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Jul 7, 2013 09:50 AM

Israeli white cheese (Gvina Levana) in Palo Alto?

Does anyone know where I can find Gvina Levana in Palo Alto?

I just returned from Israel where I tried this lovely white cheese for the first time and I have a serious craving...


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  1. Try quark, it's basically the same thing. They have it at Gourmet Haus in Redwood City.

    1. Thank you Robert!

      Any other suggestions from the Chowhounder community?

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      1. re: zamzam

        Advice from Janna Gur.
        Gvina Levana Literally “white cheese”, this soft, fresh, creamy cheese made from cow’s milk is similar to German quark. It was brought to Palestine by German Templer settlers at the beginning of the 20th Century. In today’s Israel it is one of the most popular breakfast foods and is widely used for baking. Gvina levana is responsible for the exceptionally light texture and fresh taste of local cheesecakes. Outside Israel, it is sold in Kosher stores carrying fresh Israeli products.
        If unavailable, substitute with 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) cream cheese mixed with 250 ml (9 fl oz) sour cream. The cake will be creamier and richer, but equally delicious.

      2. Vermont Creamery in the U.S. makes a lovely quark. I would not call it an "Israeli cheese," as it's widely popular in Europe.

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        1. re: pikawicca

          Yes, I know Quark quite well (I used to live in Germany), but it's been a while. My experience was that israeli-style white cheese is similar to quark but not the same.

          Still hoping someone can point me to a gvina levana source in Palo Alto or on the peninsula. I have seen there are a few spots in the East Bay that might have it, but none on this side of the bay...

        2. I agree that gvina levana is somehow different from quark. They usually sell it at Oakland Kosher Foods - not exactly Palo Alto, I know...