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Monday, April 21, 2008

Not a Lotta Matzo in the Bay Area This Weekend

Posted By on Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 7:42 AM


Saturday marked the start of Passover, also known as the Festival of Unleavened Bread. There was just one problem for Bay Area Jews this year. There was no freakin' unleavened bread.

According to an article in the Contra Costa Times, "big box" chain stores opted out of buying the product, thus forcing consumers to strip smaller stores of their limited supplies.

A CBS 13 report (spotted on the awesomely named blog Oy Bay!) paints a dire picture of small store owners "rationing" out supplies, while those lucky enough to stumble across a well stocked shelf "hoarded" the stuff. A friend of mine charged with bringing me Passover leftovers on Sunday told me that they had gone from store to store looking for matzo and "...bumped into like a dozen other people on the same quest (kind of a perfect metaphor for the Israelites wandering for 40 years post-Exodus). There was also no matzo meal (necessary for baking our honey cake), which meant I had to grind little bits of matzo by hand in a mortar and pestle. It was epic."

What gives? Did anybody find a store with an untapped supply? --Andy Wright

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