Sixth Sense

November 2, 2021

This is usually the time of year that my phone rings off the hook. This year is no exception, except for the fact that the inquiries now include many Covid related issues. But even at this late stage some are still asking whether the show is even taking place and when I recite the roster of the exhibitors and the key

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October 20, 2021

Aventura, Florida…The Grill Time Restaurant on 163rd Street and Biscayne Blvd has closed. For many vacationers and local residents, the kosher restaurant was an obligatory stop. Its Middle Eastern cuisine and many other popular steakhouse foods was always consistent and a safe bet for hungry diners. The first visit from

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October 6, 2021

Secaucus, NJ…When Kosherfest opens its doors at the Meadowlands Convention Center on November 9th, it will have the distinction of being one of the few food shows that is proceeding as planned. Some kosher companies who in some years consider exhibiting at either the Fancy Food Show in New York or the Private Label Show

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September 1, 2021

This restaurant owner was clearly worried. Would New York’s new governor Kathy Hochul reimpose some of the “archaic” regulations for restaurants. “I barely made it out of the latest round of restrictions and can’t afford another round!” he said emphatically. He continued: “I hope that she realizes that

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August 17, 2021

If you should somehow hang around at a Bar Mitzvah or wedding until the end, you might notice that wrapped up large trays with covers are taken by volunteers who then distribute the food either to individual poor people, to organizations like Met Council on Jewish Poverty or soup kitchens like Masbia. This is by no means a

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August 4, 2021

The Ben & Jerry’s fiasco has many loyal customers asking “Why?” Why would a company, which is now part of the world giant company Unilever, inject politics into its image and sales? Why would the company decide that it would set foreign policy instead of doing what it is supposed to be doing, selling as much ice

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July 21, 2021

I must profess that I have only recently returned to indoor dining. I now realize how much I missed the experience. At one restaurant I used to frequent I noticed that the service had gotten slower. I asked the owner for the reason. “The kitchen is operating with 3 fewer employees than before Covid and I am short two

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July 7, 2021

Anyone who has been to South Florida in recent years knows that Harding Avenue in Surfside is the hub of kosher food including its many upscale restaurants. Many of the people who lived in Champlain Towers no doubt moved there because of its proximity to Harding Avenue. I remember a middle-aged woman who lived nearby being

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June 22, 2021

Despite being hailed for its large-scale immunization of its citizenry, there are still many restrictions for travel from overseas. Although many business travelers have been able to secure special permits, I have heard from industry executives that they were having problems getting the coveted permits. My sources in

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June 8, 2021

Brooklyn, NY…The ambiguity about wearing masks in the large kosher supermarkets is slowly vanishing as an increasing number of customers are dropping wearing the masks. Although most stores still post the signs, customers believe that the Covid-19 risk is behind them. Most store managers seem to be relieved since they

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