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Caplansky’s Serves Up Beer With Pickle on Rye

June 23, 2014

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

Zane Caplansky shows off his new beer in his eponymous Toronto deli./Renee Ghert-Zand

Zane Caplansky shows off his new beer in his eponymous Toronto deli./Renee Ghert-Zand

Forget the lime wedge or orange slice. This beer comes with a pickle garnish.

Caplansky’s Delicatessen in Toronto has introduced its own brew, called Deli King Spiced Dark Rye Lager, and it really does taste better accompanied by a sour dill.

This is not only because the beer is brewed with rye (in addition to barley). It’s also because it is flavored by the proprietary brisket rub deli man Zane Caplansky uses to make his delicious smoked meat (sort of like a deli sandwich in a bottle).

“The vinegar of the pickle cuts across the hoppiness of the beer,” Caplansky told the Forward, referring to a lager’s bitter, tangy taste. “And in any case, garnishing a beer with a pickle just goes with the chutzpah and humor I’m known for.”

Although some diners might order a beer to go with their deli sandwich, most people do not usually associate Jewish delicatessens with alcoholic beverages. Many delis are not even licensed to sell them, and even at Caplansky’s, which has been licensed since its opening, most patrons ask for a dark cherry soda or gingerale.

“Newsflash: Jews don’t drink!” Caplansky, 46, said with tongue in cheek. In fact, two years after the deli opened, he moved the bar to the back of the restaurant so that the meat slicing station could be in a more prominent position.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

 

Amar’e Stoudemire Shows His Kitchen Chops

June 13, 2014

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Amar'e Stoudemire takes a practice shot. (photo credit: CC BY-scott mecum, Flickr)

Amar’e Stoudemire takes a practice shot. (photo credit: CC BY-scott mecum, Flickr)

New York Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire is developing a real taste for his newfound Jewish identity, and he’s sharing it with a cookbook published this week that highlights his interest in keeping kosher (sort of).

Stoudemire, the 6’11” part owner of Hapoel Jerusalem, has written “Cooking With Amar’e” with his personal chef, Maxcel Hardy, whose first job out of culinary school was with for a glatt kosher caterer in Florida. With Hardy’s help, he has learned over the past five years how to cook healthy dishes that are for the most part pork- and shellfish-free.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Jerusalem’s First Food Truck Releases Cookbook

June 2, 2014

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

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In July 2013, Israel’s first-ever food truck rolled its way through Jerusalem, stopping at a different neighborhood every day. At each location, a local celebrity accompanied famed chef Assaf Granit in serving up to the public a signature dish, a recipe (tweaked slightly by Granit) that represented the local celebrity’s personal connection to the Holy City. Those of us who were fortunate to experience FoodTrip first hand won’t forget it soon.

Although FoodTrip has been over for almost a year, and there are no current plans to revive it, a newly published, beautifully designed “FoodTrip: Tasting Jerusalem” cookbook enables those who experienced the unique phenomenon to relive it, and those who missed it to almost feel as if they had actually been there.

Anyone who came out to see the whimsically decorated truck and taste the fare knew immediately that it was equally as much—if not more— about the food as it was about the people and the place. Of course, the food was delicious and creatively presented, but more importantly, it served as a vehicle for local residents (and in-the-know tourists) to come together, swap stories, sing, dance and celebrate a unique city.

Click here to read more, watch a video, and get recipes.

© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


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