It’s tough to resist the
temptation of calling this list “The Best of Jewish L.A.”
Plenty of publications and Web sites anoint restaurants,
products and people with the hallowed “best of” label. We
don’t go in for such hype.
Instead, our writers and editors weigh in about
what they like in the community, from kosher-friendly fro-yo to a venue that
draws numerous Israeli musicians. The choices reflect not only the varied tastes
of our staff, but also the great diversity of L.A. Jewish life. What are some of
your favorite things about Jewish L.A.? E-mail us at
New Twists on Challah
For most of us, challah is a weekly staple, predictable and not particularly
interesting. There are the familiar additions of raisins or chocolate chips, but
the game tends to stay the same, week to week: soft, sweet egg bread in the
familiar golden braid. Got Kosher? a cafe, catering company and kosher
wholesaler, offers some new twists on the old favorite with a variety of gourmet
challahs, spicing up their loaves with everything from turmeric and macadamia
nuts to fennel and salt. Perhaps the best version is the simplest: pretzel
challah (above), which comes with a dark, delicious pretzel crust that gives way
to the same beloved eggy goodness inside. The exterior is firm but not crunchy
and the interior is deliciously moist — which is good, because change is always
exciting but the classics are the classics for a reason. Got Kosher? 8914 W.
Pico Blvd., (310) 858-1920.
— Alexandra Romanoff, Contributing Writer