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    April 14, 2014

    It's Passover, So I've Taste-Tested Manischewitz Sangria For You

    True story: I still have Manischewitz left over from the kickass Hanukkah party my fiancé and I threw last year. I say it was kickass because it was. The apartment complex security arrived shortly after dinner, when our game of "drinking dreidel" (we're still working on a name) got a little too r ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Mazel Tov, Potato Kugel

    Since today is the first day of Passover, this week's recipe is an Ashkenazi classic casserole, potato kugel. Kugel is a baked pudding or casserole traditionally served on the Jewish Sabbath or other holidays. Originally puffed and baked in a ring shape, the name of the Yiddish dish likely referen ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Five Matzoh Dishes to Help You Survive Passover

    Leave the leavened bread at the store, folks; Passover is here. The Jewish holiday observes the biblical story of the Exodus, in which Israelites were freed from Egyptian slavery. The story goes that after the Pharaoh finally released the Children of Israel (ten plagues later), the Israelites had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Passover Staples at Kenny & Ziggy's

    I am so food-obsessed that I use the arrival of every holiday (even if it's in no way associated with my ethnicity/religion/national origin) as an opportunity to eat special food. Which is why my lapsed Catholic/spiritual-agnostic self is crazy excited for the start of Passover. I don't have a Jew ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Seder: A Cup for Elijah

    Passover Seders are unique to each family, though parts of the ceremonial meal -- including embarrassing the youngest person at the table with the singing of the four questions -- are constant. Hebrew songs and readings, the central plate of bitter herbs, and the cup reserved for Elijah are among th ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    Hops, Ham and the Hall Family Haggadah: He'Brew Genesis

    I'm Catholic. My parents converted shortly after they got married. My dad got his PhD from Catholic University of America. He teaches at a Catholic university renowned for its Thomistic Studies program. My brothers and I attended Catholic schools all the way through. High school was an all-boys affa ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Lotzah Matzah: Top 5 Ways to Enjoy Unleavened Bread

    Happy Pesach ya'll! Passover, the Jewish holiday remembering the biblical story of the ancient Israelites' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt, is here. The story goes that once freed, the Israelites left in such a hurry that they could not wait for their dough to rise. To commemorate, matzah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Great Value for an Under-$40 Red Wine

    Here at Wine Time, we generally try to write about under-$25 bottles readily available in the Houston market. Even though there are many great price-quality-ratio (PQR) wines out there at lower "price points" (as we say in wine-speak), under-$25 represents the current sweet spot in my experience, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    The Ins & Outs Of Passover Pet Food: L'chaim, Fido, Mr. Whiskers, Lizards & Gerbils

    On Passover, it's customary for the youngest child in the home to ask The Four Questions, including, "On all other nights, we eat either leavened or unleavened bread; why on this night only unleavened?" The answer has to do with Charlton Heston and the parting of the Mississippi or something -- we ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    The Meaning of Matzoh

    The Jewish holiday of Passover starts tonight. Passover celebrates the Jews escaping Egypt and God smiting the cruel pharaoh in the process. Passover is also called "The Festival of Unleavened Bread." According to the Torah, God sent ten plagues, punishing the pharaoh for not listening to Moses a ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Need a Caterer? Try One of Our 10 Favorites for Every Occasion

    Graduation galas, pool parties, summer weddings -- the high event season soon will be upon us, once Easter and Passover have passed. Unless you're a pro at throwing parties or you're going potluck, odds are you're going to need a caterer. And in a city so full of catering companies, how do you choos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Top 5 Food-Inspired Holiday Games

    Photo by Neighborhood CentersThese kids wouldn't last a second in our egg hunt.​Raise your hand if you are obsessed with holidays. I think I've spent a good $50 on mini pumpkins this month. I like hiding them around the apartment and surprising my fiancé with them; next to the alarm clock whe ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Last Night: The Black Angels At Fitzgerald's

    Photos By Marc Brubaker​Rocks Off hopes that this observation is wrong, but we don't think that people give the Black Angels enough due credit as a Texas band, even though everything about them encapsulates the 50 years of Texas rock. The spookiness of everything Roky Erickson touched, the swi ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Manischewitz, a Kiddush Cup Full of Memories

    It had been years since I'd tasted Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine: Last week, at my cousins's Rosh Hashanah celebration, we passed around a kiddush cup of Manischewitz and said the traditional blessing as we welcomed the Jewish New Year. When we sat down for our luncheon of Russian-style braised b ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Whole Foods: "We Should Not Highlight Ramadan"

    No "Ramadan Mubarak" wishes this year from Whole Foods.​Under pressure from right-wing bloggers who blindly associate Ramadan and Muslims with terrorism and burqas, Whole Foods has sent an email to its stores across the United States in which it specifically tells stores not to promote Ramadan ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    The Sipping Seder: Passover With A Classic Cocktail Twist

    The Sipping Seder​There is a philosophy in Judaism to take the religion's traditions and make them meaningful for future generations, Rob Corwin is telling me as we talk on the phone. Corwin has taken a break from planning a Seder supper at -- of all places -- an Italian restaurant in San Fran ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    Kosher Coke: The Real Real Thing

    ​Often I pop into Belden's in Meyerland because it's a throwback supermarket with unique food items, and right now it has "Houston's Largest Selection Kosher for Passover." That matters because it's the short season for Kosher Coca-Cola. I'm not from Sugar Land, but I love sugar in my Coke. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Houston Rabbi's STD iPhone App Sure To Liven Up Seders

    Fighting STDs through religion and iPhones​A bunch of Jewish chicks from Houston don't want you to get an STD. Houston rabbi Amy Weiss, along with her Initiative for Jewish Women, has created the LoveSmarts iPhone app, which might be the only app with a Space Invaders-style game where you zap the ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Recipe: Matzoh Ball Soup

    The Suss-Man (Mike)​Today marks the beginning of Passover, or the "matzoh ball soup holiday." For eight days, Jews around the world groan about eating matzoh, and in turn attempt to hide the flavor by grinding it up and making things out of it. Although matozh ball soup isn't the most complica ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Recipe: Passover Grilled Lamb

    Beppie K​ Traditionally, many Jews eat lamb at Pesach or Passover. Instead of our regular baked or rotisserie lamb that we have been serving for years, last year, we took it outside and made it on the grill. What we got was a tender, caramelized lamb roast, and despite all the rest of the foo ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 18, 2010

    Lox and Huevos

    Sample the unlikely Mexican-Jewish fusion at Rustika Café & Bakery.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Seder You There!

    Passover begins tonight at sundown and if you haven't already made plans for Seder tonight or tomorrow night, we've got you covered. Seder, one of the most vital Jewish holidays, commemorates the Jewish peoples' release from slavery and the Exodus from Egypt.  For the n ... More >>