Sunday, November 11, 2012

Do Something Good


Go natural, baby!  Get  your  house  clean & help the earth at the same time.  Plus, reduce the use of chemicals that are breathed in by the ones you love (that includes yourself).

"Halved oranges or lemons that were used for juice are perfect for cleaning common kitchen messes – like food-soiled stove tops, microwaves and cutting boards. Sprinkle some salt onto your citrus scraps for added abrasion, and use them to directly scrub the spatter off your stove top."

& go love yourself some more & try this:

"Finely chop the rinds of your favorite citrus fruit, and add a half a cup of sugar and enough olive oil to make a paste. Gently rub onto your skin in circular motions and rinse with warm water. The rind and sugar will naturally exfoliate, while fruit oils leave skin soft and replenished."

go check out what else Mary Mazzoni has to say:

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Look up some other great ideas, and let me know how it goes!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

H2O is the Way to Go


Get that shiny glow by eating lots of fruits and veggies.  Sure it's important to keep that sport's bottle handy, but keep your fridge and your daily intake stocked too with lots of moisture rich fruits and vegetables like cucumbers, avocado & spinach.......
Drink it up - from the inside!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

GAM GAM - Now, that's Cool!


A big shout out to Boscolo Hotels, the "five-star superb line of magnificent luxury hotels," located in Venice and throughout the world, for writing up GAM GAM Kosher Restaurant on its website under its "Cool Places" section.  

"Discover the cool places around the Boscolo Hotels; we've organized them for you by destination and category.

Feel free to contact the concierge Bclub to plan your nights in style or add yourself a place to the list: we'll gladly receive your suggestions."


The city's best falafel can be tasted here. There are many Jewish dishes to choose from, and they are all prepared with strictly kosher products.

Click it up   Coolissimo

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Kosher Home


A Kosher Home, a home that is "Fit."  In this case, we're not talking about food, but fit for a calm, happy Mom.  As we all know, everyone in the family needs to take responsibility by helping out with age-appropriate    chores    responsibilities.  Being responsible helps kids feel that they are important & helps them develop an internal sense of well-being.  Since we are all the CEO's of our homes, aka 'Akeres HaBayis," use the strategy that works:  Delegate, Train, Follow Up!

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Here's a replay of the events as they occurred in my mikdash meat (home):

CEO (Me):  "Everyone come here please, quickly quickly.  Ok, we're having an urgent meeting, it's only going to be for a few minutes, so listen carefully so we can finish quickly.  Name some things Mommy & Tatty (He was there for extra authoritative-ness) do for our family....for our house?  (They all smiled, then I heard things like, clean the house, help us, buy us presents).  Mommy & Tatty work to make sure everyone in the family has what they need, clothes, food, a clean house.  Everyone needs to help.  Each of you are responsible for helping make the house a nice place to live.  Each of you is going to get a nice chart with weekly responsibilities and daily responsibilities, some of which you already do, so it's really not a big deal.  A lot of the responsibilities are the same for each of you and then there are a few different ones that each of you will have."

I then showed them the cute charts and quickly read them each of their responsibilities.  They began to argue about who was going to sweep the dining room and who was going to sweep the kitchen (Not Kidding!).  All in all, we spoke for about 4 minutes in a fast-paced, fun-yet-a-bit-serious tone.

Of course, this will take reminders and follow up, but the house will be more organized, the kinder will benefit from being more responsible & I will have more free time to blog, work on GAM GAM recipes, pastries for gam gam goodies etc......
Yes!  Time for a coffee!

Update:  My oldest just added things to his list!


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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Get the Scan, Man!


Got it yet?  If not, then get it!  Download the "scan" app and start scanning away!  Check out the kosher recipes on and scan them right onto your phone for quick easy & convenient reference.  Remember, you saw it here first on!

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QR it Up!!!!!


Scan the QR code (download the "scan" app) and have instant access to
everything you need to know about


Monday, April 2, 2012

Passover Seder * Chol HaMoed * Kosher L' Pesach


Whether you need the kosher wine, hand-baked shmurah matzah or tons of other kosher l' Pesach products, Chabad of Venice has you covered.  Come share the seder(s) with us, surrounded by community members and guests from all over the world.  We have everything you need to make a wonderful Passover holiday.  GAM GAM Kosher Restaurant will also be open all through chol ha'moed, featuring a delicious kosher l'Pesach menu.

Happy Passover from Jewish Venice!  We Love Having Guests!

For more info,
Click it up      Matzah-issimo

Sunday, April 1, 2012

GAM GAM Kosher Restaurant - Great Food. Great Prices. Great Time.


A heart-felt thank you from the amazing team at GAM GAM to all of our wonderful clients from around the world.  Thank you for making GAM GAM one of the top 100 restaurants in Venice, Italy.

We Love Having Guests!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Breakfast is Served! "To stay" or "to go"!


Hot, delicious and going fast.  Almost couldn't take a picture of these jumbo muffins before they were all scooped up.  Whole wheat flour, banana & a touch of cinnamon.  Breakfast, snack & some "Have a Great Day" gifts.

