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.