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Flavored cream cheese in La ?

softy Feb 18, 2007 03:29 AM

Does anyone know ware i can find some good flavored cream cheese. I live in west la and I'm looking for something other than your typical kosher spread.
like sun dried tomato? or bacon ?........or whatever else may exist.

thanks !

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    bulavinaka RE: softy Feb 18, 2007 06:48 AM

    I've never been a fan of the flavored cream cheese, but maybe because I've never had a good one... When I want some great bagles, I head to the Bagle Factory on Sepulveda and National. Their bagles, bialys, nutrition bars, and soups are great, and everything is Kosher. They do have flavored cream cheeses, but I think they only have a few flavors, and I doubt if they would have bacon, if you catch my drift. If you've never been here, I would suggest you give it a try, as they were the first bagel store in the Westside that I was aware of. They were serving the local Jewish community before bagels became a food trend...

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      Diana RE: softy Feb 18, 2007 07:27 AM

      If you can find a Noah's bagel shop, or a Western bagel shop, they'll have flavored chream cheeses there. I prefer Noah's. These are, of course, chains, but Great Western is at least a local factory.

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        chowmominLA RE: softy Feb 18, 2007 08:44 AM

        There's a Noah's on San Vicente and Montana in Brentwood, they'd have a variety of cream cheeses.

        There is (or at least, was!) also one on Pico and Beverwil (in the same complex as Ralph's).

        1. techbod RE: softy Feb 18, 2007 09:02 AM

          The important part of the "Noah's" name is the "NO." As in don't bother. Their term "shmear" seems like cover for loading up the product with carageenan, guar gum, and other binding agents to help mask the inferiority of their composition. This is reminiscent of how McDonald's sells "SHAKES" rather than milkshakes (b/c there's not any, um, MILK, in the mix...).

          Go directly to New York Bagel Company - on San Vicente in the same strip mall as Frontrunners.

          They make a jalapeno cream cheese that consists of diced fresh jalapeno peppers and good whipped cream cheese. It is a perfect melding of creamy and palate-rousing fresh green heat.

          They also make a good chive and smoked salmon version, but it's really all about the jalapeno, seriously.

          While you're there, get some of their amazing flat bagels. Flat everything is my fave. Have them sliced there, so you can toast them at home (without worrying about cutting yourself on the oddly shaped gems).

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            running pig RE: softy Feb 18, 2007 09:05 AM

            I know I will probably get reamed here...but I have to say that I really like the hazelnut cream cheese from Panera. It is indulgent, very dessert-ish. Spreads well.

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              bulavinaka RE: running pig Feb 18, 2007 09:33 AM

              I know there are alot of anti-chain types on this board, and even I've been wrongly accused of this because of my disdain for Pinkberry, but may I reiterate: I don't care if it's a mom&pop, or a global conglom - if the product or service that they are pushing is good, if they respect the customer, and they are a relatively good citizen in the community, I'm all for them. If Panera has a product that kicks bootie, more power to them. RUN with it, Piggie...

            2. softy RE: softy Feb 18, 2007 11:44 PM

              thanks so much... now i've got some places to try...and some food politics to think about.
              i've driven past the bagel factory...now that you mention it...i always thought it was just a catchy name for a traditional type jewish bakery..(knowing they come a dime a dozen along pico in that neighborhood)...but i'll try it now that i know they mean bagel business for real.
              also the hazelnut at panera has peaked my interest.
              thanks again...will see what happens.......in my mouth.

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                alison RE: softy Feb 19, 2007 06:53 AM

                Bristol Farms has a whole case of different flavored ones, including sundried tomato.

                1. softy RE: softy Feb 19, 2007 02:23 PM

                  bristol farms..i think the closest one to me is probably in Beverly hills..or sunset and fairfax..thanks !

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