As a rule, I don’t delve into the world of bagels, dairy, or appetizing often. People too often equate deli with all those things and I try to keep it kosher style…milk and meat separate.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t hold a fondness for great dairy or appetizing, and of the fondnesses that I do hold (?), the fondest is for Russ and Daughters, the legendary appetizing store on New York’s Houston Street.
When I first came down to look for apartments here, I stayed in the apartment of my friend Jon Ages. He was working out of town, and besides the luxury of a free bed, I descended the first morning (7 flights!) and walked right into Russ and Daughters. Oh glory of glories. For my money there is no finer smoked fish/cream cheese emporium on earth. Everything looks and tastes incredible. And so, every single day for a week, I consumed various lox, salads, and shmears on bagels and bialys. Joy of joys.
Anyway, now Russ and Daughters, already one of the more progressive Jewish food businesses, are hitting the web with authority, having just revamped their website www.russanddaughters.com . Best of all, they’ve launched a new blog Lox Populi, which will hopefully detail quirky stories about life inside the family business, recipes, and other diversions. Let’s pray it’s as good as my main man Caplansky’s blog, which is a fountain of joy that I insist you all read.
Anyway, the new site is really great, and provides advice on making sandwiches, photos of merchandise, order forms to ship food, and catering forms as well. There’s video, photo, and history. What else do you need?