Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

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.

 

Toronto Jews Rally for Kidnapped Israeli Teens

June 21, 2014

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Attendees of rally in Toronto in support of kidnapped Israeli teens, including Israeli Consul DJ Schneeweiss (center left), hold up #BringBackOurBoys signs in English and Hebrew for photo to be sent to the teens' families.(Courtesy of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto)

Attendees of rally in Toronto in support of kidnapped Israeli teens, including Israeli Consul DJ Schneeweiss (center left), hold up #BringBackOurBoys signs in English and Hebrew for photo to be sent to the teens’ families.(Courtesy of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto)

TORONTO — A thousand members of Toronto’s Jewish community came out Thursday evening to a rally in solidarity with Gil-ad Shaar, Naftali Frankel and Eyal Yifrach, the three missing Israeli teens believed by Israel to have been abducted by Hamas.

At the gathering, which took place at the local Schwartz/Reisman Jewish community center, speakers and audience members alike expressed full-throated support for the Jewish state and the IDF, as well as gratitude for the current Canadian government’s backing of Israel.

The event was organized by the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, the city’s Jewish umbrella organization, and the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Double Murder of Jewish Snowbirds Makes ‘Every Day a Nightmare’ for Daughter

January 8, 2014

This piece was first published in the Forward.

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Police have recovered DNA evidence from two women in the heartbreaking double-murder of a Jewish retiree couple who were found slain in their Florida condo home.

The female suspects have not yet been identified in the killings of Rochelle Wise and David (Donny) Pichosky — and police in the Ft. Lauderdale suburb of Hallandale Beach concede the case has proven stubbornly difficult to solve.

Heartbroken relatives admitted they never thought they would be mourning the couple at a press conference called to mark the first anniversary of the slayings.

“As horrible as we all know murders are, we never think it would happen to someone we love,” Sari Rosenblum, Pichosky’s daughter, said.

“Over the past 12 months, we have learned to live in a new reality,” she added. “The sun comes up, the birds may be singing but for our family, every day is a nightmare.”

Wise, 66, and Pichosky, 71, both of Toronto, were found dead in their Florida condo by a neighbor on January 10, 2013. Last year, it was revealed that the couple had been asphyxiated, although police have not said how.

Police revealed on Wednesday that they were also bound.

The DNA revealed by police Wednesday does not match anyone who would have had permitted access to the slain couple’s home, or to any of the entries in the FBI and Canadian law enforcement databases.

Chief of Police Dwayne Flournoy told reporters that the forensic evidence collected at the crime scene showed that there were at least two perpetrators, and that both are female. He called that description unusual.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


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