Articles by Mala Blomquist


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Time for Tea

As the story goes, afternoon tea began in the early 19th century, when Anna Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, is said to have complained of growing very hungry between the more substantial meals of breakfast (7 am) and dinner (8:30 pm). She requested that her servant bring tea and a light snack, perhaps a…

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Glamping it’s all good

There is a new way to travel that’s been gaining popularity in recent years. It’s called glamping – a fusion of glamorous and camping. Glamping is for those who want to experience the great outdoors, without having to be uncomfortable doing so. Apparently, it was popular internationally way before it came over to the U.S.,…

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Dreidel 101

The Hebrew word for dreidel is sevivon, which means “thing that turns.” The classic dreidel is a four-sided spinning top made of wood, plastic or clay. Dreidels have Hebrew letters on all four sides. These letters are nun, gimel, hay and shin and stand for the saying “Nes gadol hayah sham, which means “A great…

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Editor’s picks for Hanukkah gifts

There are lots of traditional gifts to give your loved ones during Hanukkah. But there are also some unusual ones to consider. I spent some time searching the internet for some ideas. I hope you enjoy my top picks for an especially unique Hanukkah this year. 1) The 2017 Nice Jewish Guys Calendar features an…

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