Offerings at Babka by Ayélet in Palo Alto
Offerings at Babka by Ayélet in Palo Alto

New Babka joint in Palo Alto! Kosher Chinese in S.F. closed?

The long awaited Babka by Ayélet bakery officially opened in Palo Alto on Dec. 13, after being in soft opening mode for several days. It’s open every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Town and Country Village, 885 El Camino Real, Suite 15, Palo Alto.

Of course, the Organic Epicure takes her job very seriously, and knows that readers are eagerly awaiting her report on it, so stay tuned for it in January.


Reader Joel Kamisher, a retired news reporter who lives in San Francisco’s Sunset District, originally tipped us off to the fact that Shangri-La Vegetarian Restaurant on Irving Street — one of the city’s only kosher restaurants — had closed. We were unsuccessful in our attempts to get more information from either the owner or the certifying kosher agency. Kamisher, who lives close by, wrote to say that he was walking by the restaurant recently and spoke to a man inside whom he thinks is the owner. The man said that their rent had been hiked, but would answer no more questions. The restaurant is still shut, and another call placed to the kosher certifiers went unanswered. We will keep you updated.

Alix Wall
Alix Wall

Alix Wall is a contributing editor to J. She is also the founder of the Illuminoshi: The Not-So-Secret Society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals and is writer/producer of a documentary-in-progress called "The Lonely Child."