Cubs Win!!!!

I am taking time out from the usual grind in the office to send kudos to the best baseball team, the Chicago Cubs! The World Series was truly a nail biter for all of us lifelong fans! while it was difficult at times to watch, and I felt physically sick at times, the Cubs played like the true professionals they are and made us all proud!

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For those of us who have been waiting decades, our patience has been rewarded!

Cubs win the World Series 2016

 

Is it sacrilegious to say Next Year at the World Series?

Rosh Chodesh Av and the Nine Days

With Rosh Chodesh Av tomorrow its hard to decide what to think about how this day fits in to our idea of Rosh Chodesh and its joyful inspiration. The following article offers some insights to the day. Interesting reading.

Rosh Chodesh Av: What Do We Do?

This year the Nine days may start on Friday but the reality of only eating dairy does not really come into play until Saturday night. For all you meat and potatoes fans, its a welcome relief from all that cheese! I have stocked the fridge with lox and salmon, a refreshing change from mac and cheese and a cool choice during these hot days of August. The seasoned smoked salmon we offer is a delicious choice; so easy to serve with no need to turn on the oven and heat up the house.

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If all else fails, bring out the ice cream tub and enjoy the guilt free treat. After all, in just a few days you will fast it all off!

 

 

Pesach and Easter – Not together again!

This is Passover and Easter do not fall within days of each other. It is not that unusual, like Chanukah on Thanksgiving, (once in how many centuries?), but it still a bit disconcerting for me.

For years, our family got together for Pesach and looked forward to family time. One of the most enjoyable things we did was to leave the kids with the husbands and go shopping, just the girls and my mother. How we agonized about missing a day when all the stores were closed for Easter!

This year with Easter almost a month earlier than Pesach, it is not an issue. Besides the fact that Sunday is still Yontif, it is also not Easter. I am taking over my mother’s role; taking my daughter and daughter in law shopping on Chol Hamoed. I look forward to bonding with them both at Nordstroms!

The reason that Easter and Passover do not fall within days of each other has to do with the lunar calendar which is short by 11 days to the calendar with are all familiar with. that means that each year the Jewish holidays fall out at slightly different times. In order to make sure that we do not celebrate Succot in the spring and Pesach in the fall, we add a leap year month every 4 years. This year is that fourth year. Thanks goodness for google search; you check out the dates for all the Jewish holidays years in advance.

That being said, there are no differences in the amount of work, cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc! I am sure that you are looking forward to relaxing as soon as the Dedarim are over just as much as I am!

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Passover is on the way!

If you are like me, your inbox is rapidly filling up with emails reminding you about Passover, offering you great deals on holiday gifts, foods and religious items, asking you for charity, etc. We at Kosherbyte.com, also send emails with discount codes, new product notifications and articles of interest about the holiday. Most of these emails get deleted; I am not so naive to think people open the massive amounts of mail that is often mostly spam.

However, some of these emails are actually worthwhile! Who doesn’t want to save money on products you were going to buy anyway? I enjoy the cute jokes or comics that appear constantly on Facebook.

  

 

But all kidding aside, Passover has become a Holiday not just about Freedom but about family. The seder has turned into a meal that not only commemorates the Exodus from Egypt, but reminds us of the value of family and unity. Parents travel to spend the holiday with their kids, Young adults, married or not, bounce between family to spend quality time with loved ones. Children practice their ma Nishtana to impress with grandparents and everyone talks about their Pesach plans weeks in advance. This year my sisters, their children and grandchild, along with my own will gather together to sped the first days of Pesach with my elderly father. What fantastic memories we will have to hold on to in years to come!

These memories are the reason why I will spend hours grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning. Did I say hours? I should have said days or weeks!! We all know how time consuming it is to prepare for Passover. But it will all be worth it in the end when we sit around the table and see the extended family together!

For those of you who are looking forward to the same valued time with loved ones, you can always log on to Kosherbyte.com and bring some delicious treats to the table. I can assure you noone will complain!

Passover Gift Baskets

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Chanukah traditions

Lots of people equate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah with Christmas. Gifts are exchanged between family and friends for both holidays. It is not just a one day holiday, but a holiday season. For Christians, Christmas day may be considered the religious day to celebrate, but for several weeks leading up to the holiday and beyond, people enjoy the festive nature of the season. The holiday of Chanukah lasts for 8 days, with candle lighting, holiday foods, and joyful emotions.

 

To me, the traditions of family dinners and reconnecting with friends are what makes the two holidays so similar. Spending time with the important people in our lives is what brings meaning to our existence. Whether you sit at a table with 10 people or 40, it is the ability to have quality time with those people who you love that is so valued at this time of the year.

 

Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to be able to spend the holidays with their family and friends. There are many reasons that people are unable to enjoy this camaraderie. Some people may have just moved to start a new job or new school. Others may have work schedules that do not allow them the take the time off or provide enough funds to pay for travel expenses. Family dynamics and non traditional living arrangements may make coordinating the traditional holiday meal difficult.

