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Feb 4, 2010 11:15 AM

Grobbels Chicago Pastrami at Temple Beth El in Salinas

Finally, I’m in Salinas on the right day to enjoy the annual luncheon by Temple Beth El. This morning I dashed over to the temple to pick up two box lunches for Mom and me. At 10AM, the parking lot was already filled to capacity and cars were streaming in from every direction. So my advice, grab the first parking space on the street you can find.

For $10 you have a choice of a corned beef or pastrami sandwich on rye. That comes with cole slaw, a fat kosher dill pickle, bundt cake, a couple packets of mustard, and utensils. Here’s what the contents of the box looks like unpacked.

The generous portion of shaved pastrami is from Grobbels in Chicago. Rather lean for my taste, but quite tender and has a nice cure and peppery bite. I reheated the meat gently in the toaster oven and split a sandwich with my mother for lunch.

I also bought a couple items from the bake sale. The apricot-almond rugelach are very good. The pecan chewies will be tasted this afternoon.

Sale hours are 9am to 6pm, today.

Salinas Californian: “Piling on the slaw, kosher-style”


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  1. I missed this review from last year, but I'm happy to announce that we're already gearing up for the 2011 luncheon.

    Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 3, 2011. Same place, Temple Beth El, at the corner of Blanco and Riker Streets in Salinas. Tickets will be available at the door.

    If you have a group of 15 or more, within Salinas city limits, they'll deliver if ordered and paid by Tuesday, February 1st.

    It truly is an event not to be missed.

    1. The 57th annual Kosher-style style take-out lunch and bake sale goes on tomorrow, Jan 31, 9am to 6pm. Tickets are $11.