In the 1980’s when my parents first bought their house, a Bagel Shop opened up right across the street from us and we found Bagel nirvana. The shop owners were two couples and I remember for the first few years, they were at the shop morning, noon and night, doing everything themselves, trying to make a go of their nascent business. To this day, I have not had a better bagel than Astoria’s Bagel Shop’s bagel; they offer my favorite, pumpernickel and the whole range starting with plain, poppy seed, sesame seed, cinnamon raisin, whole wheat, onion, salted and the everything bagel. That is quite the variety, wouldn’t you say.
I often wonder what happened to the two couples. After the first few years, I noticed that they themselves weren’t coming to the shop anymore, they had solid, dependable people looking after the shop and I was happy for them, after all of their hard work and long hours, I wanted them to enjoy their time of leisure and I hope that the shop has financed a wonderful retirement for them.
I’m excited because right before leaving my mother’s house this afternoon to come back home, I went into the Astoria Bagel Shop and ordered two everything bagels with lox spread and my pumpernickel bagel with lox spread as well. For those who may not be familiar with lox spread, it is smoked salmon minced and mixed into cream cheese, it’s really good. That is what I’m going to have for dinner. Hooray for me 😀