Bagel War – Maybe #RichardArmitage Can Settle It

I have a number of Canadian friends here in Mexico, including a few from Montreal. There are often friendly arguments about which city makes better bagels: New York or Montreal. I’ve never had a Montreal bagel, so I have no opinion, except that, IMO Eastern European/Jewish  foods in NYC are better than anyplace else. Also, Montreal bagels are sweeter and I don’t need sweetness in my bagel.  The issue has been addressed before .images (8) I don’t even like cinnamon raisin for that reason. Now Richard Armitage can weigh in. He’s  in Montreal now and  lived in New York for a few years. I’m sure he’s had a bagel or two with a schmear.
Tell us, Richard Armitage, which bagel sends electricity surging through your body, causes your heart to pound out of your chest and makes your breath come fast and hard?

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9 thoughts on “Bagel War – Maybe #RichardArmitage Can Settle It

  1. NY Times has also written about the bagel wars (https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/01/montreals-bagels-square-off-against-new-yorks/). Montreal has two rivalling bagel bakeries, St. Viateur Bagel and Fairmount Bagel, and are located near each other. Both bakeries’ original location is open 24 x 7, and continuously make bagels throughout the day. So, as soon as you enter the bakery, you smell the wonderful aroma of freshly baked bagels and you would have already devoured a bagel even before leaving the premises. Montreal expats would buy two or three dozens to bring back to Toronto, and freeze them. I microwave the bagel for 20 seconds, slice it in half, and then toast it; the bagel is crispy on the outside, soft and chewy inside. I like my bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon/lox, capers and microgreens. Toronto now has three bagel bakeries that make acceptable Montreal style bagels, all lacking the wonderful aroma.

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