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Michael's deli: hot pastrami & Kupels: challah- just right...


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Michael's deli: hot pastrami & Kupels: challah- just right...

Heathen & Spells | Mar 16, 2006 06:30 PM

We always go to Kupels in Brookline on Purim to get hamentaschen (Purim was on tuesday)- this year they had the soft kind (more like a danish dough) as well as the hard cookie dough type- they are quite good (nice selection of poppy, apricot and prune jams) and whenever we go to Kupels we always pick up a loaf of challah. Last time we went the counterman gave us a flat, unrisen loaf and I should have said something and asked for another but this time the man who helped us was so nice and asked me to pick a loaf- all of them looked beautiful and I picked one with a dark mahogony crust. Taking the bread home and trying it was perfect- exactly as challahs of my childhood growing up Jewish in NYC. Moist and eggy and not too sweet- just the most lovely bread that w/ butter on is impossible to stop eating. The Harvest supermarket in Cambridge used to carry and I wish they would again...On our way home we passed Michael's deli and with all the recent Chow recs. had to stop. 1stly I love the environment, totally right and no frills looking- order your food and is brought to little wooden tables with a couple of wooden chairs- and the food. The meat comes from the Bronx and you can order half-sandwiches for $3.99! The half sandwich is HUGE- many places whole sandwich- and the meat!!!- We shared warm corned beef on rye (they list as "light rye" but they've got it right there is no dark rye or marble rye- "dark rye" is rightly called pumpernickel. They do their reuben and rachel on pumpernickel) w/ a little mustard- and it was very good- exactly right- they have the right to proclaim themselves "the corned beef King" as on their marquis and their wonderful old 50s looking plastic clock but our 2nd half sandwich melted me into my seat with satisfaction and memories of childhood: hot pastrami (Roumanian- very peppery and soft, sensual) on rye w/ mustard and coleslaw on the sandwich- yes, the bread is a bit soft but it has caraway seeds which is great- and for the strongly flavoured meat the softish bread is not a problem- all the parts melded together- the coleslaw was excellent by the way, just sweet enough- it was really the sandwich that I remembered from childhood- and I can say no more except that their sour pickles that come with the sandwiches are great and why did it take us so long to go?...(and also that I am salivating and starving right now writing this)...

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