Dr Vadim Chelom is a Veterinarian, a writer and an educator. You can read his blog at www.doctor-pets.com
Published October 31st 2011
Feeling tired of the usual boring cafe/bakery experience? Glick's Balaclava is a bakery with a difference where the experience is positively out of the ordinary.
Established in 1964, Glick's has grown from a humble bakery into an eight store institution and a cultural icon in its' own right. Located at 330 Carlisle Street, the Balaclava store is the original outlet least adulterated by slick modern influences.
Mr Glick - the founder of the chain, runs the shop himself and frequently works the counter. Watching him serve the customers is a historical experience all of its' own.
The shop offers a curious blend of Middle Eastern and Eastern European Jewish cuisine. Where else can you get a pita filled with hummus, falafel and hot chilli sauce and then buy some babka, lekah (a kind of honey cake) and challa (a sweet bread traditionally eaten during the Jewish Sabbath) to take home!
The cafe specialty is definitely bagels and at Glick's bagels come in every flavour imaginable (blueberry is my favourite).
If you want you shopping experience supercharged, I recommend coming on a Friday afternoon. Everyone is in a rash getting ready for the Jewish Sabbath and the place is pandemonium. The staff try bravely to keep a semblance of organisation calling out hopefully to take the number and wait your turn, but all is in vain as the crowd storms the counter and the orders are made all at once. I have seen quieter shops, I have seen more tranquil shops but what fun would that be?