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tabachnik anyone?

stillframe Jan 30, 2008 12:42 AM

anyone heard of this? can you get any or better yet a variety here in los angeles? just from the east coast.

  1. Foodandwine Jan 30, 2008 02:54 AM

    The Soup Company? They sell them at many local supermarkets in the Southbay.. Vons, Ralphs etc..

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      Diana Jan 30, 2008 05:04 AM

      Yep. I've also seen Mrs Tabachnik's at TJ's, Gelson's, Whole Foods and more.

      1. Das Ubergeek Jan 30, 2008 06:09 AM

        Tabatchnick's is (was?) a deli near where I grew up in New Jersey. They started marketing their soups. You can get the frozen soups at Gelson's.

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          NAspy Jan 30, 2008 07:57 AM

          LOVE THEM, especially the matzoh ball which is a great substitute for when the real thing isn't possible. My youngest daughter, when coldish, demands it.

          I have gotten them at Von's and Ralph's on the Westside (specifically the Cheviot HIlls Vons and the Pico/Beverly Drive Ralph's in that shopping center/mini mall complex). My guess is that most supermarkets in communities with a decent sized Jewish population will carry them.

          For fresh matzoh ball soup I like Fromin's, though Brent's in Northridge gets substantial raves (I've never tried it).

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            Gingergirl Jan 30, 2008 07:59 AM

            Although packaged in "boiling bags" for 1 or 2 servings only, these soups are pretty good. If I remember correctly, I think that they are vegetarian. I have seen them in every major grocery store in L.A. Many people do not notice them, however, because they are usually found in the same section with other Jewish/Kosher-style items such as frozen Challah dough, Empire products, etc.

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              Das Ubergeek Jan 30, 2008 08:10 AM

              Some are vegetarian but some are definitely not.

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                Gingergirl Jan 30, 2008 09:53 AM

                Das Ubergeek - You have probably forgotten more about food and restaurants than I will ever learn, and I enjoy your posts. But I was curious enough to check the Tabachnick website and was surprised that they make over 30 soups -- and only three of them -- two chicken soups and one wild rice soup, all are vegetarian. The reason for my comment was that, years ago, I remember having their "seafood chowder" and noticed that the ingredients were veggie only.

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                  Das Ubergeek Jan 30, 2008 09:58 AM

                  Wow. I'm shocked... and happily surprised and corrected :)

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                    Das Ubergeek Jan 31, 2008 10:20 AM

                    I just looked at their website -- the seafood chowder contains pollock, which is fish. Those three soups you listed are on the "meat" section, but some of the other soups are not vegetarian -- the seafood chowder contains pollock, which is fish, and there's smoked salmon stuff under pareve. Remember that Jewish people view fish and eggs as pareve -- neither meat nor dairy.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek
                      Gingergirl Jan 31, 2008 09:20 PM

                      D.U. -- Oy vey, what can I say? I stand (or slurp) corrected ;-)

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                        Das Ubergeek Feb 1, 2008 06:04 AM

                        I'm glad I'm not a vegetarian!! I can enjoy all their soups -- though on their site you have to order them in cases of 12.

              2. Das Ubergeek Jan 30, 2008 09:58 AM

                It was in Union. I don't know where you can get a Jersey-style sloppy joe in LA, unless you ask someone to make it from the recipe.

                (READ THIS FIRST BEFORE YOU REPLY: we are not talking about the ground meat in tomato sauce type of Sloppy Joe. We are talking about the kind that is deli meat on a hard roll with Russian dressing. NOT TALKING ABOUT MAID RITES OR MANWICH!)

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                1. re: Das Ubergeek
                  JimmyC Jan 30, 2008 11:23 AM

                  das so was i

                  1. re: JimmyC
                    Das Ubergeek Jan 30, 2008 03:05 PM

                    Oh sorry Jimmy -- that was me trying to stave off hundreds of people going "I TOTALLY KNOW WHERE YOU CAN GET A SLOPPY JOE OR AS WE CALLED IT IN THE MIDWEST A MAID-RITE".

                    We had a discussion a while back about Sloppy Joes and it just deteriorated.

                    It wasn't directed at you... sorry bro. :)

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                  stillframe Jan 30, 2008 08:51 PM

                  wow, thank you thank you for all the guidance. i live downtown--and haven't seen it anywhere. the gelson's in silverlake only has the split pea flavor. but i'll definitely venture out for it.

                  wow, didn't know it was an actual place in jersey! what town?

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                  1. re: stillframe
                    Das Ubergeek Jan 31, 2008 10:15 AM

                    There were two -- one was in Union (or maybe it was Millburn), and the other was in Edison.

                    You can order Tabatchnick's soup from their website, tabatchnick.com

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