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I preached the Dickens about antisemitism – Religion News Service

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(RNS) Forty years ago, as I prepared to ascend the bima for my first High Holy Day sermon as a rabbi, one of the elders of my congregation pulled me aside.

Rabbi, he said to me, Preach the Dickens at em.

I said to him: OK. Just dont have any great expectations.

Forty years later this year, on Rosh Hashana, I preached the Dickens.

These are the opening few words of Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities, in which he describes the mood in Europe on the edge of the French Revolution:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

For us as American Jews, it is the best of times, and it is the worst of times. We have never been more successful, and we have never been more nervous.

There has never been a Jewish community that has enjoyed the wealth, the cultural influence, the political power and the acceptance that we American Jews enjoy. From the number of Jews in the Biden cabinet, to the fact that the use of Yiddish is an accepted part of American culture, to the fact that their Jewish identity would never bar our children and grandchildren from a university, to the fact that we are the most successful immigrant group in America.

But, it is also the worst of times. We sense something has turned against us.

We are in the middle of a second pandemic. It is a pandemic of anti-Israel sentiment, which has increasingly become a loud, vulgar antisemitism. More than 60% of American Jews say they have experienced antisemitism over the past six years. Anti-Jewish hate crimes made up a stunning 58% of all hate crimes and we are only 2% of the American population!

What makes it worse is that many of our young people do not fight such anti-Israelism.

Quite the opposite. They have adopted it.

Those young people are not (I hate this term) self-hating Jews. Many, if not most, love being Jewish.

They want a Judaism they can square with a vision of social justice. Unfortunately, this has led some of them to use very sloppy and painful and even obscene words words like apartheid, and genocide and ethnic cleansing none of which have anything to do with the realities of Israel and Palestine.

My hero is a young man named Blake Flayton, a student at George Washington University. He shares my deep concern for what is happening to young Jews in this country, and he created the New Zionist Congress.

These are his words.

We aim to transform ourselves. From crouching to standing, from defending to affirming, from shame to pride. We will not beg for scraps in exchange for a seat at a hostile table. It is our Zionism that inspires us to build our own spaces, amplify our own words, and to reject any movement that mandates we sacrifice part of ourselves to be welcomed.

Blake is saying: We want to join you in your quest for justice in this world. But do not think for a minute we are willing to sacrifice one piece of our Zionism.

How do we respond to antisemitism?

We respond to antisemitism through pro-semitism through finding the best that is within our tradition.

Let us talk about the blowing of the shofar.

The sages say the blasts of the shofar should remind you of a weeping woman.

The scriptural readings for Rosh Hashana offer us (to quote a failed presidential campaign) binders filled with crying women. So, which woman?

The ancient sages offer us two possibilities.

The first is that the cries are the cries of Sarah. Her silent cries permeate the Akedah, the story of the binding of Isaac, which is our Torah reading. The sages imagined she thought her son Isaac had really died. She howled and when we blow the shofar, we remember her cries of anguish.

But the second is even more tantalizing. In this interpretation, the sages go outside of the scriptural readings for Rosh Hashana straight to the mother of Sisera.

Sisera was a Canaanite general who led a coalition of forces against the Israelites. The heroine Deborah defeated that coalition. Another woman, Yael, killed Sisera by luring him into her tent and then smashing his skull.

When Siseras mother discovers her son is dead, she wails and some ancient rabbis believed her wails were the origins of the shofar blasts.

Yes, of course, we feel empathy for Sarah.

But, Siseras mother? Mrs. Sisera was the mother of a barbaric Canaanite general who came after us with brutality and with treachery. Today, Sisera would be part of the Islamic State or al-Qaida or the Taliban. And we should care about her feelings?

Yes. That is the astounding thing. We care about her and her feelings just as we care about the feelings of Sarah.

I want to feel empathy with my own people, with my own tribe.

And: I want to feel empathy with others, as well.

I start with empathy for my people, for our people, for the Jewish people. I empathize with our peoples history, with its struggles, with the words we have created and the visions we have shared. This is my family.

That empathy includes Israel. That is a love, and that is a solidarity, and that is a fundamental part of my faith for which I will not apologize.

Judaism says: You think you have to abandon your own story in order to feel empathy with those who are powerless? No! That is your story! You care for others because it is at the beating heart of your story!

On some level, on many levels, that empathy demands I hear the stories of those who are not me, as well.

Consider the words of the Israeli journalist Yossi Klein Halevi, in his book Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor. He imagines the Palestinian who lives in the next village, just beyond the borders of Jerusalem.

I see my presence in Israel as part of the return of an indigenous, uprooted people, and a reborn Jewish state as an act of historic justice, of reparation. I see your presence in this land as an essential part of its being. Palestinians often compare themselves to olive trees. I am inspired by your rootedness, by your love for this landscape. Do you see me as part of a colonialist invasion that was a historic crime and a religious violation? Or can you see the Jewish presence here as authentic, just like your own? Can you see my life here as an uprooted olive tree restored to its place?

Yossi is asking: Is there room in the Jewish soul and in the Palestinian soul to see each other as part of the same story?

The answer must be: Yes.

To our young people, and others:

The Jewish people needs your presence, and it needs your heart. Israel needs your heart. When you see policies and actions that demand critique and if you do not, I will make a small list for you then I want your love to speak out. When we Jews need to criticize what other Jews do, and what the Jewish state does, let us do it out of love, out of chesed.

