I found St. Viateur bagels here in Oakville!
Yep...my favourite little gourmet shop - Jubilee Fruit Market - right at the corner of Lakeshore and Allan (right in the heart of downtown Oakville).
I don't go there much anymore, now that we have Whole Foods and Organic Garage. After a bit of post-workout garage sale-ing this morning, I stopped at Jubilee for some scallions and a jar of Silver Palate pasta sauce.
Well, there they were. A bag of six St. Viateur bagels, reasonably fresh, for $5.00. Sure, that's twice what they cost back in my old hometown but, hey, its worth it.
In the same vein, Oakville also has an excellent Montreal-Style bagel shop now. It's called Taylor's and it's in the plaza on Third Line, right at the corner of Third Line and Dundas. They have the right type of oven, the correct seeds, and a reasonable amount of expertise.
But how well do the bagels travle.
Lates face it is hard to beat a fresh, hot out of the oven, Montreal bagels straight from the source!
if you want mtl bagels, fresh. then the bagel house is where you should go. its on avenue road just above lawerence. made there, with an wood oven and the bagels are soked in honey water, just like 'back home'
yes its not in oakville, but a good thing, i will drive for
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St. Viateur sesame bagels are $4.49 for 6 at some Metro stores.
I am not truly impressed, although these are good bagels.
There is a good crust, slightly sweet and nutty, but the interior is soft. Not chewy.
Made from all purpose flour, or eastern flours (Ont.) rather than the prairies, which would yield a stronger dough.
This was a major disappointmnet for me, but I know I can get what I want with the New York bagel, made with midwestern wheat.