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nuraman00 Jun 9, 2010 10:32 PM

What bakeries or stores in the Bay Area, carry Green's Babkes?

In particular, the cinnamon one.

I found one bakery in Palo Alto that carries them, but I thought they were charging too much, plus they're not too close to me. I wanted to see if I could find 2-4 others in the Bay Area.

I tried calling Green's a few times.

http://www.greenscakes.com/ContactUs.aspx

The first time, the person answering just told me to contact them though their website. I went to their website, and tried both using the online form, and by sending them emails directly with the email address listed.

I never receive a response, nor not even an acknowledgment that I sent an email. I've sent numerous emails over the past month.

I tried calling again, and this time he told me the name of 2 distributors in California, that then sell it to local bakeries and stores.

He seemed reluctant to give me more information.

I tried looking up the contact info for the distribution companies he mentioned:

* Solomon

* D.N.A. (spelling? not sure if I heard right.

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But I can't find anything about them.

I tried using this food service distributor search for babkes, but I couldn't find any results.

http://www.foodservice.com/foodshow/f...

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do next, to find what stores carry Green's Cinnamon babkes? Thanks.

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    milklady Jun 9, 2010 10:50 PM

    Berkeley Bowl usually has them. Oakland Kosher sometimes does. They're 10ish dollars.

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    Berkeley Bowl
    2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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      nuraman00 Jun 9, 2010 10:59 PM

      Thanks milklady. I will call those places and find out.

    2. ChowFun_derek Jun 10, 2010 10:21 AM

      Lucky's in S.F. (on Fulton at Masonic) has both kinds...not sure of their other outlets though

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        pauliface Jun 10, 2010 01:29 PM

        They carry them at Harvest Market on Market near Noe.
        Is there anything better?

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          stanbee Jun 10, 2010 11:49 PM

          Miller's East Coast West Deli on Polk St., SF

          The choc Babka is .. sugar gritty.Quite disappointing from my childhood. Have not tried the cinnamon, if they still have it. Call.

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            stanbee Sep 1, 2013 04:17 PM

            Babka no longer sold at East Coast Deli

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              nuraman00 Sep 2, 2013 09:28 AM

              Thanks.

              I will also try your recommended Wise Deli babka, sometime this year.

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            LarryW Jun 14, 2010 02:20 PM

            Molly Stone's in Palo Alto. Good kosher section, too.

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            Mollie Stone's Market
            164 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA

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              nuraman00 Jun 16, 2010 09:03 PM

              Thanks. I ended up getting it from Mollie Stone. Not only did it end up being the most convenient, but it was also the cheapest price I found ($8.99). The 2 other places I found were $10.99 - $11.99.

              I called both Berkeley Bowl locations, but they said they didn't even carry it. Oakland Kosher did carry it ($10.99).

              I just ate some. I've never had babka before. It tastes like a cinnamon roll.

              It is good.

              Anyone that eats cinnamon bread and cinnamon babkes, do they taste any different? Just curious.

              I have a question about storing it. Do I need to refrigerate it?

              Also, how do I close the bag that it comes in? When sealed, it came with a little plastic tie, but you can't really use that again once you break the tie.

              Also, how long does it last? Does it get moldy after a while?

              Thanks.

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              Berkeley Bowl
              2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

              Mollie Stone's
              851 Cherry Ave # 22, San Bruno, CA

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                reesie Jun 17, 2010 04:47 PM

                Babka should be wrapped tightly in a plastic bag and stored at room temperature. If you cannot finish the whole thing before it turns, you can also freeze it. Storage time varies, based on storage temperature. Just try to eat it as quickly as possible! I've never had babka last for more than a few days, but I would typically eat them with my family, so it went quickly!

                Also, I like warming it up in the toaster oven for a little bit before eating. Room temp is good too, but I always like it a bit warm.

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                  nuraman00 Jun 17, 2010 07:01 PM

                  Thanks, I'll try the toaster suggestion tonight.

                  Also, thanks for the plastic bag suggestion.

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                  nuraman00 Jun 23, 2010 12:12 AM

                  I'm looking at the ingredients to the babka:

                  Flour, Partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil, water, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, yeast, vanilla, salt.

