Monday, September 16, 2013

East Coast Inspired Succulence in Colorado; The Bagel Bakery

Over the last year, I'm proud to say that I have become just a bit more of a foodie. Well, I'm trying anyway. Finally learning about French Cusine, trying more things like ultimate vegan eats, and appreciating the beauty of things made from scratch have been among my small strides. In Providence, Rhode Island, I remember how incredible the Portuguese Sweet Bread was, and how the dough in the bagels was not as airy and tasteless back East, it was so much better layered and delicious. When you were able to get them fresh, it was a real ritual, not just a stop to chomp something down quickly during the day.

Coming to Denver the last month, I remembered all of the usual chains in the city, and trust me, a lot of them are great. But right off of Colorado and 128th, I found The Bagel Bakery, wandered on in and ordered an "everything" bagel with plain cream cheese. I was immediately impressed, and the abundance of poppy goodness and pristine baking rang through. With a nice decor inside of black tables and maroon color, I stayed around and talked to the owner about his love of East Coast flavor and bringing it to the Rockies. Wishing I would have saved more room for full scale lunch offerings, I immediately coveted the New York: Pastrami, Provolone cheese, spicy mustard and lettuce on a bagel, panini, or wrap with kettle chips.

You can also have offerings like the Italian, (salami, ham, provolone, pepperoni, cheese and Italian Dressing) or the delicious sounding Madison (turkey, avocado, Swiss cheese, Cusabi mayonnaise, and lettuce). To chase it all down wonderfully, you can get coffee or cocoa, Chai tea, latte, Americano, cappuccino, or fountain drinks. For the office, home happenings, or anyone you want to express appreciation to, you can obtain a half dozen, dozen bagels, Muffin platter, or even a fruit tray to perk everyone up from burnout in their cubicles or brighten up the breakroom.

Getting caught up in the cupcake craze is also a sugary sweet way to perk you up while running errands. Here at the Bagel Bakery there are greats like Banana Split, lemon, margarita, snickerdoodle, cookies and cream, champagne, strawberry and vanilla. For filling you can sample from Bavarian cream, blueberry, Nutella, lemon, marshmallow, and much more. You can even snag up a giant cupcake that serves 12-15, or go by the individual and by the dozen. Don't forget there are cakes here for any occasion as well, in this prime and distinctive neighborhood destination for the bagel connoisseur. Reading greats like Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential" left me appreciating the goodness of items baked from scratch, prep time, and making running a food business your labor of love. So get on out there to explore the flavors for yourself, or check out their offerings on the website

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