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  • International cooking and local mingling with Birthright Israel Next [RECIPE]

    By Jay Firestone

    February 18, 2010 | 5:10 pm

    In my family, women have historically dominated the kitchens.  My grandmother is an extraordinary baker.  My mother is a wiz at Shabbas meals. My oldest sister is the most phenomenal pastry chef I have ever encountered.  And my other sister is a serious force on the grill.

    But just... read on

  • Be Vewy Vewy Quiet

    By Rob Eshman

    February 17, 2010 | 4:01 pm

    We are wild, we are violent, we devour, defile, despise and destroy: that is man, unplugged.

    There’s a theory that religion developed to tame the beast.  By channelling mans natural impulses into positive forces that build and sustain society, religion keeps every human group from... read on

  • Guest Blogger: A Sustainable Deli?

    By Rob Eshman

    February 10, 2010 | 6:58 pm

    In 1984 I moved to Israel and lived there for two years.  One of the first people I met was an aspiring journalist named Ilana DeBare.  We worked on stories, met some of the same mildly shady Old City characters, hung out, and then eventually Ilana went back to the States for J... read on

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  • A Spiritual Pitstop at Pitfire Culver City

    By Rob Eshman

    February 7, 2010 | 2:22 pm

    You’re having a long contentious day.  At the end of it, you need to relax, regroup, grab some perspective, get in touch with your other Inner Self, the one that’s not angsty, nerve-wracked and short-fused.  Do you:

    a)  go to church/shul/mosque/Wiccan altar to pray
    b) ... read on

  • The in-Authentic Cafe

    By Rob Eshman

    February 4, 2010 | 4:24 pm

    There are two types of restaurants in the world: authentic and inauthentic.  Right now I’m sitting at one that’s right on the fence, and can go either way.

    I’ve been going to Surfas for 20 years.  I liked it better when it was a jumble of kitchen supplies and eclectic gourmet... read on

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