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At least once a week I pick up some bagels at one or two of my favorite bagel bakeries...
It could be lox, pickled salmon, cheese, tomato and garlic cream cheese, bologna, salami, peanut butter or even a scrambled egg with bacon and cheese..
Give me a head up?
(the picture is that of a bagel and a bialy)

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  1. I make bagel chips from bagels in discount rack. Have cheapo home slicer. Make slices a THIN as possible, liberally toss with melted butter and nice olive oil and into oven till brown-ish and crisp. Found a recipe for "everything" bagel topping (sesame & poppy seeds, dried garlic chips, onion powder... will toss that in when I give chips a flip.

    For a more typical application, I like a brief spin in microwave... maybe 10 secs MAX... and VERY liberal amount of cream cheese.

    1. Bacon, egg & cheese; sometimes just plain cream cheese; lastly, just butter.

      Always on a toasted poppy. Always.

      1. The bagel guys always look at me like i'm nuts, but here it goes...
        - schmear of hummus (not as much as you would cream cheese though!)
        - sliced dill pickles
        - thin sliced red onion
        - a few leaves romaine or iceburg
        - spicy mustard on one half
        Best on pumpernickle.

        I have a good friend who always orders onion toasted well, with regular cream cheese, bacon, and peanut butter on the top half.

        Of course thousands of new yorkers love the cream cheese/lox/thin red onion/capers, open face. Sliced tomatoes on the side if you must.

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        1. I make bagel pizzas with them from time to time, Just toast the bagel real well, then add pizza sauce, cheese and other toppings of your choice, and broil it until golden and bubbly.

          For something different, try some Quince paste (sort of tastes like Apple Butter but a bit more complex in flavor, and tart/tangy) and some crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola, and top with some chives if you got them - all on a toasted bagel of your choice of course.

          Or perhaps whip up a batch of some homemade pimento cheese to spread on the bagels.

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          1. re: Atomic76

            < make bagel pizzas with them from time to time,>

            Thanks, Atomic. I've still got part of a jar of my last batch of pizza sauce to use. Now I know what's for lunch tomorrow. :-)

            1. re: Atomic76

              Hey Atomic76,

              We made your bagel pizzas today for lunch. They don't suck at all, and thanks for the easy way to use stuff on hand.

              Of course, now I'm out of bagels so must go buy more. *sigh*

            2. I used to order walnut-raisin cream cheese on a cinnamon-raisin bagel, but nowadays, it's more everything bagels toasted at home and topped with whatever. Toppings include deli meat, cheeses, melitzanosalata, tuna or egg salad, etc.
              Pizza bagels can be a nice addition too if you're into gooey cheese things.

              1. Oh Bialy.... now I am homesick

                at home I am a cream cheese guy over butter - but if its really hot an crusty I just eat it straight.

                If I am ordering from a deli - Lox, always

                if i am ordering from a hipster coffee shop - avocado and sun dried tomato

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                1. re: JTPhilly

                  If it is out, and not in the bagel store itself..what ever they have toasted, with nothing on it...then just some butter and grape jelly!

                2. Plain Bagel-egg salad
                  Egg bagel-scallion cream cheese & whitefish salad
                  Onion bagel-tuna & cheese melted under broiler

                  My husband puts peanut butter on Everything bagels.

                  1. My favorite is to toast it, melt in some unsalted butter, top that with a generous bit of cream cheese, then pile on chopped cucumbers and carrots. A sprinkle of kosher salt on top, and I'm happy.

                    A bagel makes a pretty good egg sandwich, too.

                    1. Our local bagel shop does cream cheese, shredded carrots, and sliced olives - and it's really good!

                      1. Mine is always the same--onion bagel, toasted, with gobs of cream cheese, sliced tomato, and salt.

                        I also like a cinnamon raison bagel with either cream cheese or butter (also toasted).

                        1. I usually have cream cheese with either prosciutto, bresaola, salami (favourite at the moment is brianza) or coppa, with some rocket or little gem lettuce.

