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Nov 20, 2006 06:25 AM

Mail-order / Internet Baklava for Delivery to California?

I've ordered from A Bohsali in Beirut a couple of times--they've been very prompt and the baklava has always arrived fresh and delicious. But I'm wondering if there are any other sources fellow hounds can recommend. I've seen the websites of R. Hallab and J. Douaihy. (I admit to a preference for the less syrupy Middle-Eastern style over the Greek type.)

Are there any other obsessive-compuslive baklava consumers out there who can suggest baklava sources who will ship to California?

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  1. Gulluoglu is a Turkish-based bakery with an American branch in Brooklyn. Their baklava (and they have serveral varieties)is delicious - elegant and totally non-syrupy; I also prefer it that way.

    I don't know if they ship, but they have an order number on their website:

    1. I'm sure this isn't exactly what you want, but it is abit closer

      1. Just curious- do you not like any local stuff?- we have a lot of immigrants making good product locally.

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        1. re: torty

          Sorry for the delayed response: been out of town for a while. I haven't found any local baklava that comes close. I think it's the type of butter--local bakeries use a blend of margarine and not-very-tasty butter, whereas the Lebanese use an almost cheese-y butter with a much richer flavor.

        2. Where in California are you? There are some great places in Glendale (So Cal).

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          1. re: calpurnia

            I'm in the SF Bay Area. There are several sources, some local, some imported, available here, but all the local ones I've found have margarine mixed in with the butter. The best I've had lately was the "Semiramis" brand from Syria. Exquisite.

            1. re: pilinut

              Have you checked Oasis on Telegraph? They sell several varieties and brands.

              1. re: mamachef

                Thanks, I'll check out Oasis next time I'm in the area!

              2. re: pilinut

                Semiramis is the BEST!!! Too bad they're not delivering right now. :(

                1. re: pilinut

                  Where in the SF Bay Area are you?

                  Last year I took a tray of special ordered baklava from Wally's Cafe in Emeryville to a high school reunion. Wally is from Lebanon (IIRC) & gives a complimentary lentil soup & baklava with each order so you can test drive his version and decide if it meets your approval. A bit pricey for the tray but he cut and placed each each precious piece into individual papers.

                  Gosh, the memory makes me want to go back for a wrap! You can search Chowhound via google and see if you find past postings? Otherwise, here's a link to Yelp:


                  1. re: Stephanie Wong

                    Thanks for the recommendation! I'm across the bridge in San Mateo, and we just got our own excellent Middle Eastern place a few months ago, Al Bayk. They have a pretty good baklava (as well as excellent falafel and shawarma), but I really like the variety and rich flavor of the imported stuff. Maybe if the local baklave producers started using cultured, high-fat butter they'd get closer to the Lebanese pastries.

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