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My uncle brought the baked goods to our holiday meal last night.

He went to Diamond Bakery for challah, raisin challah, lemon cake, honey cake and some other cake with almonds, sort of a pastry cake, not sure what it was called.

The challah was excellent. The lemon cake a little too sweet for me, but really very good overall.

The problem though, was that it took him an hour and a half to get his goods.

Mind you, he had pre-ordered everything. He didn't just walk in off the street. And they didn't lose his order, they had it. They just didn't bake it and put it aside for him. And the same was true for the dozens of people waiting around in the store with him.

No explanation was given, not really. The most he and the rest could suss out was that Diamond's takes the orders, but doesn't really worry about who has come to pick up what. If someone off the street comes in to buy a lemon cake and a challah, they get it first. And those who pre-ordered wait around until more bread and cake is baked.

Or something like that ...

The discussion at the table during dessert (I could only listen, I've no expertise on where to buy bread) quoted the many yentahs in my parent's and uncle's social circle and -- it was concluded -- that the shoddy service is worth it because of the quality. And that Diamond's knows is and that's why they don't worry about how the customers feel about waiting around.

So, anyone else have a challah spot where one can pick up a lemon cake and a honey cake ... thanks.

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  1. I like Diamond's products and they can be found in some Ralph's stores bakery dept.
    I use Victor Bene's at Gelsons. They do honor their pre-orders and make it easy for pick up. That said, I think they could do a bit better on their challah. The kiddush challah of last night was dry.

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    1. re: compucook

      Our best challah to date was this year's for the New Year -- a round one from Gelson's Westlake Village. It touched all the senses: the fragrance was as I remember, it was so fresh that it was falling apart, it was delicious -- and it was gone in about 5 minutes!

    2. I still like the simple challot and raisin new years challot at Schwartz's bakery on Fairfax.

      And the kakaos(h) and mak- poppy seed strudels are pretty good too.

      1. I went to Bea's, pre-ordered and pre-paid 3 weeks ago. My pickup time was at 11am on Friday. I got there at 1050am, and parked right in front. My order was being bagged as I walked in. The pre-order pickup line had 3 people in it. The challah, honey cake, sponge cake, and delco's were fantastic. What was even better was not having to wait 1 1/2 hours for my RH goods. I hate waiting for Bakery goods Rosh Hashanna time.

        1. I've grown up with the round challah from Junior's, it does the trick but I have no point of comparison on taste or wait time (thanks to uncle albert for picking it up!).

          1. If in the West Valley and looking for a special challah, Pastries by Edie in Canoga Park bakes fresh challah on Fridays and it's wonderful not to mention their incredible pastries and panini's.