                          1. Always some cream cheese. Sometimes lox, sometimes bitter orange marmalade, sometimes cucumber, sometimes.... Bagels and cream cheese are great with just about everything! One thing I miss living in the South is real bagels.

                            1. If it's a fresh baked bagel then plain cream cheese, never toasted. Only toast day-old or older bagels. A toasted bagel can get either butter, cream cheese, or peanut butter.

                              1. Whitefish salad.
                                Smoked fish
                                Peanut butter and strawberry preserve
                                Lox red onion sliced cucumber and caper
                                Egg salad

                                1. Tuna fish salad...# 1 seller next to smoked salmon for lunch I believe

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                                  1. re: Siegal

                                    Perhaps, but I must have a thin slice of onion and then melted American cheese on top of the tuna...

                                  2. Cream cheese and lox with tomato, cream cheese and grape jelly, or peanut butter and jelly. I don't like to get too exotic!

                                    1. Usually, it's simply butter or peanut butter.
                                      However, sometimes it's great to have egg, cheese and bacon

                                      1. If you have a homemade fruit pie at home, my favorite is cherry, spread some philly cream cheese and top it with the fruit pie.

                                        1. cream cheese, onion, tomato and smoked whitefish ( when I can find it) otherwise same thing without the whitefish.

                                          I make homemade bagel dogs too, wrapping the bagel dough around a polish dog, boil and then bake.

                                          For bialy, just cream cheese

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                                          1. re: rasputina

                                            Everything bagel toasted, cream cheese, sliced tomato, capers, kosher salt/pepper.

                                            All these toppings sound so good I wanna try'em all!

                                            1. re: chloebell

                                              This thread is making me want to make some bagels. The local ones suck here.

                                          2. - Cheddar cheese (on top and bottom) and a thick slice of tomato
                                            - Lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese (or jalapeno Havarti) with pickled peppers
                                            - Cream cheese and strawberry jam
                                            - BLT + fried egg (nice and runny yolk)

                                            1. Onion bagel. Always. With
                                              Butter, avocado and salt
                                              Butter and cream cheese
                                              Butter and smoked salmon spread (smoked salmon and creamed cheese mixed with a little ranch dressing)

                                              1. I am known to spread Nutella on a plain or cinnamon raisin bagel.

                                                1. Onion bagel, untoasted, with scallion cream cheese, tomato and onion.

                                                  1. spinach/parmesan bagel from the Bagelry toasted and topped with butter and cream cheese

                                                    1. This topic really makes this native miss New York...when I lived there I worked across the street from a deli where I would get a scrambled egg, cheese & bacon sandwich on a onion bagel several times a week for breakfast. It was THE best bagel sandwich and now my mouth is watering thinking about it.

                                                      I also love a good everything bagel just toasted with cream cheese...oh God, I'm having withdrawals now...the closest thing to a real bagel I can get here is from Panera's....

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                                                      1. re: Cherylptw

                                                        So imagine being me in NYC surrounded by good bagels everywhere while every NY times article says everyone should go on a low carb diet to be healthy.

                                                        1. re: Monica

                                                          It's not only in NY that they are saying that; I now live in NC...the south, home of carbaholics. When I lived in NY, I ate what I wanted and walked all over the city (which was exercise for me) so no problems being healthy. Here, there are no sidewalks in the country so everyone drives....not much walking so one must go to the gym if they don't own equipment. Low carbing IMO is harder here...Easier said than done, though, moderation is key where ever you are.

                                                          1. re: Cherylptw

                                                            Keep in mind the bagel is only the delivery vehicle! but in my case it is the Rolls Royce of carbs!

                                                            1. re: PHREDDY

                                                              but its really hard to eat a napkin full of cream cheese and lox politely

                                                              1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                What's wrong with the palm of your hand?

                                                        2. re: Cherylptw

                                                          Oooh, panera is the best bagel near you?? That sucks. I go to the ees a bagel and their eggwiches are always popular, especially weekend late mornings.

