Passover shopping: when? where?

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Passover shopping: when? where?
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Tue, 03-25-2003 - 6:33pm
How far do you have to travel to buy all you need for Passover? When do you start?

I actually started yesterday, only because I saw the cake mixes on sale. Last year I had to go to 3 stores to find coffee cake - we can't survive without Manischevitz coffee cake! I figured I'd better grab them while I could!

I used to drive about a 30-40 minutes to go to a market that had a full selection. I discovered a closer market, about 20 minutes away, that is complete enough to make do without a major "pilgramage" as I used to call it ;-) However, the local market has been really great about catering (no pun intended) to the Jewish community, and our synagogue bulletin said they were going to have a big selection this year, and please support them. They had a good selection last year, but I had to make the trip to the other store anyway. Since this local store is less than 5 minutes away, I will patronize them again, to encourage them to continue. They even get fresh Empire chicken in for Rosh Hashanah and Passover, and bake round challahs you can pre-order for the High Holidays.

Let's post and try out these new boards!

Janet

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Wed, 03-26-2003 - 3:23pm
Well, I was all set to drive to Los Angeles this year (about an hour and a half drive) because I like to shop at Kosher Club because they usually have everything I need really convenient, plus they have some extras that I would only be able to get there.

But I realized that for the price, I should forego the extras this year and shop at my local grocery, which has a decent selection, albeit not great. I did get an excellent price on matzo though (I bought 5lbs of Streits for $4.99 and 5lbs of King David for $1.99) I will head up to the kosher market in OC for the remainder of the things I need. Luckily they get some baked goods from the passover bakery in LA, so I will get that there as well. I will also need to get all my perishables there since I can't seem to find a local regular grocery that has any at all. How does one get by without passover whipped cream cheese? *g* I will miss Hagafen's Riesling though since I've only been able to get it at stores in LA. It is my favorite wine and a very special Passover treat usually. Ah well. I hope I can find the Knudsen Kosher Organic grape juice. Many of the stores around here stopped carrying it for lack of interest, but I cannot stand the taste of Kedem.

I've already done some of my shopping (obviously) and I hope to be done with the bulk of it before next week ends. Then I will just get a few last minute baked goods and call it a year.

Jennye

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Wed, 03-26-2003 - 3:46pm
I have to drive about 40 minutes to get to store that has a decent selection. I used to drive to Brookline, near Boston, but it is a ZOO there. So I go to a major supermarket in a Jewish area.

I usually shop a week before.

I have started cleaning and am shocked at the amount of cobwebs on my walls! :-o

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Wed, 03-26-2003 - 3:56pm
It's *very* hard to find kosher dairy products around here. I usually end up asking my mother to bring cheese from NY! I could find it, but would have to run around; she can get it while she does her own shopping. I also "import" kosher meat for the holiday from NY via my mother. It's the one week a year we use kosher meat.

I do use some packaged cakes, but we actually enjoy the box mixes. Tradition! ;-) Besides, the packaged ones tend to be SO dryyyyy. At least the ones I can get here.

Happy shopping!

Janet

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Wed, 03-26-2003 - 4:37pm
I lucked into some KFP cholov yisroel feta not too long ago (about 2 weeks) and bought 3 packages! That will be very popular mixed with cream cheese on matzo this year.

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You say that now, but you haven't tried the chocolate cream roll from the bakery here in LA. *sigh* I is almost as good as the regular year pareve napoleans. Now those are insane!

Jennye

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Wed, 03-26-2003 - 4:42pm
Oh my goodness!! You are not at all what I thought you looked like!

outside_the_box_mom

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Wed, 03-26-2003 - 7:30pm
Better or worse, LOL!!!! Actually, I don't think you can tell what I look like from that little blurred picture! There's another one on my home page with my dh, but it's not really a good shot either.

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 3:35pm
Other than cutting and pasting, is there a way to quote on these new boards?

Jennye said:

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I just returned from our larger, newer Albertson's, and their selection this year is wonderful! The have k4p Cholov Yisroel cheeses: feta, mozzerella string cheese, grated parmesan and grated romano. They have about five varieties of k4p cold cereal, so I'll drag Beorn with me next time and let him choose which ones he wants. Manichevitz came out with k4p pie crusts that look just like the Keebler ready made graham cracker crusts, although I'm sure they don't taste like them.

The freezer case has k4p real schmaltz! I was talking with the store manager, and he said closer to the holiday they are getting in an order of k4p FRESH meats (usually they only carry Empire frozen whole turkeys and chicken parts)! I can't wait to explore further. :-)

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 3:57pm
Well, since I've actually met our dear CL in person I can tell you- she's a very pretty lady! And actually looks better in person than in that little pic! Yep - you've been outed! ;-)
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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 3:31pm
Aw, thanks, Em. You're so sweet! (eom)

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