March 22, 2017

How I Cured My Son’s Bee Phobia using “The Fear Fix”

fear fixI recently received review copies of my favorite parenting expert’s latest books, Raise Your Kids Without Raising Your Voice and The Fear Fix– Solutions for every child’s moments of worry, panic and fear.  While I was very excited to read “Raise Your Kids Without Raising Your Voice” uchum, for obvious reasons, The Fear Fix was on a back burner.  Then, a few weeks later, the school year began with my 3rd grader developing a phobia of bees.  Actually, of the wasps that were swarming around the entrance of his school.  His fear was so severe that his teacher had to call me in one day to help convince him to go outside (to get home).  I remember once hearing a  saying, “the refuah is always given before the makka” translated that means that G-d always sends the cure before he sends the ailment.  In my case this was literally true.  Sitting on top of my “To Do” pile was nothing other than, The Fear Fix – solutions for your child’s phobia!   What a relief!  I quickly read through The Fear Fix and began applying many of its suggestions and within one week, his phobia was reduced to a mild anxiety and within a month, his mild anxiety was pretty much gone (and so, finally, were those pesty scary wasps!).

Author Sarah Chana Radcliffe also allowed me to review her audio class on using Bach Flower Remedies.  As an avid user of essential oils (I use them for healing colds, back aches, in my own home-made deodorant, moisturizer and cleaning solutions), I was very excited to learn about these complimentary products.  After listening the the tape and reading The Fear Fix, here is a short summary of the steps I took to help my son overcome his bee phobia.

1. The day I was called into school, I had recently finished the Back Flower Remedies audio class and had a brand new bottle of “Rescue Remedy” in my purse.  I put a few drops of it in my son’s water bottle and told him that the drops were supposed to help him feel less anxious about the bees.  He liked that idea a lot.  Whether Rescue Remedy actually did the job of calming him or if it was a simple Placebo Effect, can be fodder for pages and pages of discussion, but for my purposes, regardless, it was working!  Giving him a ‘remedy’ definitely helped him feel calm and happy the rest of the day.

2. I bought “Mimulus Flower Remedy” and began giving drops to my son four times a day, as recommended in the tape.  I chose Mimulus because it was the remedy for ‘fear of specific things like dogs, lightning, etc…”.  My son had a specific fear of the wasps.  Again, he immediately seemed calmer and more secure at the idea of walking through the doors to his school, even though there were wasps flying around.

3. I began using techniques from the book that Radcliffe calls, a “fear soothing toolkit”.  Some techniques in this toolkit are: emotional coaching, parental presence, redirecting attention, move fear with facts, gradual exposure, using positive imagination, along with other techniques such as teaching emotional regulation, ‘tapping’ and Bach Flower Remedies.  Since I completed an MSW four years ago, some of the techniques were familiar to me, but the book was definitely an excellent review to remind me of the techniques and how to use them.  I began with ’emotional coaching’ then moved on to ‘moving the fear with facts’ as well as ‘using positive imagination’.  We showed my son some age appropriate bee pictures and videos (one of which was a man with a beard full of bees that my son found to be so incredibly funny that he laughed about it for days) and helped him become a mini bee ‘expert’.  He knows all the types of bees, wasps and hornets that can be found along with how painful their stings are.

4.  Today, my son seems to be over his fear of the wasps.  Next bee season; however, I may have to apply some of the techniques over again of he gets jittery around bees and wasps – but I’m pretty sure the phobia piece is completely gone.  I continued the Mimulus Flower Remedy for a few months, even once he was past the wasp fear because I felt it helped him feel less anxious and more secure overall.  Whether the remedy has true efficacy or if it is a placebo again doesn’t matter because the Bach Remedies are perfectly safe and have no side effects – so if its merely a security blanket, I’m all for it.

I really enjoyed reading The Fear Fix – it was a great primer (or in my case review) for using simple yet extremely effective therapeutic techniques to help you raise emotionally healthy children.  Sarah Chana Radcliffe is a well educated professional and parenting expert whose guidance and material is, in my opinion, top notch.  For more information about using Bach Flower Remedies, you can visit Sarah Chana Radcliffe’s website .  There is also a section on using the Bach Remedies in The Fear Fix, along with great overall parenting coaching techniques that are useful to all parents – whether dealing with a dominant fear or not.  Radcliffe’s books can all be found on Amazon and “Raising Your Kids without Raising Your Voice” was rated as one of Amazon Editors’ favorite books of the year.