                                                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                            Don't rub it in :) My other choice is frozen Lenders...

                                                            1. re: Cherylptw

                                                              Instead of Lender's, have you tried Ray's NY Bagels? They're not the best bagel I've eaten, but I have had worse when I lived in the NYC area.


                                                              1. re: cavandre

                                                                No, I haven't tried these; they are not available in my area but I will keep my eyes open when I venture outside my little part of the world.

                                                        3. everything bagel with lox & cream cheese

                                                          1. Can't believe only one other mentioned olives. I love chopped green olives with pimento mixed into cream cheese on a well-toasted bagel. Favorite breakfast bagel ever, but I'm a simple girl.

                                                            A lot of these combos sound really tasty, thanks for posting the topic Phreddy. Thanks to everyone else for the suggestions. I've been in a bagel rut, it's clear!

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                                                            1. re: DuffyH

                                                              Now that you say that i found one shop a long time ago with an olive walnut cream cheese that was a really great combo- big chunks of green and kalamata olives. Haven't seen it since but obviously not hard to mix together myself....

                                                            2. Onion or everything bagel
                                                              Cream cheese
                                                              Thinly sliced ham
                                                              Thinly sliced red onion

                                                              1. Plain cream cheese, lox, and red onion on an everything bagel is the best combination, preferably with chives as well if on hand. Sometimes if you're in the mood for something more on the sweet side a sesame or cinnamon raisin bagel with strawberry jam works a trick.

                                                                1. I've been baking bagels for 44 years and eating them for 59.
                                                                  At home they are topped with Breakstone Unsalted Whipped Butter

                                                                  Out, then whatever butter the establishment has.

                                                                  Nothing to do with the bagel, but bagelman doesn't eat/like cream cheese, raw tomato or lox (although I smoke and or pickle my own salmon for the family)

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                                                                  1. re: bagelman01

                                                                    But what kind of bagel?

                                                                    For me the cream cheese has to be a light schmear...

                                                                    1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                      We use light cream cheese, heavy schmear. So it all works out the same, right? Right? :-D

                                                                      1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                        I regularly bake:

                                                                        and about every 3 weeks by my brother's request:

                                                                        I would eat butter on any of these

                                                                        On rye, pumpernickel or salt I also like sliced Sweet Munchee cheese

                                                                        Rye or Pumpernickel could be used for a salami sandwich, except I bake these in my outdoor brick wood fired pizza oven, so I consider them Kosher Dairy equipment and don't eat with meat (even though they have no daity ingredients).

                                                                      2. re: bagelman01

                                                                        I'm actually somewhat the opposite bagelman as I rarely if ever choose butter on my bagels (not that I'd turn it down), but a bagel sans cream cheese often feels incomplete.

                                                                        And when it comes to cream cheese, I'd prefer the plain variety as I find some of the flavors are not as well done as you'd expect. The Philadelphia vegetable cream cheese is also good, and I used to work in a store that made an excellent chocolate chip cream cheese.

                                                                        1. re: Epicureandreamer

                                                                          I like both on mine. Especially when they're toasted.

                                                                          1. re: Epicureandreamer

                                                                            It's not the fact that it's going on a bagel, I just don't like cream cheese. In fact I don't really like any of the white dairy items unless they are cooked. No cream cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, pot cheese, farmer cheese, ricotta or yogurt pass B's lips in the cold/refrigerated state. Feta and fresh mozzarella are exceptions.

                                                                            But I bake with cream cheese, farmer cheese, cottage cheese, pot cheese and sour cream. NO yogurt in any form do I consume, I always can taste it and just don't like it.

                                                                            1. re: bagelman01

                                                                              No sour cream even in a taco salad or plate of nachos supreme? = (

                                                                              1. re: Epicureandreamer

                                                                                No, not even then. and I don't like it on a baked potato either

                                                                                1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                  No sour cream for me unless it's mixed into something. A dollop makes me gag.

                                                                                  Dip? Salad dressing? Mashed potatoes? Stroganoff? Bring it on.

