super Bowl take out special
In House $40 All-You-Can-Eat & Drink Buffet (34th Street only)
· Multi-foot long Heroes, Buffalo Wings, Hot ‘N’ Spicy Fingers
· Cole Slaw, Pickles, Israeli Salad
· Bottled Beer (Amstel , Corona, Heineken) & Soda  


Mr. Broadway

Click here for their Super Bowl Packages, for as low as $149.95

Super Bowl Specials:
Sushein Burger & Beer – $28  / Chicken Wings & Beer $18

Watch the game on their Large Screen TV
*Special Chefs Super Bowl Sushi on conveyor belt during the game


Talia’s Steakhouse 

Talia’s offers a fine selection of finger food along with some American / Middle Eastern style favorites: wings, burgers, fries, onion rings, spare ribs, wraps, hummus, falafel and more! 

Specials on drinks: BEER: $4; COCKTAILS: $8; SHOTS: $4
Great atmosphere and friendly with large screen TV.

Catering packages available.  For more details, click here.


Village Crown/Esprit Events 

Click here for their catering package, for as low as $30 pp




Carlos & Gabby’s
Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $250+ tax



Eden Wok
Click here for their Super Bowl specials



Carlos & Gabby’s 

Click here for their Super Bowl packages
12 person package now includes a 3 ft. hero
20 person package now includes a 6 ft. hero 

China Glatt
Click here for their catering specials, $99 for 8 people


El Gaucho Glatt 

Click here for their Party Menu for $13.95pp


Essen NY Deli
Click here for their Super Bowl packages, as low was $110.
Order by January 31st and get 10% off your order 

Glatt ala Carte
Click here for their Party “By The Tray” Menu,
including Deli and Sushi Platters
* Save 5% if you order by Thursday, Feb. 2


On the Grill
Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $49.99

Subsational (all locations)
Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $99

Sushi Tokyo
Click here for their Super Bowl special- 10% off sushi platters 




Holy Schnitzel
Click here for their Super Bowl packages


King David Deli 

Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $150.  
They will also be showing the game in the restaurant on their big screen TV.  All-you-can-eat menu for $19.95 (excludes tax or tip). Reserve by January 31st and get the buffet for $17.
Large groups welcome.  Space is limited, reserve now.


Prime Bistro  

They will have the game on their large screen TV’s with special Super Bowl packages.  Inquire within.


Simply Sushi Catering 

Order your sushi platters for the Super Bowl and get a free plate of Sushi Poppers with your order!

 *Special applies only to a Specialty or Supreme Sushi Platter.

Applies to any of their locations in Cedarhurst, Queens, Manhattan or Brooklyn. Available, for catering and corporate parties.


Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $179.95



Dougie’s BBQ
Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $139



Sushi Metsuyan
Click here for their Super Bowl take out menu, for as low as $169




Ariel’s of Englewood

A reminder for those who are home for Yeshiva break that plain family size pies are $9.99 ALL THE TIME! Great for the Super Bowl.  Available on Saturday Nights and Sundays.   


Dougie’s BBQ (Teaneck)
Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $139

Fish of the C’s (Teaneck) 

We love this promotion…so look for it during the Super Bowl.

When the GIANTS SCORE, they sell $1 Appetizers*

*$1 appetizers are only available to customers dining with them or calling in for take out. You have 5 minutes to call in for a $1 appetizer. Choose any of the following – Any fish popper, onion rings, or crab nuggets. $1 appetizer only valid with the purchase on any Entree Item or Catch of the day.

*Two  appetizer limit per table/party, or per take out order. Must order within 5 minutes of touchdown


Smokey Joe’s BBQ (Teaneck)  

Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $139



Down to Earth Restaurant (Allenhurst/Deal)

Watch the big game on their big screen TV’s and surround sound

Delicious All You Can Eat Buffet & Sushi Bar – $26pp
Salads – Wraps – Fish – Finger Food – Chips & Dips, etc.

656 Ocean/Stingers Bar (Long Branch) 

Super Bowl Sunday – All you can eat buffet, to include:

Marinated Baby Chicken, Philly Steak, Chili, Wings,
Sesame Tenders, French Fries, Onion Rings, Sliders, Hot Dogs,plus all the breads and toppings. All soft drinks included.

