31 January 2005

Miscellaneous:We've been Google-ized.

Okay, we did it: we ego-surfed.

Go ahead. Google "kosher vancouver"

We admit it; we're weenies.

Kosher Markets:We promised

Here it is:
How to get to Kosher Food Warehouse:
Take East 16th Avenue (head east from Oak or Cambie).
Turn left onto Carolina.
Turn right into the alley.
It's the second building, but the first building with an entrance, on the left.
The nice guy behind the counter is owner Steve.

Tell him the blog sent you!

612 Kingsway (enter from alley)
Vancouver BC V5T 3K4
email KFW

8:30am-1:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Closed Mondays & Saturdays

25 January 2005

Restaurants:Nava Creative Cuisine

Ah, Nava Creative Cuisine.

This is the name of the new café located at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver. As owner Harvey Sandler told the Jewish Western Bulletin, "We're going to have fresh omelettes in the morning and pastas in the afternoon that are made-to-order," he said. "We'll have quesadillas, burritos, wraps, soups and chili. And we'll still have pizza, but we can make more than just cheese pizza and it will be available when people want it." Jewish Western Bulletin, 14 January 2005

Read the full Jewish Western Bulletin article here.

We think this sounds yum: "roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes, spinach and goat cheese on a multi-grain baguette"

Open to 8pm Monday to Thursday, this means kosher Vancouverites have yet another place to go for dinner. Our hearts can't stand it. Neither can our wallets, because we've lost an excuse to stay home for dinner.

Mazal Tov and Hatzlacha (success) to Nava Creative Cuisine.

The list will be updated accordingly.

Miscellaneous:It's Tu B'Shvat!

Chag Sameach. Now, go eat a fig.

Thanks to Adam va-Adamah, along with many other Vancouver organizations, for hosting a rockin' Tu B'Shvat seder last night.

Learn more about Tu B'Shvat here.

In the future, we'll try to post these things before they happen...

17 January 2005

Restaurants:JCC Cafe

Is it Nava Cafe? We stopped by today to see how they're coming, and the pickin's are a little slim as of yet. They have some beautiful sandwiches in the display, and the old pizza standby was on the tray. The freezer was empty, there were no menus and at the moment, they are cash only.

The good news is, they were really busy, so we didn't want to interrupt with any questions yet. We'll check back in a few days.

Seafood:fishheads, fishheads, roly poly fishheads

On Shabbat, we were having a discussion about where you can go to get good-quality, reasonably priced fish without having to worry about security tackling you for brandishing your sharp, pointy kosher knife. Turns out that place is Seven Seas Fish Market on West 4th.

Apparently, they are quite used to Jewish ninjas bringing their own knives to maintain the kashrut of the fish and have no problem with it. They are even accommodating enough to change gloves and search out a barely-touched piece of fish for people who have shellfish allergies, and worry about cross-contamination.

So, grab your knife and head over to Seven Seas:

Seven Seas Fish Market

2328 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6K 1P1

14 January 2005

Organic:Organic Kosher BC

A link to a list of some of the Kosher Organic products available in BC, courtesy of Adam va-Adamah:


11 January 2005

Restaurants:Current Kosher Dining spots

The list thus far, kept up-to-date*. All are Vancouver unless otherwise indicated, all are BC-K supervised. If we know if it's cholov yisrael, that is noted.

Falafel Plus and Catering - Dairy (cholov Yisrael), Parve
446 West 8th Avenue

Garden City Bakery - No sit-down: Baked goods; Parve
#360-9100 Blundell Rd.
Richmond BC

Mount Royal Bagel Factory - Dairy, Parve (Non-cholov Yisrael)
701 Queensbury Avenue
North Vancouver BC

Nava Creative Cuisine - Eat-in: Dairy (Non-cholov Yisrael)
Wraps, gourmet sandwiches, pasta
950 West 41st Avenue
hours: Mon-Thu 8am to 8pm, Fri 8am til ?, Sun 9:30am-6pm

Omnitsky's - Eat-in: Deli; Meat (glatt kosher)
For purchase: the standards, including cheese
5866 Cambie Street
hours: Sun-Thu til ?, open Fri til about 3pm

Pini's - Eat-in: Pizza & lasagna, etc; Dairy (Cholov Yisrael)
For purchase: the works! Cheese, meat, frozen dinners, snacks, desserts, Israeli items
729 West 16th Avenue
hours: Mon-Thu 8am-9pm, Fri 8am-2pm, Sat 7pm-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm

Sabra's - Eat-in: Israeli; Meat (glatt kosher), Parve
3844 Oak Street
hours: Sun-Tue til 7pm, Wed-Thu til 8pm, Fri til 4pm

*Please note, we are no longer in Vancouver and are looking for moderators. We cannot guarantee that this list is accurate from July 2008.
Last update: July 2009


Safeway:Sun Dried Black Olives

We here at KosherVancouver love sun dried black olives. Some of us hate the green ones, but that's another story. Anyway, up until recently these shrivelled-up little fellas have been next to impossible to find in Vancouver. Last year, Urban Fare began to carry a line called Santa Barbara Olive Co. All of their olives bear the KSA hechser, including their sun dried black olives. They were prices at $6.44 but were recently discounted to $3.99, a sure sign that this product is soon to be discontinued. Good news, however, from Safeway. On a recent visit to the Oakridge branch, we found Scarpone's brand sun-dried black olives, with a COR 77 hechser. Thank you Safeway!


10 January 2005

Kashered to cook, but no place to buy?

Welcome. So here's the thing: how tired can you get of going to IGA, Safeway, Superstore, Choices, Save-on, etc., etc., basically careening all over Vancouver looking for the ONE place that has canned creamed corn with a hechsher (We looked for an illiteration. Really we did.)? We created this blog with the intent of listing items like that. We shlep around so you don't have to.

Do you know where you can get coconut milk with a hechsher? Guess what? According to BC Kosher, Arroy-D coconut milk is approved without a hechsher. But how is one supposed to know that?

This is the kind of thing we're talking about.