                                                                          2. If the place is good, I usually just ask, "What's still warm?" and will eat the offering unsliced and unadorned.

                                                                            In an off hour, when the ovens are cool, I'll take an everything, garlic, or salt, with a gentle smear of cream cheese.

                                                                            Admittedly, however, I have a weak spot for deli chicken salad and will sometimes pair that with some Swiss. Salami and Swiss is another fine lunch option. And, then, there's liverwurst . . . .

                                                                            This time of year, though, has me thinking that we're close to the day when I'll be able to take home an egg or an onion and make a sandwich with my own tomatoes and a healthy slap of mayo.

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                                                                            1. re: MGZ

                                                                              Salami and provolone. You need an assertive cheese!

                                                                            2. Here is what I usually serve with my bagels...

                                                                              If you note beneath the plate of lox is a placemat that I had made from a piece of wrapping paper when I purchased some smoked fish from Acme Smoked fish in Brooklyn, NY.

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                                                                              1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                I like that you gave the fish and eye and scales LOL! that looks good!

                                                                                1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                  Wow, is that what that is supposed to be?
                                                                                  It looks like a walrus or manatee at first glance.

                                                                                2. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                  Now, if you had asked what I serve with bagels the answer is quite different than what I put on my bagel.

                                                                                  Sunday breakfast at the B's includes fresh baked bagels, belly lox (I hand slice it), pickled herring in cream sauce with onions, pickled lox in the same sauce, baked salmon, cream cheese, Breakstone Whipped Unsalted Butter, sliced red onions, sliced tomatoes (if native are in season) and for my SIL 1/4 pound of Nova.

                                                                                  A pot of strong coffee, fresh squeezed OJ and vodka and Champagne for screwdrivers and mimosas is also available

                                                                                  1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                    My problem, is that someone said to me, you eat a bagel with peanut butter? with vegetable cream cheese?, etc, etc. I said variety is the spice of life, so that I am not really too surprised as to how many people herein, do not all have their bagel only one way...
                                                                                    BTW...pumpernickel are just divine with sweet munchies cheese, and for me a slice of tomato.

                                                                                    PS..Bagelman...if you did not respond to this post, I think the moderators would have you made you change your name :~}}

                                                                                  2. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                    Please tell me what each of the dishes holds.

                                                                                    1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                      nova lox, plain cream cheese, unsalted butter, margine, sliced roma tomato,, sliced red onion, a bowl of a diced swiss cheese, dried cranberry, walnut diced apple, diced celery and some mayo and sour cream salad, a bowl of Humus, a plate of potato egg cheese torta, a plate of sliced, muenster , white American and gouda cheese, of course bagels/bialys, a bowl of sliced strawberries and a place of fruit.

                                                                                      1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                        Nova lox, butter, margarine, plain cream cheese, a salad of cubes of swiss cheese, apple, dried cranberries, walnuts, diced celery some mayonaise and sour cream, a bowl of humus, a platter of potato and egg frittata, a bowl of sliced strawberries, bananas, bagels, bialys, Twinkies, a plate of American, muenster and gouda cheese.

                                                                                      2. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                        Love this photo, Phreddy.
                                                                                        Now THIS is a Bagel Banquet!

                                                                                        1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                          Nice spread, Phreddy! If you ever see fit to invite me to one of your bagel parties, may I have a plain or sesame bagel with a lot of cream cheese, untoasted; or a salt bagel, warmed in foil in the oven with unsalted Kerrygold butter; or a bialy, toasted with butter? TYVM. I’ll bring a good, chilled Prosecco and grapes. Anxiously awaiting my invite. :-))

                                                                                        2. Cream cheese and smoked turkey

                                                                                          1. I'm pretty traditional with my bagels. Everything with cream cheese, onion, caper and either nova or old school lox.

                                                                                            1. Salted butter. I'm cheap that way, but besides that I never got a taste for cream cheese.

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                                                                                              1. re: ennuisans

                                                                                                I never heard of cream cheese until well into adulthood. But once I did, well, it was love at first lick. Bagels came later. I like cooking with cream cheese a lot. It makes such rich, smooth, cream sauces.