For the recipe:

click it up  Muffinissimo

Take that!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

It's Jewish Venice Purim Time!!!


Come get your Purim on!!!

All the mitzvot, all the fun, like you've never seen it before!  For the who, what, when, where, why & how.....

Click it up       Purim-issimo 

For a recap of last year's Purim events,

Click it up    Memorissimo


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

gam gam goodies


Come find out why this Venice bakery has 'goodies' in its name.
Here are some hints..............

Hot & Cold Sandwiches too!  Whether you're traveling by train, car, bus or plane, 'goodies' are great to pack and take to your next destination.

And, of course, delicious Italian pizza.  

We are happy to help make your hotel a "kosher hotel," by double wrapping your goodies to be heated in any oven.  Just let us know how we can make your stay in Jewish Venice even more memorable.  

Click it up.......     kosher-issimo

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Let Them Eat........Cookies


Yes, you read correctly.  These are the kind of cookies you want your kids to eat.  The only problem is, they were almost gone before I could take a photo of them!

I soaked some millet, using half for a delicious, nutritious cereal for yesterday's breakfast.  With the rest, I made delicious cookies.  Lightly crunchy on the outside, soft & chewy on the inside, these banana cookies were a hit, sweetened with nature's own honey.

So simple!

Take a look - they were gone within minutes!

Click it up for the recipe  Bananissimo

Friday, February 3, 2012

Add Some Heat to Your Winter


On a cold Shabbos night, add some heat to your seuda by serving Morrocan fish.  Many prepare this dish with Tilapia, but my hubby loves it with Salmon.  In addition to the benefit of Omega-3's, salmon also has been found to help with inflammation of the digestive tract & joints, as well as osteoporosis, via a protein called calcitonin.  Read it up.

 "Eish katan, harbeh zman," is what I always say (low flame, a lot of time).  
Stick with the fresh stuff and your seasonings will blow them away on taste.

If you are in Venice, or will be in the future, come join us for Shabbos at GAM GAM any weekend of the year.  We LOVE having guests.  Stay warm & healthy and have a wonderful Shabbos everyone!

Click it Up.........   Shabbat-issimo

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Jewish Venice Live (JVL) is happening now

Keep up with your friends at Jewish Venice on Jewish Venice Live.  Access it here:

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Friday, January 20, 2012

PB & J Shachar's Way


Tell 'em to take a number, because they'll be waiting in line for these.  A new spin on a traditional favorite, this is peanut butter and jelly with a healthier twist.  Use your favorite natural peanut butter and pair it with your choice of marmalade, and settle them in between two slices of millet instead of white bread.  Packed with protein, this was a natural combination with millet's slightly nutty flavor.

I had to give up my piece to a wide-open eyed child who scooped it right up.  Healthy, Delicious, that's the way to go, or in the words of the wide-open eyed child:  "yummissimo, buonissimo, funissimo!"  Can't beat that.

Prep details at
Click it up    Yummissimo

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Good Life


What a beautiful morning!  A simply divine breakfast, nature's goodness, in a snap.  As you know, Sunday, I made a 3-day batch of granola (I store it in the fridge), so with the almost-last serving, I sprinkled it on fresh-cut pineapple.  Say with emphasis: Dee-lish!
Folks, get your food game on, keep it good, keep it real, keep it unprocessed.  All kosher, all the time.  We're talkin' good stuff here........for your taste buds and your bod & soul!

For the Granola recipe again

Click it up    Granolissimo

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hashem Makes Such Great Things


Grab the bread of your choice and fill it up with delectable beauties like these, or just jump on over to gam gam goodies, right down from GAM GAM Kosher Restaurant, and we'll make it for you .  A spin-off of my famous breakfast pizza, this one is a looker (and a taster)!  You can easily eat this one too fast, it's so delish, so slow down and get those 20-30 chews in there.  We all know it's very easy to go for another bite before you've completely swallowed 
your current mouthful.  Thumbs up Hashem, this one's a keeper.

Your favorite bread
An egg your way
Roasted Red  & Yellow Peppers
S & P

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Healthy Nosh...No Longer an Oxymoron, No Longer Boring


It's snack, it's nosh, it's healthy, it's HomeMade, it's even breakfast with your choice of milk.  Eat it as you will, this is a sure-fire way to get everyone in the house happy.

Fast, easy & fun to eat, and of course, delicious!  Pure kosher goodness.  Make a large batch, pour into individual portion baggies, and let the troops know it is there.  Everyone can help themselves for breakfast, after-school/mid-day work snack, that long commute.....

Great Granola with Cinnamon, Vanilla & Raisins

For those of you who enjoy Quinoa, (gluten-free, easy digestibility, even trendy), add some in place of some granola, as suits your taste.

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Enjoy and let me know, I'd love to hear about it!  

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Divinely Kosher & Gluten Free


Made this delicious bowl of Millet with fruit & nuts this morning, quick & easy.  It satisfies without heaviness, and is gluten-free.  Full of important nutrients, including magnesium which boasts many health benefits & heart protective properties.  Easy to find, easy to make & so versatile.  Check it out & let me know how you did!