05/13/14 12:10pm

The New York City bagel’s British cousin.

In London they call them beigels and serve them with salt beef. The iconic New York City baked good seems to being undergoing a bit of a renaissance these days. That’s a good thing because the bready coffee cart bagel is a real shonda.  I haven’t been to Black Seed Bagels just yet, but the Montreal style bagel shop has been garnering Cronut level attention. Their sandwich of whitefish salad, cream cheese, and sweet cucumber sounds splendid.  Whitefish salad on a garlic or everything bagel is perhaps is one of my favorites. When I’m feeling especially flush I’ll go for the Russ & Daugher’s meshugge. And sometimes there’s nothing better than a toasted plain bagel slathered with butter. So here’s what I’d like to know, how do you take your bagel?  Tell me in the comments or hit me on the Twitter, @JoeDiStefano.

04/03/13 11:15am
A breakfast sandwich hack, Thai style.

A breakfast sandwich hack, Thai style.

“That looks kind of like crispy bacon,” was one of the first things I thought when I saw the package of Thai pork jerky ($6.50) on the counter at Thai Thai Grocery. A stack of translucent sheets of pork—seasoned with soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, black pepper, and cinnamon—sat on a paper doily inside the clear plastic box. And then I tasted it. Spicy, sweet, porky, crunchy, and, above all, mouth-watering. It was so good that I had to hide it from myself lest I eat it all in one sitting.

I forgot all about the pork jerky until I came home with a buttered toasted everything bagel this morning. What came next is what I hope to be the first of many such sandwich hacks. Layered on top of the toasted bagel, the thin ruddy sheets of Thai pork added a nice crunch, along with a spicy sweetness to this new breakfast sandwich. There is somewhat of a history of Thai folks running bagel shops in New York City. I think they’d be well advised to add my creation to their menus.

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Thai Thai Grocery, 76-13 Woodside Ave., Elmhurst, 917-769-6168



03/13/13 10:02am
Why opt for one type of smoked fish on your bagel when you can have three.

Why opt for one type of smoked fish on your bagel when you can have three.

I didn’t grow up with the Jewish appetizer platter in my household. Every now and then though the old man would get some sable or lox, and I developed a taste for smoked fish. Occasionally I will get a sable and cream cheese sandwich at one of the local bagelries in my neighborhood. When I’m feeling especially decadent I’ll head to Russ & Daughters on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The 99-year-old temple of appetizing makes a little forshpayz they call the meshugge ($20.75). It consists of a trifecta of smoked fish—sturgeon, sable, and salmon on a bagel or bialy—with cream cheese. This decadent bagel sandwich is worth every penny. Call me crazy, but I’ve a feeling I’ll be visiting R&D some time in the very near future.

Russ & Daughters, 179 East Houston St. , 212-475-4880