$35 per ticket to enter / $45 game day to enter.

Watch the game on 11 HD flat screens, with 6 draft beers on tap and a full bar. The only kosher sports bar in NJ.



Chai Wok
Click here for their Super Bowl catering packages, as low as $99
Watch the game on their Giant 65″ inch Screen TV and enjoy their All-You-Can-Eat Deluxe Buffet- $21.95 adults, $10.95 kids. Sports Trivia & Raffles at each quarter! Sushi platters available.

Before Game Special – 5% off (must order 1 day prior to kickoff)


House of Dog: Dogs n’ Beer

Dogz Super Bowl Party Special- $40 for 2 Dogz, Wings, Fries,
3 Beers

A Little Make-Up Goes A Long Way


Make-Up Room at the Rachel Ray Show

We all know that traveling with kids can be draining, both physically and mentally. How come my parents never looked drained in their vacation pictures? In the 1960s, people actually dressed-up to go on to the airport and board an airplane. I’ve seen the pictures. My mom wore lipstick and her hair looked beautiful. My dad wore a tie and his hair was combed nice and neat. When visiting my in-laws, or even my own mother, I apply make-up just before we arrive at their homes! Nobody wants to show up looking as tired as they really feel, right?

Is this a common theme in motherhood? Add a husband to the mix (no offense, darling) and looking all together before heading out the door is “mission impossible”. Just when I felt like my makeup days were over, I was introduced to the perfect make-up for me. Yes, it is kosher too! In today’s world, kosher is a term known to represent items that are “pure” as well. I can definitely say that about ShainDee Cosmetics. Not only do I love their colors, this make-up is hypoallergenic and fragrance free.

I tried out the mineral foundation in light. It really did feel “lite” and went on like silk. Formulated from elements derived from earth minerals, these powders scatter light. They leave no greasy shine, no cakey texture-just the glow of natural beauty. They also provide natural protection from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and water resistant. This is ideal for summer, especially when taking the kids from the park to the pizza store. I also love that the mineral foundation can cover and help calm inflammation from acne and rosacea. I may be well out of my teen years, but I still have some skin issues “pop-up” once and awhile (must be stress). This is also something good for my PrimeTimePregnancy readers experiencing a surge in hormones!

Something very, very special about Shaindee Cosmetics is that it can be applied on Shabbat (day of rest). How? Shabbat is a day of rest. We all know about “rest” from using obvious modern appliances; tv, internet, automobile, washing machines, and cell phones. I have included this video from ShainDee Cosmetics about the laws of applying make-up on Shabbat.

ShainDee has information on these issues and I want to share them with you in this post. In fact, the make-up I received for review came with complete Shabbat Cosmetics Instructions. Shabbat cosmetics may only be used within the following Halachic (Jewish Law) guidelines, in accordance with the opinion of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein zt’l*. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein was a very learned Rabbi that studied Jewish Law. Here are instructions for using make-up on Shabbat.

  1. Face must be dry and clean from any other makeup. Spray Shabbat moisturizer (also sold by ShainDee Cosmetics) and allow to dry before applying any Shabbat makeup.
  2. You cannot blend two colors together to create a new shade.
  3. You must use a separate brush for every color and loose poser so you are not blending two colors. No sponges, applicators or fingers may be used. ShainDee Cosmetics has brushes that are custom made to enable the beset results.
  4. You can reapply the same color with its own brush as often as you like. You may not apply Shabbat makeup onto non-Shabbat makeup (applied before Shabbat).
  5. You can remove makeup with liquid makeup remover or wash your face with the cleanser only (without cotton balls/swabs or pre-soaked pads).. Rinse off with water, dry with a paper, and then with a towel.*Although Rabbi Moshe Heinermann does not rely on the opinion of those who permit the use of makeup on Shabbat, he has tested these makeups and has determined that they meet the guidelines of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein for Shabbat and Yom Tov use for women who rely on Rabbi Feinstein’s opinion.

