January 29, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Jan. 26, 2016: Craig LaBan: One highlight from the week was my first visit to the newly opened Philly Style Bagels in Fishtown, at 1451 E. Columbia Ave., just beside the park a block off Frankford Avenue. Partners Collin Shapiro and Jonathon Zilber established themselves as Philadelphia's best bagel artisans during almost two years of Sunday pop-ups in the Pizzeria Beddia space. The fact we can now get those hand-rolled, Yards IPA-boiled, chewy bagels five days a week is a legitimate quality-of-life improvement.
October 16, 2015 |
On a recent Sunday morning, the line of hipsters and bagel lovers (and hipster bagel lovers) snaked out the door of a Fishtown storefront and around the corner. They had all wandered there in search of a certain form of manna: Philly Style Bagels, a for-now pop-up business that's aiming to help put Philadelphia, finally, on the map as a bagel town. If ever there were a sign that bagels - too long a schlubby breakfast afterthought in this city - are finally having their moment, this early-morning queue for hand-rolled, slow-fermented bagels might be it. Other signs of life in the erstwhile bagel desert that is Philadelphia include the spreading Spread Bagelry establishment, fancy flavors like za'atar and togarashi at Washington Square newcomer Knead, and even the high-concept bagels at High Street on Market.
February 27, 2015 |
Chestnut Street Philly Bagels (1705 Chestnut St., 215-299-9920), in the former Tokyo Lunch Box across from the new Forever 21 store, is a brand-new offshoot of the popular South Street Philly Bagels, on Third Street south of South Street. Aaron Wagner, whose family of New York émigrés also owns the Bagel Spot in Cherry Hill, has brought in Jonathan Yamini as his business partner. For her restaurant-ownership debut, Sarah Levine has realized a longtime dream by setting up the quaint Luna Cafe (317 Market St., 215-309-3140)
January 17, 2014 |
To visit the Sweet Note Bagels bakery, a spare, 600-square-foot manufacturing space within the old Le Bus headquarters in Manayunk, you'll have to sign a nondisclosure form, or, at least, pledge not to reveal any trade secrets. After all, a good gluten-free bagel is hard to find, and even harder to make. And Sweet Note founder Michelle MacDonald, 28, has learned from experience that plenty of people would like to get their hands on her patent-pending process. Her company, which is 15 months old and run by three women under 30, is selling 5,000 bagels a week, serving 70 restaurants and shops in five states.
November 29, 2012
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat from Nov. 27, 2012: Craig LaBan: Went to New York Bagel Bakery, the oldie off City Avenue that sits just behind the McDonald's (7555 Haverford Ave.), and found these bagel sticks. This place is often recommended to me by old-timers who make regular pilgrimages there. This is a classic bagel as it should be - perfect combo of light crunch on the exterior followed by a persistent central chew, then a lingering malty sweetness.
November 13, 2012 |
Mauro Daigle leaned forward in his chair, his face set in a no-nonsense expression, as he disclosed the highly sophisticated reasoning behind his and wife Annie Baum-Stein's decision to launch a business in their West Philadelphia neighborhood, where commercial enterprise wasn't exactly thriving. "Smoked salmon," he said. And bagels, Baum-Stein added. "You literally couldn't get bagels and smoked salmon" without getting in the car and driving to another part of the city, she said, deeming that "absolutely unacceptable.
September 4, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Didn't take long for Serena Williams to show her fourth-round opponent at the U.S. Open where things were headed. "The first point of the whole match," 82nd-ranked Andrea Hlavackova explained, "when I served, and she returned, like, a 100 mph forehand return, I was like, 'OK, I know who I'm playing. You don't have to prove it to me. I know.' " Monday's match was less than 15 seconds old. It might as well have been over. Dominant from the moment she ripped that return of an 88 mph second serve, forcing Hlavackova into an out-of-control backhand that sailed well long, to the moment she powered a 116 mph service winner on the last point, Williams extended her 2 1/2-month stretch of excellence with a 6-0, 6-0 victory to get to the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows.
July 13, 2012 |
A civil suit filed by a South Jersey police officer who was targeted in 2010 when a Marlton deli cook put body hair in the officer's bagel sandwich as payback for a traffic arrest has been settled, the officer's attorney said Thursday. In September, Evesham Officer Jeremy Merck, 30, sued Good Foods to Go of Marlton; its corporate entity; and cook Ryan J. Burke, alleging that the deli was negligent for failing to keep its premises safe and properly examine the sandwich Burke served Merck on Feb. 20. The deli also failed to properly hire, train, and supervise its employees, the suit said.
March 23, 2012
Murray Lender, 81, who helped turn his father's small Connecticut bakery into a national company credited with introducing bagels to many Americans, died Wednesday at a hospital in Miami from complications from a fall, his wife, Gillie Lender, said. The couple, who were married more than nine years, lived in Aventura, Fla., and also kept a home in Connecticut. Mr. Lender was perhaps best known from promoting Lender's Bagels in TV commercials. "He was courageous, strong and an example to everyone to show how one should go through life with a vision, ambition, a goal and with success," Gillie Lender said.