Archive for January, 2013

‘Cupcake Wars’ Goes Kosher This Weekend

January 31, 2013

This post first appeared on The Jew and the Carrot blog at The Forward.

cupcakes-13013If you are a fan of the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” and are into kosher baking, then there is an event for you. SweetUp, is holding a kosher cupcake bake-off at on February 3 in on Long Island at noted kosher baking supply center Breezy’s as a fundraiser for the Achiezer Five Towns Hurricane Relief Fund.

The contestants, Staten Island’s Cake a Bite, The Bronx’s Lil’ Miss Cakes, Brooklyn’s Cake My Breath Away, and Lakewood, NJ’s Cup of Cake will fire up their ovens this weekend and work to bake the cupcake that will wow kosher food celebrity and head judge Jamie Geller. So what does Geller look for in a cupcake?

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Drew Barrymore To Raise Child Jewish

January 29, 2013

This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at The Forward.

Drew Barrymore and daughter Olive

Drew Barrymore and daughter Olive

We think we have the answer to the question we’ve been asking ever since we heard that Drew Barrymore had enlisted her buddy Adam Sandler as a conversion coach. The answer, at least in the interim, is that the actress has not become a Jew. However, there are signs that she may be moving in that direction.

Barrymore, a self-described “shiksa,” recently announced that she has embraced Judaism and is planning to raise her baby daughter Olive “traditionally.”

Demonstrating that she can drop Hebrew and Yiddish terms like ketubahhuppahseder and yarmulke correctly in conversation, Barrymore schmoozed with the hosts of “The View” last Friday. The actress told them, “I chose well, I’m so lucky he loves me back. It’s fantastic,” in speaking of her husband, art consultant Will Kopelman. She called her new hubby, whom she wed last June, “a nice Jewish man from a nice Jewish family.”

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Serving Mideast Peace One Scoop At A Time

January 29, 2013

This piece was first published in The Jew and the Carrot blog at The Forward.

Ice cream at Bouza

Ice cream at Bouza

Adam Ziv feels he was destined to make ice cream and own a gelateria. “No one in Israel knows more about ice cream that I do,” he said. “I think I have tried every kind of ice cream on offer anywhere in the country.”

Ziv, 27, has taken this lifetime of tasting and combined it with training in ice cream making in Europe to open “Bouza,” a much talked about ice cream shop in the Arab town Tarshisha, in northern Israel. The name “Bouza,” Arabic for ice cream, was chosen as a nod to Ziv’s business partnership with a local Palestinian restaurateur Alaa Sawitat.

But Ziv, who lives on nearby Kibbutz Sasa, told The Forward that he and Sawitat are not operating under any grand illusions that they are going to bring about Mid-East peace through a frozen dessert. “But one thing for sure is that if we are to have a normal life here, then we need to speak and live with one another, and to do business with one another,” Ziv said.

The owners want to keep their operation uncomplicated and focused on the ice cream itself; their slogan is: “Bouza — simply ice cream.” And it seems that customers are focusing on it, as well. Since the store opened in July, local residents have been coming in regularly, and Israelis from around the country have travelled to taste one or more of the 24 flavors Bouza has on offer on any given day. Even foreign tourists have started to visit the small city for a taste.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


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