I don't know the exact source but all food items of the same category can be consumed after reciting a single bracha.

For example, if you have in mind to eat/drink tea, fish and ice cream you can say a single shehakol to cover all the items.

Is there a precise definition with all the criteria for "having in mind"?

If you usually have tea following a meal, but you don't have it in mind at the time of a bracha do you repeat the shehakol?

How about if you said a bracha in one room (living room) and began eating a separate item in a separate room (bed room) of the same house? Do you need to have in mind all the places you are going to eat?

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    I think "having in mind" is its own criteria. When you said the bracha, did you intend to eat this other food, or not?
    – MTL
    Jan 18, 2015 at 18:05
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    Shokhet, it's not that simple - hence the question. Sometimes habitual practice is included in having in mind. Also other things may weigh in.
    – Ani Yodea
    Jan 18, 2015 at 18:21
  • Habit, for example, comes in with a "שוחט דמתא," the "town shochet," whose "סתם דעת" is to shecht whatever comes in, so he only makes one bracha (Simlah Chadasha 19:15). I think the halacha, in the case of a person's habitual practice, follows whatever he had in mind. I'm not sure what "other things" you refer to.
    – MTL
    Jan 18, 2015 at 18:25
  • yonanewman.org/kizzur/kizzur50.html
    – sam
    Jan 18, 2015 at 19:05


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