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I need a challah and soon. and given my constraints, i don't even need it to be the best in the city.

nlk Aug 26, 2012 08:41 PM

I need to have a challah in my hands by 530 Tuesday in echo park.
I'd go to langers but i can't get there before their 4pm closing.
If i had to i could buy it monday evening or, as the above says, late tuesday afternoon.

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  1. boogiebaby RE: nlk Aug 26, 2012 09:02 PM

    Trader Joes has challah.

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      Servorg RE: boogiebaby Aug 27, 2012 06:52 AM

      I saw that TJ's was carrying the pretzel challah from Got Kosher http://www.gotkosherinc.com/ previously.

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        chewbacca RE: Servorg Aug 29, 2012 11:06 AM

        That Got Kosher pretzel challah is fantastic! I am going to check my TJs right away. Is it sliced? Will report back!

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          Servorg RE: chewbacca Aug 29, 2012 11:10 AM

          I didn't look at it carefully to tell if it was sliced or not. I prefer unsliced. Please post if you find it (or even if you don't).

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            Arthur RE: chewbacca Aug 29, 2012 06:54 PM

            It's not sliced.

      2. ipsedixit RE: nlk Aug 26, 2012 09:20 PM

        Whole Foods or Gelson

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          liu RE: ipsedixit Aug 26, 2012 09:48 PM


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          bad nono RE: nlk Aug 26, 2012 09:43 PM

          even Ralph's carries challah, at least the one on 3rd & La Brea does. I think they carry it from the Diamond Bakery on Fairfax, if you're willing to travel a bit westward.

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            Arthur RE: bad nono Aug 27, 2012 06:57 PM

            Ralphs' own store-brand challah quite surprisingly is at least as good as 90 percent of the recommendations on this page. I've seen it at every branch I've been to on the westside. They make it in both a traditional twisted and baking pan version. I sometimes like buying the pan version to make french toast.

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              happybaker RE: Arthur Aug 27, 2012 08:13 PM

              Ralph's challah IS good.

              But sadly, it is not in all eastern LA stores.

              Yes I have seen it at La Brea and third. But not, for years, at two out of the 4 Glendale stores.
              So general LA, the odds might be even less....

              And we haven't even gotten into sliced or not sliced!

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                katydid13 RE: Arthur Aug 31, 2012 07:50 PM

                Ralphs challah makes the BEST French Toast! I have bought it at the one on 3rd & La Brea and at the one on Sunset & Poinsettia.

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              happybaker RE: nlk Aug 26, 2012 10:09 PM

              My fav store-bought challah - Diamonds. But it is a drive.
              Trader Joe's challah is not bad, just not great either.
              Porto's in Glendale has a surprisingly nice egg twist loaf.

              And yes, I'd bet Victor Bene's bakery in Gelson's would have it.

              And in Glendale, at Jons and many markets that carry armenian breads, they have a what they call "Raisin Bread" but what is basically sweet challah with raisins. Tasty!

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                Arthur RE: happybaker Aug 27, 2012 07:07 PM

                I agree with your assessment of the Trader Joe's challah. It's also atypically small, so I suspect it's not appropriate for the OP's needs.

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                  happybaker RE: Arthur Aug 27, 2012 08:16 PM

                  Arthur -

                  When I saw the smallness - and the price - I gasped.

                  Thank you for not making me feel extra silly for my reaction.

              2. PaulF RE: nlk Aug 26, 2012 10:31 PM

                Bagel Factory has challah every day, I'm pretty sure.

                1. Tripeler RE: nlk Aug 27, 2012 12:24 AM

                  Wasn't there a girl group with a song that went

                  "I Want To Make You Challah" ??

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                    Servorg RE: Tripeler Aug 27, 2012 06:44 AM

                    As opposed to some of the famous "Oy Bands" like New Kids on the Eruv and their hits? ;-D>

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                      bulavinaka RE: Servorg Aug 27, 2012 06:56 AM

                      I call Oy vey on both of you mashuganas...