You want to repair the world that great task of tikkun olam. I am with you.

But, may I remind you of the motto of our international Reform youth movement?

Three acts of tikkun:

If you try to blow into the wide end of the shofar, you get no sound.

The music only emerges when you blow into the narrow end. Only when you start with yourself and with your people.

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3 Zionists injured after they were stabbed in holy Quds – Mehr News Agency – English Version

Posted By on September 16, 2021

Israeli regime media said on Monday afternoon a Palestinian was shot dead after stabbing three Zionists in the occupied holy Quds on Monday afternoon.

Lebanese Al-Mayadeen news network reported, quoting those Zionist sourcesthat the stabbingtook place at the central bus station in al-Quds.

Palestinian Shahab news agency also reported that the Zionist soldiers shot at the person carrying the knife and that he was apparently martyred in the shooting.

Recently, clashes between the Israeli military and Palestinians in various parts of the West Bank have escalated after six Palestinian prisoners escaped from the high-security Israeli prison whilefour of them have been re-captured.


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Leading name on Muslim pro-Miller letter shared ‘Rothschild bankers’ article another praised Isis beheader Jihadi John – The Jewish Chronicle

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Leading name on Muslim pro-Miller letter shared 'Rothschild bankers' article another praised Isis beheader Jihadi John  The Jewish Chronicle

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Dear Palestine: A Social History of the 1948 War – Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

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As the U.S. empire frays, there is Zubeidi and his colleagues – Tehran Times

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It has been reported that Zakaria Zubeidi, one of the four of six escapees from maximum security Gilboa Prison in the West Bank who was recaptured by Zionist thugs, has been admitted to an ICU at an Israeli hospital after repeated rounds of torture that included breaking one of his legs and then hanging him upside down by his broken leg, among other atrocities.

As for the two escapees who have not yet been recaptured, it has been suggested that one of them MAY have been able to cross into Lebanon, given some unconfirmed evidence that someone may have figured out a way to cross the border. But this may just be very wishful thinking.

It anyway goes almost without saying that the Apartheid state is the worlds greatest sponsor of terrorism (not Iran or any other country), and this has often been the case ever since 1948 when Zionist terrorists perpetrated the notable massacre of hundreds of innocent Palestinian villagers at a place called Deir Yassin near Jerusalem in an effort to so frighten Palestinian natives that they would leave their homes and become refugees. 800,000 Palestinians did become refugees back in 1948 and many Palestinian villages and towns were emptied and then wiped from the maps of what became Israel.

Zionist terrorism has been rampant ever since 1948 and one only has to look at what the IDF has done to Gaza repeatedly and many more Palestinians across the Middle East including more massacres such as at Sabra and Shatila refugee camps near Beirut and beyond. Not to mention the fact that some observers have been convinced that Zionists may have also been at bottom responsible for 9/11 in New York City even though it is clearer some Saudis were, and 14 of the aircraft hijackers who plowed into the World Trade Center were Saudi citizens.

Max Boot, an American Zionist Jew and commentator and apologist, claimed this week thatthe American global war on terror over the past 20 years has been a huge success. Why? Because, he says, there has not been another 9/11 and that by one count a mere 107 people have been killed in jihadist attacks in the U.S. since September 11, 2001. And half of them are accounted for by carnage at a Florida night club. Boot has it all wrong.

Because the U.S. had enormous world sympathy after 9/11. (Boot adds that more Americans are dying of Covid 19 every two hours than died of alleged Islamic terrorism in the past 20 years.) The U.S. did not capitalize on the sympathy it had, but as everyone knows went on to launch or support various wars that have killed millions of people and destroyed any pretense the U.S. had as a fair arbiter of disputes anywhere. U.S. greed and war profiteering have been the norm ever since, and not one of the wars has been won, or won anything but the virtual bankruptcy of the U.S. financially and morally. Afghanistan is the current case in point. Are the chickens now coming home to roost? Some of them and many more to come back home in time. Boot among many others are nothing but shills for Zionists interests, suggesting that the decades-long U.S. fealty to the Apartheid state may well be the centerpiece of the ultimate downfall of the U.S.

The so-called empire affliction in the U.S. at least has been diminished this summer and at long last at least some in the current Biden Administration are waking up to the fact that nation building by the U.S. anywhere is not a winning policy. Because, simply, the U.S. has been nation destroying for decades reaching all the way back to the Vietnam War sparked by a false flag incident in the Gulf of Tonkin in the mid 1960s. Also, one could argue that the U.S. had long been even worse than the Apartheid state as the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the past 30 years, but on the other hand one has to dig deep and understand the deeper policies spawned by alleged U.S. allies like Israel that have led the U.S. by the nose to what some call evil foreign policies. The opportunity costs of the latter have been beyond enormous and increasingly reveal, even if too many Americans remain victims of propaganda of the sort that Max Boot has postured.

Iran and friends of Iran just need to wait a while for the day the U.S. currency implodes. At that time Allah only knows beforehand the troubles the U.S. will encounter affecting all Americans.

