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Gefilte Fish Shortage Affects Passover Meal Planning

There is a gefilte fish shortage this Passover that has many families quite unhappy. Even if they don't particularly like the classic Passover dish, many families can't contemplate not having any gefilte fish. So what's the problem this year? According to The New York Times it was the Polar Vortex that caused the shortage. There is still ice in all the Great Lakes and whitefish is in short supply. That is causing distributors to scramble for product. Fishmongers all over the country are bemoaning the lack of whitefish this year. Maneschevitz has plenty, if you don't mind fish in a jar. The company says it locks in its supply the year before to avoid shortage problems.

The L.A. Times notes that 90% of the Great Lakes froze over this winter. Even though the ice is melting, the giant chunks of ice floating around are a hazard to fishing boats and the $150,000 fishing nets they use. The Times spoke with Kevin Crespel, a manager at distributor Universal Seafood who usually gets 300 pounds of whitefish a week. He was getting one case per week for a while, but now he can't get any shipments at all due to the shortage. He has suggested that customer substitute white sea bass for whitefish, because whitefish is simply not going to be available.

Some cooks are using snapper or grouper instead. Tilapia and catfish are mild white fishes, but they generally are not Kosher. Portland chef Jenn Louis shared her recipe for gefilte fish with NPR here. She makes hers with salmon and halibut.

Posted on April 16, 2014




Rosamund Pike Covers May 2014 Issue of W Magazine

Rosamund Pike covers May 2014 issue of W magazine


Actress Rosamund Pike covers the May 2014 issue of W magazine. Rosamund is wearing Prada on the cover, which was photographed by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Olivier Rizzo. In the interview, Rosamund talks about being chosen by David Fincher for the role Gone Girl. She also talks about getting cast as Miranda Frost in Die Another Day.

On Being Chosen by David Fincher for Gone Girl: "I do remember saying to David, 'I know you know I have this character in me; you zeroed in on me for good reason.' With David Fincher, it's like being X-rayed - he sees things that you may not want anyone to see. Now I have to prove him right - I have to show the world that I'm as dark as he thinks I am."

On Getting Cast as a Bond Girl: "Before I was cast as a Bond girl, I had never actually seen a James Bond movie. The Bond audition was strange - I'd just come back from China, doing the kind of hippie-backpacking thing that people do when they leave school. All the girls in this beautiful old town house waiting to see the casting director were sleek and dressed in what seemed to me like leather. I was wearing something very thick and woolly. I was convinced I was all wrong." She also says, "The Bond film was like an ejector seat from normality into a crazy circus world. It was trial by fire. I was 21, and I was made to look far more sophisticated than I felt."

You can view more of the photos from the W cover shoot here.

Photo: W

Posted on April 16, 2014

Duchess of Cambridge Wears Roksanda Ilincic Dress for Sydney, Australia Appearance

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George landed in Sydney, Australia for the last half of their official tour. Catherine looked gorgeous in a bright yellow and white dress by Roksanda Ilincic. Catherine confided to a woman she met that William thought it made her look like a banana,which is pretty funny. But William clearly had no say in the wardrobe for the trip. The Queen always wears very bright colors so people can see her in a crowd and clearly she wants Catherine to do the same. The dress is a custom version of the Ryedale dress from the spring/summer 2014 collection. The dress is made form wool crepe and is lined in a silk and cotton blend. Catherine accessorized with pearl drop earrings by Annoushka and her favorite nude L.K. Bennett pumps. Prince George looked perfectly happy as his mother and father greeted local dignitaries, smoothly handing him off to the other parent, as needed. Sky News has footage of the arrival which had crowds of locals who had lined up for hours for a chance to meet William, Catherine and little George. Take a look:



Posted on April 16, 2014

Music Video for Alicia Keys' It's On Again From Amazing Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack Released

Alicia Keys Its On Again music video


The music video for Alicia Key's "It's On Again," featuring Kendrick Lamar, from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack has been released. The music video features footage from the upcoming film, which is set for a May 2 release date. Alicia wears a black leather jacket over a short black dress in the video. Her hair is cut short. The song was produced by Pharrell Williams who also stars in the music video as a hacker taking over control of Chicago's lights. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 composer Hans Zimmer is also in the video. Take a look:



Photo: Alicia Keys/Twitter

Posted on April 16, 2014

Kids Try to Figure Out Walkmans in The Fine Brothers Video

The Sony Walkman was a popular portable audio cassette player in the 1980s and 1990s. The devices have been replaced by MP3 players and smartphones. The Fine Brothers put Walkmans in front of kids aged 6 to 13 to see what they thought of it. Some of the kids initially had no idea what to do with or how it worked. One girl said she felt like Indiana Jones as she explored the ancient device. The younger kids had never heard of or seen a cassette tape. Almost all the kids were shocked that you could only hear sound from the device by wearing headphones. They were horrified by how the rewind and fast forward buttons worked and by the limited number of songs it could store. They thought $200 was a lot to pay for the device, except for one boy who noted that the iPad costs $700. Take a look:



Posted on April 15, 2014

Lorde Covers the May 2014 Issue of Teen Vogue

Lorde Teen Vogue May 2014 cover


Lorde covers the May 2014 issue of Teen Vogue. She is wrapped in a big plaid bow on the cover. In the Teen Vogue interview, Lorde talks about being labeled as moody and grumpy because of her style. She also talks about Hilary Duff attending one of her concerts and how her life has changed because of her sudden fame.

On Being Labeled Moody: "There are a lot of expectations in this industry about looking a certain way and having a certain kind of appeal. I am feminine, but I really love dressing in boys' clothes too. I guess that's why I get labeled as 'the grumpy girl,' because I don't play into that."

On Learning That Hilary Duff Attended Her Concert: "Hilary Duff? Are you freaking serious? Hilary Duff was there last night? This is what dreams are made of! Was she vibing it? Was she bobbing her head? This is the most insane thing that's ever happened to me. That's my childhood right there. Hilary Duff is a fan - that freaks me out!"

On How Her Life Has Changed: "Living in New Zealand, you don't get these experiences. I spent so much time in my room before. My life is so wild right now. For me to be able to do something I really enjoy and for that to get me out in the world—to South America, to here, to London - every day I kick myself, I'm so lucky."

You can view the photos from Lorde's Teen Vogue cover shoot here. Andrew Bevan, style features director at Teen Vogue, talks about writing the Lorde cover story in this video.

Photo: Teen Vogue

Posted on April 15, 2014

Most Expensive Hamptons Summer Rental Costs $950,000 to Rent for the Summer

Forbes reports that the most expensive summer rental in the Hamptons is the Linden Estate. The estate costs $950,000 to rent for the entire summer. It has a $45 million for sale price. The 10 acre estate was built in 1915. The house has 12 bedrooms and 12 full baths. It has an outdoor pool, spa and an indoor pool. The indoor pool has a water slide. There is a tennis court, paddle court and a fountain. There is a guest house with an additional four bedrooms. The estate is located very near the beach. The owner renovated the house but tried to keep some of the original details. Take a look:



Posted on April 15, 2014



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