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                        Tripeler RE: bulavinaka Aug 27, 2012 07:01 AM

                        I think you are confusing it with Oy George and Kosher Club with their mega-hit "Yes, I Really Want To Hurt You, Already". Or perhaps "Take A Walk On The Kosher Side" or "Matzoh Man" by Gefilte Joe and the Fish.

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                    bulavinaka RE: nlk Aug 27, 2012 06:44 AM

                    Costco in MdR/Culver City carries a limited line of baked goods for the Jewish community, including challah. If you are a member (or a friend is) and have a Costco close by, you might call...

                    1. Mr Taster RE: nlk Aug 27, 2012 02:11 PM

                      What's the problem exactly? Echo Park is not Timbuktu.

                      5:30 (assuming pm) Tuesday is over 27 hours from now. 34 hours from when you first posted.

                      Go to Diamond Bakery on Fairfax/Beverly and bring it to Echo Park. If you leave now, you'll have 26.5 hours to spare.

                      Mr Taster

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                        happybaker RE: Mr Taster Aug 27, 2012 04:07 PM

                        Diamond Bakery you need to call and reserve their challah. They sell out, daily.

                        And you do want it fresh.....

                        Some of the Fresh N easy Markets carry the Il Fornaio brand and they have a surprisingly good challah. But honestly? Your closest easiest bet is to call Victor Bene's in Gelsons. Odds are they'll hold one for you.

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                          Mr Taster RE: happybaker Aug 27, 2012 04:41 PM

                          Well, it certainly can't hurt to call ahead, and they do sell out, but I think you've overstated the danger a little, happybaker. In the last 8 years of living in the area, I can count on one hand the number of times I've been disappointed. (I have a much harder time securing their borekas, which are gone 95% of the time by the time I generally arrive around 5:30-6pm). But if it's really critical, as it sounds like it is to nlk, by all means call ahead to reserve your challah.

                          Mr Taster

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                            happybaker RE: Mr Taster Aug 27, 2012 08:19 PM

                            Mr. Taster -

                            I have shown up (and granted, it's usually on a Friday/Saturday or Sunday) pointed with great hope and desire at one of the challahs on the rack and been told "Sorry, it's reserved."

                            That said, two years ago, I called ahead, reserved it for a saturday, did not get there until 4pm (and I'd called to let them know I'd be late) and there, on the racks, was my one, lone challah. They had truly kept their word and saved it for me.

                            Bless their lipsticked hearts.

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                        iOnLa RE: nlk Aug 27, 2012 02:31 PM

                        none of the grocery chains will have fresh challah on Mon. or Tues. it's usually only baked fresh Thurs. and Fri., and that includes Bagel Factory.
                        check the jewish bakeries around Fairfax/Pico, but if you can't get it fresh, then you really shouldn't bother.

                        1. Baron RE: nlk Aug 27, 2012 06:08 PM

                          Costco makes a good challah daily.

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                            Arthur RE: Baron Aug 27, 2012 06:53 PM

                            In the stores that have it at all, Costco sells pre-packaged challah from a brand that is not made in their own bakeries.

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                              SIMIHOUND RE: Baron Aug 27, 2012 07:37 PM

                              I have never seen challah at the Simi Costco. They also carry no Passover products for Passover.

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                                happybaker RE: SIMIHOUND Aug 27, 2012 08:20 PM

                                No challah at the Los Feliz Costco...

                            2. Arthur RE: nlk Aug 27, 2012 07:01 PM

                              FYI: If anyone is interested in a sweeter, almost cake-like challah, try the version at Pink Orchid, a Persian bakery on Westwood Blvd.

                              1. cant talk...eating RE: nlk Aug 27, 2012 08:36 PM

                                I think I posted on the before, but I found plenty of challah (big braided kind) at the Vons on West 3rd and Vermont the afternoon of (Rosh Hashanah? one of those holidays) one year. Easy from Echo Park. I wouldn't bother with Diamond, seriously (and I lived around the corner for years). But hey, that's one guy's opinion.