But back to Zakaria Zubeidi. One American Greta Berlin, who over a decade ago led with friends the Free Gaza Movement and literally broke the siege of Gaza briefly when she led a small boat that sailed into Gazas harbor. She has offered up a short biography of Zubeidi and Its worth quoting:

Zakaria Muhammad 'Abdelrahman Zubeidi, 46, is the former Jenin chief of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and a "symbol of the Intifada". One of eight children, his father was prevented from teaching by the Israelis after he was arrested in the late 1960s for being a member of Fatah. He worked instead as a labourer in an Israeli iron foundry, did some private teaching on the side, and became a peace activist. The first Israeli Zubeidi had ever met was the soldier who came to take away his father away, leaving the mother to raise their children alone. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, during the First Intifada, Israeli human rights activist Arna Mer-Khamis opened a children's theater in Jenin, "Arna's House", to encourage understanding between Israelis and Palestinians. Dozens of Israeli volunteers ran the events, and Samira, believing that peace was possible, offered the top floor of the family house for rehearsals. Zubeidi, then aged 12, his older brother Daoud, and four other boys around the same age formed the core of the troupe. In 1989, at age 13, he was shot in the leg when he threw stones at Israeli soldiers. He was hospitalized for six months and underwent four operations, but was left permanently affected, with one leg shorter than the other and a noticeable limp. At age 14, he was arrested for the first time (again for throwing stones) and jailed for six months. At that time he had become the representative before the prison governor for the other child prisoners. On his release, he dropped out of high school after one year. A year later, he was re-arrested for throwing Molotov cocktails and imprisoned for 4 and a half years. In prison, he learned Hebrew, and became politically active, joining Fatah. On his release following the 1993 Oslo Accords, he joined the Palestinian Authority's Palestinian Security Forces He became a sergeant, but left, disillusioned, after a year, complaining: "There were colleagues whom I had taught to read who were promoted to senior positions because of nepotism and corruption." He went to work illegally in Israel, and for two years earned a good living as a contractor for home renovations in Tel Aviv and Haifa. He was eventually arrested in Afula and, after being briefly imprisoned for working without a permit, deported back to Jenin. He became a truck driver, transporting flour and olive oil, but in September 2000 lost his job when the West Bank was sealed off due to the Second Intifada. On 3 March 2002, one month before the main assault on the refugee camp, his mother was killed during an Israeli raid into Jenin. She had taken refuge in a neighbor's home and was shot by an IDF sniper who targeted her as she stood near a window. She subsequently bled to death. Zubeidi's brother Taha was also killed by soldiers shortly afterward. Aside from grieving for lost family members and friends, Zubeidi was greatly embittered by the fact that none of the Israelis who had accepted his mother's hospitality, and whom he had thought were his friends, tried to contact him. In a 2006 interview he stated angrily, "You took our house and our mother and you killed our brother. We gave you everything and what did we get in return? A bullet in my mother's chest. We opened our home and you demolished it. Every week, 20-30 Israelis would come there to do theatre. We fed them. And afterward, not one of them picked up the phone. That is when we saw the real face of the left in Israel." Losing hope in the Israeli peace camp, he joined the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, an armed wing of Fatah. Arna's son, Israeli actor Juliano Mer-Khamis, did return to Jenin in 2002 and looked for the boys who had been in the theater group. Zubeidi had turned to armed resistance, Daoud was sentenced to 16 years in prison for militant activities, and the other four were dead. In 2004, Mer-Khamis completed a documentary film about the group, Arna's Children. Israel tried to assassinate him four times. In one such attempt in 2004, an Israeli police unit killed five other brigade members, including a 14-year-old boy, in a jeep carrying Zubeidi. On November 15, following Arafat's death, Israeli forces launched an incursion in Jenin to kill him, but he evaded them; in the raid, nine Palestinians were killed, including four civilians and his deputy, "Alaa". The raid uncovered an arms cache. Prior to these incidents, another attempt on his life had been made by a Palestinian; Zubeidi had his hands broken as a punishment. In September 2005 he declared that his group's cease-fire was at an end after Samer Saadi and two other militants were killed by Israeli forces in Jenin. Nevertheless, Zubeidi told a Swedish nurse, Jonatan Stanczak, that he wanted to re-establish his links with the Jewish peace movement. The way he spoke of Arna's project led Stanczak to contact Mer-Khamis and within six months they re-established the Freedom Theater in Jenin, which opened in February 2006. On July 6, 2006, the IDF attempted to capture Zubeidi at a funeral, but he escaped after an exchange of gunfire. He was on Israel's most-wanted list for some years until he handed over his guns to the Palestinian National Authority and accepted an Israeli amnesty. In mid-2007, he renounced militancy and committed himself to cultural resistance through theater. On July 15, 2007, the Office of the Israeli Prime Minister announced that Israel would include Zubeidi in an amnesty offered to militants of Fatah's al-Aqsa-Brigades. In 2008, he was hired by Juliano Mer-Khamis (who was later murdered) as director of the Freedom Theatre in the Jenin refugee camp, where children could study theatre and experience the growing art and music culture surrounding the Palestine International Film festivals. On 28 December 2011, Israel rescinded Zubeidi's pardon. On 29 December 2011, Israel rescinded Zubeidi's pardon and Zubeidi stated to Ma'an News Agency that he had not violated any of the conditions of his amnesty. He was advised by PA security officials to turn himself in to Palestinian custody lest he be arrested by Israel's security forces. A week before Zubeidi was notified about the cancellation of his amnesty, his brother had been arrested by the PA. Zubeidi was then kept in detention without charge by the Palestinian Authority from May to October 2012. Zubeidi undertook to study for a master's degree from Birzeit University, where he was supervised by Abdel Rahim Al-Sheikh, Professor of Cultural Studies, with a thesis entitled The Dragon and the Hunter, that focused on the Palestinian experience of being pursued from 1968 to 2018.