                  Other than cocoa, how are the ingredients to plain cinnamon bread different?

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                    stanbee Jun 23, 2010 01:27 AM

                    Jewish style Babka is usually richer in eggs and sweeter than cinnamon bread.

                    Besides, those I grew up with from bakeries were topped with streusel crumbs and much taller than the usual cinnamon bread. They are rich breads.

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                      nuraman00 Jun 24, 2010 12:14 AM

                      Thanks for the explanation.

                      You are right, there were streusel crumbs on the babka.

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                      wolfe Jun 23, 2010 08:19 AM

                      Most local bakers would eschew partially hydrogenated oils like the plague.

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                        wolfe Aug 13, 2010 12:26 PM

                        BBW today Green's Chocolate and Cinnamon Babkis(?pleural) were $9.99 and made with palm oil no partially hydrogenated. Slightly different label Cinnamon made with partially hydrogenated oil shares the shelf.

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                          nuraman00 Sep 2, 2010 07:06 AM

                          I went to Mollie Stone's yesterday, and looked at the ingredients. You are right, the Cinnamon does now have palm oil, not partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil.

                          Interesting that they changed the ingredients just 5-6 weeks after the post in this thread.

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                          Mollie Stone's
                          851 Cherry Ave # 22, San Bruno, CA

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                        nuraman00 Sep 2, 2010 07:07 AM

                        I had the chocolate babka this time. I give it a 10.0/10.0.

                        However, I think I'd give the cinnamon a 11.0/10.0. :).

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                          wolfe Sep 2, 2010 11:18 AM

                          Did you notice, probably because of the fuss we have been making, that since my last post 3 weeks ago the price has increased by $1? Now $10.99 BBW.

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                            nuraman00 Sep 3, 2010 07:53 AM

                            wolfe, is BBW Berkeley Bowl? If so, it's too bad Berkeley Bowl was never able to confirm that they had Babka, when I called a few months ago. They either said they didn't have it, or didn't know, so I never went.

                            Luckily someone later posted about Mollie Stone (in Palo Alto), which was just as convenient as Berkeley Bowl for me, and they had a better price too.

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                            Berkeley Bowl
                            2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

                            Mollie Stone's
                            851 Cherry Ave # 22, San Bruno, CA

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                              wolfe Sep 3, 2010 08:02 AM

                              Yes Berkeley Bowl West. I tried without success to find it at the east store but I didn't try too hard.

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                              Berkeley Bowl West
                              920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA

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                                majordanby Sep 3, 2010 10:39 AM

                                berkeley bowl east has them. it's located near greenlee's bread, grand's challah....right next to the tables.

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                              nuraman00 Oct 23, 2011 01:28 PM

                              wolfe, I went to Mollie Stone's last week, and saw they raised the prices to $10.

                              Maybe it's happening everywhere because of our fuss, haha.

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                              Mollie Stone's
                              851 Cherry Ave # 22, San Bruno, CA

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                            nuraman00 Oct 23, 2011 01:31 PM

                            I posted this in another thread, but don't think I mentioned it here.

                            I went to Saul's Deli a few months ago.

                            * Chocolate babke. This one wasn't as flaky as the Green's store-bought chocolate babke. It held together better.

                            It was good, but I actually prefer the Greene's babka.

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                            Saul's Deli
                            1475 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

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                              nuraman00 Oct 23, 2011 01:48 PM

                              I tried Niles Pies Chocolate Babka, and Niles Pies Cinnamon Babka:

                              It looks like they are currently not on their Niles Pies website, but here's an image from elsewhere on the internet, of what it looked like. I guess they took it off of their menu at the beginning of October, perhaps it was a seasonal item.

                              http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0054...

                              * Chocolate Babka: It was ok. I liked how they used bittersweet chocolate. But I didn't like the texture as much. I wouldn't say it was too crunchy, or too doughy. But the texture of the crust reminded me of eating a chocolate chip cookie. It's probably some sort of combination of all of those descriptions.

                              So because of the texture, I'd only give it a 7.5/10.

