Through the wonders of Yelp, I have acquired a wealth of amazing friends. And at Yelp events, we consume lots and lots of alcohol which brings us closer together. One of my most recent loves, is a man after my own heart. A man that loves the kitchen. A man that enjoys hosting dinner parties. And a totally adorable [and straight] man.

A man named Evan.

Evan invited myself along with 14 other people to his beautiful apartment in Astoria where he and my Yelp mistress Thao prepared a Jewish feast fit for a food snob.

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When I arrived, the apartment smelled amazing! So many wonderful aromas coming out of the kitchen! and So many wonderful toys I wanted to play with! We started with some Haroset and matzoh. This apple and nut dish is cold but filled with amazing spices. In my mind, it was almost a raw apple pie filling… and then on the matzoh. oh baby.

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It was followed by kishka varnishkes which, to my understanding is a sausage of sorts. I thought these were addicting! It reminded me of Kielbasa.

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Here is the brilliant chef.

I will disclose I have asked Evan to marry me on several occasions.

He always says yes.

[No One Says No to Mo]

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Our first official course was some homemade Matzoh Ball Soup. It was so good, especially since the cool air is coming around!

Good and filling!

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Some refreshing carrot salad.

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The star of the show was the brisket that fell apart at the slightest touch. It cooked in a slow cooker for 8 lovely hours and was worth every minute!

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We also had some noodle kugel which reminded me of the carribean dish Macaroni pie.

It was quite a heavy feast! I had to take a break to digest in order to make room for dessert. We played Beatles Rock Band edition for a while…and indulged on dessert

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Thao’s seven layer bars.

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and something else that was like biscotti.

All in all it was incredibly delicious. I mostly enjoyed the company and the food, as good as it was, was just a bonus.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Hanukkah!

or חנוכה שמח

one more day left to enter the green & Black organic Chocolate giveaway!

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