SHABBAT DINNER AT THE DAN PANORAMA HOTEL JERUSALEM

We admit to a bias when it comes to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem. We also will tell you that that bias is well earned by the hotel. Recently, we had an amazing Friday night, sabbath meal at the hotel along with some friends.

First of all, all of the food was fresh, attractively placed on the buffet tables, colorful, and totally delish!

We happen to love the buffet at the Dan Pan. The salad end of the buffet was a riot of colors and salads. Each salad was a culinary delight. We particularly enjoyed several egg plant salads as well as the other offerings. Also on the salad end of the buffet was a huge ring of what has to be the most delicious chopped liver we have ever had. We were tempted to only eat salads and the chopped liver, but we forced ourselves to try the hot foods,too.

There were two soups: chicken and a creamed vegetable soup. Additions were noodles and croutons.

There was duck breast, Hungarian goulash, French goulash, rice, potatoes, veggies, two different kinds of fish, sliced meat, hummus, and much more than we can remember.

We are not at all sure what the carved meat was, as it was served as a hunk of meat, and we did not recognize the cut, but we have to say that it was tender, tasty, and left a really good taste on the tongue.

The dessert end of the buffet was also quite good, featuring an array of really good looking cakes. We sampled some of them, and found them all to be amazing.

The tables were set with linens. Crystal ware adorned each place setting.

All in all, we were reminded why we used to love staying at that hotel so much. Dining at the Dan Pan is a five star experience.

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KRAUT KRISPS (WE KID YOU NOT) OU-D KOSHER

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Kraut Krisps

Sauerkraut base provides serving of probiotics

Watsonville, Calif.-based Farmhouse Culture’s new Kraut Krisps are a twist on tortilla chips that offer the benefit of fiber and nutrient-rich cabbage, plus a serving of probiotics. Sauerkraut and masa serve as the base for the chips. After cooking, the light, crispy snacks are seasoned with natural herbs and other flavorings, along with a plant-based probiotic strain that has been shown to support digestive and immune health. Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified, the snacks are available in five flavors – Dill Pickle, Sea Salt, Smoked Jalapeno, White Cheddar and Zesty Garden Veggie – with an SRP of $3.79 per 5-ounce pouch.

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A HEINIE WITH NO ALCOHOL TO HIT GREAT BRITAIN

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LONDON — Heineken on Friday announced the launch of new drink Heineken 0.0, an alcohol-free version of its flagship lager.

The launch comes as consumers increasingly shun boozy drinks in favor of healthier options. Market research company Euromonitor International said on Thursday that the global alcoholic drinks market declined for the second year in a row in 2016. The volume of alcohol sold last year declined 0.2%, following a 0.8% fall in 2015.

The trend for “clean living” in the US and European markets has led to slowdown in alcohol sales. Figures from the UK Office for National Statistics released earlier this month show drinking rates in Britain are declining. 56.9% of people aged 16 and over had a drink in the week before being interviewed, down from 64.2% in 2005.

Heineken says in the release announcing 0.0 that the drink taps into the “growing cultural trend around the importance of responsible alcohol consumption and living a balanced, healthy lifestyle.”

Gianluca Di Tondo, Heineken’s senior director of global brand, says in a release on Friday: “The zero alcohol segment in Europe and Russia grew with a 5% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) between 2010 to 2015. We expect this strong growth to continue, driven by good innovation on taste, as it already has in Spain, Germany and Austria.

“Our ambition is to lead the category development in the markets where non-alcoholic beer is still small, but has growth potential, with a premium proposition.”

Heineken is rolling out the new beer in 17 markets this year including the UK.

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LIMITED EDITION PEPSI FIRE SODA

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Limited-Edition Pepsi Fire

Pepsi Fire, a cola with a cinnamon flavored twist, will be available in stores nationwide for an eight-week period

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That’s not all that is heating up this summer. From May 22 through July 16, fans who find specially marked packs of Pepsi Fire, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi Zero Sugar and Pepsi Wild Cherry can “Snap-Unlock-Win” a chance to take home thousands of the season’s hottest prizes. In a first-of-its-kind promotion, select Pepsi brand packaging will feature a Snapcode that unlocks a variety of exclusive Snapchat features, including unique Lenses, Geofilters and a new Pepsi mobile game.

To unlock exclusive Pepsi content and experiences, Snapchatters can point the Snapchat camera at the on-pack Snapcode and press and hold to scan. By unlocking the mobile game, consumers can also enter a sweepstakes where 10 lucky winners per day will take home big ticket items, including hard to find new gaming consoles, festival fly-away experiences and a chance to attend a taping of TBS’s CONAN plus meet-and-greet.

Pepsi Fire will be available at major retailers in 20-ounce bottles and 12-ounce can 12-packs.

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BANANA PALETAS RECIPE (FROZEN BANANA POPS)

FROM FOOD.COM

 

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Purée all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
  2. Pour into 4 to 6 molds and freeze until solid.
  3. Unmold by first running a little cold water over outside of molds, then gently pulling the sticks.
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HERSHEY’S FLAVORS OF AMERICA CANDIES

We can not wait to try all of these!!

