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Golden Bagel, Napa

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Melanie Wong Jul 25, 2001 09:48 PM

This morning I grabbed a bagel (really seedy) and cc from The Bagelry in SF for the ride up to Napa. A selection of bagels and spreads from Golden Bagel were offered at my morning meeting, offering the rare opportunity for an almost side-by-side comparison.

Golden bagels are the puffed-up roly-poly type a la Noah's, big with hardly any hole in the center. The sesame seed and the poppy seed types were heavily seeded, almost solidly coated on the top crust. Others were commenting on how heavy these were, but the density was far less than The Bagelry's. The crust had a satisfying chew, and the inner wasn't too fluffy to the bite. My own preference is for a denser, less wet style, but I bet these could be decent if toasted.

I tried the pecan/raisin cream cheese spread with piece of a poppy seed one. The pecans are nicely toasted for extra flavor, and while not crunchy, aren't soggy. A nice touch.

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    Christine Vallejo RE: Melanie Wong Jul 26, 2001 11:23 AM

    How about the bagels at Home Grown over in Sonoma? How do those compare to what would be considered the epitome of bageldom (hood?)? I love Home Grown's onion bagels, but then I've never had a New York bagel which would probably be the aforementioned epitome.

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      Melanie Wong RE: Christine Vallejo Jul 26, 2001 08:40 PM

      Hmmm, Home Grown is a new one on me. I'll have to try them and let you know.

      Yesterday's was my first bagel since returning from NY. It takes awhile for the taste of the real thing to fade away before I can handle our local product.

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        Christine Vallejo RE: Melanie Wong Jul 27, 2001 03:12 PM

        Home Grown was located off Sonoma's square on West Napa for years. Then they moved further from the square into a shopping center which burnt in late 1999-early 2000. They recently reopened and I haven't been able to get over there yet. They also have a location over on Rt. 12 en route to Boyes Hot Springs.

        An onion bagel with a schmear of Vella whipped cream cheese is my idea of heaven. But then I've never had a real NY bagel, either, so perhaps I'm in limbo.

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