On 27 February 2019, before he could complete his dissertation, Zubeidi was arrested again, on suspicion of having engaged in terrorist activities, and in May he was charged before an Israeli military court with carrying out at least two shooting attacks on civilian buses in the West Bank. Zakaria Zubeidi was at the Gilboa Prison since his arrest, and on September 6, 2021, he escaped from the Gilboa Prison in Israel's along with five other Palestinian prisoners. Five days later, on September 11, 2021, Zubeidi was caught near the Israeli village of Kfar Tavor. On September 12, 2021, Zubeidi was transferred from the site where he was being held unlawfully, to a medical center in Haifa for injuries sustained from torture and brutal beating by occupation forces.

It's not hard to say that Palestinians may be the bravest people in the world.

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A Dumpling Tour of the Upper West Side – Untapped New York

Posted By on September 16, 2021

The time is ripe for a dumpling tour of the Upper West Side. The recent influx of Chinese and Chinese-inspired restaurants has introduced a roster of diverse and delicious dumplings to the neighborhood. Between 74th and 82nd Streets alone, you can now find everything from traditional dim sum and $6 plates of eight pan-fried potstickers to dumplings perfumed with black truffle or chicken-fried in a spicy breading. Locals have embraced these spots, a mixture of transplants from other parts of New York City and new ventures exclusive to the Upper West Side.

Among those outside the neighborhood, however, the Upper West Side remains better known for bagels than for dumplings. A hub of Jewish cuisine, the Upper West Side is home to spots such as Zabars. The current owners of the specialty foods emporium prepare lox and rugelach according to their grandparents recipes. Further north, Barney Greengrass has earned fame for its buttery smoked fish. The restaurant has also served as the setting for scenes from iconic shows including Seinfeld and 30 Rock. The Upper West Side also caters to a cosmopolitan crowd with French and Italian fare near Columbia University.

All of this attention to European cuisine has led many to overlook the Upper West Sides developing dumpling culture. Often overshadowed by Manhattan Chinatown and Flushing, the Upper West Side deserves its moment in the dumpling spotlight. Here are seven of the best spots in the neighborhood for shumai, soup dumplings and more.

Tucked in the shadow of the 125th Street subway platform, La Salle Dumpling Room offers an unassuming start to a dumpling tour of the Upper West Side. Do not let the drab exterior fool you. Inside, plucky pop tracks play and pendant lights hang from the high ceilings. Most of your fellow patrons will likely be college students drawn to La Salles casual fare. Chinese-American staples such as General Tsos chicken and fried rice make up the bulk of takeout orders. Dine-in patrons, meanwhile, often opt for the chewy dan dan noodles slicked with chili oil and laden with crispy, salty bits of ground pork. For more La Salle further south, you can visit their second location on West End Ave. just north of 61st Street.

At La Salle, soup dumplings, or xiao long bao, get top billing. Their pork and kimchi variety proves particularly noteworthy for the spicy, tangy punch they pack. A Shanghai staple, soup dumplings get their name from the savory broth trapped inside their thin skins. Chefs achieve this magical outcome by stuffing the dumplings with rich, porky gelatin that liquefies when heated, surrounding the pork or seafood filling. Start by nibbling a small hole in the dumpling and slurp up the broth that seeps into your spoon. After that, bite down on the tender dough and meaty center.

3141 Broadway Manhattan, NY 10027

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The Comforting Fusion of Matzo Ball Ramen – msnNOW

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I hustled into Shalom Japan in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on a stormy Friday night. It was dimly lit inside and had all the ambience of a casual Japanese ramen joint. Inside the bathroom, there was an enlarged photo of a Levys Jewish Rye ad from the 60s, which read You dont have to be Jewish to love Levy's real Jewish Rye in large black letters, with a picture of a Japanese boy dressed in a white shirt and red tie holding his sandwich next to an open bag of Levys Jewish Rye.

There was only a handful of tables. I grabbed a seat at the bar with an open view of the kitchen to my right. A native New Yorker I had met in Berlin happened to be in town at the same time and joined me. I saw chefs Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi busy at work and turned my attention to the menu, giving it a cursory glance. But we both already knew we were getting the matzo ball ramen soup. How could we not?

Matzo ball ramen soup: It sounds like forced fusion, doesnt it? But it actually makes sense. Matzo balls are chameleons of the soup world. They can just plop into a bowl without crashing the party. Chefs and husband-wife duo Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi combine their Ashkenazi Jewish and Japanese backgrounds for a warm, brothy bowl that just makes sense.

Historical Jewish cooking mirrors the well-known story of persecution. Jews made similar dishes as their neighbors, with religious Jews adapting recipes to make them kosher. When theyd get kicked out of town by some new royal decree, theyd take their recipes, settle someplace else, and start blending their food with that of their new neighbors.

But whats happening at Shalom Japan is something different. The matzo ball ramen wasnt birthed out of persecution, but out of love. We can increasingly see this across the Jewish culinary world. In many ways, Jewish food is evolving on its own terms for the first time in history, and dishes like Shalom Japans matzo ball ramen are a celebration of that freedom.