                                                                                                1. re: DuffyH

                                                                                                  We had Philly Cream Cheese mainly to go on the "bagels" mom would buy. I don't know the brand but they were leathery-tough on the outside and muffin-soft white on the inside.

                                                                                                  I did cook with it successfully once, ATK's "smashed potato" recipe. Boiled red potatoes smashed with a wooden spoon and mixed with cream cheese and chopped chives. Somehow the taste was very sour-creamy instead. I should find that recipe again.

                                                                                                  1. re: ennuisans

                                                                                                    Here's the link: http://www.cooksillustrated.com/recip...

                                                                                                    And the recipe:

                                                                                                    2 pounds Red Bliss potatoes (about 2 inches in diameter), unpeeled and scrubbed
                                                                                                    Table salt
                                                                                                    1 bay leaf
                                                                                                    4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and warm
                                                                                                    1/2 cup cream cheese (4 ounces), at room temperature
                                                                                                    Ground black pepper
                                                                                                    3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (optional


                                                                                                    1. Place potatoes in large saucepan and cover with 1 inch cold water; add 1 teaspoon salt and bay leaf. Bring to boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer gently until paring knife can be inserted into potatoes with no resistance, 35 to 45 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain potatoes. Return potatoes to pot, discard bay, and allow potatoes to stand in pot, uncovered, until surfaces are dry, about 5 minutes.

                                                                                                    2. While potatoes dry, whisk melted butter and softened cream cheese in medium bowl until smooth and fully incorporated. Add 1/4 cup of reserved cooking water, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, chives (if using), and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Using rubber spatula or back of wooden spoon, smash potatoes just enough to break skins. Fold in butter/cream cheese mixture until most of liquid has been absorbed and chunks of potatoes remain. Add more cooking water 1 tablespoon at a time as needed, until potatoes are slightly looser than desired (potatoes will thicken slightly with standing). Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper; serve immediately.

                                                                                                    You're welcome. :-)

                                                                                                    1. re: DuffyH

                                                                                                      The very one! Thanks much. It's a very good one.

                                                                                              2. Cream cheese, tomato, salt & pepper

                                                                                                1. cream cheese, lox, capers, red onion, lots of fine-ground pepper, some salt, may be some lemon.

                                                                                                  1. I like any or all of the following on an everything bagel:

                                                                                                    scallion cream cheese
                                                                                                    thinly sliced red onion
                                                                                                    squirt of lemon


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                                                                                                    1. re: RabbiBeth

                                                                                                      RB..."squirt of lemon" on a bagel?...different (lol)

                                                                                                    2. I'm pretty old school - just cream cheese, maybe some smoked salmon

                                                                                                      I'm surprised at the love everyone else seems to have for onion or everything bagels. The onion ones just taste like burnt onion pieces to me, and the everything always includes onion so.....

                                                                                                      Plain, sesame, or poppyseed for me.

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                                                                                                      1. re: 512window

                                                                                                        It depends how passionate you are about your onions....In all seriousness even if the bagel is charred the onion bagels and the onion in everything bagels just taste like some kind of lovely crispy onion chip. The importance of the everything lies in the garlic however.

                                                                                                        Poppy is my second choice. I'll eat plain but it tends to be my last choice and one I'll only go for when it's the only one available like in an airport Starbucks, at which point the bagels aren't top quality anyway.

                                                                                                        1. re: Epicureandreamer

                                                                                                          I think that your lovely crispy onion chip = my burnt pieces of onion. Which if you like and I don't, means more for you.

                                                                                                          In a forum that may include children and the elderly, I am reluctant to detail just how passionate I am about my onions.

                                                                                                          1. re: 512window

                                                                                                            Hey! I'm "elderly", by which I mean that I am now officially a senior citizen according to my local cinema (for which I am profoundly grateful).

