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Top Tips For Travelling While Kosher

Traveling while keeping kosher can feel a little intimidating at first… but like any struggle in life the more you practice the easier it gets.

Of course, you can pick it up and learn to compromise on your own through trial and error…

But don’t forget, you can also learn from those who have already mastered it!

I have definitely picked up quite a few tips and tricks among my many travels and would love to share them with you.

Without further ado here are my top 4 tips on how to successfully travel while keeping kosher.

1) You Can Never Have Too Many Snacks

Snacks will be your best friend – especially if you are traveling with kids.

When packing your day bag be sure to bring a few extra snacks just in case.

When we travel, schedules can be unpredictable. If your day trip lasts a bit longer than you anticipated the last thing you want is to be starving with no snacks!

The type of snack you pack is up to you, but bags of nuts, dried fruit or granola bars are great since they are so compact.

Schedule Grocery Trips

Grocery store hours of operation don’t always compliment our schedules.

You can do your own research or ask around for nearby grocery stores opening hours.

Once you have got that figured out, you can add grocery visits into your daily itinerary without panic.

Fun Fact:

We carry our own products that can be found in grocery stores in the lower mainland.

If you happen to stumble across Eppy’s Kosher products at a local grocery store we highly recommend giving them a try.

Research

We are located right near the corner of Oak St and W41st Ave in Vancouver.

Definitely, something to keep in mind if you are traveling nearby.

Inquire About A Mini Fridge

Having a mini fridge in your hotel rooms is a huge benefit! It allows you to bring back leftovers, order takeout or do full on grocery trips.

The best part is if you find yourself having a midnight craving you can simply open the fridge and enjoy just like you would at home.

Are You Ready?

These are just a handful of ways you can feel more confident about your travels and keeping kosher.

Of course, there is always more than one way to do something.

So with that being said, we would love to hear from you!

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone traveling while Kosher for the very first time?

Have you ever used any of the tips we mentioned above?

Let us know in the comments!

The Basics of Kosher Cooking

Kosher cooking is found all over the world.

The common bond of all kosher food is its adherence to Jewish dietary laws known as the “Kashrut”, but besides this, there is a rich and exciting array of regional cuisines from all over the world that can all be called kosher.

The kosher cooking is renowned and historic throughout Europe and the Middle East, but is now just as well known as a New York specialty thanks to immigration from Europe in the 20th century.

Kashrut

There are many laws guiding and concerning how meat is prepared, consumed, as well as how it can be served.

Firstly, the eating of pork and shellfish are strictly prohibited. Other rules concern how the animal is slaughtered, and dictate that the animal should be bled as much as possible before being cooked. Meat should also never be served with dairy.

World Renowned Dishes

Though it would be impossible to attempt to list all of the many wonderful kosher dishes that we all know and love, we thought we would offer a few of our favourites.

Here at Omnitsky Kosher, Reuben is always a real crowd pleaser, with corned beef, steamed sauerkraut, 1000 island, and flat grilled.

Our deli menu includes other delicious sandwiches like roast veal, our roast beef au jus, and the famous Noah’s Ark – pastrami, chopped liver, and coleslaw.

We also have a lot of fans of our traditional chicken wings (hot, honey garlic, salt & pepper, and sweet chili) and our jumbo hot dogs, with our own Omnitsky sausages, free of MSG and with options of skinless, gluten-free, and lactose-free.

For All Tastes

One dish that seems to have become widely recognized more and more in recent years is the delicious chicken soup with matzo balls. People say a good matzo ball soup can cure anything.

Now, if you want to go big, our giant chicken schnitzel – with chicken dipped in the yolk of eggs and then into breadcrumbs for a crisp exterior – can be served either open-faced or in a sandwich.

How about you? Do you have any kosher food favourites to share?

Post your comment below and make sure to check out our full menu or even better, stop by our deli restaurant at 5775 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC to enjoy delicious kosher cooking.

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Looking for Guilt-free Yummy Food? Try a Kosher Deli

If you are looking for guilt-free yummy food, you can’t go wrong with healthy and tasty kosher food from Omnitsky’s kosher deli. You can also find Eppy’s Kosher label on a variety of wieners in select grocery stores in the lower mainland and on Vancouver Island that are perfect for preparing meals at home.

At Omnitsky’s kosher delicatessen on Oak Street in Vancouver, you can find foods to prepare or ready-made, and you can eat in or take out.

Why Kosher Food is Healthy and Guilt-Free

If you associate the term “kosher” with Jewish dietary laws, you are perfectly correct. It means foods that conform to these laws, which is good news for consumers, Jewish or not.

It is assurance to shoppers that the meat comes from animals that have been raised and slaughtered in a humane way, and Jewish shoppers know that all their dietary laws have been met for all food products that carry kosher certification labels.

You may, like many shoppers, carry a list of codes used in stores that tell consumers the country of origin of the food they are buying and whether it is organic or not. The intention of such shoppers is to try and buy the healthiest food possible and, if eating meat, receive assurance that the animals have not suffered on their behalf:

  • If you choose meat that originates in Canada, you know the animals are not kept in small, torturous cages, and know that the packing houses are clean and inspected to meet Canadian standards.
  • If you choose kosher meats, you know that the standards that must be met for a certification of “kosher” are rigorous and the same in every country, and kosher delicatessens are regularly monitored for cleanliness.
  • Even though kosher foods may contain pre-processed ingredients, the determination of testing and approval for kosher certification has been adapted to include such elements.
  • Eppy’s Kosher label is on over 150 products at Omnitsky’s kosher delicatessen, all of them MSG-free, and included are such items as gluten-free hot dogs!

A Variety of Foods are Available at Omnitsky’s Kosher Delicatessen

  1. The Restaurant – Soups made from scratch include such favourites as potato leek, roasted red pepper, no-salt-added chicken, and many more. You can also order any of tasty sandwiches from smoked meat to turkey roll made fresh daily with delicatessen products, as well as salads, pickled beets, and other tasty side dishes.
  1. Delicatessen Products – Choose from a variety of products including smoked turkey breast, corned beef, all-beef jumbo wieners with natural casing, and fresh whole and cut chickens, cooked and raw chicken livers, and ground chicken and turkey, kosher cheeses, and packaged goods.
  1. Prepared Foods – When you don’t feel like cooking, drop by and pick up everything you need for a delicious meal such as BBQ chicken, salads, and assorted breads. As well, you can take the worry out of entertaining by ordering veggie and fruit platters, or luncheon platters or deluxe platters and condiments that feed 15 to 20 people.

It is nice to know that you can purchase food retail, or order food from a delicatessen store and restaurant that is not only tasty but meets the rigorous standards demanded for kosher certification.

Welcome news to all health-conscious, educated shoppers!

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