Shalom Japan uses a chicken broth with char siu chicken, scallions, and nori as its base for the soup. For a little extra, you can get a soy-marinated egg, foie gras dumplings, or an additional matzo ball. Though basically a vegetarian in my own kitchen, I tend to indulge in unique experiences when I travel. So I decided to go for the foie gras dumplings, and the soy-marinated egg was already a no-brainer.

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After a few slurpy noodles from the steamy bowl of ramen, one of the waiters stopped by and asked how we liked the matzo ball ramen and if wed ever had it before.

Ive had ramen and matzo ball soup before, I nodded. But not together.

For someone who isnt Japanese or Jewish, it just makes sense to me, he said, clearly smiling behind his mask.

Indeed it does.

Back in Berlin, I took a crack at my own matzo ball ramen, and it came together nicely. There was the earthiness of the veggie broth, with carrots, celery, turnips, parsley, onions, and dill: just some of the building blocks of so-called Jewish penicillin. I added corn and chopped scallions, following the lead of Shalom Japan. With the noodles I started the shift to Japan, as they were different from the wider egg noodles more typical of Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine. Then I went full ramen with the soy-marinated, soft-boiled egg halved and left on top, with the egg yolk still oozing out.

Shalom Japan throws some garlicky chile oil on top, so feel free to use your favorite brand or make your own. Drizzling some of the soy marinade over the dish, with its chile pepper flakes, also helps bring it all together. (Oh, and I slid a small sheet of nori on the side just to be fancy-ish, I guess.)

Ultimately, one of the best things about this dish is that you can easily make it your own, to tell your own story. Use your own cherished broth and matzo ball recipe. Try skipping back-and-forth between Ashkenazi Jewish and Japanese staples, like dill or miso. Bring it out to break your Yom Kippur fast, to serve for Passover dinner, or just to make a boring Saturday night feel special.

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The best weekend happy hours in Philly right now – The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted By on September 16, 2021

Happy hour is great this is well-known. But for anyone who works later hours or has to make a long commute home, its also known that a 5 p.m. happy hour can be tough to make.

Thats where weekend happy hours come in, and there are plenty of restaurants in Philadelphia that offer deals on Saturdays and Sundays.

Heres where to go for weekend happy hours in Philly, from West Philly to Old City to Fishtown, and beyond.

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Neighborhood: University City

Happy Hour: Tue.-Sun. 4-7 p.m.

Nestled in University Citys AKA Hotel is Walnut Street Cafe where a golden hour means deals on specialty $9 toasts and $5 to $7 deals on other snacks, while select wines, cocktails, and beer are available for $5 a pop.

2929 Walnut St., 215-867-8067,, @walnutstcafe

Neighborhood: Old City

Happy Hour: Daily 4-6 p.m.

In the space that once housed Old Original Bookbinders isThe Olde Bar, a seafood-focused spot run by Garces Group. Happy hour is a daily occurrence (including on weekends) where you can order buck-a-shuck oysters, house wines for $6, select draft beers for $5, and a rotating bartenders cocktail for $6. Additional food specials change throughout the year, but you can expect a solid selection of crab-based small plates, seafood sandwiches, fried fish apps, and more.

125 Walnut St., 215-253-3777,, @theoldebarphl

Neighborhood: Washington Square West

Happy Hour: Tue.-Thu. 4-6:30 p.m., Sun. 4-6 p.m.

On the cusp of Washington Square West and Queen Village, Mixto Restaurante offers Cuban cuisine and drinks in a fun space with a Miami ambience. The happy hour menu has been updated to include three bar bites and four classic Latin cocktails, and all bar bites and drinks (including mojitos, caipirinhas, and margaritas) are $6 during happy hour.

1141 Pine St., 215-592-0363,, @mixtophilly

Neighborhood: Midtown Village

Happy Hour: Daily 4-7 p.m.

This go-to destination has some of the best happy hour dishes and prices in the city. Happy hour is available at the sushi bar, outside along 13th Street, and at the down-the-alley Graffiti Bar. The modern Asian menu consists of satay, bao buns, dumplings, sushi rolls, and more, all priced at $6 or less. For drinks, beers and house wines are available for $5 and specialty cocktails will run you $9.

124 S. 13th St., 215-732-3501,, @sampanphilly

Neighborhood: Midtown Village

Happy hour: Wed.-Mon. 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Chatayee Thai serves up dishes like green papaya salad with dried shrimp, Bangkok-style grilled pork, and spring rolls, all of which are available during happy hour. Most food ranges between $3 and $6 during happy hour, and drinks like house wine, well cocktails, and draft beers are $3 to $4. The menu is heavily plant-based, making it ideal for vegetarians and vegans.

1227 Walnut St., 215-923-8208,, @chatayeethai

Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital

Happy hour: Daily 4-6 p.m.

Happy hour is an everyday occurrence at The Sidecar Bar & Grille, a favorite spot among Graduate Hospital residents. The menu leans seasonal with snacks available for $5 to $8; wings and mussels are two standbys. During happy hour, select draft beers cost $4, and cocktails and house wines are $6.

2201 Christian St., 215-732-3429,, @thesidecarbar

Neighborhood: East Passyunk

Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Sat. 3-5 p.m, Sun. 4-6 p.m.

Chinese food and traditional Jewish fare combine at this East Passyunk spot where happy hour is available daily, including the weekends. The cheesesteak bao is a happy hour staple, along with dumplings and a rotating bartenders choice cocktail ($8).

1648 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-279-7702,, @bingbingdimsum

Neighborhood: Fairmount

Happy Hour: Wed.-Sat. 4-6 p.m., Sun. 3-5 p.m.

