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Hounds, how do you break your fasts? [moved from LA board]

Hello Hounds. In about 19 1/2 hours Yom Kippur will end and my family will eat its typical break fast meal. I'm always curious what other rituals other people have. Here's how my family breaks the fast...

We start with a stiff drink (at least the adults do). It can be a cocktail, but personally I prefer a few swallows of good whisky. We also serve orange juice for the children and non-drinkers.

Next is honey cake, rugelach and other sweets. There's nothing like spiking the blood sugar after a 24 hour fast.

Bring on the smoked fish! Now we dive into nova, smoked sturgeon and whitefish salad from Barney Greengrass. Of course there are bagels, schmear, tomatoes, onions, capers. We also have herring, egg salad and tuna salad. My family breaks its fast with a dairy meal, although we are far from a kosher family.

If that wasn't enough, next come the blintzes with sour cream or blueberry compote.

That's it. That's my family's break fast. Now I don't want to think about food until tomorrow night.

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  1. Breaking the Paschal fast for Christians sometimes occurs at Pacific Dining Car (downtown location) at 2:30AM, after Paschal liturgy gets out. Lots of hungry churchgoers, half-intoxicated clubbers, and an occasional gaggle of LAPD nightwatch commanders, all chowing down on PDC's breakfast (great Eggs Benedict). Interesting scene.

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    1. re: J.L.

      Now, there's a fine post. Even someone who loves the Pacific Dining Car in the wee wee hours, after the idiots have gone home and "there's no one in the place/ except you and me," has to admit the idea of a wild and righteous night of hungry fast-breakers ("So, then the priest says to the rabbi, ..."), "half-intoxicated clubbers" ("Depeche Mode? What's that, Twinkie, like a Brandy Alexander?"), LAPD realists ("CRACKLE, CRACKLE, caucasian male lurking and larking on ..."), and industry suits ("Oh, sure, go ahead and take off that coat, Bradley; we're very informal") captures what this place is all about. Well (as J.L. notes), except the great breakfasts. I'd add the fine drinks, the helpful and professional short-jacket dining-room staff, and the tender beautiful women, who always seem to be walking somewhere.

    2. I am in no place to respond to this, I am far from Jewish and probably far from anything else. However, in theory, here's what I'm thinking:

      1. The strong drink = good idea. Keep that.

      2. Appetizer, something fried. Probably with a dip or sauce, potentially covered with cheese.

      3. Main course: meat. Lots of meat, with starch and/or veggie and/or bread. I'm thinking a steak, or maybe a huge burger.

      4. Desssert: well, I'm a girl, so: chocolate. Bittersweet so as to not be too heavy, I guess. But in any sense, whatever your tradition, major delicious desert.

      Feel free to attack my ignorance. Like I said, I'm basically as un-Jewish as a person can be. :)

      1. Sounds like our house.............
        I started with a belt of Canadian Club.
        Then we all had a taste of glazed coffee cake for a sweet year.
        There were platters of Lox, herring, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet noodle kugel, bagels, cream cheese, assorted sliced yellow cheeses. Butter, Margaine, bagels, hard rolls, macarni and cheese for the little kids, egg salad, tuna salad, coffee and tea.

        I detest appetizing, so after the drink and a bagel with margarine, I just had coffee. After the guests left, I opened the fridge and took out the chopped liver from yesterday afternoon, spread it on crackers and had another stiff drink...

        When I was single, I used to break on whisket followed by stuffed cabbage or brisket with egg noodles. But now, we have my wife's family tradition to follow.

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        1. re: bagelman01

          Mass Quantities of Cantonese Chinese Food!!!!!!!!!

        2. fruit bread and a little something either 1) rich 2) sweet 3) alcoholic. then a meal about 1/2 hour or hour later.

          1. I just finished a month of fasting days for Ramadan. In my house we break the fast with dates and water as a must. Then we have a soup. I make a lot of soups during Ramadan, more than at any other time of the year. Sometimes I served samosas and chutney instead of soup. But I feel that is empty calories, so I avoid that even though samosas are pretty typical break-fast fare.

            Then we say our sunset prayer, then we have a full meal. The full meal is pretty typical of what we would have outside of Ramadan. The only difference is that we ate sweets every day after the meal, when usually we don't. So like baqlawa or basboosa. Or Pakistani sweets.

            Later, before sleeping, we ate fruit chaat, a fruit salad seasoned with a dash of hot and sour spices, salt, sugar, and orange juice.

            So that pretty much sums up our fast breaking habits in my family.

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            1. re: luckyfatima

              The fruit chaat sounds really good. There seem to be a wide variety of ways to make it. Perhaps you could post your recipe?!

            2. L'shona Tovah.

              Break fast for jfood this year was at dear friends with their family. The first bite was the chopped liver on challah, then the meal included the bagel and novey (ah to be backin NJ), some cheese blintzes followed by some bagels and novey (ah back in NJ) followed by some mushroom barley soup with a side of bagels and novey (yup it is NJ), then a sald with a few more bates of bagels and novey, a little raisin bread french toast with some more bagels and novey and finally a piece of chocolate babka, fruit salad with some coffee for the drive home.

              Wishing everyone a healthy and happy new year.

              1. Typically at my parish in NYC we break the paschal fast with lox, bagels and prosecco. I usually follow that up promptly with eating whatever I had been abstaining from for the past 40 days.

                1. I have no idea how people can eat like many of the above posters after a 26 hour fast. Got home a little after 8 PM last night with a very cranky child in tow, all of us soggy from the rain. After a quick change we had:

                  sugared soda
                  bagels
                  cold smoked salmon (couldn't find real lox around here)
                  whiting (ditto - no whitefish to be found in the area)
                  smoked trout spread
                  cream cheese
                  tomatoes
                  limeade
                  homemade babka

                  And at that point I didn't want to think about any more food.

                  Tastes change, though. When I was a teenager I only wanted to break the fast on breakfast cereal. In college we would all go out for pizza after Ne'ilah. As a young adult my favorite was avgolemono soup. Now it's the traditional that appeals to me.

                  1. Last night's break (in Columbia MD) featured bagels from New Jersey, a tray from Attman's in Baltimore (cream cheese, chive cheese, whitefish, sable, nova lox, belly lox, sliced muenster and swiss cheese), accompanied by the following homemade dishes: noodle kugel, egg salad, tuna salad, creamed herring (!), and smoked salmon/goat cheese frittata, plus various homemade desserts.

                    I think I ingested about a month's worth of cholesterol. To think this resembled a slightly grander version of a typical sunday morning breakfast spread at my house when I was a kid. Can't do that anymore. Nuh-uh. But once a year, oh yeah!

                    1. I don't eat breakfast, just lunch.

                      1. My wife usually does the cooking for our break fast meal. Oven baked french toast is always a hit and is made every year. Along with that a noodle kugel made with fine noodles. Some times a blintz souffle and always lox and bagels. This year we subed out the blintz souffle for a egg/hash brown casserole and I've been making my own cold smoked Nova lox for the last two years. Full bar open to those that want it and home roasted coffee is always available

                        1. We do a dairy meal too, similar to the other posters. This yr I made a baked pasta dish to have something hot. I am so surprised at the concept of having a stiff drink after the fast, we always have tea. I think I would literally fall over if I drank a shot!

                          1. Adults in my family have always started with plain seltzer or club soda - perhaps with lemon or lime. Then generally a dairy meal. Sour cream with a side of...