I grew up near Philadelphia, home of the cheesesteak, soft pretzels and sunday morning bagels. I remember that bag of fresh, hot bagels, cream cheese, lox, red onions, capers, whitefish. Hungry yet?
Once I moved to the west coast bagels were still an option. We could pick them up at a number of the big chain bagel stores around San Diego. Once I had to go GF there was one option - Udi's. Although it was GF, Udi's bagels are fair.
I was happy to hear about Sweet Note Bakery and their GF bagels handcrafted in Philadelphia. You can read all about Michelle and her story on their website.
My wife ordered a box to be delivered. It came with eight 4 packs of GF bagels. We got 3 bags of plain (mainly to make pizza bagels), 4 everything and 1 cinnamon raisin. They ship frozen with an ice pack and were delivered 48 hours later to my front door.
Their bagels are GF, egg free, soy free, dairy free, peanut and tree-nut free and non-GMO if you were wondering. In addition to what we ordered they also make a sesame, poppy, snickerdoddle, pumpkin spice and chocolate swirl.
How can you not like one of their catch phrases.
They produce authentic NYC style bagels which are slightly smaller in diameter than the bagels at some of the bigger chains.
How do you prepare them. They recommend keeping them frozen and then thaw a bagel in the microwave for 60 seconds, then cut, then toast. I did thaw them just to try and they were not as good - so follow the directions. Top with butter, cream cheese or whatever toppings you like and sit back and enjoy.
The crust is crispy and the inside is a nice chewy bagel texture. Flavor wise they are delicious. I especially like the everything toppings - this is what I remember from the deli bought bagels on the east coast.
The kids have been going through bag after bag of the bagels so the freezer is almost bare. If you live on the east coast you are lucky. A number of restaurants serve their bagels and you can find the Sweet Note Bagels at a number of Whole Foods, Shop Rite, and other stores (you can check on their website at the FIND link).
So pour a cup of coffee, toast up a bagel and add your favorite schmear and enjoy,
The Un-Gluten Guy