 

When you can not be there to celebrate the holiday with family and friends, Kosherbyte.com is available to make your presence known. We have a huge selection of Chanukah gift baskets that remind people how much you care for them. No matter what price range you are looking for, Kosherbyte has a basket that will please your recipients. Because we create each basket from scratch, we can customize your gift to express your feelings at this time of year. Our Chanukah gift baskets all include Chanukah gelt, Chanukah cookies and other holiday themed items.

 

We also specialize in corporate gifts that make a statement to your business associates and clients. Since all of our baskets are made with 100 % kosher products, you can rest assured that a gift from Kosherbyte.com will be perfect for your Jewish customers. There is no need to worry that your recipients will not be able to enjoy everything in the gift you send.

 

Let us make your holiday gift giving easier. View our gift baskets online; you will find exactly what you are looking for!

 

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Browse our Chanukah baskets

Celebrating a big birthday!

We all want to wake up the morning of our birthday to a breakfast in bed, a huge gift wrapped in a bow and an extravagant evening out on the town. When you can not provide the ultimate in birthday experiences, Kosherbyte.com has the perfect gift you can have delivered right to their door. Receiving a gift for your birthday truly makes the day special. Bring a smile to someone’s face and send them a birthday gift basket from Kosherbyte.com.

The older we get, the harder it is to find the perfect gift for our friends, family and business associates. Not only do we want the gift to be perfect, but we also understand that there is a hidden meaning in every option we choose. We do not want the gift to look cheap, yet we also do not want to make the recipient uncomfortable with an expensive choice. Bottom line, our goal is to cross things off our list, not add extra chores to it. One of those chores is making sure that we acknowledge the special days of our families and friends. Whether it is an anniversary gift, thank you or graduation present, we want to give the best, yet we also want an easy and quick purchase experience.

Birthday gift baskets are one of our specialties. We create each basket individually, and include delicious and mouthwatering treats. But, we do not stop there. We recognize the big day with birthday chocolates, hard candies, birthday decorations and ribbons. As you open the box you can see the thought and care that we put into our birthday gift baskets. Your recipient will immediately appreciate your thoughtful present and know that they are a valued part of your life. We create baskets that make a statement. Beautifully wrapped, our baskets are the perfect expression of your thoughts and affection.

What were we thinking?

When we decided to open Kosherbyte.com back in 2002, we knew very little about the internet. We were your typical middle aged couple who knew how to turn on their computer, read their email and surf the web. I bought airplane tickets online and my husband ordered books from Amazon, but that was the extent of our knowledge. Ask us about the behind the scenes details involved in programming and you would get blank stares. We knew the basics and that was about it!

What convinced us to jump in and open a business that is entirely online? We recognized the reality of the new business environment. The internet was the future of retail and we were fortunate enough to realize that if we wanted to succeed in this new endeavor, we needed to be visible to our customers. We needed an online presence.

We acknowledged our lack of familiarity with etail and called upon our expert on all things computers, our son!! At 14, he was fearless. We took him to interview web designers, had him listen to all the instructions. If he did not think his parents were idiots before, he certainly did after this experience.

Learning the computer aspect of the business took a lot of trial and error, but in the end, we think that Kosherbyte.com has mastered the art of internet selling. We have a long list of repeat customers who value our customer service and enjoy our delicious kosher treats.

Not only do we offer unusual and tasty kosher cookies, pastries and gourmet food items, we have a large selection of kosher gift baskets for any occasion.

We offer a personal touch. Kosherbyte.com is a big company with an intimate feel and individualized attention to our customer’s requests. Our baskets are all hand made and can be created to our buyer’s specifications.

Kosherbyte has worked hard to master the computer aspects of internet sales. We have come a long way from the days when we needed a 14 year old to translate computer jargon for us. One thing that has not changed is our commitment to provide the best kosher food on the web!

Are you looking for the perfect gift?

Nothing gives me more pleasure than to surprise my family and friends with unexpected gifts. If I come across a whimsical kitchen gadget, I am always tempted to pick it up for my daughter. I recently traipsed through three different bakeries to find the perfect babka for a friend. When browsing the children’s section at the book store, I must look for a new book about spiders.  I know my grandson will adore it and I love to see his face light up when I read it to him. Whatever the occasion, I agonize over my choice of gift. I want it to totally complement the recipient’s personality. I love to make people happy.

 

If you are like me, then you also want to send the perfect gift. You want to know that your thoughtfulness is appreciated and your gift will be enjoyed. It is a time consuming proposition to search for that ideal present, whether you are shopping online or a bricks and mortar store. Shopping online can add extra stress to the process. Will the company deliver on their promises? Will the package arrive on time? Will the company stand behind its products?

