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sivanlives Dec 12, 2006 01:55 AM

I need a list of Israeli supermarkets. Which one do you think is best? A place where I can buy the best brand of Tehini, the good Israeli Telma bouillon cubes. Bisli. Bamba. Begaleh.

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    arkestra Dec 12, 2006 04:45 AM

    here are a few of the big ones. which one you go to will probably depend on your location.

    1 fairfax area: there's a market on the west side of fairfax, a little north of rosewood (the 500 block). i don't recall the english name (in hebrew it's known as "sami makolet"). it's right next to the hebrew book/music store. this is probably the biggest israeli market in the city (not including the vally).

    2. pico/robertson: eilat (or maybe it's elat) market. it's on the north side of pico, one block east of robertson. it's not israeli per se; it's more of a kosher persian market, but there are many israeli products.

    3. pico/robertson: there's another israeli store on the north side of pico, across from factor's deli (so it's further west than robertson; close to beverly). i don't recall the name, but it's on a corner. a pretty big store.

    4. west l.a. there's another kosher persian market in a strip mall on the SW corner of santa monica and colby. not as big as eilat market, but it's worth going into if you can't travel further east.

    5. valley: supersal. 17630 Ventura Blvd., Encino. a big israeli market. (it's hard for me to say which is bigger, this or sammy's. if I had to guess, i'd say this is bigger.)

    there are other places (mostly smaller), but these are the "biggies."

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    1. re: arkestra
      Das Ubergeek Dec 12, 2006 12:55 PM

      Two smaller ones in the Valley that are full of Israeli brands ("ze tov, ze tov, ze Osem... ze kharra im tzat bosem!"): one's on the SE corner of Burbank and Whitsett, forget the name, it's something stupid like "Elite Market"... and the other's Glatt Mart on the NW corner of Burbank and Fulton.

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        davinagr Dec 12, 2006 05:57 PM

        Cambridge Farms also on Burbank near Coldwater is practically an Israeli Market. Tons of product, good produce too and kosher meat.

      2. re: arkestra
        wilafur Dec 12, 2006 04:11 PM

        i go to the store located at santa moninca blvd and colby weekly to get my pita fix. they also bbq kebobs on sunday in front of the store. mmmm!

        btw, it is called santa monica glatt kosher market.

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        FKA Andrew Dec 12, 2006 06:03 AM

        One correction to your helpful list....

        Elat Market is on the South Side of Pico.

        8730 W. Pico Blvd.
        Los Angeles, CA 90035
        (310) 659-7070

        http://www.elatmarket.com/

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          arkestra Dec 12, 2006 01:42 PM

          oops . . .! thanks for catching that. i must have made that mistake because i never like going in there. it's such a zoo (crowded, etc.) still, when i need my fix of israeli yogurt and i'm in the neighborhood, i don't hesitate to go in. (although it's a topic for a separate thread, if you like plain yogurt that's a little sour, try the israeli yogurt "danone" by strauss (name of the dairy). it comes in 0, 1.5 and 3 percent fat versions. it's a little expensive ($1.89 or $1.99 for a 6-7 oz. container), but it's really good if you like that style of yogurt. fans of the greek yogurt "total" will probably like it. personally, i prefer the taste of the israeli yogurt. the texture is also very different -- much creamier. unfortunately, these israeli stores seem to be out of it about half the time.)

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            epop Dec 12, 2006 02:53 PM

            expensive?? the whole reason it is a zoo is that it has very low prices, for the area, anyways

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              arkestra Dec 12, 2006 03:29 PM

              the expensive was a reference to the yogurt

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          sivanlives Dec 14, 2006 09:34 PM

          Thank you all. This is so helpful!

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