Posts made in December 2019

Creativity Overflows At The New Kosher Pizza Roxx In Great Neck, Long Island, New York

Hello Folks….and Welcome to Pizza Roxx!

It’s rare that I write about any restaurant after one visit. What’s even more rare is that it happened to me twice on the same road…in the same town…in two restaurants right across the street from one another…and…within 2 weeks!

Meet Maya & Melissa of Pizza Roxx!

I was telling my friend Nat (of “Boys Of Spring­ — And Summer” fame) about this wonderful new bakery I found totally by accident in Great Neck by the name of Marie Blachere Boulangerie and he proceeds to tell me and Sandy about a new kosher pizza restaurant his daughter and her partners opened up in Great Neck. I said let’s go! So we immediately on the spot hopped into his 1966 woody wagon that he still drives from our ole surfing days and upon arriving at Pizza Roxx (509 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11023) discovered it was within eye sight of the bakery I wrote about just two weeks prior…and after just one visit! Coincidinky?

The Best Bread In France…And More…Comes to Great Neck, L.I., New York In The Name Of Marie Blachere Boulangerie


It just so happened the pizzas I/we tasted were all phabulous and deserved this immediate entry for you! Specifically, Eggplant Parm, Baked Ziti, Buffalo Cauliflower and…although the description doesn’t do it justice to call it Plain…a slice of Sandy’s favorite…Plain 🙂


So here goes…

What stood out for me were the many different kinds of pizza. When you’re a Kosher restaurant, you are limited in some respects based on what Kosher allows you to serve (no pepperoni here folks) and need to be creative with alternative choices. I really got a kick out of Tater Tot Pizza and had to hold myself back from putting ketchup on it. Don’t laugh…there’s a bottle of Heinz 57 on each table just in case. Besides…if you’ve never had it before you can’t knock it. Right?

 You know what they say about happy people.  Say Hi to Jackson showing off Tater Tot Pizza!!

How about French Fries Pizza huh huh?

Jennifer with Eggplant Parm Pizza above and below!


Buffalo Cauliflower Pizzaaaaah!

Meet Kosher Pizza Masters Brandon & Allen

…and where would we be without  Baked Ziti Pizza?

Look folks…We know there are really sooooooo many pizza restaurants all over. You’ll see many that I  have written about right here in over the last 10 years espousing the virtues of specific restaurant menu choices. What is different here is that I have never written about a Kosher Pizza restaurant because I simply never found one that I enjoyed as much as this one. Of course much is subjective, however once my readers get to know my taste, it becomes trusted. The main difference between me and restaurant critics….

I write nothing negative about any restaurant. It’s all about my own experience and if it’s good, I’ll tell people about the specific dishes I/we enjoyed.

Simply put:  is all about my food photos…and finds is all about cool places to visit off the beaten path and more effective ways to navigate them for optimum enjoyment,

MasterChef Contestant Is Top Shelf Food Blogger website coming soon!


As always, would love to hear from you. please feel free to comment below.

Mangia Bene

Chef Bert

A Must See By Christmas! A Truly WONDERful Holiday Phind in Deer Park…No Pun Intended!

Hellooo Everyone! I couldn’t wait to get back home this evening in order to create this entry for a super find you will truly marvel at. You only have a few days left…so don’t put this off!

Usually a find for me is a restaurant, a geographical destination where you are surrounded by food and/or wine…however this is an exception. The last exception was on October 26th, 2014 when I wrote about Sharyn and Joel’s (of Hamentashen fame) son Andrew.

“I Am Jewish” by Andrew Lusting. Uplifting to say the least! So…in the spirit of Hanukkah and the Jewish Holiday, here is Andrew! The link is below for those who trust my ‘taste” 

Now……Moving on to this one house WONDER in Deer Park, Long Island, New York that has put together a Christmas Spectacle…yes with a capital S that will simply have you, at the very least, saying “Whoaaah or WOW or YouGottaBeKidding or, well, simply Phabulous!!!

Sandy happened to have found it by looking on the computah for the “Best Holiday Lights On Long Island”…and up popped the Facebook page: Christmas lights Long Island map. As you pull onto 119 Liberty Street in Deer Park, I promise yours eyes will light up in anticipation of what is coming. Trust me, have I ever led you astray?

It will Entertain you, it will Charm you and it will leave smile on your face the entire time you are there.

The pics I am posting…as captivating and enchanting as they are simply cannot tell the whole story. Everything is moving, including this on it’s own page turning Christmas Story Book.

Are you ready to witness what will most likely turn out for you to be the #1 Christmas Spectacle on Long Island?

