Sixth Sense

August 6, 2019

A senior executive in the kosher food industry once predicted that the Manischewitz brand would one day disappear. He rationalized that the market was changing in favor of many more Charedi Jews in America and that the old time Manischewitz customer would over time disappear. I didn’t like the sound of that “prophet”

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July 9, 2019

The best way to educate a novice about the kosher market is to use the Jewish calendar as a guide. Our entire kosher cycle throughout the year revolves around the Jewish calendar beginning with the 52 Shabbos days which you might say is like any celebrated holiday. At the moment, we are just shy of the beginning of the

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June 24, 2019

It’s the beginning of summer this week and eating outdoors will definitely be in. The BBQ season is upon us but so is eating healthy. A friend recently shared with me his delight for strolling through open air markets. Problem is he is kosher which often poses some challenges. “I saw some excellent roasted nuts and the

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June 4, 2019

Rego Park…There are few institutions that close that generate as much rancor as when a Jewish deli closes. Jewish delis at one point were synonymous with the Jewish experience in New York. According to the Forward, in the 1930s there were at least 1,500 Jewish delis in New York City, according to Ted Merwin’s book

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May 21, 2019

I must admit that I am not an easy convert to “people say” or “it is known.” Without specific scientific data, I remain a skeptic at best. So when I hear how “influencers” are helping grow sales in the kosher market, I am simply looking for the evidence. I have talked to retailers and other kosher food

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May 6, 2019

There is a raging debate of sorts as to the preferred way of spending Passover, at home or at one of the 60 or so programs. Or perhaps joining the crowds in Orlando that this year reached some 30,000 people. Without taking sides, I have been in at least two of the options. Truth be told that each comes with some distinct

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April 15, 2019

While I don’t usually write about my personal dining experiences and I certainly don’t do restaurant reviews. I couldn’t resist sharing my experience at UN Plaza Grill. My wife and I were taken by the classy venue within earshot of the United Nations and located in Trump Towers. We dined on an absolutely magnificent

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April 2, 2019

The intensity of the season is all consuming. Irrespective of how one spends their holiday, Passover is not just about that night. I couldn’t help but notice that one week prior to Purim or five weeks before Passover, some Florida kosher stores were already “turning over” to Passover. In one store, I couldn’t find

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March 5, 2019

On the surface it seems that every Passover is the same, regardless of when it falls in the calendar. But in reality Passover is a good time to gauge the strength of the kosher food industry. Who came up with the most innovative new product for the holiday? Has there been a shift in the shopping of customers? Will more

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February 18, 2019

I am one of those that feel a great thrill when a retro brand resurfaces. Thousands recently viewed a video showing Bernstein on Essex Street, the iconic Chinese/American restaurant on the Lower East Side that captivated generations of diners who enjoyed both the environment and the food. So it was no surprise that I

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