Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Perfect Food: Bagels

I love Bagels.

I eat one almost everyday. I have been eating a bagel nearly everyday for at least the past year, if not more.

They are, in essence, the perfect food. Let me explain...

You can put cream cheese on it and have it for breakfast. It is also the ultimate sidekick to a cup of coffee.

You can put lunch meat on it and have it as a lunch sandwich, with quite a bit more flavor than just bread.

Throw some peanut butter and honey on it, and you have one hell of a power snack.

You could even make a Pizza Bagel for dinner!
Not to mention, it is packed with carbs, has a generous amount of sodium and protein, with a sprinkle of fat. Basically, the ultimate food for triathletes. I mean, seriously, there really isn't a more versatile food out there.

Even Jaybuddy wrote an article on the Bagel Vs. The Donut (guess who won!)

I have approached the point in which I am getting sick of eating the same types of bagels that I have buying for the past year or so. I felt that I needed help - not because I am addicted (that is debatable), but because I need recommendations for new venues to buy good bagels.

Is there a better group of people to consult with than the Triathlon Club of San Diego? I posted the question on our yahoo group site and within minutes, the responses flowed in.
  • One person started her response with: "OMG, someone who feels the same way about bagels as I do!!!"
  • Another signed his response: "Cheers from the bagel fans"
  • 2 people used the term "The bomb!" to describe their recommendation
  • One hungry fellow stated the following after his recommendation: "i think im gonna go get some now because they sound delicious"
  • Another responder finished with signing: "Powered by Bagels"
  • Another fellow bagel fanatic started her response: "WOW, LOVE THIS BAGEL DISCUSSION!"
  • One respndent had excellent use of the word "versatile" in her description of a sesame seed bagel, adding: "getting hungry just thinking about it!" and closed with a friendly reminder: "Remember, they are bagels, you can't really lose!". This person and I are obviously on the same page!
  • One even educated me on the "complex chemical mix that is always changing" and how to prevent staleness of bagels.

Another key response was to purchase bagels from a bagel shop, put them in a freezer bag, and freeze them. This will help prevent the staleness, and when I am ready to have one, all I have to do is put it in the toaster, and its almost as good as fresh. One gentleman noted: "We buy them by the dozen and freeze what we cannot force down instantly".

These are obviously my type of people!

I was also provided with numerous places to purchase these morsels of heaven.

  • Garden State Bagels in Encinitas (El Camino and Encinitas Blvd)
  • (San Diego, Ramona and San Marcos)
  • Einstein Bagels was a very popular response, and their bagels can even be purchased at Costco
  • Trader Joe's Sprouted Wheat Bagels
  • A strong recommendation for Bruegger's since their bagels are made from scratch on site (apparently einstein's uses frozen dough)
  • "Top of the Bagel", which is located in Solana Beach and Carlsbad.
  • Big City Bagels in Hillcrest - (A phenomenal daily sale: 13 bagels and 2 tubs of cream cheese for $9.95. I think that is really tough to beat!)

There you have it - straight from the most reliable sources in San Diego!

Thank you all for your responses, and your inspiration to blog about bagels!


Rob said...

Bruegger's is "the bomb!"

Alana said...

wanna bagel?

Anonymous said...

once again denner you have succeeded in making me laugh with your posts. Excellent work on a very informative article.

wa said...

dude, bagels.

Rick said...

Agreed. Perfect food , I take filled usually pizza bagel made by SJR Foods, they come indiviudally wrapped. frozen. Perfect carb, protein mix. Or brueggers pumpernickel if i have one fresh.