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Montreal’s REAL Bagels
Montreal bagels are not doughy buns with holes in the center: they are a noble bread that has a flavor distinct enough that you know you are in the presence of greatness before your teeth are halfway into the first bite.
Having been boiled in honeyed water and then baked in a traditional wood oven — think of an Italian forno a legna pizza oven — a Montreal bagel has a large hole in the center, and the dough itself possesses an elastic quality. I’m a poppy-seed man myself; the darker flavor of poppies brings out a sweet perfume that the other traditional coating, sesame seeds, fails to evoke — at least, for me. About onion bagels and similar abominations, we will not speak
Below, in typical multicultural Montreal fashion, the team at R.E.A.L. Bagels at 4940 Queen Mary Road (just off Décarie Boulevard) works a production line that runs 24/7:
I wonder if the Jewish population of Polish shtetls had better bagels?
Addendum: An outfit by the name of Myer’s Bagel Bakery at 377 Pine Street in Burlington purports to make Montreal bagels on U.S. soil. Has anyone ever paid them a visit?
Addendum: Bagels freeze extremely well. We always lay in a supply in the freezer in Hanover after we go home or when a friend heads up to Canada.
Addendum: A reader writes in:
Been at Myers several times. Good bagels, but not as light and flavorful as I remember at St. Viateur in Montreal. They’ve extended the range of “flavors” beyond the traditional plain, black and white I remember in Montreal.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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