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.

 

 

 

Win The No Potato Passover Cookbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As many of you know, I created a new website called, EatingForReal.com where I post recipes that are gluten-free, processed food free and made of only real and natural ingredients. I have been on a bit of a health kick lately, reading everything I can find on ‘clean’ and ‘Paleo’ lifestyles, a way of eating that is wheat, gluten, sugar and processed food-free.  I have lost a ton of weight and feel energetic and much healthier than I have in years. I started this new website as a way to help Kosher keepers, like myself, become more aware of the many ways we can choose to eat more healthfully without compromising quality and taste. I hope you’ll come subscribe to the website and that it will serve to inspire you in much the same way I have been inspired by ‘eating for real’ in my life.  Don’t worry, I am not abandoning my KosherShopaholic fans, I plan on managing this new website along with The KosherShopaholic as always.

As a special thank you to you, my loyal KosherShopaholic fans, I am including you in a Cookbook Giveaway that I am running on EatingForReal.  You can enter the Giveaway through the widget below to win one of two copies of The No Potato Passover Cookbook just in time for Passover.

I loved this cookbook. To read my review of it, click here.  Here are links to some of my favorite recipes form this cookbook as well: Cajun Carrot Fries, Baked ‘Ziti’, Pomegranate Brisket, Lavender Mint Roasted Chicken.

Wishing you a Happy & Healthy Passover!

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New Shoes For Yael: A ‘Lite Girl’ Book Review & Giveaway

Review

(scroll to the bottom of this page to skip the review and go straight to the Giveaway)

Like most of us, I’m gearing up for Chanuka here at The Kosher Shopaholic and have some great reviews and giveaways for you, my loyal readers.  If you remember from last Chanuka (has it really been a year already?), I reviewed and ran a really fun giveaway for the first Lite Girl Book, Yael’s Loving World.  A book that my 4 year old daughter adores.  The creative author, Malky Weinstock recently sent me the second installment of the Lite Girl Book series called, “New Shoes For Yael”.  Can I just tell you that as soon as the book arrived my little daughter sat down with it and had me put in the audio CD and sat there reading it over and over for hours.  Yes, the book comes with an audio CD that reads the story to you.  It even teaches the children how to turn the page when they hear the beep sound.  It is a beautifully illustrated and sweet book.   Jewish girls from religious homes can really identify well with Yael and when you see how much little girls adore the Yael character books, you realize how much we need Jewish oriented characters for our children.  Children are naturally drawn to ‘characters’ and I know that I am always really happy when I come across ones like Yael who help me instill a good philosophy/hashkafa and Jewish life lessons.

In an interview with Malky Weinstock, creator of the Lite Girl books, she explained that she founded the series of books with the goal of empowering girls with the beautiful Jewish values of Ahavas Hashem (love of G-d) and Ahavas Yisroel (love of the Jewish people)–the bedrock of Judaism –through the first ever inspirational Jewish girl  play character, Yael.   She says, that “Children absorb so much through play and we need these values to be imbued from early on so each girl can grow up with the presence of Hashem and know what He wants from us–to love and connect with Him and with every Jew.  This way, our girls will grow up empowered to be inner driven, proud and committed Jews, caring about family, friends and community, and thus make the world a better place.”  Isn’t that beautiful?  What Jewish mom wouldn’t want a nice book to help us achieve this lofty goal?

The first book, Yael’s Loving World, is an introductory book about Yael and the connection she has to all the people in her world, and to Hashem who provided them to her.  The second book, “New Shoes For Yael”, gently instills an awareness that Hashem makes us all exactly as we need to be.  The 3rd book, still in production, “Yael Becomes A Giver’ encourages a child to become others focused, rather than being self centered.  The 4th book, “Yael Worries No More”, will be a beautiful story about how Yael realizes that Hashem micromanages her life and she can leave her worries to Him.

So, are you ready to win your free copy of ‘New Shoes For Yael’ in time for Chanukah?  If so, enter the contest below.

