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Challah in NOVA?

westofrome Dec 13, 2006 12:51 AM

Where can I find Challah in NOVA? Preferably not at Whole Foods.

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    Atlantis Dec 13, 2006 12:55 AM

    Believe it or not, the best challah in NOVA used to come from Giant when they did their own baking.

    Not any more.

    Check out Best Buns in Shirilngton ---------> http://tinyurl.com/whr84

    They only have it on Fridays, naturally, but you can call ahead and reserve a loaf or two. Nice folks, and a superlative product. All their breads are really terrific.

    1. chowser Dec 13, 2006 01:00 AM

      The Great Harvest Bread Company has good Challah. Check the schedule to see what days they're made. Plus, when you go to the store, you get some great bread samples--enough for a meal.


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      1. re: chowser
        Atlantis Dec 13, 2006 01:18 AM

        I used to get our challah at Great Harvest, the one in Fairlington in Alexandria, and, yes, their breads are really good. But, when I finally got around to checking the ingredients, not one of their products is made without high fructose corn syrup.

        Broke my heart, because I liked the concept of this outfit, but, also, parking was a whole lot easier in Fairlington than it is in Shirlington, where Best Buns is located (right next to Carlyle Grand - they're linked).

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          chowser Dec 13, 2006 11:16 AM

          Oh no! I'm going to have to ask the Burke store about it. The main web-site says it usually uses local honey as sweetener. Did you ask a while ago? I wonder if they've made changes since.

          1. re: chowser
            Atlantis Dec 13, 2006 11:45 AM

            If they have, you would make me the happiest Atlantis in the world, because I really loved that place - GREAT butter! - and their product line was delightful. I'd be there in a minute if they ditched the chemicals and the high fructose corn syrup.

            Now that I think about it, it's been a long time. Things could have changed, and, oh, I hope they have!

            Check it out. Go on, do it, pal. Make my day ...........

          2. re: Atlantis
            chowser Dec 16, 2006 02:13 AM

            I checked on this--they had tried hfcs briefly thinking it would be a money saver but they've gone back to natural sweeteners. Whew, my whole wheat cinnamon chip bread is fine!

            1. re: chowser
              Atlantis Dec 16, 2006 02:52 AM

              You have just made me one very happy, relieved Atlantis!!! This is wonderful news, and you'd better believe I'll be at their store in the very near future.

              Thank you so much for this. It really broke my heart when I read those ingredients. How reassuring it is to find out that there are people out there who still care that much about their products and their customers.

              Thank you!!!!

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          schoenick Dec 13, 2006 01:25 AM

          Not sure what the ingredients are but I get my challah at Trader Joe's - of course, I use it for my overnight french bread so not sure how it would taste on its own...

          Balducci's may have good challah?

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          1. re: schoenick
            davefaris Dec 13, 2006 12:05 PM

            (You meant overnight french toast, right?)

            1. re: davefaris
              schoenick Dec 16, 2006 12:23 AM

              doh! - yes, I meant my overnight french toast ;) - the recipe is on epicurious.com

          2. MsDiPesto Dec 13, 2006 04:25 PM

            Wegman's in Fairfax usually has Challah, and it's variations, such as rolls, etc.

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