The History of the Bagel

Millions of people across the world enjoy bagels as a breakfast treat or an after-school snack, but very few know where they originated. It is a common misconception that bagels were invented in New York, and while this was the first North American state to adopt this food trend, the first documented bagel was in Europe. In 17th century Poland, bagels were a frequent part of everyday life. Immigrants from Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe brought bagels to other parts of the world – especially North America – in the 20th century when bagels were introduced.

Immigrants – many of whom came through New York – brought this food to the land of opportunity and watched the bagel market flourish into one of the most successful enterprises in the economy.

Today, bagels are an extremely popular breakfast staple for millions of Americans, as well as in other parts of the world. And along the way, they have created much diversity to the traditional bagel.

The Bagel Bakery, since it opened its doors in 2000, has primarily stuck with the traditional take on the bagel, but has also added fun and exciting creations such as Sun-Dried Tomato and Blueberry-flavored bagels and Honey Walnut and Spinach and Artichoke cream cheese.

Stop by the Bagel Bakery today, and celebrate the rich history behind the bagel with us!

How to Turn Your Bagel Bakery Bagel into a Romantic Valentine’s Day Breakfast

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February 14th of every year is a day when couples all across the Western Hemisphere rejoice in their love for one another a little more than usual. Valentine’s Day is usually celebrated over a box of chocolates and some roses, or jewelry or even a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant.

We at the Bagel Bakery believe that because of the pressure to get the right gift or choose the right restaurant, many have lost focus of the true value within Valentine’s Day: spending time with the one you love the most. That is why the Bagel Bakery has the perfect solution:

This year, surprise your partner and switch up your Valentine’s Day plans by including the Bagel Bakery in the mix. There is nothing more gratifying or romantic than waking up to breakfast in bed made by the Bagel Bakery and provided by the person you love. Stop by the store on Valentine’s Day and pick up a Bag O’ Bagels or your partner’s favorite Bagel Bakery order OR, if leaving your bed is not something you feel like doing, call Bite Squad to deliver the goodies right to your front door. Next, add fruits and other sides of your choice, pour a glass of your loved one’s favorite morning beverage, engage in a meaningful conversation and get ready to win the award for the greatest Valentine’s Day success ever!

Let the Bagel Bakery help you bring back the true meaning of Valentine’s Day in your relationship!

It’s National Bagel Day!

What’s dense with flavor, shaped like a ring and most enjoyed with good company? A bagel!

As you know, all of us at the Bagel Bakery love bagels… A LOT! We love how chewy bagels are, how soft they are, and how versatile and delicious and fun they are. This is why we love any chance we get to celebrate these classic treats, and why Feb. 9 is our favorite day of any year.

In order for you to achieve optimal enjoyment of this national holiday with us, here is a list of recommendations for ways to celebrate:

  • Take your special someone out on a date at the Bagel Bakery. 
  • Order a Bag O’ Bagels with cream cheese and celebrate with your family, classmates or co-workers. 
  • Surprise a deserving someone with a warm and chewy Bagel Bakery bagel and tell him or her how much they mean to you. 
  • Stop by the Bagel Bakery by yourself during your lunch break and make friends with someone you have never met over one of our famous bagels… after all that is the power of a bagel, and the mission of the Bagel Bakery: bring people together who share a common love of bagels. 

No matter how you celebrate National Bagel Day, we hope you spend it with loved ones and spend it at the Bagel Bakery. We can’t wait to see you, serve you bagels and have great conversation with you, because after all, our life at the Bagel Bakery is based on “ Making Bagels and Friends.”

Super Bowl Party: Bagel Bakery Edition

This year, ditch the traditional Super Bowl snacks and serve your guests something new and exciting. Bagels from the Bagel Bakery can help you make Super Bowl party food that will leave your friends dying for more. Our favorite thing about bagels is that they are so versatile and can be used to make a variety of delicious treats.  Here are just a few ideas that we know you and your guests will love!