                                                                                                            I also (sometimes) swear like the sailor I used to be. So go ahead, give it your best shot. I won't judge you for content, but points may be deducted for style.

                                                                                                            Onions bagels don't work for me, either, but an "everything" version can be decent.

                                                                                                            1. re: DuffyH

                                                                                                              I'm with you there- everything-?yes. Onion? No.

                                                                                                      2. Depends on how I'm feeling. Some of the things I have done.

                                                                                                        Garlic bagel - I made a pizza out of the halves when I really just wanted pizza for breakfast. I make my own pizza sauce so I had some left over in the fridge. added whole milk mozzarella and salami.

                                                                                                        Plain Bagel - Cream Cheese and strawberries

                                                                                                        Onion Bagel - Cream Cheese, a little shredded cheddar, Bacon and jalapeno

                                                                                                        Chocolate Chip Bagel - Peanut butter, nuetella, Banana slices

                                                                                                        Asiago Bagel - Ollive Oil, Mozzarella, Tomato, basil

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                                                                                                        1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                                                                                          The chocolate chip and Asiago bagels are what I call "Designer" bagels...I am more conservative, but have been known to try a French Toast or a Blueberry Bagel!

                                                                                                          1. re: PHREDDY


                                                                                                            Some of these were things I made with the left over bagels I bought at Eisenstein Bagels. My brother was in the hospital for quite some time and there was one near the hospital.

                                                                                                            A lot of the other bagels I get are from local bakeries or Publix.

                                                                                                        2. Plain bagel, still warm, not toasted, plain cream cheese schmear, no second cut (only cut is to separate top and bottom)...commuting bagel from Bruegger's, right around the corner...tomorrow at 7:00! Mmmm.

                                                                                                          1. My last meal on earth would be a bagel (sesame or poppy) with cream cheese, lox, red onion, capers and tomato.

                                                                                                            I also love tuna salad on a bagel with tomato and sometimes a few small pieces of iceberg lettuce.

                                                                                                            1. A genuine bagel or bialy from NY does not need anything, except maybe a light coating of butter or cream cheese. However, now that I am in TX and the best bagel around is from Einstein's (and the bialy situation is bleak, very bleak), I default to and everything bagel with avocado and a light sprinkle of kosher salt.

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                                                                                                              1. re: AuntieSocial1

                                                                                                                But we get snow...you don't!
                                                                                                                But I am sure the toppings and coatings must be good...
                                                                                                                Do you have any Tex/Mex bagel combinations?

                                                                                                                1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                  <<Do you have any Tex/Mex bagel combinations?>>

                                                                                                                  Maybe a cheddar/jalapeno bagel?

                                                                                                                  1. re: Philly Ray

                                                                                                                    Ok and what about anything on top different?

                                                                                                                    1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                      Oh and when I say cheese and green chile I mean those items are on top of the bagel baked in.

                                                                                                                    2. re: Philly Ray

                                                                                                                      I'd eat that bagel. And top it with cream cheese. Or maybe a slice of monetary jack or havarti. Any mild, creamy cheese would complement a cheddar/jalapeño bagel. Maybe add cilantro and green onion.

                                                                                                                    3. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                      Our close proximity to NM does allow for us to have cheese and green chile bagels. They are great, but nothing trumps a good NY salt bagel. They don't have those here in Tx.

                                                                                                                      1. re: AuntieSocial1

                                                                                                                        Love your handle, Auntie!
                                                                                                                        And love good salt bagels with unsalted butter.

                                                                                                                          1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                            Wow! How did you guess that? Didn't grow up there but didn't a lot of time there.

                                                                                                                            1. re: AuntieSocial1

                                                                                                                              Did you ever post about eating in Flushing or Bayside?...I remember something, but not sure...
                                                                                                                              I recall people who post here their names on CH, but cannot recall what I ate for breakfast...where did you grow up ? or do you have family here?

                                                                                                                          2. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                            I'm in Texas and we get snow, and not just rarely.