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The Hershey, Pa.-based Hershey Co.’s “Flavors of America” collection is an assortment of six classic products from iconic brands with summer-inspired flavors. The collection includes: Kit Kat Strawberry Flavored Candy, Hershey’s Kisses Coconut Almond Flavored Candies, PayDay BBQ Flavored Bars, Reese’s Honey Roasted Flavored Peanut Butter Cups, Twizzlers Key Lime Pie Flavored Twists, Twizzlers Orange Cream Pop Flavored Twists, and Hershey’s Cherry Cheesecake Flavored Bars.

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CHEESES OF NAZARETH. OK, KIDDING. THE MANY CHEESES OF ISRAEL

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Brinza Cheese – ברינזה

An Arab semi-hard white cheese derived from cow’s milk. Can be used in cooking.  Around 15% fat content

Bulgarian Cheese / Bulgarit – בולגרית

A white cheese, similar to Feta but saltier.  Popular in Israel, this cheese originates in the Balkan countries.  From 5% – 28% fat content.  Great in salads or where any Feta type cheese is called for.  Nice on pizza too.

Canan Cheese – כנען

A white cheese with a 5% fat content.  No salt has been added.  Great for baking and also in cheese-cakes.  Expect to pay around 45 shekels/kilo

Cottage Cheese – גבינת קוטג

Emek Cheese – עמק

A hard, light-yellow cheese popular in Israel. The recipe hasn’t changed since 1942. It takes 1.5 cups of milk to produce a 28gr slice of cheese.  Made from cows’ milk it usually has a 28% fat content.  Sliced in a sandwich, melted in a toasted cheese {Heb: Tost} it can also be used on pizza, pashtidot, (crustless quiche), souffles and cheese sauces.  It has a mild flavor but does not quite measure up to Edam, Sweetmilk or Cheddar cheeses. Expect to pay between 40 -45 shekels/kilo

Galil Blue Cheese – גליל

Tnuva’s brand name for their Roquefort style blue cheese is Galil.  Each dairy has its own name like Roq-Kfar, Bar-Kfar or Kachol Lavan.  Blue cheese goes well with thick crusted country-style bread, grapes, apples and walnuts. Sweet dessert wines are often drunk as accompaniments to blue cheeses; some enjoy a Cabernet Sauvignon with their blue cheese.  Add it to creamy salad dressings.  If you are not put off by the distinct smell, you will discover a strong, salty flavor.  Made from sheep’s or goats’ milk.

Gilboa Cheese -גילבוע

Similar to Emek, Gilboa has a 22% fat content, Gilboa is a hard yellow cheese. Just like Emek it can be used in recipes that call for Edam, Sweetmilk or Cheddar.  It is similarly priced to Emek.

Labaneh – לבנה

A soft white cream cheese, popular in the  Middle-East. Labaneh starts off as a yogurt which has been strained to give it a firmer consistency. It is derived from goat, sheep or cow’s milk.  Often served in balls with olive oil, zaatar and pita. Around 9 – 30% fat content.

Soft-white, Cream Cheeses  –  גבינה לבנה

From 3% fat content and upwards, white, creamed cheese is made by all the large dairies.  250 gr tubs are the usual size, but it can also be bought in 500 and 750 gram tubs.  These larger sizes are great for your Shavuot cheese cake. You can substitute white creamed cheese for recipes that call for sour cream and white yogurts.

Symphonia and Napoleon have higher fat contents, often flavored with garlic, onions, dill etc.  they are similar to the American Philadelphia cheese.

Tal HaEmek Cheese – טל העמק

Tal HaEmek is Israel’s version of the Swiss Ementhaaler cheese. It has a sharp flavor. Tal HaEmek has around a 30% fat content. Expect to pay around 60 shekels/kilo

Tzfatit Cheese – צפתית

Tzfatit cheese is a semi-hard, salty white cheese with a rubbery consistency. It was produced in Israel originally from sheep’s milk by the HaMeiri dairy in Safed in 1840 and is still produced there by descendants of the original cheese makers.  It is made from cows’, goats’ or sheep’s milk.  Price point – around 80 shekels/kilo. Use it lasagne, pashtidot, boerekas or any recipe that calls for white cheese.

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EXPLORE CUISINE RICE PASTAS (OU)

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Rice Pastas

Explore Cuisine introduces Organic Rice Pastas packed with organic pea protein. Available in three short-cut pastas, these Rice Pastas cook up in minutes and let consumers enjoy a flavorful gluten-free meal made for anyone, anywhere, anytime. The pastas are available in Organic Red Rice Macaroni, Organic Brown Rice Rigatoni and Organic Brown Rice Fusilli. All three varieties provide 11 grams of protein per serving.

MSRP: $ 4.49
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M&M’S ICE CREAM BAR

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Mars Chocolate launched a new M&M’s ice cream bar in time for summer. Each 2.64-ounce bar is individually wrapped and features pieces of M&M’s milk chocolate candy, reduced-fat vanilla ice cream, and a milk-chocolate coating. Individual bars have an SRP of $1.79, while a six-count multipack is available for an SRP of $3.99.

 

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PICO DE GALLO ROJO’S SALSA SALAD

Quick Pasta Salad

1 (14-oz.) Rojo’s Pico De Gallo Salsa
½ cup each: sour cream and mayonnaise
1 cup sliced celery
½ lb. dry pasta, cooked, drained and cooled

In large bowl, stir together all ingredients. Cover and chill before serving. Makes 4 servings.

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