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Hanukkah is nearing an end and it's time that I grudgingly admit defeat to my Sephardic challenger. Though they fought to win, matzo ball soup, blintzes, and brisket just didn't have the same plucky spirit of tender Sephardic lamb kebabs and spicy shakshouka. Congratulations to Robert and the glorio ... More >>
Aash rechte is a hearty winter soup of the Persian Jews Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunset on the first seven days of Hanukkah - and presenti ... More >>
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Lauren ShockeyA super cheesy pretzel makes for fine snacking while shoppingWell, we've saved the best for last. After visiting several of the bigger, non-pop-up holiday markets that have cropped up this season, we can say that the most varied and delicious culinary options can be found at th ... More >>
Shudder to Thinks Nathan Larson reads his debut novel
"Reality rap" was once a phrase invoked by gangsta rappers to defend their music against moral outcry from the mainstream media and pesky suburban dwellers. These days, the term largely refers to the slew of emcees lining up to star in their own TV shows. While Boogie Down Productions associa ... More >>
Disney and Bruckheimer, blockbuster bros, rewrite history
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Typical restaurant meal in Tehran (which Moussavi won't be eating--he's under virtual house arrest) would include kebabs, chello rice, and grilled mild or hot peppers. photo: razzletravels.blogspot.com While newsies sit on the edge of their seats watching riots erupt in Tehran, fo ... More >>
Baristas never get the day off: The 3 a.m. explosion that rocked an Upper East Side Starbucks yesterday, likely the result of a small bomb, hasn't gotten the Third Avenue store employees out of any of their foaming duties. A Starbucks spokesperson writes via email that "though the store was tempora ... More >>
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