Nothing is more than $10 at Osterias happy hour, which runs every day of the week. You can snag one of Osterias classic wood-fired pizzas for $8 (the margherita pizza) or $10 (the seasonal special pie) and theyre the same size as the pies on the regular dinner menu. Pastas, salads, and snacks are available during happy hour as well, in addition to Osterias popular spritz ($6) and wines and beers ($5).

640 N. Broad St., 215-763-0920,, @osteriaphilly

Neighborhood: Rittenhouse

Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 5-7 p.m., Sat. 1-5 p.m.

Everything is $5 during happy hour at Qu Japan Bistro and Bar at 16th and Market. The small sushi house stands tall among its competitors and has one of the best happy hour menus in the neighborhood. The restaurant specializes in sushi, ramen, and fried rice, and its seasonal happy hour menu is likely to include a selection of sushi rolls, dumplings, wings, and other Japanese-inspired snacks. Complete your order with a beer, sake, or glass of wine for $5.

1635 Market St., 267-362-9999,, @qujapan_phl

Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital

Happy Hour: Mon.-Thu. 4-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun. noon-2 p.m.

Rotating happy hour wines and sangrias are the star at Jet Wine Bar, where worldly wines are available for $6 a glass from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. on the weekends. Flatbread and sliders costing between $6 and $7 are available, too.

1525 South St., 215-735-1116,, @jetwinebar

Neighborhood: East Falls

Happy hour: Daily 4-6 p.m.

Happy hour is everywhere at In Riva; indoors at the bar and tables and outdoors at the tables facing Kelly Drive. During the restaurants daily happy hour, find cocktails for $6 a glass, draught wines for $5, draught beers for $4, and a pizza-and-a-beer combo (either a pepperoni or margherita pie) for $10.

4116 Ridge Ave., 215-438-4848,, @inrivaeastfalls

Neighborhood: Chinatown

Happy Hour: Daily 3-6 p.m.

Chinatowns only sports bar has a happy hour that starts at 3 p.m. daily, a little earlier than most other happy hours in the area. Order from an extensive menu of Asian-inspired food like mini portions of fried rice and pad Thai, in addition to sports bar snacks like wings and nachos. For drinks, there are beers, margaritas, sangrias, and martinis. Nothing on the happy hour menu is ever over $8.

101 N. 11th St., 215-922-2688,, @barly_philly

Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Sat. 3-5 p.m., Sun. 4-6 p.m.

Fishtowns resident noodle bar recently teamed up with its sister restaurant and next-door neighbor Nunu for one combined menu. Order from one large happy hour menu, which is a combination of drinks and snacks from the cool Frankford Avenue spots. Appetizers are $5 to $8, including sushi and ramen. On the drink list, wine, sake, and beers are available for a discount. For bigger groups, lager pitchers for happy hour prices are also on offer.

1416 Frankford Ave., 267-758-2269,, @cheufishtown

Neighborhood: Fishtown, West Philly, and Graduate Hospital

Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 5-7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1-3pm

All Loco Pez locations (Fishtown, West Philly, and Graduate Hospital) have a daily happy hour, which returned this summer after a pandemic-induced hiatus. You can feast on half-priced nachos, half-priced draught beers, and select margaritas for $5 a pop.

2401 E. Norris St., 700 S. 20th St., and 4631 Baltimore Ave., 267-886-8061,, @locopez

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The 15 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in the US This Fall – Robb Report

Posted By on September 16, 2021

After a flurry of activity this past summer as many pandemic-delayed restaurants finally got to open their doors, fall looks to be a little quieter on the restaurant-opening front. The slowdown is understandable, especially as the Delta variant has put a bit of a crimp on the industrys roaring return. However, there are still some great new restaurants expected to launch throughout the end of the year. There will be chefs expanding their respective footprints, others making triumphant returns and some going out on their own for the first time. From Sonoma to Boston, here are the openings were most excited about this fall.

After leading Seattles legendary restaurant Canlis for six years and picking up a James Beard Award along the way for Best Chef: Northwest, Brady Williams is going out on his own. In a gritty stretch of unincorporated King County called White Center, Williams will set up shop 10 miles away from Canlis, but a world apart from the picturesque locale of his old employer. The 28-seat restaurant is named after his grandmother Tomoko and will feature $68 tasting menus at dinner and an a la carte menu for weekend lunch. Williams food will draw upon the Japanese heritage on his mothers side and feature dishes like sungold tomato with cherry and verbena; spot prawn with ennis hazelnut and honey; and the option to add a Hokkaido uni pizza.

James Beard Award-winning chef Karen Akunowicz is following up her hit Modenese restaurant Fox & the Knife by looking toward the southern part of Italy instead of the north. At Bar Volpe shes creating a restaurant and pasta shop with dishes from Puglia, Naples, Sicily and more. The casual spot will feature woodfired seafood dishes, Sardinian paella, handmade pastas and an Italian-inspired cocktail list.

Getting its start serving takeout during the pandemic, Corey Lee of Michelin three-star Benu will soon debut the dine-in version of San Ho Won. Jeong In Hwang will lead the day-to-day as the restaurants chef de cuisine and partner. The duo are taking classic Korean dishes and flavors and putting their spin on it, like their kimchi jjigae pozole that nods to the Mexican roots of the Mission, where the restaurant is located. Expect to see plenty of charcoal-grilled dishes being executed in the restaurants open kitchen. Lees new spot is expected to open in October.

