Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774

The perfect backdrop for tea and crumpets
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Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
Snowflakes whirled outside on a recent afternoon, covering everything in sight with a fluffy white blanket. I was reminded of my Scottish childhood, where tea and crumpets were a daily ritual in winter. There was no need for my mother to bake from scratch. At the bakery down the street, hot crumpets were displayed right alongside apple tarts, floury rolls...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Visiting Poland these days is a bracing, stimulating, often puzzling, repeatedly maddening and, in the end, depressing and tragic experience for Jews. In fact, I recall a wintry Shabbat spent in Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter of Krakow (think Schindler's List ), that perfectly summed up the warring spirits that have always seemed to permeate such visits. A...
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By:
Louise Fiszer, Jewish Exponent Feature
Valentine's Day is upon us once again. Sometimes, I think it was especially created for chocolate lovers. For weeks, shops have been displaying hearts of all sizes covered in red velvet, pink silk and gold foil. Beneath the alluring coverings lie seductive morsels of chocolate. Millions of folks all over the world will express their love by presenting their sweeties...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Over the course of the last 25 years or so, whenever people would rave inordinately about Paris as the most beautiful and romantic city in the world, I would always say, "Give me Prague or Budapest any time." I even touted these cities in the heyday of the Soviet bloc, in the late 1980s in particular, when I...
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By:
Louise Fiszer
BEYOND CHICKEN SOUP I am easily enticed to try any new restaurant that has the word "bistro" in its title. Whether it is Joe's East Coast Bistro Cafe or Jean Pierre's Bistro Parisienne, the very word evokes images of elegantly comfortable interiors composed of dark woods and highly polished brass, where the food and atmosphere are highly spirited. A bistro,...
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