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Halvah - San Francisco ?

engine32 Apr 10, 2013 08:20 AM


Having a craving for fresh halvah - remembering some wonderful fresh pistachio halvah from the Scots Hotel on the Sea of Galilee from a trip to Israel last year.

Anyone know where I can find some in the Bay Area? Seems to be a challenge to track down.


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    sugartoof Apr 10, 2013 02:14 PM

    In SF, the market next to Old Jerusalem on Mission has the large stump they cut from. There's a middle eastern market off of Polk in the Tenderloin, either on Eddy or Geary (sorry, will take some googling) that has it.

    Various Russian/European markets in the Richmond have it, in variations, usually sliced, that's of good quality.

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    1. re: sugartoof
      hyperbowler Apr 10, 2013 03:31 PM

      http://www.samiramisfood.com is the one on Mission. The owner changed a few months back, but they had halvah a few weeks ago.

      It's in sealed plastic containers all over, but I don't think I've ever seen fresh pistachio halvah in the Bay Area.

      Can someone refresh my memory--- do places in the bay Area with fresh halvah even have varieties of it beyond marble?

      1. re: hyperbowler
        Robert Lauriston Apr 10, 2013 03:35 PM

        I've seen multiple varieties of bulk halvah.

        I don't know that it's any fresher than vacuum-sealed chunks.

        1. re: hyperbowler
          sugartoof Apr 10, 2013 04:08 PM

          Europa Express used to sell pistachio sliced squares in the vacuum packs, and I believe they still do. It's fresh tasting.

          I keep wanting to say Haig's Deli has it.

          1. re: sugartoof
            wally Apr 10, 2013 04:58 PM

            That was my first thought also.

      2. ckshen Apr 10, 2013 01:02 PM

        Rose Market in Mountain View has it by weight.

        1. anyhow Apr 10, 2013 09:55 AM

          Crossroads World Market on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto always has a variety of halvah for sale by weight from the display case next to the cashiers. The ultimate impulse item!

          And, the store is full of fair-priced delicacies and pantry staples.

          720 San Antonio Rd Palo Alto, CA 94303
          (650) 858-6910

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          1. re: anyhow
            Ruth Lafler Apr 10, 2013 10:31 AM

            There's also a Crossroads in Hayward. I was going to suggest it as well, as they always have a good selection, and I've seen the pistachio there.

            If you are in San Francisco proper, some of the Eastern European markets out in the Richmond carry a good selection. The exact name of the one where we bought some is eluding me.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler
              Robert Lauriston Apr 10, 2013 10:32 AM

              I think I've seen bulk halvah at the Armenian market, Royal Bakery, as well.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                engine32 Apr 10, 2013 10:44 AM

                Some great options, thanks!

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            jjw Apr 10, 2013 08:29 AM

            They carry it at the International Food Bazaar in San Jose


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