I also like that ShainDee has instructions on using these makeup products during the weekdays as well. For example, the mineral foundation. During the week, I can apply in a circular motion with a kabuki brush (suggested and sold by ShainDee). During Shabbat, mineral foundation is applied around the blush (this does not cause blending, which is prohibited on Shabbat).

That’s not all. The Star-K has reviewed the ingredients of these products and has determined that many of them are chometz (wheat) free. For many Observant Jews, make-up with any chometz is prohibited during Passover (by the way, Passover is on Saturday evening, April 7, 2012). If there is any doubt about make-up products and if they contain chometz, there is a full list of chometz free products at www.star-k.org. Can a make-up that is Kosher look good as well?

If you are looking for a new makeup that is good for your skin, I would highly suggest ShainDee Cosmetics. I love that these products are affordable, hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and Shabbat friendly. They are easy to use also. Here is a video of CEO and Founder of ShainDee Cosmetics, Shaindy Kelman with some very easy to follow instructions. 

Disclaimer: I received the Shabbat Kit to try out ShainDee Cosmetics and other products to write this review. These opinions are my own.

First Night of Chanukah: Celebrate The Miracle With Jewish Food From Around the Web

I can’t believe tonight is the first night of Chanukah, or is it Hannukah, or Hanukah?? However you spell it, this is one of my favorite Jewish holidays. Not only because it is so rich in meaning (and the food is rich too, oy) and symbolism. Who else would eat vats of oil for 8 days straight!! Lite, baked,or fried, this holiday can help us all see the miracles around us every day. Especially if we don’t gain inches!! So, let’s get this party started with some good Jeiwsh food!

If your Jewish holiday cooking book is falling a part, or has to much caked-on (what is that?) flour to see an entire recipe, I can help. I have included some links that you will find helpful in preparing a festive and delicious feast (sans cookbook) for your friends and family. I already feel guilty because I may have left somebody off this list. Please let me know if you have stumbled upon a great Chanukah recipe or blog that I could share with my readers. Continue reading

Creating A Thanksgiving Feast Has Never Been Easier

Online Recipes Have It All

I have compiled a list of great online resources to help you find Thanksgiving recipes from the comfort of your own pc or mobile phone! Some of my favorites include: Levana Cooks, KosherStreet, CookKosher, Koshereye.com, and JoyofKosher.com.

Not in the mood to cook this Thanksgiving? Check out this list of Kosher restaurants that I received from Great Kosher Restaurants.



Click here for their Thanksgiving A La Carte menu 

Eighteen Restaurant

Click here for their Thanksgiving pre-fix menu at just $29.99! Let them cook for you & your family!
Appetizer: Choice of Israeli salad or Chicken Soup w/noodles
Main: Turkey w/gravy, Stuffing, Mashed Potato, Cranberry Delight, Assorted Grilled Vegetables
Dessert: Choice of Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Pie
Beverage: (non alcohol) included
The regular menu will also be available and they can deliver a Thanksgiving meal to your home.

Meat Me

Click here for their Thanksgiving Prix Fix menu – $39.95pp 

Mendy’s 34th Street

Click here for their Thanksgiving Dine In menu ($29.95pp), Children’s menu ($19.95pp) and Delivery menu ($149.95 for 10 people and $199.95 for 15 people) 

Milk Street Cafe Click hereto order your Thanksgiving-to-Go meals. No Stress. Impress your guests.

Order the perfect meal from catering for pick up on Wall St Wednesday or delivery in Manhattan.

Prime Grill

Click here for their Thanksgiving A La Carte Dinner & Dessert menu

Prime Ko

Click here for their Thanksgiving Dessert menu


They will have Thanksgiving Specials. 

Talia’s Steakhouse

Click here for all their Thanksgiving details and menus.

Enjoy a wholesome Thanksgiving traditional meal – all Glatt Kosher and top it off with delicious pumpkin pie or homemade chocolate souffle with vanilla ice cream. 3 pre-paid prix fixe menu options – $28, $38, $55 per person CLICK HERE.

Kids (10 & under): 30% off regular options or special prix-fixe menu $25pp. CLICK HERE.

You may choose different prix fixe menu options on the same table. Six sittings during the day – suitable to accommodate anyone’s holiday plans.Special seats for singles. Families welcome.

