Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Foodiness

Today is National Bagel and Lox Day! The Jewish girl that I am (from the New York area, nonetheless), I am loving this food holiday! I think I know what I will have to stop for on the way home today. Happy National Bagel and Lox Day! And thank you to Foodimentary for bringing this holiday to my attention.

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

Celebrating February 9

Daily Five Food Finds: Bagels

1. The word Bagel is often thought to have derived from the ‘buckle‘ shape it has, but actually it is from a Yiddish word ‘beygl‘ meaning ring or hole.

2. Bagels are one of the few breads that are boiled then baked. creating the sought inside while retaining a crisp exterior.

3. Over a Billion dollars a year are spent on bagels in the US alone.

4. The top selling bagels are Plain(#1), Whole Wheat(#2) and Sesame Seed(#3)

5. Originally bagels were baked and sold by street vendors. They would have been carried around on a long string draped over the sellers’ shoulders. (Link to drawing)

What’s a lox? Lox is thinly sliced smoked salmon

Bagel & Lox are typically bagels with cream cheese, onions,  and smoked salmon. Other variations often include  tomatoes, cucumbers, capers, and/or scrambled eggs

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