Daily Archives: January 14, 2009

Bagels

Week Three: Breakfast Breads

Oh, the bagel. Where would our nation-wide breakfast buffets be without you? Sliced in half, arranged in neat rows between the heavy-yet-somehow-insubstantial blueberry muffins and the icing-coated flat danishes of various coagulated fillings. If you’re lucky, there may be a toaster conveniently nearby, maybe next to the iced-down bowls of single-serving cream cheese and the always inadequate plastic knives. Even if they’ve gone a bit stale, you’re still best off with the bagel. This is part of the reason I don’t like breakfast buffets. (The other part: they’re so early!)

The name bagel is from the Yiddish word “beygl”, from Old High German “boug”, which means “ring”…. Continue reading

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