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Starbucks (YUL): No more St. Viateur Bagels?

Gary Soup Sep 11, 2006 05:22 AM

The only Starbucks with a raison d'être, IMHO, used to be the one at Dorval, er, Trudeau Airport in the Air Canada departure area. There one could grab a one-dozen bag of St. Viateur bagels to bring home. On my truncated Montreal turn-around last week, however, I was disappointed that they did not have the St. Viateurs and seemingly had replaced them with bags of Beaubien Bagels. The Beaubiens seemed sweeter and less densely crumbed and flavored than the St. Viateurs of my recollection. They claim to be wood-fire finished and were definitely better than any New York bagels I know of, but they never seem to be mentioned in the same breath as St. V. and Fairmount.

Is the loss of St. Viateurs "to go" a fact of life at the YUL Starbucks now, or just an aberration? Any other opinions on Beaubien Bagels?

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  1. Withnail42 RE: Gary Soup Sep 11, 2006 03:29 PM

    Never heard of Beabien bagels. For that matter still haven't found a bagels in NCY that even come close to ones from Montreal.

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      Gary Soup RE: Withnail42 Sep 11, 2006 03:51 PM

      Searching the Web gave me the impression that Beaubien Bagel was originally called Bagel du Monde. Maybe re-naming them after the street they are on was intended to give them a little more cachet or sense of authenticity.

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        SnackHappy RE: Gary Soup Nov 3, 2006 06:24 PM

        I recently got some Beaubien Bagels since I live near there and had never been. They were heavy and undercooked. They didn't have much flavour. It was not a nice experience.

    2. ScoobySnacks20 RE: Gary Soup Sep 11, 2006 03:35 PM

      Beaubien bagels are wood finished, I used to buy some when I was in the area.
      Definitely not up Fairmount and St-Viateur (They have less sesame seeds too), but still better than anything you'll find outside Montreal. Still a fresh hot beaubien is better than a cold or reheated St-Viateur. :)

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        x96mdn RE: Gary Soup Sep 18, 2006 04:59 PM

        fyi: you can buy bags of st v's bagels downstairs at the sandwich shop right outside the security gate. or at least i did last time i went through.

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