It seems, especially on the U.S. coasts, that major city dwellers are continuing to opt for more meat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-added-free, paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, raw food dining options, whether at home or out. A fixation on fresh, raw eats with substitutions galore is trending. Food is one major part of existence, and this goes for those less healthy foodies, too. It can be elevated as a temporary or lifestyle change. With the reemergence of spring, and eventual warmer weather, you might be ready to come out of hibernation and freshen things up. Spring 2014 might be the time for alternative edible priorities. Blogs and photo-heavy social media accounts are bursting with ultra-fit, health-conscious people. Many of these people started a "cleanse" just to try it, but adapted it into a lifestyle.
If you're wondering how Passover crept up on you this year, and you're not ready, relax. Your worries are over.
If you celebrate Purim, the next major Jewish holiday, you might like Megillas Lester, a new, animated feature from Kolrom studios. As might be inferred, the movie is a departure from the book of Esther from which Purim is based. In fact, Queen Esther never materializes throughout the course of the film. Instead, the narrative focuses on Doniel Lesterovich or “Lester,” a young boy who attends yeshiva in an area like Cleveland. Some degree of Jewish background, including light Hebrew reading ability and a bit of Yiddish vocabulary will boost viewers’ enjoyment of Megillas Lester; still, it has a positive, biblical message of trusting God to work out human struggles, which any viewer could understand.