  • Bagel pizzas

These are so easy to make, and are sure to please any crowd! Buy a Bag O Bagels from the Bagel Bakery (we suggest garlic, but any flavor will do!), and cut each of them in half. Then, spread your favorite pizza sauce all over the surface, top with cheese and any other toppings you choose and place them in the oven until the cheese is melted and the bagel is golden! WARNING: These bagel pizzas will go fast, so buy extra bagels and be prepared to make more!

  • Bagel chips with dip

Serving tortilla chips at a Super Bowl party is so cliché. Surprise your guests with an exciting twist on this classic treat. For this recipe, we recommend using a mix of everything, sesame, plain, and onion bagels from the Bagel Bakery, but any combination will work! Once you have your bagels, slice them horizontally to make thinner bagel pieces, place them on a baking sheet, and bake them until golden and crispy. Break apart the chips into smaller, easier to eat pieces Pair your bagel chips with a mixture of our famous cream cheese and your favorite salsa, to make the ultimate party snack.

  • Bagel sandwich wedges

Sandwiches at any party are a fan-favorite. Take it up a notch this year by using your favorite Bagel Bakery bagels instead of the traditional sub bread. Fill the bagel with your favorite lunchmeats, cheeses, and toppings, and cut into four slices to make smaller pieces to feed more guests. 

 

Each of these three recipes is fun, easy- to make, and sure to please all of your guests for this Super Bowl. Come by the Bagel Bakery today for lunch and to get everything you need to make these for the weekend!

What Bagel Matches Your Favorite TV Show

Your favorite TV show says a lot about who you are. It reveals whether you’re into adventures, living in the past or learning about current events or watching celebrities live their lives. Aside from this, your favorite TV show can also reveal the type of Bagel Bakery bagel you most enjoy.

If your favorite show consists of a classic like the Golden Girls or The Brady Bunch or Friends, then plain bagels are perfect for you. Just like your favorite TV show, you can never go wrong with a plain bagel, because you can pair them with just about anything and you will never get sick of them.

If you enjoy suspenseful shows such as Scandal, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, then you would most likely really enjoy a Jalapeño/Cheddar bagel from the Bagel Bakery. Jalapeño bagels are spicy, cheesy and full of flavor. Similar to suspenseful shows, these bagels are full of excitement.

For the Food Network lovers out there, Sun-dried tomato bagels from the Bagel Bakery are the perfect treat to pair with a good episode of Chopped. Sun-dried tomato bagels are light and flavorful, but fancy-tasting enough to make you feel connected to the gourmet food that is being prepared on the screen in front of you.

Everything bagels from the Bagel Bakery are the ideal snack for those of us that find joy in watching the news. News shows, such as Good Morning America provide viewers with a little bit of everything – from weather to current events to pop culture news. Similarly, Everything bagels provide our customers with a little taste of everything so that they don’t have to choose only one flavor.

Best Bagel Shops in Each State

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Americans love bagels, and of course, so do we! But we know that we aren’t the only bagel shop in the country. In fact, there are thousands of bagel shops spread across these United States. Take a virtual road trip with us to explore the best bagel shops (based on careful research)  in each state, in case you find yourself away from the Bagel Bakery and craving deliciousness that comes close to (but doesn’t quite match) ours:

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We would love to hear your thoughts on any of the bagel shops you have visited outside of Florida. WE already know where the best Florida bagels can be found!

 

Get Excited for Bagels at Your Front Door!

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Did you have a long night and are too lazy to get up for breakfast in the morning? Are you throwing an office party but don’t have time to pick up food? Do you want to surprise your loved ones with a delicious lunch delivered straight to them? Luckily, The Bagel Bakery and Bite Squad have the perfect solution for you!

Bite Squad is a food delivery service that has recently partnered with the Bagel Bakery, so that you can crave your bagels and eat them too… wherever you want!

Through Bite Squad, you can now order anything off of the bagel Bakery’s menu and have it delivered straight to your door with only the press of a few buttons through the app and one small delivery fee.

