25 February 2005

Wine, etc:Kosher & Organic

The lovely new wine store in City Square Mall (12th & Cambie), The Lennox Liquor Store, carries a kosher, organic blueberry wine, certified by BC Kosher. They also carry some other kosher wines, and we understand some members of the community are going to speak with the manager about the possibility of increasing their variety of kosher wines.

Please let them know you're interested! While they can't compete in price with other community sources, it is likely they can bring in things no one else can.

The blueberry wine is absolutely delicious, by the way.

The Lennox Liquor Store
#001-555 West 12th Avenue
City Square Mall
Vancouver BC V5Z 3X7

24 February 2005

Kosher Alerts:February 2005

Following are kashrut alerts from COR, active for February 2005:

Delmonte Mandarin Magic Dried Fruit & Nut Mix
- was inadvertently labeled without a dairy designation. This product is dairy.

Derlea brand Derlicious Food Rubs
- the following products, with a COR and a '05 expiry date, are not kosher:
    Derlicious Montreal Steak Rub
    Derlicious Chipotle Rub
    Derlicious Tomato & Roasted Garlic Rub
    Derlicious Cajun Rub
    Derlicious Roasted Garlic & Pepper Rub
Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts
- 70 gram package was inadvertently labeled with an unauthorized COR. This product is not kosher certified by the Kashruth Council of Canada and is being recalled.

SURAJ Crisp Fried Onion
- the 400g package bears an unauthorized COR. This product is not kosher certified by the Kashruth Council of Canada and is being recalled.


22 February 2005

Restaurants:How to build a kosher restaurant

A letter to the community from Camille Joseph, who is truly in pursuit of kashrut.

Hello all,
It's me again with the latest instalment of what is turning into "Kashrut and the City": the ongoing chronicles of the pursuit of kosher eateries in Vancouver.

I (with the help of Rabbi Teitelbaum from BCK) have been in contact with several restaurants/food services companies in Vancouver for many, many, many, months
now. At this point there have been meetings, on site inspections, and initial examinations of ingredient lists. Whew! As a result, several establishments have shown some interest and the ability to make the necessary changes to acquire BCK certification. It looks quite promising.

As the Jewish/observant/kosher community in Vancouver grows (and it is) it becomes more and more crucial that there be more places where people can eat, meet, and buy kosher food product. Not only is this important for people who already keep kosher, but I believe that this is of paramount importance to those who are just beginning to explore the possibility of a more observant lifestyle.

Here's where you come in. I am asking you to:

1) Please forward this email on to anyone in the Jewish community, or anyone else who supports this endeavour (friends, vegetarians, others with beliefs which require stringency with food etc.)

2) Please take a few minutes to call or email at least 2 of the companies listed and let them know that you would like them to provide kosher food product. They are interested in the possibility, but they need to know that there is a population that wants kosher food in Vancouver.

#1 Annapurna - a cozy, vegetarian Indian restaurant
ask for Suresh or Gita

#2 Cupcakes - a small upscale bakery, a great place to order fabulous cakes for any occasion or drop by for a delicious (you guessed it!) cupcake
(604)874-1300 or
ask for Lori or Heather

#3 Greens and Gourmet - a buffet, family-style restaurant
(604)276-2029 or
ask for Jerry or the manager

I believe that this is a really important issue and your involvement could be the difference between these restaurants pursuing kosher certification or just not bothering to continue. So...

Call and email, and encourage others to do so.

I thank you in advance for your time and participation. I'm hoping for a good outcome and will keep you informed.

With sincere thanks,
Camille Joseph

if you would like to contact Camille personally, please email us for her information

18 February 2005

Bakery:Garden City Bakery Baking schedule

Yes, they have a schedule - only certain things on certain days:

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday:
Caraway rye
European rye
Marble rye
New York rye
Pumpernickel rye
French baguette

Square challah

Russian rye

Kiddish challah
Water challah
Raisin square challah
All the ryes except European

They also have gobs of pareve baked goods, oozing with poppyseeds, jams or chocolate. And a yummy spinach pie (we got ours fresh from the oven! mmmm) and knishes.

Garden City Bakery is in the Garden City Mall, at Garden City Road and Blundell.


15 February 2005

Safeway:We eats our spinach

Yeah, sorry for the lag; we've been busy.

In the meantime, we've been informed that Organic, Kosher frozen spinach has been spotted at Safeway in New Westminster.

Safeway Select Organics

Ask for it at your Safeway. And if you see it at your Safeway, let us know.


02 February 2005

IGA:I spy...kosher at IGA

A few things we've had difficulty finding with a hechsher, that can be found at IGA:

"Our Compliments" (COR)

Canned Vegetables
"Smart Choice" (MK)
cut green beans
cream-style corn

Pasta Sauce
"Hunt's Thick & Rich" (OK)
all the varieties we've found, except those with cheese, are hechshered. We are finding a lot more stores seem to be carrying Hunt's Thick & Rich recently.