They can also cater the celebration at your house from start to finish (including clean-up).

Wolf and Lamb Steakhouse

Click here for their Thanksgiving 4 Course Prix Fixe Dinner with Wine ($69 pp + tax & tip)
as well as their upcoming Wolf & Lamb Events. Note that they will be offering their Thanksgiving menu a la carte and their regular menu will be available as well from 12pm-10pm. 


Bistro 1310

3 Course Prix Fixe Thanksgiving menu – only $29.99 (Includes Salad or Soup, Turkey with all the trimmings & Dessert with Coffee or Tea – excludes tax & tip)

China Glatt

During the Week of Thanksgiving enjoy their 3 Course Combo Dinner – only $23.95.

1) Crispy egg-roll & fried won ton, topped with sweet ‘n sour sauce;

2) Soup of the day or our special Ceaser salad;

Choice of:

3A) Garlic Steak, Hunan Chicken & Fried Rice

3B) Beijing Beef & Chicken Lo-Mein

3C) On Thurs 11/25 – Traditional Turkey Dinner with free dessert

And Enter to Win a Free Chanukah Party from China Glatt (value approx $200)

Email your name to: Raffle@ChinaGlattOnline.com

Dougie’s BBQ

Serving Turkey dinner along side their regular menu

El Gaucho Glatt

Free glass of wine with your meal for Thanksgiving. Free desert when you mention
“Great Kosher Restaurants” with your entree.

Essen NY Deli
Click here for their Thanksgiving menu and packages. Including their Dine in Special of $27.95 pp, Dinner to Go for 2 at $49.95 and Thanksgiving to Go for 10-12 people at $185

Glatt ala Carte
Click here for their Thanksgiving menu – 4 Course menu with beverage – $44.95 (plus tax & tip)

T Fusion Steakhouse

Click here for their Thanksgiving A LA Carte menu and Prix Fixe menu ($47pp)

Tea for Two Lite

Click here for their Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Menu ($35pp)


Bistro Grill

Click here for their Thanksgiving Prix Menu – $37.95

Cho-Sen Island

Click here for their Thanksgiving menu & packages- Complete Dinner – $30.95, A La Carte- $23.95, Children Under 12: Turkey Dinner $17.95

King David

Special Thanksgiving menu (3 course turkey dinner for $22.95) in addition to their regular menu. Reservations are strongly recommended. They have take-home packages as well.


Smokey Joe’s Tex-Mex BBQ

Whether you want a traditional roast turkey, their delicious Smoked Turkey, their Southern Fried Turkey or their new Drunken Turkey, they talk turkey at Smokey Joe’s.
Click here for their Thanksgiving A La Carte Menu and packages (as low as $239 serves 10-12)

Nobo Wine & Grill

Beside their full ala carte dinner menu, they’ll have a Thanksgiving 3 course prix fixe dinner-$40pp

Butternut Squash Soup or Salad of Mixed Baby Greens

Roast Turkey ( a mix of white and dark meat ) with all the trimmings

Triple Chocolate Mousse Torte OR Pumpkin Tart


Max & David’s

Max & David’s will be open the following days this week:

Wednesday, Nov. 23 – Lunch, 11:30am – 2:30pm / Dinner, 5pm – 9pm

Friday, Nov. 25 – Lunch, 11:30am – 2pm, Saturday, Nov. 26 – 8pm – 11pm

Sunday, Nov. 27* – Brunch, 10:30am – 1:30pm / Dinner, 4pm – 9pm

*Max & David’s will have the Philadelphia Eagles game on in the back room.

They will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24.


41 on the Bay

* They will be open Thanksgiving from 5PM to 9PM with their regular restaurant menu. They will serve as a special Entree: Roasted Turkey with a Pomegranate Merlot Glaze and served with Caramelized Sweet Potatoes & Butternut Squash.
Lul Grill Cafe
Click here for their Thanksgiving To-Go Menu – $149 for 7 people

Rare Steakhouse

Make it a RARE Thanksgiving – $36 Turkey Special…Sushi…Steak…Specialty Cocktails.
Call for reservations.