Not sure if you have the tech skills to get you through ordering from Bite Squad? Don’t Worry! We’ve broken down the steps for you!

Step 1: Go to https://www.bitesquad.com/food/bagel-bakery/12946

Step 2: Click on the Bagel Bakery

Step 3: Look through our menu and select the meal that makes you want to sit by the window and wait for the delivery person with great excitement

Step 4: Press “Checkout,” fill in all of the necessary information

Step 5: Press, “ Place Your Order”

Step 6: Do a happy dance because you ordered food from the Bagel Bakery!

Step 7: Enjoy with loved ones and repeat the next day!

We are so excited to have shared the exciting news about our partnership with Bite Squad, but also cannot wait for the next time you dine-in and feel the unique Bagel Bakery experience!

The Bagel Bakery Has Your Low-Carb Alternatives

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New Year’s resolutions are often boring, and difficult to stick with. But, if your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and cut down on carbs, we have an exciting and delicious breakfast alternative for you! Here at the Bagel Bakery, we offer the Eggl Bagel – one of our most popular menu items. But for an innovative twist to our traditional Eggl Bagel, order it without the bagel. A bagel-less Eggl Bagel can include your choice of meat, veggies or both, scrambled with eggs and all topped with your choice of cheese… THAT’S IT! This combination is not only delicious, but also full of protein, which will help give you the energy to have a productive day!

Here is an example of the nutrition you will receive from a bagel-less Eggl Bagel:

  • Two scrambled eggs
    • 150 calories
    • 12 grams of protein
    • 2 grams of carbs
  • One slice of Cheddar Cheese
    • 100 calories
    • 7 grams of protein
    • 0 grams of carbs
  • Sliced ham
    • 34 calories
    • 4 grams of protein
    • 5 grams of carbs
  • Total
    • 284 calories
    • 23 grams of protein
    • 5 grams of carbs
    • Very happy and healthy you!

No matter what combination of meats, veggies and cheese you choose, the nutritional facts differ only slightly, but the amount of carbs will remain low.

In terms of low-carb options, the Bagel Bakery also offers delicious salads, which help you get your daily serving of vegetables, and leave you feeling refreshed, and completely satisfied!

With these delicious and healthy options from the Bagel Bakery, you will never dread low-carb eating again. So while we always want you to come in for our fresh-made, delicious bagels, you can use either of these alternatives – a bagel-less eggl bagel or a salad to lower your carb intake and maintain your resolutions!

Christmas Cream Cheese

Here at the Bagel Bakery, we’ve definitely been feeling the holiday spirit, and we thought you would like some of it, too! We’ve found a great cream cheese addition to your classic bagel and coffee duo, thanks to Today’s Creative Life. Gingerbread cookies are one of our favorite part of the holiday season, so what could be better than a gingerbread flavored cream cheese? Paired with your favorite bagel, this cream cheese is such a treat you may want to consider leaving it out for Santa.

Ingredients

package of cream cheese (8oz), softened
1  tsp brown sugar
2  tsp cinnamon
2  tablespoons molasses
1  tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves

Instructions

1. Soften the cream cheese by taking it out of the refrigerator at least 30 minutes prior.
2. Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix until smooth and well blended.
3. Chill before use.
4. Spread it on your favorite bagel from the Bagel Bakery.
5. 
Store cream cheese in an airtight container.

Give the Gift of Bagels…or Coffee

 

There’s no better way to tell someone you love them than by paying for their morning breakfast. Christmas is coming up fast, and you don’t want to be scrambling for gifts at the last minute. That’s why gift cards from the Bagel Bakery of Gainesville are perfect for everyone, including family, friends and even coworkers.

At $5 each, there’s no reason to leave anyone empty handed this holiday season, so the solution is simple! Spreading holiday cheer has never been easier, so stop by the shop and we’ll help get your Christmas to-do list done.

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