May 26, 2017

A Challah Fairy Tour

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I had the pleasure of visiting my friend Chana Lee, aka, The Challah Fairy, for brunch on a very busy erev Shabbos (Thursday afternoon).  Chana Lee graciously offered me a tour of her heavenly kitchen.  Below is a brief photo essay of the sensual experience.   Smell the delicacies with your eyes, or visit The Challah Fairy in New City, New York in person, to experience it with the rest of your senses!

For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with The Challah Fairy, it is a dairy restaurant/café located in New City, New York under Rabbinical supervision of Rabbi Zushe Blech.  They serve a really delicious spread of breakfasts and lunches as well as cater for many local events and businesses.  The café is most famous for its Challah French Toast (which my out of town guests came back for daily while visiting with us) as well as their cinnamon crumb, raisin or chocolate chip crumb challahs.  As someone who doesn’t eat wheat/flour products, I found the quiches and salads to be as satisfyingly deliecious as the baked goods smelled and looked!  We of course, took a sampling of Challahs, rugelach, cookies and cakes home to enjoy with the rest of my family for Shabbos. If you are unable to come visit the café in Rockland County, you might get lucky and find The Challah Fairy Challahs in a store near you.

 

 

 

It’s Another Blog Party – Live at Nargila Tonight!

Bukharian Bread & dumpling soup called shurb...

Bukharian Bread & Dumpling Soup called Shurb...

Join me tonight, with  Blog Talk Radio & The Kosher Scene, where we will once again, be’ezras Hashem, be transmitting live from Nargila Grill (1599 York Avenue – between E. 84 and E. 85th Street – New York 10028; Tel: 212.535.3700).  Why? Because… tonight the owner’s mother will be cooking her famed Bukharian dishes (not to mention that its also my birthday)! 

Our all-star cast includes Alessandra Rovati (Dinner in Venice), Esti Berkowitz (Primetime Parenting), Levana Kirschenbaum (Levana Cooks), Kim Amzallag (Kosher Inspired/Mishpacha Magazine), Marlene Mamiye (The Jewish Hostess), and me- Suzannah Raff (The Kosher Shopaholic).

We will discuss the cultural differences in Jewish foods, how the Jews throughout history were influenced by the local environment, but still managed to keep a strong Jewish tradition. It’s been said that its food defines a people, we will discuss how we adapted ourselves, how the Jewish cuisine evolved and is far more than just gefilte fish, brisket and tcholent.  I hope to discuss my family’s Hungarian Jewish cooking tradition, my father’s entrepreneurial restaurants, Challah Baking and all its Blessings.

You can tune in to us at 7:30pm (Eastern Time) tonight at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kosherscene or you can join us at Nargila Grill ((1599 York Avenue – between E. 84 and E. 85th Street – New York 10028; Tel: 212.535.3700) for an evening of great talk and superb food.  Nargila Grill is under the hasgacha of of the O K Labs.

We are all really excited to sample the owner Michael’s mother’s Bukharian cooking.  What a great way to celebrate – great talk, great food, great friends and you! Why not come over and say hello?  Or listen in to the great discussion on-line here or over the phone or in the archives.