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Jun 10, 2013 12:38 PM

Bialys! (split from Cheese)

That breakfast sounds great! And I just adore honeycomb with cheese. And a bialy? Now I hate you. There are no bialys in my life :(

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  1. aw, u gotta love me :)
    bill's (as we call em) can be shipped anywhere.
    that birthday month of yours is reason enuf wouldn't u say?

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    1. re: HillJ

      A few years ago I looked into ordering bagels from H&H. IIRC, two dozen were going to cost me close to $90! I just could not do that. Birthday girl and Bob are heading to Istanbul in a week and a half. That's splurge enuf, doncha think?!?!?

      1. re: c oliver

        Oh and the bread you'll eat in Istanbul! Okay, officially NOT worried about b-day girl being short changed :)

        1. re: HillJ

          That's a great site but I'd not heard of the bread. Thanks.

          1. re: c oliver

            It's often called the bagel of Turkey! More here:

            Simit is delish and wonderful with cheese.

            1. re: HillJ

              Wow! You should post about this on the Manhattan board. I wonder why I didn't notice them when we were in Turkey in March.

              1. re: c oliver

                Be sure to ask for it this trip! Simit comes in different shapes, seeds, sizes.

          2. re: HillJ

            Wow, this brings back memories. I'm American but my father was in the Air Force, and we lived in Ankara, Turkey, when I was a preschooler in the 1960s. Every day a woman came down the street with a board on her head full of the breads calling out "Simete," and we'd rush down to get some.

            I also remember the halvah sweets very fondly from that time. It was only many years later that I found out what those were and how to find them in the USA.

            1. re: Bada Bing

              Good times, I have similar memories too, BadaB. Thankfully some NYC stops can recreate some cherish food memories.

        1. re: cavandre

          My grocery store carries this brand in the freezer dept and sells fresh bill's by the six pack each week, neither is authentically bialy or even comes close to the real deal. Rather do without than settle.

          Why this thread was separated and titled by the CH Team, I'm not sure. But c o and I were discussing Simit at the time...this OP doesn't really make much sense.

          1. re: HillJ

            Yeah, if they were going to split it how 'bout titling it simit or move to the Manhattan board.

            Thanks, cavandre, but here on the Left Coast, bialys are downright exotic so no sign of them here.

            1. re: c oliver

              I asked for a title change twice and so far no change, c o.
              And I wouldn't wish a frozen bialy on my enemy.

              1. re: HillJ

                I just reported myself with a note asking for a change.

                When we lived in SF there was a bagel shop in the nabe that had bialys. Seems like I like them pretty well...til I had a NYC one!

                1. re: c oliver

                  Oh good, as the OP a request is appropriate coming from you. I can get really good ones in NJ too. As a kid my Grandmother made bialys and fresh butter. She's smear the butter on a hot bialy out of the oven, sprinkle Kosher salt and eat it with a sliced tomato.

        2. Kossar's Bialys ships out overnight. They make the best bialys I have ever had.

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          1. re: Motosport

            Probably at the princely sum that it would have cost me to get H&H bagels :( Gotta start playing that lottery. But I'll check it out. What I've found with NYC bagels that I would bring home is that if I wrapped them tightly in plastic wrap and then in a zipping bag, they toast up quite well. Not untoasted. And definite do NOT FoodSaver them!!!

            1. re: c oliver

              If I couldn't buy fresh bialys in NJ, I'd buy in NY but if that wasn't avail to me I'd opt for a different oniony, crusty toasting bread instead. I'm not fond of frozen bread and I dislike bagels entirely. But admittedly I speak from a very spoiled place when it comes to baked goods and bread baking especially.

              If you can get an affordable price on fresh bialys, please let me know. I have many friends who would welcome the experience and aren't nearly as fussy about their bread enjoyment as I tend to be (my cross to bear).

              1. re: HillJ

                ps c o - now the thread IS about bialys afterall.

              2. re: c oliver

                Kossar's ships next day by FEDEX. Otherwise you have hockey pucks.
                I buy a dozen at a time and ziplok and freeze them. I take one or two out of the freezer the night before and put them in the fridge to defrost. A light toasting in the morning brings them to life. Same works for bagels.

                1. re: Motosport

                  Just did a sample order of a dozen bialys. $10.30 for the bialys, $30.10 for the shipping :( I added a dozen bagel for $12 and the shipping then became $53.35. $76.15 for a dozen of each and shipping. Nope.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    There is always "Lender's" in the frozen food section. UGH!!

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Wow! You need a pal with a NJ/NYC connection to ship you door to door. Save a bundle.

                        1. re: Motosport

                          Lake Tahoe, four hours from SF, two from Sacramento and one from Reno. I should check in Reno but I just know it won't be the same :) But I should try.

                          1. re: c oliver

                            There are probably some good all you can eat buffets at the casinos!!!!

                            1. re: Motosport

                              Ya know, I just don't put "good" and "AYCE buffets" in the same sentence usually :)