Sunday, November 21, 2010
Pionnier des boulangeries bagel a Montreal
Montreal is apparently famous for their bagels. There is said to be a rivalry between New York City and Montreal over whose bagels are better. Since bagels are pretty delicious, I decided to check out one of the top bagel bakeries in Montreal: Fairmount Bagel.
Fairmount Bagel is located in the Mile End neighborhood, an area that unfortunately for me does not feature a Metro stop. I took the Metro as close as possible and walked the rest of the way. Normally, I do not mind walking, but the weather was windy and cold (28F). I got a bit turned around leaving the Metro station, and my walk to Fairmount Bagel, which would not have been exactly short to begin with, ended up taking about a half hour. When I rounded the corner and saw Fairmount Bagel and the associated line (see picture above), my first thought was 'forget bagels'. I was way too cold to stand still in line, and I had no idea how fast the line would move.
But I didn't give up so quickly. I had come all that way out to Mile End, and I figured I may as well check out the neighborhood. After walking around a bit and spending some time in shops warming up, I was ready to go back and brave the line. I lucked out, and when I returned there was almost no line. In no time, I had seen the tiny inside of the shop, briefly watched this guy roll bagels, and purchased a dozen and some cream cheese.
I pulled a sesame seed bagel out of the bag the instant I hit the street. It was still warm from the oven. How did it stack up against NY bagels, you ask? The exterior of the bagel is very good. I like the sweetness that comes from boiling them in honey water, and the wood fire baking results in a delicious crust. The inside is light and chewy. This may have merit for some people, but I like my bagels dense.
When I got back to my hotel I sat down for a proper bagel with cream cheese.
It was pretty damn delicious. Perhaps I could get used to a lighter, chewier interior?