Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Holidays Dec 19, 2011 The Taste of Hanukkah SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestLatke Potato Pancakes ($10) at The Village Restaurant. Photo by Ellie ShorttHanukkah (or Chanukah) is the eight-day Jewish festival of light celebrating the victory of a small group of Jewish rebels over an oppressive Selucid monarchy, and commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Once the temple was rededicated, the Jewish people were eager to relight their ritual candelabrum, called a Menorah, but only had one day’s worth of oil. This small amount of oil miraculously burned for eight days, which is the reason Jews light the special Hanukkah Menorah (Hanukiah) for eight days as well. Jewish people also honour the miracle of the oil by eating oily foods, including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (Hanukkah doughnuts). If you celebrate this holiday and are looking for some traditional foods like Bubby used to make, or are simply wanting a delicious and wonderfully indulgent cultural experience outside of your usual holiday-time norm, check out the following places for some Hanukkah treats. Pictured is Jesse Blades, who along with brother Daniel Blades, owns and runs The Village Restaurant.The Village’s Latkes: The Village Restaurant is one of Victoria’s premier all-day breakfast spots and combines fresh West Coast cuisine with Jewish-inspired favourites like their latke potato pancakes served with fresh fruit and the traditional toppings of sour cream and apple sauce. In addition to their mountainous latke plate, The Village also offers blintzes, challah French toast and shakshuka – a popular Israeli dish. The Village version consisting of free-run poached eggs, cumin-spiced tomato sauce, garlic and spinach. While these other options aren’t necessarily Hanukkah fare, they’re still tasty, traditional, Jewish foods nonetheless.The Village Restaurant: 2518 Estevan Ave, Victoria BC (250) 592-8311 www.thevillagerestaurant.ca Bubby Roses Rugelach:Bubby Rose’s Bakery offers a delicious assortment of baked goods including Jewish-style challah and bagels. And while it isn’t necessarily specific to Hanukkah, it’s hard to resist some fresh-baked rugelach – a traditional Jewish cookie made with rolled dough, and filled with chocolate, cream cheese, nuts, jams or cinnamon.Bubby Rose’s Bakery: 313 Cook St, Victoria BC (250) 360-1811 www.bubbyrosesbakery.com Sufganiyot at Congregation Eish Ha Torah:Making sufganiyot, or Hanukkah doughnuts, with family, friends and young children is an adored Hanukkah tradition all over the world. Whether it’s the Eastern European jelly-filled doughnuts or south American bimuelo fritters, making your own deep-fried dough is fun, interactive and allows you to custom build your indulgent treat. This year, Congregation Eish Ha Torah is hosting the “Jewlicious Doughnut Bonanza” where guests are invited to partake in an evening of food and fun, learning how to make their very own custom doughnuts. The event will be held Wednesday, December 21st from 5pm-7pm at 299 St. Charles St. (A donation of $10 per person or $25 for a family is recommended)Congregation Eish Ha Torah: 299 St. Charles St, Victoria BC (250) 884-4915 www.aishvictoria.ca EdiblesHanukkah SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Breads / Food / How to Cook / Recipes July 13, 2021 Rosemary and Feta Potato Loaf A delicious homemade bread is always a welcome treat that can really set the mood for a good day. This is an approachable recipe to bring to holiday ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News January 28, 2021 CITY EATS February | March 2021 If you haven’t yet taken advantage of Victoria’s free local delivery program, Downtown Delivers, you have until February 15 to try it ... Read More Food News / Pantry / Review January 28, 2021 Some Like It Hot — A Hot Sauce Tasting Party A Hot Sauce Tasting Party Gillie Easdon gathered 15 local, house-made hot sauces and four brave souls to taste-test them. It was a mid-October, late ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News December 7, 2020 EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide. Not just for the holidays! Bolen Books Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi ($45.00) Cat’s Meow Trivet ($6.95) Book Seat ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News November 30, 2020 CITY EATS December 2020 | January 2021 A new bakery has opened in the Leland building at 2506 Douglas St. Working Culture Bread is serving up naturally leavened sourdough breads, as well ... Read More Food / Food News / Restaurants November 30, 2020 Eating Out—At Home Originally published in EAT Oct|Nov issue. Are you missing those romantic date night dinners, a favourite dish from a local chef, the fluffy ... Read More Comments are closed.