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Apr 10, 2013 08:20 AM

Halvah - San Francisco ?


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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  1. They carry it at the International Food Bazaar in San Jose

    1. 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

        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

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

      2. Rose Market in Mountain View has it by weight.

        1. 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

   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

              I've seen multiple varieties of bulk halvah.

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

              1. re: hyperbowler

                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

                  That was my first thought also.