Hy Life Bistro

They are once again having their Spectacular Thanksgiving Buffet serving wonderful traditional fare–turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberries, sweet and sour meatballs, wild rice, plus more!
And to finish it off, pumpkin pie! Includes unlimited soft drinks, coffee and tea.
Adults: $39.95 plus tax (9.5%) and gratuity (18%)

Children aged 4-12: $18.95 plus tax (9.5%) and gratuity (18%); Children aged 3 and under: Free

Seatings every half hour, starting at 3:00pm until 6:30pm. Click here for more details.

*And don’t forget, for your convenience, they now take credit cards.

Shallots Bistro

Click here for their 5 course Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Dinner Menu- Seating from 11am-9pm

Cost: *$79 per adult and $35 per child (12 & under)**

Early Bird Thanksgiving Special:

Reserve from 11am–33:30 and save. Their turkey special is the same succulent 5 course Prix Fixe for only *$65 per adult and $25 per child (12 & under)**.
This Turkey Can Fly – Looking to serve a delicious, home cooked Thanksgiving dinner to your friends and family in your home? They can help! They’ll cater our meal any number of your nearest and dearest. They’ll think you cooked for days. They promise, they won’t tell them!

* Reservations are required. Price excludes tax & tip ** Kids 3 & under eat free with adult meal


Eilat Bakery
Click here for their wide selection of Thanksgiving Parve & Dairy Pies. Selection includes: Pumpkin, Apple, Cherry, Blueberry, Peacan and Pumpkin Cheesecake. For special orders, please contact Rebecca at 213-798-7432.

La Gondola

Join them, from 1pm-8pm for their 18th year serving Thanksgiving Day – click here for their holiday menu ($41pp, Kids from 4-11, $29pp). Dinning in and are not a Turkey lover but a meat lover? Choose from Brisket or Prime Rib for your entree. They even have something for the Vegetarian and Fish lover.

La Seine Bar & GrillClick herefor their Thanksgiving menu

Pat’s Restaurant

Click here for their Thanksgiving Prix Fix Menu & Order Form (Adults $47pp, Kids Under 12- $29pp, Kids Under 5- $15pp)

The Kitchen Table

TKT will be open from 11am-7pm with a special Thanksgiving menu . Please note their regular menu will not be available that day. They are also offering take out for a complete Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. Please place your order by November 22th and pick up on November 24th between 11am and 3pm. For more information please visit their website or contact Kathleen at (650) 390-9388.

On Friday, November 25th, TKT will be open from 11am-3pm serving their brunch menu. They will also be offering their regular Shabbat Take Out. On Sunday, November 27th, TKT will be serving their brunch menu from 10:30am-2pm, and their regular dinner menu from 5pm-9pm.

Tierra Sur at Herzog Winery

Join them for a home-style Thanksgiving feast, from their family to yours from 12pm to 5pm. Select from enticing dishes, served with mouthwatering trimmings to pass round the table and enjoy together. Build three courses from masterful creations, made from only farm fresh ingredients. $65 per person plus tax, 18% gratuity and beverage; Children (12 and under) $35

Menu Items Include:
* Portobello mushroom soup with Meyer lemon gremolata
* Endive, watercress and fuyu persimmon salad with toasted hazel nut vinaigrette
* Maple glazed roasted turkey breast and smoked turkey sausage, cremini mushroom gravy and quince cranberry dressing
* Apple cider and ancho chili braised beef short ribs
* Pumpkin upside down cake with frozen pumpkin gelato
* Apple cider brandy sorbet with Fuji apple beignet
*Menu subject to change

November 25th, 27th & December 4th
They are offering some great savings, just in time for the holiday season! Stock up on gifts and wine in time for all of your holiday parties and presents with these fantastic offers:

This offer is valid for in-store purchases of Eagles Landing Syrah 2005, Herzog Special Reserve
Zin Gris 2005, Herzog Special Reserve Syrah 2005, Baron Herzog Chardonnay 2008, Waterford Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Waterford Syrah 2004, Red by W 2009, White by W 2009 & Pink by W 2009
**Offer may not be combined with any other offer, promotion or discount.