Giveaway

1 – Answer the following question on my Facebook page thread or in the comments section below: What is  your favorite Chanukah family activity?

2- For additional entries, make sure to ‘like’ Kosher Shopaholic on Facebook and/or subscribe to my newsletter.  Once you’ve done these, make sure to comment that you have just ‘liked or subscribed in order to enter the Lite Girl Book Giveaway’ so that you get your extra count.  If you are already a subscriber and a facebook fan, comment ‘like or subscribe to enter the Lite Girl Book Giveaway’ in either place as well.

Contest open to those with US mailing address only.  A winner will be selected next Weds, December 5, 2012 just in time for Chanukah.

Answer the following question on my Facebook page or in the comments section below:

What values would you like to see expressed in children’s books today?

To Purchase

You can buy one or both of the Yael books online here for only *$11.99 each REGULARLY $16.99.   To get this discounted price, enter coupon code CGIFT for each item you purchaseHurry, because this exciting offer ends soon.  Valid from November 29, 2012 through Tuesday December 4th only.  *Please note special does not include shipping fee.

 

 

Book Review: Briefcases And Baby Bottles

I recently had the privilege or reading Briefcases & Baby Bottles, The Working Mother’s Guide to Nurturing a Jewish Home,  for my KosherWorkaholic series on my website.  I found it to be a wonderful resource of support, suggestions and tips for all Jewish mothers, whether they work outside the house or not.

Written by a very insightful Social Worker and mom to 4, Tzivia Reiter, who lives in Passaic, New Jersey, it is a deep and professional work on many levels filling a gap in parenting guides.  First, as a working mother in a helping profession like Social Work, Tzivia Reiter easily connects with the quintessential struggle of all mothers; struggles such as separation anxiety, guilt over leaving children with other caregivers, time management, burnout, balance, personal space and the desire to raise healthy, successful children.  The book takes a professional approach both in the way the research was conducted, by interviewing Jewish Orthodox working mothers to discuss both their struggles and triumphs, while also offering coaching and success tips throughout.

Briefcases and Baby Bottles, ‘The Working Mother’s Guide to Nurturing A Jewish Home’, was written through the lens of not just one working mother but the hundreds of Jewish mothers who were interviewed for the book and whose quotes can be found throughout the book.  For each struggle that a mother may discuss, there are also success tips to help deal with it.  Some of the topics discussed in the book book include:  learning how to let go of guilt, maintaining a
positive attitude, learning to create your own work/family balance, making the most of the time you do have with your children, giving your marriage the
attention it deserves.  The book also offers resources for the working mother, tips on finding the right child care provider, tips on easing the morning and evening crunch and even includes insightful interviews with what Tzivia calls, ‘The Real Experts’, children of working mothers.

Reading this book is excellent therapy.  To be expected as it is written by a well-seasoned therapist herself, Tzivia has a successful career as a Social Worker with OHEL Bais Ezra.  The guide helps Jewish Orthodox women recognize that their struggles, fears, and guilt along with their joys and hard work are normal and healthy.  The book provides us with a support system and benchmark to help us focus on successfully nurturing our Jewish homes.

While there are many, many parenting guides out there to help working mothers, before now there were none that focused on the Jewish Orthodox woman and her unique philosophical way of life.  In Briefcases and Baby Bottles, the struggles and triumphs of a woman who is both striving to provide her family with
Orthodox values  while also working outside the home has been nicely presented, providing our little frum corner of the Universe with a guide to emotional health and success.

This book makes for easy and enjoyable Shabbos reading.  It would also make a great gift for your sister, friend, mother, daughter or spouse.  Whether she works from the home, out of the home or in her home, Jewish mothers are always striving to nurture their homes and now we have a great resource to help us.

You can buy Briefcases and Baby Bottles online through these links on Amazon or Feldheim Publishers.

 

Meat Me Kosher Restaurant Review

A few weeks back I was invited to dine at the new Meat Me French Kosher restaurant located on Amsterdam Ave between 95 & 96th street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  We enjoyed our time there tremendously – between the ambiance that indeed had a French bistro look and feel:  quiet and intimate yet lively in color and style, the three course meal that was expertly prepared by the owner/Master Chef,  and the warmth and friendliness of the owner/ husband and wife team, Yardena & Shlomo Gor.

