Save the Deli

“The Nosher’s Guide to Salami” in Jewish Living

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

A few months back I was contacted by Tamara Holt, a very friendly journalist with the new Jewish Living magazine. For those of you not in the know, Jewish Living is the Semitic answer to Martha Stewart Living. Think less Nantucket, Christmas cookies, and flat assed blonds, and more upscale Purim parties by the pool in Santa Monica, or how to do your curly hair.

Anyway, Ms. Holt was writing an article about salami and she wanted Save the Deli’s help. Unlike corned beef or pastrami or Montreal smoked meat, salami falls into the unromantic category of Jewish meats. It’s pretty much uniform, and is most often eaten at home than in a deli. Which is why Tamara’s article is such a wonderful addition. It takes salami and elevates it above the base tube steak. It is an ode, a guide, and a tasting of that most delicious of Jewish bbq meat…the wurst. Read on: (more…)

Schwartz’s to Expand!!!

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Oh my god. I get back from a week in France (more to come on that front), and receive an email that Schwartz’s…the Montreal temple of smoked meat that is known for sticking with the formula, is actually expanding. It won’t be massive, it won’t be crazy, just a little more space for takeout in the most cramped deli on earth…but still, this is huge. I mean massive, I mean Carnegie sandwich sized titanic.
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Caplansky’s so popular, it runs out of meat!

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Wow.

When I wish a deli well, as I do to all delis, I hardly expect much of a reaction. I am but one man, and this is but one blog. But sometimes shit just goes so right, it actually goes wrong.

Such is the case with the opening of Caplansky’s, here in Toronto last Tuesday. I wrote about it in the Globe and Mail last Sunday, and posted on it Tuesday afternoon. That posting was my largest ever, bringing over 1000 visitors to this site in the past three days. There have been multiple Chowhound posts, and other blogs as well. (more…)

Caplansky’s so popular, it runs out of meat!

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Wow.

When I wish a deli well, as I do to all delis, I hardly expect much of a reaction. I am but one man, and this is but one blog. But sometimes shit just goes so right, it actually goes wrong.

Such is the case with the opening of Caplansky’s, here in Toronto last Tuesday. I wrote about it in the Globe and Mail last Sunday, and posted on it Tuesday afternoon. That posting was my largest ever, bringing over 1000 visitors to this site in the past three days. There have been multiple Chowhound posts, and other blogs as well. (more…)

Caplansky’s opening lunch

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

The sky was grey outside, but inside the dank confines of Toronto’s legendary Monarch Tavern, a new day dawned on Jewish deli in this native city of mine. As I’ve mentioned before, today was the day when Zane Caplansky’s long awaited delicatessen…the eponymous Caplansky’s…would open. (more…)

“Brisket and twister bagels find their way back downtown” in the Globe and Mail

Monday, June 9th, 2008

I had two articles in the Globe and Mail this past weekend about deli. For those who don’t know, the Globe and Mail is Canada’s preeminent national paper, basically a smaller, WASPier version of the New York Times…but for Canada.

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Bagels in Space, Kosher Meth, and a new Florida Deli

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

I have a smattering of stuff today, though next week, with the opening of Caplansky’s in downtown Toronto, promises to be big.

First off…deli’s favorite cousin, the bagel, has finally made it into space. And not just any old Einstein’s or even H and H bagel…no sir. It’s my favorite Montreal bagels…the dense, hand rolled, slightly sweet, very chewy variety that are baked in wood fired ovens. Apparently the family that owns the Fairmount Bagel Bakery have a cousin who’s an astronaut.
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