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Jan 19, 2011 06:36 PM

Kosher in East stroudsburg PA

the family and i are going to Ridgetop @ Shawnee for winter break. does anybody know of any restaurant around there, or supermarkets with kosher options?

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  1. Central Pa kosher mart,the people that have a kosher stand at Hershey,will be at Camelback next week.

    1. That's a challenge. Scranton, PA is 45 minutes away with a big yeshiva and decent sized Jewish community and even that city doesn't have kosher establishments. If you're up for going to Scranton, though, the Yeshiva Co-op might be of interest, but it's just a very small grocery store.

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      1. re: tamarw

        If you don't want to spend your holiday driving to kosher shops, plan ahead. Take a cooler chest filled with things like pre-cooked sausages and sliced cheese for sandwiches . Any good-sized supermarket will have fresh bread with a reliable supervision. Also tuna fish, cream cheese, cottage cheese, and probably frozen brands of products like veggie "meat". Plus the world of fruits and vegetables. You can take something to coo one-pot meals in, or rent a room with a microwave. But you can also eat quite well with picnics put together from grocery-store ingriedients. Tuna and vegetable salads served with a side of tabouli (soaks up fluffy at room temperature). Sometimes this sort of menu planning is more practical than driving 45 minutes to a small kosher market.

        1. re: AdinaA

          I'm surprised that people say that "any good-sized supermarket will have fresh bread with a reliable supervision;" it's not the first time I've seen that here. My experience traveling around the country, but outside areas with large kosher-keeping populations, is that fresh bread is among the hardest kosher things to find. I think that is because bread, unlike many other things, is generally baked locally, in plants close to the areas it is being sold. If there's not much of a Jewish community, there's no need for hashgacha, and the high costs associated with it. Food shipped in cans, boxes, etc. is far easier to find, because it can be made in a plant across the country and trucked in, but local things like bread, yogurt, etc. are not always easy to find.

          Now if you are OK with things like frozen Lender's bagels, Thomas' English muffins, etc., you'll find those, but I've not found "fresh" bread easily, but that's because they aren't really fresh, so they are not necessarily baked locally.

          1. re: queenscook

            In general the East Coast(and certainly at least the Northeast) has enough Jews that the plants baking for the region are kosher. When you start talking about the Southwest or North(Montana) then you will run into problems. But in the case of East Stroudsburg and Shawnee, there should be bread available.

            1. re: avitrek

              Finding bread with a good heckscher in the mountain states is difficult and in Hawaii nearly impossible. But bread id baked and distributed regionally and while I have never been there I am to buy Queenscook the most expensive steak dinner at Prime Grill if he walked into any good-sized supermarket in Pennsylvania and failed to find acceptable bread. Look for the big national labels , like Arnold. You might even have to settle for frozen lenders. My point is only that in this country, you can "live off the land" by walking into any supermarket. Fine dining is something else. If Queencook lives in Queens s/he has access to truly great bread. This is about being hungry in darkest Pennsylvania.

              For those whose travel takes them to areas where none of the national brands is available with supervision, I advise going to Whole foods and looking in the freezer section where they carry Ezekiel bread, a line of organic breads made to suit food sensitivities: salt free, wheat-free, etc.

              Ezekiel 4:9 (King James Version)

              Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.

              It's very good when fresh, acceptable pretty good even when frozen, and available at Whole Foods in regions where other bread isn't available at all.

              1. re: AdinaA

                We don't disagree much here. However, I wouldn't classify frozen Lender's bagels as "FRESH" bread with kosher supervision, as you referred to in your earlier post. Bread? Absolutely. Fresh? Nope.

                And as far as Arnold's and other national labels, you can't assume any product in these national labels is kosher; I have definitely seen Arnold's bread without hechsher in some cities; it just depends where you go. But I definitely agree that one can eat perfectly well anywhere in the US just by visiting supermarkets; everything from peanut butter, canned veggies, cereals, baked beans, tuna, and hundreds of other products will fill you. This doesn't even take into account fresh produce, and every sort of junk food one would ever want--all readily available everywhere.

                1. re: queenscook

                  I'll agree with QC on the bread issue. When we on the Outer Banks, and the Southern Outer Banks, the big supermarkets only had Lender's bagels, all their fresh bread, of various brands were not hechshered.

                  1. re: queenscook

                    I agree as well. I was in Boulder, CO and stood in front of the bread display of a HUGE supermarket for maybe half an hour. Even the "Jewish Rye" was not kosher! Finally found hechshered bread- it was an organic, whole grain, sliced variety - don't remember the brand, but I recall that it was about 3 times as expensive as the others.

                  2. re: AdinaA

                    BTW - If you are looking for bread with a hechsher in the mountain states or Hawaii (or California for that matter), Rudi's Organic Bakery has a Star-K pareve hechsher. It is based out of Boulder, CO. You can find it in a lot of regular supermarkets and health food stores such as Whole Foods and Wild Oats. It's not fresh, but it is good and they make pareve hamburger and hot dog rolls.
                    Target also imports Bimbo bread from Mexico with a Kof-K pareve hechsher to some of these places.
                    Also, La Brea breads from Los Angeles makes a par-baked bread available in the freezer section of some upscale supermarkets with a KSA hechsher. It can be double wrapped and baked if you have those facilities while you are traveling.

          2. Shawnee is just over the state line from NJ into PA. I know that there is a Shop Rite in Allentown, PA which is 30 minutes past Shawnee, so there may be one even closer. How far are you travelling and what is your mode of transportation? If you are coming form NY or NJ, I would agree with another poster and recommend just bringing things with you. However, the chances of a larger local supermarket having items such as fresh bread with reliable hechschers is very high due to the proximity to NY.