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April 3, 2008 7:15 AM

The Bagel from Outerspace

Posted by Nancy Leson

Here at the office, there's often something to nosh on: Girl Scout cookies, Top Pot donuts (when someone's feeling flush), CeCe Sullivan's Times-tested recipes, strange candies brought back from exotic travels, and of course, bagels. Yesterday was a bagel day, courtesy of a features-staffer who was kind enough to bring in a dozen Safeway bagels to share with the rest of us deadline-driven drones. When the clock striked "lunch" I fished around in the paper bag -- the one imprinted with "New York Style Bagels" -- and snagged the last one. Here it is, posing on coffee saucer just so you can see its monumental scale. I measured it with a copy editor's ruler just for kicks: nearly six inches across.

Beggars can't be choosers, and seeing as this was my lunch, the bagel was a Godsend. But a "New York style" bagel? Get outta town. In my opinion, the only bagels around here that come remotely close to the real deal are the ones sold at Bagel Oasis on 65th. Anybody want to beg to differ?

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