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Five food fixes for celebrating Hanukkah

Uploaded: Dec 19, 2022

The chocolate babka offered at Manresa Bread. (Photo courtesy Manresa Bread via Facebook)

By Kate Bradshaw

Hanukkah kicked off Dec. 18 and is celebrated over eight nights through Dec. 26 this year. To get the most out of the Jewish festival of lights, we've found five restaurants offering your favorite Hanukkah foods, from latkes to babka, rugelach to sufganiyot.

Pizzeria Delfina
Pizzeria Delfina, which has locations in Burlingame and Palo Alto and delivers through Locale, offers award-winning potato latkes frozen and ready to be reheated. They're made by hand from russet potatoes and fried in rice bran oil. Looking for the full Hanukkah package? Pizzeria Delfina's offering a "Let There be Light" kit including a dozen latkes, a jar of conserva, a tub of creme fraiche, a box of beeswax candles and a wooden dreidel for pickup before Dec. 31.
Pizzeria Delfina, Burlingame and Palo Alto, Instagram: @pizzeriadelfina.

Wise Sons
Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, which operates at the Local Kitchens locations in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Campbell, has special Hanukkah offerings that are available for delivery and pickup here. Through Dec. 24, you can order everything from challah topped with sesame and poppy seeds to matzo balls in brine, roasted brisket and sufganiyot. It also offers a pastry box with a cinnamon or chocolate babka, assorted rugelach and chocolate chip cookies. Orders must be placed by 9 a.m. two days before pickup or delivery.
Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, Palo Alto, Mountain View and Campbell locations at Local Kitchens, Instagram: @wisesons.

Manresa Bread
Local baking powerhouse Manresa Bread has extra-flaky, laminated chocolate babka made with Valrhona cocoa powder and chocolate, Callebaut chocolate, orange zest, eggs, butter, powdered sugar and cinnamon available for shipping. It's sold out for Dec. 20 but is available Dec. 27.
Manresa Bread, locations in Palo Alto, Los Altos, Campbell and Los Gatos, Instagram: @manresabread.

Sweet Diplomacy
Gluten-free bakery Sweet Diplomacy has a whole set of hand-decorated Hanukkah cookies to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters: it's gluten, dairy, egg and nut-free, kosher and vegan, and can be shipped with a hand-written custom postcard.
Sweet Diplomacy, 209 1st St., Los Altos, 650-800-3816; Instagram: @sweetdiplomacyco.

Mollie Stone's
Looking for a full Hanukkah meal but don't want to deal with cooking it? Mollie Stone's caters both a full beef brisket meal or a roasted chicken meal for eight available for pickup through the end of the year. Meals come with brisket or roasted chicken plus braided challah bread, matzo ball soup, potato latkes with applesauce and sour cream, a sweet kugel, salad and an apple honey tart. They have a 48-hour booking window for online orders.
Mollie Stone's, locations in Burlingame, Palo Alto, San Bruno and San Mateo, Instagram: @mollie_stones.
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Posted by Gerri Fleishman, a resident of Mountain View,
on Dec 20, 2022 at 8:48 am

Gerri Fleishman is a registered user.

We hold mixed-faith Hanukkah/Christmas dinners over the holidays and the gatherings provide a rare opportunity for my family to enjoy a HoneyBaked ham. No one pays any particular attention to our indescretions because it is not that big a deal.


Posted by Joc Lansing, a resident of Los Altos,
on Dec 20, 2022 at 10:33 am

Joc Lansing is a registered user.

Orthodox and Conservative members of the Jewish faith do not consume pork, shellfish, and dishes made with beef and milk but Reformed Jews frequently partake in food offerings such as bacon/ham/pork roast, combo pizzas (with cheese/sausage), cheeseburgers, and lobster/crab/oysters/clams etc.

My sister-in-law is Jewish and enjoys all of the above restricted foods. As Ms. Fleischman noted, it is not that big a deal.


Posted by Claudette, a resident of Woodside,
on Dec 20, 2022 at 11:23 am

Claudette is a registered user.

Thank you for the list! Helpful.


Posted by Janine Carter, a resident of Community Center,
on Dec 20, 2022 at 12:52 pm

Janine Carter is a registered user.

Religious food guidelines are irrelevant in our agnostic household.

The once traditional Catholic practice of not eating meat on Fridays and having fish instead had absolutely nothing to do with God but was measure initiated by the Pope to assist the livelihoods of fishermen.

My daughter-in-law is Jewish and I have never seen her turn down a serving of lobster or ham.


Posted by Kosher Man, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Dec 21, 2022 at 7:38 am

Kosher Man is a registered user.

Many of the kosher guidelines pertaining to food were established thousands of years ago before The Food and Drug Administration was established.

Pork is now being raised under more sanitary conditions and in my book, FDA
inspections & approval trump religious restrictions based purely on tradition & dogma. As for shellfish, oysters are now grown on oyster farms & are not subject to ocean pollutants though other shellfish still are.

Kosher guidelines were initially created to ensure food safety and they are now irrelevant as Reformed Jews outnumber Orthodox Jews in America & are free to consume whatever they want.

This is an example of religious freedom.


Posted by Sidney Feldman, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Dec 21, 2022 at 7:57 am

Sidney Feldman is a registered user.

Shellfish are considered non-kosher because they do not have any bones and lack a central nervous system. It has nothing to do with ocean pollutants because back in the day the oceans and seas were relatively clean.

I am not sure whether this restriction also applies to non-shellfish like octopus and squid because I too have abandoned all of these food-related kosher restrictions.

The kosher guidelines were implemented to improve health and extend one's life but all things considered, Orthodox Jews on the whole do not live any longer and are in no better health than most non-kosher Jews.

So enjoy eating whatever you want as long as it suits your palate.

Life is to short to turn down a combo pizza or a lobster.


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