Jewish Journal

  • The Young Married Man and the Sea

    By Rob Eshman

    August 4, 2009 | 1:28 am

    My wife woke up on the first morning of our honeymoon, turned to my
    side of the bed, and I was gone.

    That’s what they call a sign.

    We were staying at an inn on the Mendocino coast.  It was a romantic
    Victorian pile, perched on a cliff a hundred yards above a rocky
    beach.  Our... read on

  • Los Angeles: BEST DELI TOWN

    By Rob Eshman

    July 24, 2009 | 7:03 pm

    I just got a peek inside David Sax’s new book, “Save the Deli,“ due out Oct. 19, and can report that it is official: L.A. is the best deli city in America.

    Bite that, New York.

    Flip to Chapter 10 of Sax’s fanatically researched, snappily-written tome, whose full title is... read on

  • Shtiebels with Coffee

    By Rob Eshman

    July 24, 2009 | 6:15 pm

    A shteibel is a small neighborhood synagogue.  You pronounce it to rhyme with “Weeble”—it’s as cozy and cute. Every religion has its shteibel.  Walk the narrow streets of the Old City of Jerusalem and you’ll see tiny rooms where sock-clad men kneel in prayers to Allah.  Rome is... read on

  • Good As (Jonathan) Gold

    By Rob Eshman

    July 23, 2009 | 8:56 pm

    I give myself credit for very little in this world, but I will take it for discovering Jonathan Gold before the Pulitzer committee did.

    Gold is The L.A. Weekly food writer who received journalism’s highest award—aside from the Rockower, of course—in 2007, the first food writer... read on

  • Food Section Meditations

    By Rob Eshman

    July 22, 2009 | 7:09 pm

    Wednesday is Food Section day—one of the holiest days of the week.

    For me the observance of Food Section day began in 1982, when I graduated college and moved into a room in a crumbling Victorian pile in in San Francisco.  Now the neighborhood is fashionably called the Lower Haight.... read on

  • God and the Gastrosexual

    By Rob Eshman

    July 20, 2009 | 5:10 pm

    I learned a new word this week: gastrosexual. That’s a straight man whose knowledge of food and proficiency in the kitchen makes him attractive to women. A gastrosexual is a metrosexual who doesn’t decorate.  A man might know many things—how to please a woman in bed, how to... read on

  • Bruno and the World’s Best Hummus

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 2009 | 8:14 pm

    If you can get past the thousand swinging penises, bare bottoms and endless dildos that fill most of the screen in Bruno, you can appreciate creator Sacha Baron Cohen’s genius for wrapping biting social commentary in fully-realized comic moments.  What I’m talking about is... read on

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