Plenty of movement in this pic! Just Wait…

You think those deer are just standing there? Nope…he’s just around the corner chomping at the bit and raring to go!!

If you think Santa’s Elves are just standing around in that garage…Uh -Uh!


Don’t worry…The Noelle Express train is coming any second now!

Use just a little imagination here….and HAVE  FUN!


Now…as promised…

A Phabulous Inspirational FIND…"I Am Jewish" by Andrew Lustig


As always, please feel free to comment in the comment box below. You have any Phabulous Finds you’d like to share…we’re all ears!


The Best Bread In France…And More…Comes to Great Neck, L.I., New York In The Name Of Marie Blachere Boulangerie


Marie Blachère was founded in the Provence region (just happens to be where I think the best EVOO in the world is produced) of France in 2004 by baker Bernard Blachère. The company is now part of Groupe Blachère, which also owns Provenc’Halles, a chain of fresh produce markets. After expanding to about 500 hundred locations in France, Marie Blachère opened up its first bakery this year in Great Neck, New York! They were voted as having the “best bread” in France for four years in a row and YOU now have access their wide array of bread choices and pastries right here on Long Island!

Let me not get ahead of myself here. Quite by accident I stumbled onto this bakery on my way to cruise through the streets of my beloved old Great Neck where I grew up just to see again where I and friends of mine used to live and take pictures of familiar sights that were dear to me…one of them being my Great Neck North High School. But I never made it on this trip because as I was about to turn left on Brokaw Lane off of Middle Neck Road toward the high school, I saw Marie! A quick U-ey and I had landed. I was hoping deep down that if was legitimately French, the flour they use to make the breads and pastries would be unbromated (a topic more people should know about)…and my hopes, wishes and dreams came true. Healthy flour per Manager Bradley M.

Meet Bradley! By now…You know what they say about happy people!

After perusing the vast and exceptional selection of breads, pastries, sandwiches and little croissant style pizzas…

Baguettes Rare…Medium…or Well. Your choice!

…I was finally able to make up my mind for my first taste test. Yes…there will be a second and a third and so on…but for now it came down to a peach tart (a special of the day for $10…usually $20)…a brownie…an almond paste filled croissant and a loaf of olive bread.

The Peach Tart…

Exquisite and with a soft crunch crust…just the way I like it,


The Brownie…

The best I have had for as far back as I could remember.


Almond Croissant…To be totally honest…quite costly and went for the day old 50% price discount and still ‘parfaite’…ie…perfect!


The Olive Bread…LOOK AT THIS!

First-rate flavor…texture…crispness…and no bromated flour!

All Breads…BUY 3…Get 1 FREE!

Now…please remember…

All of this is subjective. I just happened to be having dinner with some of my Great Neck North Class of ’66 high school friends last evening and was telling them how much i enjoyed this bakery and one of my friends says she had the brownie and it was too rich. So…what is too…the definition of subjective. Bottom line, rich is relative and for me it was simply the best!

Something else I must add. I usually don’t write reviews unless I’ve visited at least twice since consistency is important. There is nothing like inconsistency…nest to the food and service…that will possibly prevent any of us  from returning to an eatery. As you can see, however, after one visit I’m impressed and confident enough to say something positive if all the choices on my first visit left me enraptured…ie…filled with delight and pun intended 🙂

And now…Saving the best for last…or perhaps the last of the best…

After introducing myself and showing my blog to Bradley, I asked to meet the baker and was introduced to Jannye. She was gracious enough to let me come around the counter to take this pic and answer my questions about the breads and some other bits of product information I was curious about…and then I was off and away. So for that I say Thank You Jannye!

Folks…meet Jannye…true baker extraordinaire. More happy people!

I had spent almost an hour looking and tasting and talking and felt this experience was something I needed and wanted to share. This place is a legitimate ‘phind’ and although not everybody is going to like everything (pretty much the norm anywhere), there will be for sure enough for everyone to like and love once you walk through the doors of Marie Blanchere Boulangerie and Cafe’.

*A point of Information…While not fully Kosher, they do not serve shell fish or lobster products

What one word could describe this bakery! Awww what the heck…Just Google Wonderful!

Before I close…I wanted to point out what most folks are not aware of and should be regarding bromated flour and why it is banned in all of Europe, Canada, and many other country’s…including China. Simply open this link and learn.


What Is Unbromated Flour?

Be on the lookout soon for Chapter 2:

Bien Manger

Chef Bert


As always…Please feel free to comment in the comment box below. If you’ve visited Marie Blanchere, tell us what you liked!