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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Dudu Dawg l'kavod Shabbos Kodesh AND Moroccan Music

Pictured here is our friend Yosef from "Dudu Dawg" (David's Fish) in the Machanae Yehuda Shuk, who has been giving us great fish AND cooking advice for going on 3 years now ... Yosef is pictured here with Mr. Grouper Senior, and his son Mr. Grouper Junior, who will b'ezrat HaShem be gracing Lorelai's Shabbos Table l'kavod Shabbos Kodesh!

To get Lorelai into the mood to actually COOK the fish Moroccan-style we're playing tunes from "Moroccan Spirit" tonight until we turn the stream back over to Steve for his weekly (now an institution!) "Cooking for Erev Shabbos" Show (Every Thursday night from 9pm until all the cooking is done).


Lorelai's motto regarding fish has been (and continues to be): "RAK DUDU DAG!" ("ONLY David's Fish!") We simply can't buy fish anywhere else, it's the freshest and best and besides that, we're very fond of Yosef, Tuvia, David himself and the rest of the "Dudu Dawg" crew. You too can find the best fish in Jerusalem at David's Fish in the Shuk (on the Agrippas side in the closed shuk השקד 3 directly at the end of the aisle where Uzi Eli's Etrog Juice Stand is or call 02-6246898).

Speaking of fish - maybe we'll play some Phish later ...and we'll let you know how Lorelai's attempt to impress her Moroccan boyfriend turns out (or you'll hear about it on the news under the headline: "Ashkenazi Woman burns down entire neighborhood attempting to cook Sephardi Food, Charges Pending.") The only reason this apparently absurd science project is even being attempted by Lorelai (who has built an entire career and lifestyle around convincing everyone that she can't cook) is because she discovered that the best cook in her boyfriend's gigantic Moroccan family (15 siblings + their assorted spouses and offspring) is actually the Polish Jewish Ashkenazi wife of one of the Moroccan brothers. Yes, Berber Jews from the Atlas Mountains do end up marrying Ashkenazi women, once in a great while, and having seen with her own eyes how the rest of the family admits that Ashkenazi hands can indeed cook Sephardi food - hell, we're going to give it a try.

But what does that have to do with music? Everything! How can this kind of cross-cultural cooking have any chance of success without musical inspiration? Impossible! So relax and enjoy your Thursday night rituals, whatever they may be - and if you're cooking for Shabbos, join Lorelai now or join Steve later (or both!) and let the music move your mind into realms of deliciousness ... Shabbos is coming! Shabbos is coming!