We started with the Meat Me Sampler for two consisting of mini Peking duck, Moroccan cigars, mini beef Teriyaki Skewers, mini Merguez and Chicken Tex-Mex served with three Sauces.  Each mouthwatering and delicious.  We then had the Delmonico steaks which is the chef’s specialty which was prepared to let the natural flavors that are inherent to any quality cut of meat that has been carefully curated by a chef with the depth of experience Chef Shlomo has.   Needless to say we enjoyed our steaks, our mixed drinks prepared by the full bar found in the restaurant and our hot molten chocolate cake dessert.

The nicest part of our meal, however, was our informal interview with the owners.  It turns out that French Chef Shlomo Gor, owner of Meat Me which he opened exactly a year ago in August of 2011, is the previous owner of the Bistro Grill in Greatneck and the 5 Towns, restaurants we enjoyed when we lived on that end of New York City.  Then we discovered that Chef Shlomo Gor was also the chef for the famous BoxTree, probably the fanciest of Kosher restaurants in history famous for its ‘gold room’ made from real Tiffany gold that was turned Kosher for a few months about 8 years ago by a frum businessman (who also turned a nice profit on the place as well after selling it for more than twice what he bought it for). We remember The BoxTree as well since it was the place where my husband and I went to celebrate our engagement on Tu B’Av, 9 years ago.

Chef Shlomo Gor is an obvious choice for a restaurant of The BoxTree’s caliber and a classy french restaurant like Meat Me, being a family restaurateur trained in Lousane, Switzerland and having owned restaurants in Eilat and Luxemberg as well.  He claims his specialty is giving non-Kosher flavors to Kosher such as his Coq au Vin where he uses smoked Turkey and a good French wine in place of bacon.  His sefardi Tagine is famous for its powerful medley of sweet and spicy apricots, orange juice and ginger.

Not everyone appreciates a beautiful table and good food on that table, but if you do, Meat Me with Swiss trained French Chef Shlomo Gor, is a good choice for you.

 

Undercover Waterwear – The Bathingsuit That Suits Your Lifestyle

(Scroll to the bottom for your 10% off coupon code) Now that summer is upon us, how are we all feeling about our bathingsuit bodies?  Well, I just got back from a mini-vacation where we took our kids to Great Wolf Lodge, a waterpark geared towards young children (you can read more about Great Wolf Lodge here).  Two days of sopping wet fun.  I am so incredibly grateful to Undercover Waterwear for sending me a Ladies Swim Skirt (with leggings) to review for them in advance.  I wore it the entire vacation and I was comfortable and appropriately dressed both for the pool and for my modest lifestyle the whole time.  Undercover waterwear’s swim wear (skirts, tops, dresses) are made in bathing-suit material that dries really fast when you’re out of the water and is so comfortable to wear and allows you to move, run, swim with ease and flexibility.  I wear this skirt to go walking outdoors or to the gym, to the beach and pool.  As a mother who is constantly running, and getting wet at kiddie pools all summer long, I’m getting great use of this skirt.  In fact, I even own a second one and recommend it to all my friends.

Here’s a little secret about these swimskirts and tops; even if you don’t keep covered for religious reasons, after a few kids, you may not want the entire world to see all your new bodily flaws when you go swimming.  Putting on one of these makes you look and feel appropriately dressed for swim or exercise while keeping what you want hidden, just so, hidden.

I really like their newest cool waterwear skirts as well.  Aren’t these styles fun!

10% off Coupon Code

If you buy now for the next week use the coupon code:KSJ12  to get 10% off and enjoy the freedom these new style bathing suits can offer youYou can visit Undercover Waterwear’s site here.

My Most Favorite Food Restaurant Turns Kosher For Passover

My Most Favorite Food Restaurant – Open Chol Ha Moed Passover 2012 & Year Round

My Most Favorite Food is a wonderful restaurant that boasts a rich & flavorful history in the city of Manhattan.  In its present Upper West Side of Manhattan location, it caters to the large Jewish & kosher-keeping community who live and thrive there.  Their menu offers a full range of delicious healthy foods for gluten-free & gluten-lovers alike.  They offer a wide assortment of seasonal salads, grilled/baked fresh fish and the traditional home-made pasta dishes found in most dairy restaurants.  They also have a mouth-watering menu of fresh home-baked desserts, available to eat or take-out.

