Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Northbound to Real Bagels
Simon has informed me that bagels similar to the type I described are being made in Montreal. I must admit that these look to all appearences like the bagels that I used to be able to get in New York -over 30 years ago. Those bagels used to be called "Brooklyn Jawbreakers" and "donuts with rigor mortis" and were the butt of numerous jokes relating to their alleged inedibility, tendency to roll away at will, resist decay and battery with blunt and pointed objects.
The more recent versions of the best NY bagels that I've eaten -and the bialey for that matter-have a flavor that is similar to the old style bagels (minus the wood smoke) but are about 1/3 larger, and much softer -just like a good number of American. I will allow that somebody in NY may still be making bagels that look like this albeit outside of the range of bagdar dish.
Thanks Simon. But when the heck am I going to be able to go to Canada to buy bagels?