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Mar 8, 2011 09:07 AM

Eat Israeli on March 30

A good time to plan a dinner of Israeli coucous, maybe involving Israeli sun dried tomatoes, and Israeli olive oil with a nice wine from the Golan to wash it down.

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  1. Oh man instead of real food my mind went right to snack foods! I may jst have to buy extra Bambas to eat that day! The hazelnut fillled ones are soooooo yummy!

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    1. re: Prettypoodle

      Our great-grandparents in pre-war Europe bought Jaffa oranges, our grandparents in the 1950's bought Sabra. There was once a bottle in every Jewish home from Melbourne to Capetown to New York. These were the iconic foods of Israel, the emblems of supporting the Zionist dream.

      Now, Israel is a nation like all the nations, and we embody that normality by eating... Bamba.

      1. re: AdinaA

        I vividily recall buying Jaffa orahges back in NJ unill the 1980's. Infact one of my friend's dad was the person who helped bring them to Philadelphia at one point:) and my Hadassah chapter used to sell cartons of them - my mom was on the commitee to sell them one year and i helped her call members to increase sales. And we had the bottle of Sabra too - it was my first taste of liquor thanks to dad giving me a taste.
        Miss the oranges - never developed a taste for Sabra.

        1. re: Prettypoodle

          Sometimes now I see, and buy, tomatoes, peppers, and other produce form Israel. And even oranges. The site links to a pretty wide arrange of Israeli products. More than just milk and honey and Jaffa oranges.

          1. re: Prettypoodle

            Don't miss the Israeli products. I just picked up clementines from Israel that are being sold at Fairway. The taste is as good, if not better, than any clementine Ive eaten from Spain, Morocco or the United States. The price exactly the same as any other.

          2. re: AdinaA

            any excuse to eat bamba is a good excuse!!

        2. What makes March 30th the day to eat Israeli foods? I am confused.......... Thanks.

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          1. re: rjlebed

            I guess it's like "Shabbat Across America" I mean, if you think about it, there's nothing to stop you from having Shabbat every week. But once a year some organization proclaims that it is "Shabbat Across America" and, for example Prime KO in Manhattan opens for Friday evening dinner. Fact is, you actually could buy, say, some Israeli cheese and crackers and eat them today. No one would stop you. But some organization has proclaimed March 30th as the day when you should walk into a grocery store, liquor store or maybe just your local Walmart and buy something from Israel.

            1. re: AdinaA

              How is this related to the stuff on March 10?

            2. re: rjlebed

              There is an anti-Israel boycott scheduled for that day. Stand With Us is having a counter "buy-cott" where people are asked to specifically buy Israeli products.

              Just a side note that some Israeli produce is subject to teruma and maaser.
              It's a simple mitzvah to perform and helps connect us to Israel.


            3. A reminder


              you're probably doing some heavy-duty shopping this week anyway.

              I am particularly fond of the "778" brand Pesach preserves. Try the apricot. In recent years it has been kitniyot-free. Spread on warm matzo brei. Heavenly. There are some excellent Israeli cheeses out thrhere for Pesach, too.

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              1. re: AdinaA

                Spread the word to buy Israeli products tomorrow. Not everyone who should know, does. Buy Big!

                1. re: DaisyM

                  I know this is a food board, but there are all types of products that can be bought! Be sure to teel the person you are buying the items from that you are buying the items they are Israeli!

                  1. re: Prettypoodle

                    Sugat quinoa is certified for Pesach. It's kind of funny to think of quinoa being taken fomr an American mountain to Israel to get a hechscher for Pesach. But you could stock up on that.

                    Or, if you're in New York, go to Rosebud in Soho and buy yourself something pretty to wear at the seder.

                    1. re: AdinaA

                      sugat quinoa says in hebrew kosher for passover for people who eat kitniyot

                      1. re: koshergourmetmart

                        What's the problem? People who hold by Rav. Feinstein and other poskim that quinoa is not kitniyot, hold that it is not kitniyot.

                        I suppose that it might have been in contact with kitniyot, but that is not a problem. Contact with kitniyot does not make something not Pesachdik for lo ochlei kitniyot (Ashkenazim) . You can have dinner with a Sephardi friend on Pesach, cooked in the pots she cooks rice in, as long as you don't eat the rice.

                        1. re: AdinaA

                          Adina: I know all the all the issues regarding kitniyot and the whole issue of quinoa. I am doing is reporting something it says on the package in hebrew but not in english. Sugat also manufactures rice that is kosher for pesach - (in english it says kosher for passover and in hebrew for people who eat kitniyot). Perhaps Sugat manufactures both on the same machinery and that is why it says what it does on thge package.

                    2. re: Prettypoodle

                      Good point. Last year I went over to the manager of our local Trader Joe's and thanked him for stocking the products and showing him how much I was buying because they were Israeli.

                2. I had such a fun time shopping BIG (Buying israeli Goods) yesterday in Philadlephia, Started at Nuts to You and thanked them for stocking Elite coffe products (we dont drink much if any coffee here so I didnt buy any) the girl behind the counter seemed pleased. I then had lunch at mamas vegitarian. YUM! Had the Sanathas platter and an Israeli apple juice.Left stujffed! Headed down Chestnut Steet to Liberty Place for more shopping making a small detor into Victoia Secret for some new ISRAELI made undies and a discount card bonus too. Saught out a manager and thanked her for havbng israeli made goods and told her that was the SOLE reason for me shopping yesterday! She was pleased! The store in LP I was looking for has closed:( so I headed back to the street and saw a newish (open for 3 months) falefal place on Chestnut (about the 15 hundred block) Forget the name, but it is kosher. I went in a got a Prigat juice. My fav is the diet grapefruit but got grape as that is what they had. Had a nice chat with the cashier and told her all about BIG and my VS deal. She was all exciited and said she;d be up there after work! YEAH posibly MORE Israeli products sold! :) My last stop was to Max Brenner for CHOCOLATE!!! Fab looking candy ALL Israeli made and kosher! They also have lovely candles and a line of body products - all made in israel! Got candy for the hubby and the teen and some for me too! Bought two tins of treats and a box labled "for my man" which the hubby LOVED! made sure to say i was there for the BIG shopping day and promised to be back for more! LOVED the sandlewood candles!
                  After all my shopping I went to the Sixers game where they destroyed the Rockets and we stuffed ourtselves with food from Max and Davids! They kept flashing pics of the food on the center court screens resulting in us making TWO trips for food! Not a bad thing, but I was so full i couldnt sample the candy!

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                      1. re: Prettypoodle

                        Thanks for the report. Now I know more places to shop. Thank you!