The owners of My Most Favorite Food found me through this website and invited to come and eat in the restaurant to write a review.  That was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up since, first, I was familiar with the older, My Most Favorite Dessert Company and was curious to see why the name & location change and second because, well, who doesn’t need a night out in the city with the hubby (on the house!).  So, while my review may subconsciously be skewed by the fact that I got a night out on the house, I can definitely say that after my meal, I would go there again as a paying patron, in a heart-beat.

The restaurant is gorgeous and fitting to the upper west side location with its combination of red brick warmth and full length cool city windows.  The serving staff were attentive, knowledgeable and provided us with a relaxing and pampered experience.  And the food was superb.   I am on the Dukan Diet which means I am wheat, gluten & pasta free.  So the grilled Salmon and Greek Salad were my choices.  My husband, on the other hand, can keep skinny while still eating an entire plate full of baked ziti at 10:00pm (which was when we finally got the kids to bed & drove out to the city).  My salmon was wild (which is much healthier than farm-fed), fresh and perfect.  My husband’s pasta was just as delicious and fresh.  For purposes of this review, I made sure to taste my husband’s My Most Favorite Cheesecake and regretfully, it was so good I couldn’t stop with one bite!  Had it not been so close to Passover, I would have brought home half the take-out bakery goods for Shabbat.  And the other half as guilt offerings for my kids for leaving them with a babysitter for the evening.  They have these adorable little mini-cupcakes & cookies beautifully decorated for the kids.  They were just too pretty to leave in the store!

However, I think what’s most notable about this wonderful restaurant is the lengths they go to to satisfy their customers.  Some of you may know that when I’m not running The Kosher Shopaholic, I do business coaching for a living.  So I am accustomed to noticing a star when I see one.  Not many business owners would expend the amount of effort, time and money to turn an entire (pasta, pastry, cake) restaurant and off-site commissary Kosher for Passover. But My Most Favorite Food, catering to the needs of the surrounding Kosher community does.  You can live anywhere in the US and still order from their wide assortment of “I-can’t-believe-its-Kosher-for-Passover” selections as they ship throughout the country.  Of course, if you live closer by, you can call in an order for delivery or better yet, take the whole family out to eat there for Chol Ha Moed.   And after the seders moms, you deserve a break! 

Click here to see their full Kosher-for-passover menu.  And if you do go visit them, make sure to tell them I sent you!

BTW – the dessert in this picture is their success cake: layers of almond meringue with French vanilla crème, garnished with toasted almonds.  Available for passover and year round!

A Very Punny Matzel Toff Review

Matzel Toff!

Don’t you just love the pun?  Mazel Tov … Matzel Toff…  get it?  Last week I offered my readers a chance to create their own cute Pesach related pun to win a family sized box of Matzel Toff.  Here are some of the creative puns that came in:

Carrie Rosenbush writes, “What’s a lion’s favorite pesach vegetable? Ma-Roarrrrrr!”

Jen Han writes, “Is everything here co-share? (kosher)”

L.T. Zeen writes, “Where’s the Matzel Toff? Please PASS it OVER!”

Sarah Hurwitz our WINNER writes, “don’t “passover” the toffee dessert i will be serving! :)”

Naomi Elbinger writes, “i wanna be a matzo man

Jessica Kobrin Bernstein writes, “What do you call someone who likes to eat matza? A matzochist

Matzel Toff! has another great deal for you!  From now until the end of the Passover holiday – April, 14, 2012 when you buy 4 boxes of MatzelToff mouth-watering toffee chocolate Kosher-for-Passover treats, you get a fifth FREE! 

What is MatzelToff?

Its the matzah make-over you’ve been waiting for – using only the finest ingredients to enrobe Streit’s matzah in mouth-watering toffee and rich chocolate.  This delectable gourmet treat has won the hearts – and taste buds! – of everyone who has indulged in its scrumptious flavor, including Joan Hamburg, Martha Stewart and Rachael Ray, who’ve highlighted Matzel Toff! as a Passover favorite.

