Matzo Balls & Kugel & Babka…OH MY!
Last night I ate Jewish food that was so mouth-wateringly pleasing, so flavorfully-perfect, so mind-blowingly delicious that just ONE meal at this new DC restaurant has the biblical power of finally bringing peace to the middle east.
I’m serious…feed this food to any anti-semetic, and they’ll be singing “HAVA!…NAGILLA…HAVA!” and dancing the Hora within minutes.
As a Jewish New Yorker living in DC, I’d given up hope that I would ever find a deli that compared to the legendary Katz’s Delicatessen…or a Noodle Kugel that came anywhere close to being as good as my mom’s…or a Babka that tasted even half as good as my Grandma’s…(you get the point).
But, I guess it’s time to officially apologize to my family, and to New Yorkers everywhere…because DC’s new “Modern Jewish Cookery” is tasty enough to blow your Kippah right OFF OF YOUR HEAD!
Within .5 seconds of glancing at DGS’s menu, one item POPPED out at me like a cork flying off of a champagne bottle and into someone’s eyes…(minus the painful trip to the ER that an actual cork would cause to one’s eyeball).
This menu item was….THE SCHMUTZY FRIES!
Us Jews typically refer to “schmutz” as a negative thing. (“You’ve got schmutz all over your face! Wipe it off! Here..use my kleenex!”)
But these “Schmutzy Fries” are the FARTHEST thing from negative. They are the BEST REUBEN SANDWICH you’ve ever had….IN THE FORM OF FRENCH FRIES!
For my main course, I thought about ordering the Reuben sandwich…but a Reuben on top of Reuben fries seemed a bit excessive.
So instead, I went with my waiter’s recommendation and ordered the Hot Smoked Salmon, which came with a “Golden Beet Latke, Pickled Beet Relish, and Horseradish Crema.”
And as soon as I took a bite of this impeccable dish, I jumped on top of my chair and screamed, “L’CHAIM!!!!”
(Okay, I didn’t really do that….but if I wasn’t so focused on eating it…I would have).
And now for the GRAND finale: the dessert.
As you may have read in my last post, I have life-threatening allergies to peanuts and tree-nuts. So I rarely eat desserts unless I bake them myself, or buy them at a special nut-free bakery. But when I was told that DGS‘s desserts were all baked in their own kitchen, from scratch, and that they could guarantee that my dessert would not go near any nuts…I was on board faster than the animals on Noah’s arc.
[Note: if you are reading this, and you are allergic to nuts and peanuts, you should STILL warn your waiter/waitress of your allergies and make sure that the chef takes precaution when preparing your dessert. There are nuts in other menu items, so it is imperative that the chef is notified and avoids the possibility of cross-contamination].
Now that I’ve gotten the disclaimer over with, I must tell you that I am a nut-free CHOCOHOLIC. I go through a bag of dark-chocolate hershey kisses every week, and it’s a blessing (in disguise) that my allergy limits me, because otherwise I’d be the size of a hot air balloon – that’s too heavy to fly.
So, it’s fair to say that I know my chocolate. Which is why, when I was told that the BABKA BREAD PUDDING with SALTED CARAMEL ICE CREAM was rated as one of the best desserts in DC. I had to be the judge for myself…
Needless to say, the second this masterpiece entered my mouth, my tastebuds went…BABKA-BOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THAT’S how good it was. Tastebud EXPLOSION.
So as I conclude this post, I’d like to leave you all with a thought:
Whether you’re Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Budhist, and so on…It is easy to pretend that we are more different than we actually are. It is easy to label food as “Jewish” “Chinese” “Italian” and “Greek.”
Yet, when it comes down to it…we are all humans. We all have tongues and tastebuds and saliva….and we all require food to survive.
So instead of focusing on these religious or ethnic labels and saying, “I won’t try this food because it’s too foreign to me.” Or, “I‘m not going to like Jewish cooking because I’m not Jewish.” Why don’t we all attempt to shatter the stereotypes from our brains…Let go of the labels…And open our minds to all sorts of cultures, religions, and traditions.
Our tastebuds don’t care whether something was cooked by a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew.
To our tastebuds, all food is created EQUAL. And just because we don’t acquire a taste for something, does NOT mean we are going to go to war with it. We simply accept it for what it is, and are fine with our fellow-diners eating it at the table next to us.
Isn’t it time that the Middle East — and rest of the world — does the same?
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