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  • kauma Jun 10, 2009 10:40 AM
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Hello, y'all!

This Sunday I'm visiting some friends who are orthodox Jews (Lubavitch), and I'd like to take a dessert. There are plenty of obvious choices, but I'd like to take something more, er, unorthodox. To what bakery should I go, and what dessert would you recommend?

Thank you!

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  1. Can you give an example of what you'd call "unorthodox" dessert?

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    1. re: RicRios

      Thanks for your response.

      The most obvious choices might be rugelach or other cookies. I'm hopeful of finding something a bit more elegant and unexpected.

      Thanks again!

      1. re: kauma

        I'm a big fan of Godiva dark pretzels that come in a lovely gold can. They're dairy so they can be consumed any time of the day (not with meat of course).
        The rules about eating milk to dairy are different than from eating meat to dairy....several hours, depending on the home, must be waited to eat dairy after eating meat. Not with dairy.
        The OU-D symbol is clearly marked on the front so there's no question about treyf.
        I always have these on hand to take as a gift to those people I know who are observant and they love it.

        1. re: latindancer

          What a marvelous idea! The father of the family is a major chocolate fiend, I know.

          Bless your heart - thank you!

          1. re: kauma

            You are welcome....
            Enjoy.

    2. Is it a flaishedikeh meal (i.e., meat) or a milchedikeh meal (i.e., dairy)?

      You might want to go to Eilat Bakery or Continental Bakery and ask what they have that's pareve (pah-re-veh, if you've never had to pronounce it)... that way you're safe either way. Usually when I've been a guest at dinner it's been flaishedik.

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        I imagine it's going to be a meal mit Fleisch - it's a barbecue. ; )

        Eilat and Continental are good, of course, but I'm hopeful of finding something unexpected from somewhere a bit less familiar.

        Thank you!

        1. re: kauma

          Well, if it's flaishedik, don't bring a dairy dessert, because they won't be able to serve it. Unless you want to bring it as a gift for them to eat later in which case go for it.

          You might want to enquire whether the pretzels above are cholov Yisroel.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Thanks, DU! I'd never be so impolite as to ask my host to serve whatever it is I brought...bless you for the reminder.

            I'll check on the pretzels!

          2. re: kauma

            Try Delice Bakery on Pico: http://www.delicebakery.com/

            1. re: RicRios

              Second Delice.

              1. re: ghozimoto

                Delice seems to be in the lead - thank you!

              2. re: RicRios

                An excellent idea...thank you!

          3. Try Eilat Bakery , NW corner of Bundy & Santa Monica Blvd.

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            1. re: J.L.

              Thank you! I do love Eilat!

              1. re: kauma

                I have had good things from Eilat but also one time I bought an eclair and it was pretty frozen in the middle. If you are in the Valley you can also go to Unique Bakery in Tarzana.

                1. re: chuck

                  One I don't know...thank you!

                  1. re: chuck

                    Unique is also totally pareve. No milk/dairy at all.

                    1. re: Golem

                      Excellent...thank you!

                      (And I so love your name - the Golem story fascinates me!)

                      1. re: kauma

                        It makes me think of the first few lines of the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Yiddishe-style ("der shir hashirim fun Mendl Pumshtok")... "Nu-zshe, kum-zshe, ikh un du, ven der ovnt shteit oif kegn dem himl vi a leimener golem oif Tisha Bov."

                        But the Unique recommendation is a good one. :)

              2. Third Delice if you're willing to spend. If not, go to Schwartz's and get the Caramel Crunch Cake.

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                1. re: 2ndAvenue

                  What a great idea...thank you!

                2. If these people are Lubavitcher's, you don't want to bring dairy,because they don't recognize OU Dairy. They only will eat OU cholov yisrael. Your best bet would be to get a pareve dessert. Delice is good, and I have had a good lemon tart from Schwartzes. Just make sure that it is not chocolate lined because it wasn't that great the one time we had the one with chocolate.

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                  1. re: paprkutr

                    From the shiksa to the mensch....thank you!

                    1. re: kauma

                      Your welcome, I hope you get something that they like.

                  2. Nu?

                    [ Translation: So where did you go? What did you get? Did they like it? Did you like it? ]

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                    1. re: RicRios

                      Nu, nu...

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                        Nus at eleven!

                      2. re: RicRios

                        "Nu" is usually proceeded by "so"...no? ; )

                        I haven't gone yet...the barbecue isn't until Sunday.

                        Nus to follow!

                        1. re: kauma

                          No nus at all - sorry to say. I don't know if the barbecue happened...

                          Thank you all so very much, though - I'll keep your recommendations in mind!