Watch the Pittsburgh Steelers at Benjies Deli this Sunday
Now that Hanukkah is over, we can get back to the important things in life. This weekend, there’s another great lineup of bone-crushing NFL football to watch. But unless you’ve got Sunday Ticket, you could miss your favorite team, and that’s no good at all.
So why not get down to Benjies Deli and settle in at the Bamboo Lounge for six screens of awesome, high-definition football with their DirecTV Sunday Ticket lineup? You’ll get to eat all of Benjies’ superb food–and remember, those Jewish favorites like latkes and brisket are still being served, even after Hanukkah‘s over–and take advantage of the Bamboo Lounge’s full bar. It’s nearly impossible to watch football, or any sport for that matter, without beer. Am I right?
The experts are agreed on several predictions on winners this weekend; the San Francisco 49ers, the New York Jets, the New Orleans Saints, the New York Giants, the Baltimore Ravens, the Denver Broncos, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Diego Chargers seem to all have unanimous picks for wins by the ESPN experts. If both New York teams win, it will mean a big party in the Big Apple on Sunday night. (more…)
Latkes for Hanukkah!
Hot, crispy and full of potato goodness. Yes, it’s almost Hanukkah, and that means it’s time for latkes! Hanukkah starts this Wednesday, and Benjies will be selling latkes in the restaurant or by the dozen to go.
But why latkes? Latkes, or potato pancakes, are a traditional Jewish dish, often served during Hanukkah. Because they are fried in oil, commemorating the oil that miraculously provided light for eight days, latkes have gained popularity as a Hanukkah dish. (But that doesn’t mean you can only get latkes at Hanukkah time. Happily, many delis and Jewish restaurants sell them year round, like Benjies!) Legend has it that Judith of Holofernes was able to put the Assyrian leader into a deep sleep by serving him latkes. With the advantage provided by his deep sleep, Judith took the opportunity and beheaded the Assyrian leader. Naturally, the Assyrians ended their siege because they no longer had a leader.
But potatoes are a New World food—how could they make latkes in Biblical times? That’s true: back then, it’s thought that latkes were made of grated cheese bound with egg, fried in oil. By serving the Assyrian leader what were basically cheese puffs and (if legend is accurate) a large quantity of wine, Judith must have been sure her plan would work. (more…)