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  • East of Western— a Kosher Cornucopia

    By Edmon J. Rodman

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Kosher east of Western? Out here on the edge of the eruv that runs along Western Avenue (the pole-top strung boundary that allows traditional Jews to carry on Shabbat), I live with my family in an old area of Los Angeles a few miles west of downtown called Country Club Park. It's...

  • Briefs

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Iran Admits Supplying Spy Drones

    The London-based newspaper A-Sharq al-Awsat quoted an Iranian Revolutionary Guard officer as saying the Lebanese militia received eight drones in August. On Monday, Hezbollah sent one drone on a 10-minute sortie over northern Israel, worrying the...

  • Seattle—Kosher Mecca of Northwest

    By David J. Litvak

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In the past, the dynamic and innovative Pacific Northwestern city of Seattle has been associated with Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, The Pike Street Market, The Space Needle and grunge bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana.

    Today, the city can boast of having a stunning new downtown...

  • Chabad Cafe Makes Waves in Malibu

    By Evan Pondel

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The recently mounted mezuzah on the front door of a soon-to-be opened restaurant in Malibu is symbolic for many reasons.

    It marks the first kosher eatery to open in the seaside community. It also symbolizes Chabad of Malibu's first foray into mainstream life in a city of surfers and...

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  • A Taste of Tunisia Comes to Melrose

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Cedric Marmet lived in Paris, he watched the crowds line up outside Place L'entrecote, a famous tiny restaurant with a limited menu.

    "You had no choice there," said Marmet, relaxing in the cozy dining room of his new kosher French-style bistro, Greta's. "There was one kind of...

  • A Match Made in Ratner’s Restaurant

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The Matzo Ball Heiress," by Laurie Gwen Shapiro (Red Dress Ink, $12.95).

    Laurie Gwen Shapiro is not, repeat not scion to a matzah fortune, like the heroine of her hyperkinetic new novel, "The Matzo Ball Heiress."

    "I'm the heiress, like, to a condo in Florida," the author and...

  • Dining With Tolerance in Krakow

    By David Wallis

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Soon after Alef Jewish Restaurant opened for business in Krakow's Jewish quarter more than a decade ago, a gaggle of Polish schoolgirls wandered in during their lunch break. The anxious students asked the restaurant's co-owner, Janusz Benigier, whether they served non-Jews.

    Benigier...

  • Star of the Canyon

    By Mojdeh Sionit

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Canyon Country Store -- the star-studded grocery featured in the older woman/younger man film "Laurel Canyon," starring Frances McDormand -- is actually run by two Persian Jews.

    Owner David Shamsa and manager Tommy Bina have tried to maintain the store's authenticity.

    Shamsa,...

  • Kosher Eats,    Tasty Treats

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "We don't do falafel or schwarma," said Avi Ben-Harouch while seated on a beige banquette in the elegant dining room of his new restaurant, Avi's Bistro in Agoura Hills. Ben-Harouch is hoping that the Wok Seared Fresh Tuna and Linguine with Kielbasa Sausage that his restaurant serves...

  • Mecca in the Valley

    By Amy Klein

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Deep red curtains, dark lighting, cushiony pillows and pictures of camels and bellydancers adorning the walls: That's what you'd expect from a restaurant reputed to be one of the best Middle Eastern eateries in Southern California.

    Instead, what you find is a bright diner-like...

  • Hot Dog Blues

    By Adam Wills

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Yoshinoya and a sushi restaurant sprang up at Dodgers Stadium after Japanese pitcher Hideo Nomo donned blue, but it's going to be a while before L.A. fans will be able to bite into a kosher Dodger dog, even with the addition of Jewish outfielder Shawn Green.

    When Dodger fan...

  • Leah’s Restaurant

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Leah Adler has a couple of secrets. She leaves the lime out of the guacamole. She adds burnt onions to everything from egg salad to creamed spinach crepes. And she wrote her son Steven "gastro-intestinal notes" when he wanted to play hooky from school.

    "I go my own way," she says...

  • Looking for Mr. & Mrs. Losnick

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Money, Meaning and Mongolian Beef

    As if in slow motion, the ominous hand of a waiter dips down into the center of view, dropping the check before I've had a chance to excuse myself to the restroom.

    I'm in some Chinese restaurant in...

  • Passover

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

     

    Seder at Spago,et. al.

    More and more restaurants put Passover on themenu.

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    "I'm a Jewish girl, and my husband's a Catholic,"says Barbara Lazaroff, who has been married for 15 years to renownedchef Wolfgang Puck.

    About 12 years ago, Passover was a...

  • The Book on Olives

    By Rob Eshman

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    'Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit,'

    by Mort Rosenblum (North Point Press, $25)

    In his endlessly fascinating book, "Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit," Mort Rosenblum reminds us that domesticated olives were around before the Bible, "was a first draft scribbled on...

  • Too Hot Kitchen?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Today the once-legendary Spanish Kitchen restaurant is a study in decay, the "K" missing from the neon sign, the arched storefront crumbling and covered with graffiti. It stands next door to the Yavneh Hebrew Academy, in the midst of a thriving Orthodox community on Beverly...

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