                              * Cinnamon Babka:

                              This babka had the most intense cinnamon flavor I've ever had. Possibly even with respect to any cinnamon dessert I've ever had. It was that strong. I liked that about it.

                              But, the texture suffered the same fate as the chocolate babka.

                              So, even though I really liked the cinnamon (and I liked the bittersweet chocolate in the chocolate babka), I'd only give this one a 7.5 too.

                              If you look at the image I linked, you can probably see what I was talking about, when I mentioned the texture.

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                                nuraman00 Aug 25, 2013 11:30 PM

                                I've had babka a few times before, but this was the first time I got it from a Jewish bakery, Grand's, in Oakland.

                                Babka (bottom item in the 1st pic):

                                This is as good as Green's babka. They're both similar, this has those thick sugar granules. I like them both.

                                I guess this one uses chocolate chips, while Green's uses chocolate swirls. But none of that really matters when you're eating them.

                                Challah (top item in the 1st pic):

                                The challah doesn't taste like anything special, just like a dinner roll. But you probalby don't eat it for taste, but rather for custom (if you're traditional).

                                Rugelach:

                                The two flavors I got were raspberry-coconut, and chocolate. The raspberry one had a too much of a pastry ratio, I liked the chocolate one better.

                                These aren't anything too special, it's one of those things that if you're there and you see them, they're nice to try, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get them. They're nice snacks, that's about it.

                                 
                                 
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                                  nuraman00 Aug 25, 2013 11:42 PM

                                  Babka opened:

                                   
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                              kimfair1 Jun 14, 2010 02:23 PM

                              I order Green's babke through the Zabar's web site in NYC each year at the holidays. Not sure hw much you're paying for it in SF, it's pretty expensive through Zabar's, but soooooo good!

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                                pdpast Dec 27, 2010 05:17 PM

                                Greene's babka? Why bother? After a trip to the warehouse freezer for a few months, a freezer 18 wheeler journey 3500 miles, you no longer have quality babka. Chocolate and poppy seed babka is made by an passionate baker Hana here in Berkeley and is sold at Saul's delicatessen. Heated slightly and served with tea or coffee makes for a superb afternoon pick-me-up. Sometimes our memories ruin a good local food experiences.

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                                  pauliface Dec 27, 2010 05:59 PM

                                  Please. I'm happy to try hana but please do not disparage green's, it is delicious.

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                                    stanbee Aug 26, 2013 01:11 AM

                                    Green's Choc Babka is heavy and gritty. Available at East Coast Deli, SF in cinnamon and chocolate. Not the best after it has suffocated in plastic on the long journey West. The best babka was at Rascal House, N Miami Beach for about 50 years, now defunct.

                                    For over the top choc babka Wise Deli must be have been greatly improved by 2014 if perhaps more unctious some than desired. Over the top is fine with me. Never stopped me.

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                                    hyperbowler Oct 23, 2011 10:07 PM

                                    Last week, Pal's Takeway had slices of Green's Babke and slices of Wise Sons Babke. I'm not sure if they sell it whole though.

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                                      Windy Oct 23, 2011 10:19 PM

                                      Pal's always has chocolate babka. Really good. Not sure whose it was.

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                                        sugartoof Oct 24, 2011 12:45 AM

                                        I really like what I've had from Wise Sons, but the chocolate Babke needs improvement.

                                        I found the texture, and even choice of chocolate a little off for a classic babke.

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                                          nuraman00 Nov 20, 2011 06:08 PM

                                          Can I find Wise Sons Babke outside of S.F.?

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                                            sugartoof Nov 20, 2011 10:50 PM

                                            You would have to contact them and see about mail order, since they're just a pop up at this point....but I don't know why you would want to. If it was dried out when I had it, I can only imagine what shipping would do. You can probably find some of the best Babka's in the country with mail order options, I'd think.

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                                              nuraman00 Nov 23, 2011 09:19 PM

                                              Thanks. Between the three different babka brands I've tried (Green's; Saul's Deli; and Niles Pies), I really liked Green's the best.

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                                              Saul's Deli
                                              1475 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

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