Photo: courtesy Canje

The dynamic chef duo of Tavel Bristol-Joseph and Kevin Fink have had some series hits in Austin the last few years with Emmer & Rye and Hestia (which was our Restaurant of the Year in 2020). For their hospitality groups next restaurant, Bristol-Joseph will take the reins to explore his roots at the Caribbean-inspired Canje. The chef grew up in Guyana before moving to the US after high school, and at Canje hell serve dishes like red snapper with pickled okra, cherry tomatoes, red onion, coconut and cilantro; jerk chicken; and handmade roti.

The grand doyenne of California farm-to-table cuisine is going Hollywood, baby. Well, to be more exact, her first LA restaurant will be on the citys Westside, by UCLA. For her first new restaurant in decades, the chef behind Chez Panisse will open inside the Hammer Museum. Details are still sparse on the project, but expect more of the ingredient-driven fare that has turned Chez Panisse into a beacon for American gastronomy these past 50 years.

Chintan Pandya and Roni MazumdarPhoto: courtesy Dhamaka

Chef Chintan Pandya and restaurateur Roni Mazumdars original Masalawala on the Lower East Side closed after they decided to not renew their lease. However, theyre creating a new incarnation of the restaurant that will serve dishes from Kolkata, India, along with a market for spices and other specialty items. The new restaurant comes on the heels of the duos success with Dhamaka, where theyre serving up one of New Yorks most coveted and elusive dishes.

Legendary chef Sean Brock left Husk and McCradys and relocated to Nashville to pursue a new project. At Husk, Brock created one of the most influential restaurants of the last 30 years, becoming a leading chef and scholar of Southern cooking. With Audrey, hell turn his eye more toward Appalachian cuisine. Later this month hell partner with Chris Kostow to host the latest stop on The Restaurant at Meadowoods North American tour, then the restaurant should open fully to the public in October.

Photo: courtesy Mother Wolf

Last year, Evan Funke ventured out of his temple of handmade pasta in Venice, Felix, to open the limited-run restaurant Fingers Crossed. There he served Roman-inspired pizza and Eternal City pasta staples like carbonara and cacio e pepe. At Mother Wolf, hes returning to Rome for inspiration, but opening inside the Citizen News building in Hollywood. Funke hasnt divulged a menu yet, but think pizza, pasta and an Italian wine cellar.

Michelin three-star SingleThreads Kyle and Katina Connaughton are getting a little more casual with their new Sonoma restaurant. Little Saint will serve an a la carte, meat-free menu inside a Ken Fulk-designed space. Like with SingleThread, theyll be inspired by the produce of the region thats supplied by their own farm. The Connaughtons restaurant, caf and wine shop will anchor the 10,000-square-foot space, while the building will also host concerts, film screenings and community events.

Photo: courtesy Lodi

The chef behind the beloved Nolita restaurant Estela is venturing up to Midtown. Michelin-starred chef Ignacio Mattos is hoping to breathe life into Rockefeller Center and lure in tourists and office workers as they slowly trickle back to the towers surrounding his new restaurant Lodi. The all-day caf, bakery and bar will be a stones throw from where the Today Show films each day, with a menu focused on Italian aperitivo culture.

Hes back, folks. But really, Lincoln Carson didnt spend that much time away from LA. After the pandemic-induced closure of his acclaimed Arts District restaurant Bon Temps, the pastry chef, who pivoted to tackle savory, ventured north to Santa Barbara wine country to open the delightful Vaquero Bar and Coast Range with his friends in Solvang. Now hes opening a restaurant in Hollywood (right near Evan Funkes Mother Wolf), where hell use local ingredients to put a California twist on French classics.

Photo: courtesy Truss

This fall marks the return of chef Erik Anderson. Last seen leading San Franciscos Michelin two-star Coi for Daniel Patterson, Anderson is launching Truss at the Four Seasons Napa Valley. Prior to his new Calistoga home, Anderson also opened the tasting counter Catbird Seat in Nashville and started the casual-yet-classic ode to French food in Minneapolis, Grand Caf, with Jamie Malone. At Trusshell cook an a la carte menu rooted in French technique but inspired by Northern California ingredients.

The Michelin-starred chef behind Masseria and Officina, Nicholas Stefanelli, will draw on his Greek heritage when he opens Philotimo. The pandemic caused construction delays, pushing the restaurant more than a year past its original August 2020 opening date. But when it does arrive this October, the chef known for Italian fare wants to show denizens of the nations capital a side of Greek cuisine beyond feta, with dishes from different regions of the country.

Photo: courtesy Yangban Society

Katianna and John Hong have relocated south to LA from the Bay Area to create a new restaurant thats a little more casual than their fine dining background. Both worked at Michelin three-star Meadowood, with Katianna leading the kitchen as chef de cuisine before becoming the chef at the Charter Oak. The restaurant and marketplace in Downtown LA takes the place of Bon Tempswhich shuttered under the financial strain of the pandemicand will feature Korean fare thats also influenced by the Jewish delis Katianna remembers from her youth.

This Upper East Side spot tucked inside the institution that is the Carlyle Hotel will channel a throwback 1940s New York vibe. The executive chef Sylvain Delpiqueformerly of another old school New York classic, the 21 Clubis resurrecting some luxe dishes of yesteryear, like a steak Diane set ablaze tableside.