Certified Kof-K Kosher and kosher for Passover, Parve Dark Chocolate Matzel Toff, or milk chocolate variety makes the perfect Seder host/hostess gift, ideal family treat, present for a friend, or anytime indulgence for yourself – keep a stash to munch on to make the eight day chametz-free holiday a bit more bearable.  Great year round as well!

Click here to try it – you’ll be glad you did!

 

 

Kosher Food & Wine Experience, 2012 – Sold Out to over 1,000 Consumers

Welcome to the 6th Annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience, well vicariously, at least!

Kosher wines & culinary treats from all over the world were showcased at the KFWE2012.  It boasts the most comprehensive tasting of Kosher wines in north America with more than 200 wines from 40 wine producers as well as an extensive selection of kosher liquors.

Sponsored by Royal Wine Corp, the KFWE 2012 was sold out with close to 1,000 paying consumers who got to sample from the vast portfolio of Royal Wine Corp wines, featuring as well the best selection of Kosher food, liquors and wines in the world.

At the afternoon tasting, open only to trade professionals and press (me!) I was able to taste some of the newest wine & liquor products on the market like Morad Winery Danue Passion Fruit wine made from Passion Fruits (not grapes), rendering them a ‘shehakol’ wine was one of my favorites.  Tart and fruity it tasted like an exotic vodka mixed drink.  Its definitely going to grace my Purim table and make it into some of my upcoming Purim Mishloach Manot packages as well.  Speaking of Vodka, Distillery no 9 introduced its brand new Kosher for Passover and all year round Vodka today at the show as well. They kindly mixed it with some grapefruit juice for my late morning breakfast treat!   That’s me holding both the vodka & my drink at 12 noon today!

After all the alcohol, I found my way to Pomegranate.  Actually, they found me since their waiters were walking around with their delicious offerings.  I took pictures of as many trays as I could manage while still eating and drinking.  Pomegranate showed off their creative and award winning chefs with their home-made Corned Beef (I could use some more right now, please), signature dip bar and butcher block.  Some of the exclusive delights they were passing around featured some of the tastiest dishes I’ve ever had: Prosciutto, Tongue Polonaise, Wasabi Coconut Lamb Quenelles.  All from a grocery store!  One that is setting a new standard in the kosher market.  And lets not forget the marketing standard they set with their brilliant Yalili music video as well! Remember that?  I’m a fan of everything Pomegranate and will be giving myself a break this Passover when I order their Corned Beef, Tongue Polonaise and Wasabi Coconut Lamb Quenelles instead of attempting to cook anything nearly as good myself!  Hey, Ari, maybe you’ll send a few pound of these my way for the shout-out  :  )

There was a vast array of other culinary options that I was unable to sample since I came to the afternoon event (who could I possibly find to put 4 toddlers to bed for me so I could stay on…?).  But here are some of the delights the lucky 1,000 consumers and additional press & trade folks got to sample.  A selection of homemade Sushi from AviGlatt.com, Short Rib Sliders from Bistro 1310 of Borough Park, Barbecue Oxtail from etc. steakhouse of Teaneck, New Jersey (they are the one’s who won the KosherFest Cook-off a few months back), Jack’s Gourmet Mexican Style Chorizo sausages, JoBurg Dried Beef (Biltong) Carving Station, Le Marais Smoke Duck Breast,  Meat Me’s Peking Duck, Silverleaf Caterers Tiramisu Cake-Up, Sushein of Lower Manhattan’s Crispy Cake with kani & fresh tuna, The Reserve of Lakewood’s Seared Prime Beef.  Drooling yet?

Back to the wines.  Royal Wine Corp announced the first two wines from their newest kosher winery in the Pacific Northwest: Oregon Pinot Noir and a Washington Meritage.  Bartenura celebrated New York’s Big Blue superbowl win with a, you got it,  Big Blue Bottle of Bartenura Sparkling Moscato, all of course, featured at the KFWE.  And the nicest news, for sustainability enthusiasts and our environment is that Royal Wine Corp has gone “Green” with their newest solar power system on the roof of their New Jersey headquarters.   What’s not to like about this company!?

See you all next year at KFWE2013 – I’ve already booked my babysitter!

Check out my Facebook Page to see my live coverage of the event and in case you missed it, make sure you read my review of this past years’ KosherFest, 2011 as well.