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Jewish Top 10s: Guilty Pleasures

We've decided to be positively sinful this week in listing the best guilty pleasures available to a modern day Heeb, particularly, of the non-kosher variety

By: Daniel Koren
Published: December 6th, 2013 in Culture » Food » News
The non-kosher of them all

Welcome to Jewish Top 10s, where we compile lists that highlight the best and the brightest of everything yehudi, from delicious recipes to funniest actors, to most obnoxious Jewish wedding songs.

For this week's list, after gauging in an immeasurable amount of fried foods and sufganiyot, we couldn't help but resist to compile some of the most non-kosher delicious foods a.k.a. the common Jewish person's guilty pleasure.

Now let's keep it real here, we all know most Jews today don't really stay kosher in the house, or out, or even attempt to refrain from eating any of the items on this list, not like there's anything wrong with that.

And one would also have to admit that non-kosher foods, while usually unhealthy and bad for you, are also, well, pretty damn delicious.

As such, try not to feel tempted whether you are one to keep kosher or not - we appreciate all sects and beliefs here - as you peruse some of the most fattiest, delicious, and satisfying guilty pleasures. We also list the best places in Toronto to find these foods, you know.

Just in case.

TOP TEN

10.


CARNITAS

Pork carnitas, when made properly, slow-cooked, properly spiced, served with habaneros, garlic, guacamole and served on corn tortillas, are perhaps the best kind of tacos available (if you live in Toronto, make sure to check out Seven Lives in Kensington). There are obviously different variations, and you could also use pulled pork, but I'm more of a traditional man myself. Speaking of which, a proper pulled pork sandwich is also a delectable guilty pleasure.

9.


OYSTERS

Oysters aren't only for elite professionals and hipsters, though they do seem to be quite popular among those crowds. While they are definitely an acquired taste, they also grow on you tremendously, particularly if you drown them in hot sauce, horseradish and a squeeze of lemon. Bust out a few dozen of these at a fancy dinner party, and you won't stop hearing about it for months to come. (Oyster Boy, Queen Street West).

8.


CRAB LEGS

Crab legs are a wonderful non-kosher delicacy; since you can get the imitation kind, which isn't made of seafood, but introduces you to the soft, delicious world of crab. Once you get the real kind, whether at Mandarin Buffet, or Niagara Falls Downsview Casino (their buffet is legit) crab legs are one of the ultimate seafood guilty pleasures. Enjoy your trip.

7.


CALAMARI

Fried calamari (squid) is pretty fantastic on its own, but getting it grilled, at a restaurant that specializes in seafood, is the way to go. If you really want to try the best calamari on the planet, might I recommend taking a trip to Greece? Make sure to try their tzatiki too. As seafood is a big no-no for traditional yehudim, fried squid is pretty much as far as you can deviate from brisket and gefilte fish. (Il Posto, Yorkville)

6.


POUTINE (THE REAL KIND)

Sure, you can have kosher poutine in vegetarian or vegan spots that offer mushroom gravy and cheese curds, but c'mon, anyone who's tried the real thing will tell you its not quite the same. Particularly if you get them at Smoke's Poutine, with bacon, mushroom, onions and sausage, or you can get a smoked meat poutine. Plus, you still get the veggies.

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