 

These are issues you will never have to worry about when purchasing from Kosherbyte.com. Our goal is provide exceptional service, prompt delivery and a kosher gift basket that is guaranteed to please. Whether you are looking for a shiva or condolence basket, a gift for the new mother, holiday treats, or beauty products made with minerals from the Dead Sea, we carry a kosher gift basket in your price range. Kosherbyte.com wants to make sure your gift giving experience is the best it can be.

 

And why stop there? Why not reward yourself with something delicious? Our black and white cookies are reminiscent of summer beach vacations. Flaky rugalach, made the old fashioned way, tastes just like Grandma used to make. We carry so many flavors of fruit preserves, it is impossible to choose only one.

 

Our customers keep coming back, not only because they know they can trust us to deliver a quality product, but also because they have confidence that our products are all 100% kosher. All our products are certified kosher by the most stringent kosher authorities.

 

We invite you to browse our site, read our blog, watch Michael on YouTube and call us. We encourage you to send us your suggestions and requests. If it’s kosher and it’s out there, we will find it for you!

Rosh Hashana: What is important to us at this time of year?

As the Jewish New Year quickly approaches, our thoughts turn to what is important in our lives. Our family, friends, and faith are at the forefront of our minds. We reevaluate our behavior throughout the past year and commit to improving in the next. We resolve to take steps to repair our relationship with G-D and those who we value the most. Rosh Hashana offers us the unique opportunity to reflect on where we have been and where we want to go in the future.

We look for ways to acknowledge how much we value the people in our lives. We want to show our appreciation to those who have supported us through thick and thin. We want to convey our love to family and close friends who have added meaning and joy to our lives. We want to share our hopes for a sweet New Year with those who are an integral part of making us happy. Jewish tradition offers the perfect way to express these feelings, with food.

Kosherbyte.com offers you the perfect way to let your loved ones know you are thinking of them. Our Rosh Hashana baskets are filled with gourmet treats and pastries that are a superb complement to your holiday fare. We create beautiful baskets that are guaranteed to please. With jars of sweet honey, crunchy apple cookies, honey crunch snacks and other sweet Rosh Hashana goodies, our Rosh Hashana baskets will enhance anyone’s holiday table.

As one of the leading kosher gift basket companies on the Web, Kosherbyte.com strives to provide exceptional value and worry free purchasing experience. We have gift baskets in every price point and for every occasion. Does the recipient have an allergy or special restrictions? Just let us know and we will be happy to build a personalized creation.

Do you want to send a gift to family or friends in Israel? We have an office in Jerusalem just for that purpose. With no international postage or customs charges, our delivery in Israel is very affordable and fast. Not only do we carry baskets for Rosh Hashana, Chanukah, Purim and Passover, we deliver lots of treats for students studying in Yeshiva or seminaries. Our shiva baskets are also very appropriate for those suffering a loss. Check out our site for delivery in Israel options.

We wish all our friends and customers a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.

 

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Is it too early to order my Rosh Hashana gift baskets?

It seems like we were just cleaning off the BBQ and getting in the summer spirit; now it’s almost time to start cooking for Rosh Hashana. The summer has flown by without us realizing. If you are like me, the last thing you want to think about during these long hot days is cleaning, shoppping and cooking for Rosh Hashana or shlepping out the Succah.

Whether we want it or not, Rosh Hashana is right around the corner. Here at Kosherbyte.com, we have placed our orders for new baskets, holiday cookies and candies, and sweet honey. The warehouse is getting full of boxes; I hope I will be able to find room to put everything away. I know its a short term problem, once the orders start rolling in, the merchandise will fly out the door.

this year Rosh Hashana begins on Sunday night, September 13, 2015. Every yontif day is a weekday, making it hard for working families to take care of the their jobs and careers along with the usual household chores that never seem to get off the list. While I look forward to having some relaxing time with the family, I know that so much must be compressed into a shortened work week. With out of town family joining us at the table, The shopping, preparing and cooking can seem overwhelming.

That’s where Kosherbyte.com is such a great source to help with holiday gifts and family treats. From the comfort of your own home and any time day or night, we are available online to create and package exceptional gift baskets. Why not let us save you time and effort; let us send your holiday gifts for you while you take care of the other hundred items on your to do list!

It is definitely not too early to order your Rosh Hashana gift baskets! The earlier the better! You can be assured that we will not run out of the items you love and your packages will arrive right on time. No need to obcess over the timeline. We watch the calendar and make sure the gift basket arrives at the most appropriate time.

We offer so  many baskets in every price range it would be hard not to find the perfect item for you family, friends or business associates. Not finding what you like? Give us a call and we will fashion the gift basket of your dreams.

Perhaps you are not looking for a gift but instead, something just for yourself or your Yontif table? Our babka, ruggleach and cookies are so yummy it’s hard to keep my husband away from them. Dried fruit, nuts and smoked salmon are a healthy alternative for those watching sugar or calories. Just log on and I am sure that you will find something that brings a smile to your face and everyone else at the table.