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Great British Bake Off 2021: Meet the 12 bakers in the line-up –

Posted By on September 16, 2021

Bake Off is back! (Picture: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions)

Cancel all your Tuesday plans and get the biscuits in Bake Off is back.

The 12th series of The Great British Bake Off is set to hit our screens next week, with Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith back to judge 12 keen amateur bakers on their skill, knowledge and flavours.

Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas are back to host proceedings in the tent, as the new batch of bakers attempt to impress with their signature bakes, battle through the technical, and blow minds with their showstoppers.

And now, Channel 4 has revealed who we will be cheering on over the next few months.

The cast for series 11 includes a detective with the Met Police, a psychology student and an accomplished trombonist, with all of them hoping to follow in the footsteps of 2020 winner Peter Sawkins and produce zero soggy bottoms.

Raised in London with Greek-Cypriot heritage, Amanda studied graphic design at college and worked in advertising before moving to the Metropolitan Police to train as a detective.

After learning about Greek baking from her paternal aunt, Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine greatly influences Amandas baking, who describes her baking style as generous and creative.

She also loves painting directly on to her cakes, often giving them a pretty, feminine aesthetic thats inspired by her two daughters.

Not to be confused with Love Islands Chuggs, sales manager Chigs from Leicestershire is being thrown into the deep end, having only seriously embarking on his baking journey in lockdown last year.

Through the careful study of online videos, he managed to teach himself how to produce complex bakes and really intricate chocolate work.

And there we were thinking our banana breads were impressive.

A total adrenaline junkie, Chigs loves bouldering, skydiving and trekking, and has set his sights on climbing Kilimanjaro.

Quadrilingual Crystelle is a baker who brings her wonderfully diverse heritage born in northwest London to Kenyan born, Portuguese-Goan parents to the flavours in her baking.

The youngest of three daughters, she was also the chief-taster as she helped her mother prepare their family meals.

Crystelle began baking seriously three years ago and loves to fuse spices from the places shes visited into her bakes for example, a fougasse infused with turmeric, curry powder and spring onion.

Outside of the kitchen, she is a keen singer and a client relationship manager living in London.

Student Freya from North Yorkshire is this years youngest baker, having watched the first series when she was just nine years old.

While living at home with her parents while studying for a psychology degree so she can continue looking after her horse Winnie, Freya has begun making plant-based cakes for her father, and prides herself on making vegan cakes as delicious as the originals.

The teenager says she likes to be unexpected with her baking and enjoys making intricate designs.

Shared Lives co-ordinator George lives in London with his wife, three kids and a house full of animals, and when he has time, he likes to bake the Greek classics.

Having grown up in a Greek-Cypriot family, food was always a big part of his life, and George likes to give his bakes a touch of class with a shabby-chic, vintage vibe.

Originally from Italy, Giuseppe now lives in Bristol with his wife and their three young sons, and works as an engineer.

But outside his impressive job is a love of baking, which came from his dad, who was a professional chef.

Giuseppe loves using Italian flavours in his bakes, while he also brings his engineers precision to the results, and describes himself as a food snob who wants to only feed his kids homemade confectionary, rather than anything thats been mass-produced.

Sounds like the dream to us.

Jairzeno began baking in 2014, after becoming disillusioned with delicious-looking bakes that just didnt deliver on flavour.

Now, in his own baking, he obsesses over flavour combinations (guava and chocolate is a firm favourite), using lots of Caribbean spices, and aiming for the perfect ptissrie finish.

Jairzeno was born in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to London 15 years ago, where he works as a head of finance and enjoys running marathons.

Originally from the Black Forest in Germany, Jrgen moved to the UK in 2003 and now lives with his wife and son in Sussex.

His baking journey began when he decided to bake his own traditional German bread when he couldnt find any in his adopted home.

He is particularly well-known for his Jewish challah bread, and for the celebration cakes that he loves to bake for friends and family.

Jrgen probably has the most unique hobby out of all the bakers this year he is an accomplished trombonist.

Lizzie is a keen dancer and true crime obsessive from Liverpool who, when not doing the samba or investigating the lives of serial killers, loves baking cakes.

This car production operative from Liverpool prefers simple presentation, flavour and quantity over precision, which were sure will go down a storm with Paul and Prue, and thinks putting cheese in bread can only spell disaster.

We love her already.

This years oldest baker, Maggie is a retired nurse and midwife living in Dorset.

She has an impressive collection of classic recipe books and loves recreating traditional bakes while at the same time experimenting with exciting flavours, and would never think of buying a loaf of bread or a cake off a shelf.

When not baking, Maggie spends times with her great nieces and nephews, and enjoys canoeing, kayaking and sailing.

A junior HR business partner from Birmingham, Rochica takes inspiration from her Jamaican family when baking.

She always is especially proud when her nan and aunties tell her she has baked a cake that reminds them of the treats they grew up with.

Having been a dancer since the age of two, Rochica began baking when she was left unable to dance due to an injury, and loves making biscuits and cakes for her niece and nephew.

Tom rediscovered his schoolboy passion for baking four years ago after making his dad a sticky pudding cake, and now bakes several times a week.

Among his favourites are pies, quiches and bread, and bakes that follow a theme which bodes well for the tent.

A keen runner, actor and singer, Tom, from Kent, works for the family software company.

The Great British Bake Off begins on Tuesday, September 21 at 8pm on Channel 4.

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