Category Archives: Hanukkah

Why Our Jewish Friends Eat At Chinese Restaurants On Christmas


by Steven Doyle

I have plenty of Jewish friends and several have invited me to their traditional Christmas dinner, which is sweet and I thank them. I will probably accept one or all of those invites, but curiously there will be no dry turkey, cranberries or pumpkin pie for that matter. Most include a trip to the local Chinese restaurant for that truly traditional Christmas meal.

This odd tradition might date as far back as the day before Jesus was born, where there was no room at the inn — or a decent restaurant open late that night. Perhaps the only choice in Bethlehem was the local Chinese restaurant serving up kung pao or General Tso chicken and those little dumplings that have been seared in schmaltz to a fine crisp.  Continue reading

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Celebrate a Year of Cravings With Us

by Steven Doyle

It feels like we have been doing craveDFW for a decade, but in actuality it has been just over a single year. Collectively we have blasted through more plates of foie, hot dogs, house-made pasta and every imaginable sea critter than you could imagine. It has also been one exciting year for us all.     Continue reading


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Happy Hanukkah From craveDFW

by Steven Doyle

This is the time of year when families are celebrating their respective holidays. Today marks the beginning of Hanukkah and we have been asking our Jewish friends for special ideas to celebrate.

We spoke to Jon Alexis, a regular contributor to craveDFW and owner of TJ’s Seafood Market  for ideas and he said, “Your average Jew doesn’t go out for Hanukkah. It’s a gift giving holiday, but not a food holiday. Chinese food for Christmas is a bigger Jewish tradition in Dallas than anything for Hanukkah, but the culinary part of is potato latkes.”                        Continue reading

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