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                                  happybaker RE: cant talk...eating Aug 27, 2012 09:46 PM

                                  Vons breads are more than decent.

                                  But after their behavior during the grocery stroke (the CEO sad he'd rather pay scabs than pay for health care for the workers, even though the scabs were more expensive) I haven't shopped there.

                                  That said - if it's the best place for you - go, shop, be happy.

                                  But know that places that carry challah for Rosh Hashanah, do not necessarily have it the rest of the year, regularly.

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                                  nlk RE: nlk Aug 28, 2012 06:36 AM

                                  You all are amazing. Now i know where to get a challah...by Tuesday.
                                  And i was reminded of a the anti union political practices of a place like vonn's.
                                  Guess what showed up on my porch last night? a challah from Langers. One of my friends, without telling me, saw this post, knew i worked during the day and couldn't get there, and got it for me and delivered it. So, I'll have a challah in hand on my way to echo park today.
                                  At this rate, maybe i should post,..that i need a pork chop from Salt's Cure, a meal from Rusitc Canyon and some bbq from bludso's and see which CH friends drop what off on my porch tonight.
                                  Bur seriously, on the challah info, Thank you all.

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                                    SIMIHOUND RE: nlk Aug 28, 2012 08:24 AM

                                    Oh no...This has just gone too far...Challah and pork chops? Whats next...bacon wrapped matzah balls? :)

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                                      Servorg RE: SIMIHOUND Aug 28, 2012 08:29 AM

                                      I think that some clever scientists in Israel may well be working on a transgenic pig with hooves who showers daily...

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                                      Mr Taster RE: nlk Aug 28, 2012 08:47 AM

                                      I think we could have been more immediately helpful if we had known the details of your constraints. I, for one, felt like I was shooting in the dark... the question felt a bit absurd. Why is 48 hours not enough time to get a challah? In future, consider listing geographic area, work hours, etc. so we know how to help you best.

                                      Anyway, now that the details have come out, I understand and I'm very glad to hear that it worked out for you.

                                      Definitely consider Diamond Bakery in the future-- it's the real deal. They baked the challah for my wedding- a huge thing that looked like an alligator, and the chef types at the ceremony were fighting over who got to take home the leftovers.

                                      Mr Taster

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                                        happybaker RE: nlk Aug 31, 2012 09:09 PM

                                        Ah, you know what you need to do as thanks? Introduce us to your challah buying friend!

                                        Seriously, what a delight to hear of the happy surprise. Challah buying friends ROCK.

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                                        ANori RE: nlk Sep 4, 2012 12:23 PM

                                        Well, that was a fun and rather exhaustive Challah discussion. But where is Challah in Manhattan Beach?? When I lived near Fairfax/Pico/La Brea I could choose my style or the place closest to where I was headed. But now, I need help. Whole Foods (whose Challah I dislike) seems to be the only choice in Manhattan Beach (not even TJ's seems to carry it in the South Bay). Please tell me I am wrong - and please help!!

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                                          Servorg RE: ANori Sep 4, 2012 12:41 PM

                                          Try Amalfitano's Bakery in RPV on Friday's: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/774461 for a bakery that is more "South Bay" friendly in terms of geography.

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                                            PaulF RE: ANori Sep 4, 2012 12:53 PM

                                            The Torrance location is reasonably close to MB.

                                            Bagel Factory is Kosher, if that matters.


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                                              ANori RE: PaulF Sep 4, 2012 01:05 PM

                                              Wow! You are fast! And I have eaten Bagel Factory's challahs for years -- on Robertson. It never occurred to me that they had more than one location.

                                              I will try to check out Amalfitano's, too - I have never heard of that bakery. Thank you both!

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                                                Foodandwine RE: PaulF Sep 25, 2012 10:33 AM

                                                For the South Bay Folks!! Just called over to the Bagel Factory in Torrance. They have the Round Ones for New Years. Going to get one for the Break Fast tomorrow.. Thanks for the tip. BTW they have the Best Bagels in the South Bay IMO

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