Thursday, October 15, 2009

Today's Entertainment Schmooze For Jews

Anyone remember Entertainment News and Views?

It was a local publication with news and notes, mostly catered to the older condo crowd of Hallandale, Aventura and Broward.

We called it "entertainment schmooze for Jews."

I got thinking about that rag after hearing this great NPR report on the demise of the classic Jewish Deli. As noted here, it's tied to a book called Save the Deli, which comes out October 18th.

The author David Sax defines it pretty nicely:
"A Jewish deli should specialize in, first and foremost, Yiddish foods — the foods of the Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews. So if it's a place that specializes in pizza or chicken wings or diner food, and then does a corned beef sandwich on the side, it's not a Jewish delicatessen," he says. "There are many places that serve corned beef and pastrami sandwiches — from Subway to the supermarket — and they don't factor into this at all."
Boy I remember when South Florida had a surfeit of great delis, from Pumpernick's to Wolfie's to Corky's to Rascal House and on and on.

There were also cafeterias like Dubrow's, Hoffman's etc.

What's left? Roasters & Toasters (which isn't bad), I think The Original Pastrami Club up in Lauderhill, Grunberg's downtown. I don't know if Deli Lane or Jerry's Famous even count, but they're there I guess.

Do bagel places that also serve deli qualify? Then you have Bagel Emporium, Sage, Bagel Cove, Bagel Bar, Moe's in Aventura etc.

Oy what'd I give for a good kishke and a nice bread basket.

Here's the rest of the news and notes for you altacockers still reading this:

Judge Scott Silverman had a excellent fundraiser last night, and there's a law library gala you should all attend tonight.

There, I'm done.

Sheesh, how'd I get so sentimental this morning?

Good things are worth preserving, I guess.


  1. Great stuff, SFL. I just called my mother.

  2. fake Broadway Danny RoseOctober 15, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    I don't wanna badmouth the kid, but he's a horrible, dishonest, immoral louse. And I say that with all due respect.

  3. Great, now I got a serious hankering for pastrami. Maybe I'll watch the Carnegie Deli scenes in Broadway Danny Rose and hope it goes away.

  4. Not me. Give me some flatbread and sliders and I'm all good.

  5. I had dealings with 'Entertainment News and Views'. Specifically, their restaurant reviewer, who was about as self-important a human doorstop as one could never hope to meet. He would literally walk in and demand free food and drinks in exchange for his 'good' review.

    'Wake up bitch, you don't write for the New York f-----g Times.'

  6. 1:11 -- Corky's had some of the best bacon in town.

  7. carnegie-deli-ranters-for-the-princessOctober 15, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Allen based the film on the story of how Harry Belafonte fired his first agent when he hit it big.