Of course for some of us, every day is National Bagel Day
I would be sorely remiss if I didn't commemorate the day of celebration for one of my favorite foods, the bagel. More carbs than I should eat at one sitting, but definitely one of my go-to treats. The bagel, largely unchanged from its origins in Seventeenth century Poland, has become an international food favorite. Though I'm not sure how the number was calculated I was fascinated to read that 354 million bagels were sold in 2018. It wasn't until automation made the manufacture of the bagel less cumbersome that bagels began to be found in the frozen food section in just about every supermarket. I am fortunate that New York still has wonderful bagel shops and fresh and warm handmade bagels are still easily available.
My favorite bagel, you ask? It's a tie between sesame and cinnamon raisin bagels. I prefer butter on my bagels, but in a pinch, cream cheese works for me, too. On the question of toasting bagels, I'm with the not-toasting group. In my reading for this post I learned that bagel connoisseurs do not toast bagels and some of the traditional bagel shops don't have toasters. The bagel shop on the next block does toast bagels and that appears -- from my observations of the last few days -- a popular choice.
My beverage of choice to accompany my bagel, a cup of hot coffee, with a splash of half and half.
What's your bagel pick? Plain, sesame, poppy, cinnamon raisin or everything? Or perhaps another tasty variety? Butter or cream cheese? Plain or toasted? Beverage of choice? If you're not a bagel fan, no worry! National buttermilk biscuit day is May 14.
Amazingly, (No-Spending) January is half over. I did buy generic cough medicine -- definitely not in the spending column -- for my cough and a roll of paper towels. I ate lunch at home after grocery shopping and Weight Watchers and my only other expense was $2.49 for a bag of cheese puffs. Monday my expense was $2.06 for a Big Gulp after my quick visit to Trader Joe and yesterday, January 14, I'm pleased to report was a no-snack day.
My savings total as of January 15: $70.45.
As ever, thanks for visiting. Take care and enjoy a bagel!