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February 09, 2017


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Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King

The best bagels I ever ate were from a strip mall deli in Allentown, PA. As we sat and ate our YUGE cream cheese laden chewy house baked creations, Al-Jazeera was playing on the flat screen and I could hear Arabic music. The women were dressed in some sort of Middle Eastern garb. They were not Jewish. Probably from one of T-Rump's favorite places. Those bagels take on special meaning today...


Steve and Captain are conflating bagels and jews. Bagels have no connection to the jewish religion and are only linked by european ie ashkeknazi jews who evidently ate them in europe and introduced them here to American culture. No objection as they can be yugely yummy but to set the record staight, more than half the jews are Sephardic from the middle east and africa and Asia they have no begels in their culinary tradition.


Are you sure about that? I was under the impression that bagels started in specifically Jewish communities in Eastern Europe, and were brought over to Manhattan in the first few decades of the 20th century. Where, of course, they reached their pinnacle -- not sure why one would talk about bagels in a Chicago newspaper, that would be like talking about authentic Mexican food in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King


Good point. Lender's bakes something resembling a bagel in Central Illinois. Never could rap my head around that one...

Alan Weinberger

You're correct. However, the bagel with cream cheese and lox is likely a 1930's creation by American Jews in response to the Eggs Benedict enjoyed by their gentile neighbors.

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