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Rogoleh - Where could I find the very best?

From Yonge-Davisville up to Centre St. in Thornhill, where could I find the finest rugoleh? I'd like to send some to my friend in Istanbul.
Thanks to you all.

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  1. I think, they are more commonly spelled rugelach. The one's by Wanda's Pie in the Sky (Mt. Pleasant north of Eglinton, Wanda's in the kitchen with Dinah) (also sold at Whole Foods) are outstanding as is just about everything, they make. I also like the one's at Heimeshe Bakery (Bathurst, just south of Lawrence). The ruglach at What-A- Bagel are just mediocre at best and taste mass-made.

    If you are sending them overseas to Istanbul, there are amazing rugelach in New York City- Zabars- http://www.zabars.com/ and Eli's Vinegar Factory (same owner Eli Zabar) http://www.elismanhattan.com/vinegar.... Also in New York is Crumbs bakery http://www.crumbsbakeshop.com/. The American's are very adept at shipping and their service is fantastic.

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    1. re: sherry f

      Thanks Sherry. I'll try Wanda (as a tester!) and I keep the other spots in NYC for my next trip there. Right, Heimeshe sells good stuff. I asked because I am not impressed by the What-A-Bagel's ones.

      1. re: sherry f

        I have bought mini rugelach at Whole Foods. Yes, they were made by Wanda's Pie in the Sky. Absolutely delicious, and not overly sweet. I especially liked both apricot and raspberry ones. Chocolate ones were so-so.

        Give them a try!

      2. Bagel World, bathurst and wilson. I wish you hadn't asked, now I really want them!!! Although I don't know how they (or any other fresh baked good) would travel.

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        1. re: ddelicious

          I'll take a chance by using a well sealed Decosonic bag. It takes a very long time to send something to Turkey by regular mail. I asked CanadaPost and their answer was that they group the parcels until they think there are enough items worth being sent...

          1. re: lamaranthe

            I would imagine a courier would be prohibitively expensive.

            1. re: sherry f

              Agree on Bagel World. Also United Bakery and Open Window on Bathurst also makes good ones. Loooove rugelach.

              1. re: millygirl

                Nu, so there's no rugelech in Istanbul?? I thought it was quite a multicultural city.

                1. re: sherry f

                  Even plain air mail is ridiculously expensive.

            2. The rugelach I got from Yitz's on Bathurst just north of the 407 were really good - but I do find that there are different styles... some are very bread like, and some more cookie like... some taste like they are made with cream cheese, others with butter... my all time favourite rugelach used to be from Open Window Bakery in the Shops on Steeles mall - but they are long gone... it was a cinnamon nut rugelach, and they were always fresh, tender, tasty, and addictive! Alas, I have yet to find any that taste like those, but I do enjoy a good apricot rugelach...

              There is a bakery in the Bayview Village food court that makes good rugelach too.

              Like most things, I think everyone has their own favourites - but as for shipping them overseas? I would think vacuum packing them might be the only way to keep them even remotely fresh for the trip!

              Good luck!

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              1. re: LovelyAsia

                +1 for Open Window Bakery and Yitz's!

                BTW, I think the Yitz's at Bathurst/407 is unfortunately closed now...I think most of the area residents preferred Centre Street Deli.

                1. re: looniePincher

                  Thanks for letting me know about Yitz's on Bathurst looniePincher! I am not surprised they closed because Centre Street is the best for sandwiches - I found that Yitz's location, slow, expensive and not as tasty - but I did like their baked items... I will have to try the original location and see if the rugelach there tastes the same.

                  1. re: LovelyAsia

                    I actually forgot about the Health Bread Rugelach. The crescent shaped cinnamon ones (I don't think there are any nuts in them) are awesome and even taste great frozen. You can buy them at the location on Eglinton west of Bathurst.

                    1. re: LovelyAsia

                      I know I'm in the minority, but I didn't mind Yitz's at all. I actually preferred some of their sandwiches over Centre Street, particularly the tongue...

                    2. re: looniePincher

                      I would not be surprised. After the store changed hands, it never was the same.

                  2. My favourite are/were from the Bakery Factory in Thornhill. The cinnamon ones are amazing.

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                      1. I like the ones at Yitz's and also from Daiter's (Bathurst & Baycrest)

                        1. re: pearlD

                          Oh yeah, forgot about Daiters. They also have great biscotti type cookies.