I am writing this story from my home in Haifa Israel. I am a proud American (oleh) immigrant to Israel of five years from Colorado. .
Food is the universal peace-maker. Bagel is a household name and my favorite food. Most Americans find that bagel and cream cheese is almost as common as mom and apple pie. Israelis love American cooking. Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Burger King and Domino's are an integral part of Israeli society. Israelis also enjoy humus and falafel and shwarma or roasted lamb.The Israeli diet is rich in vegetables, fruit, salads, and dairy products. The staples of the Israeli diet are hummus, falafel, and Israeli salad. Hummus and falafel are chickpea products. Hummus is a paste like form of chickpea usually eaten with pita bread. Falafel is chickpea formed into small balls, fried, and eaten in pita bread as a sandwich. Both hummus and falafel are eaten with or without vegetables and with several possible sauces. Israeli salad is a combination of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and parsley, served with Israeli salad dressing, a combination of salt, lemon and olive oil. Israelis enjoy a barbecue at least once a month. Lamb kebab, chicken breasts, beef flanks, and shwarma are the favorite meat choices. Yes, Israelis like a cold beer, a glass of wine and even Jack Daniels.
My favorite food is still a warm bagel with cream cheese and salmon. I can still enjoy my beloved cusisine in my new homeBagels have become a worldwide phenomenon. Bagels are considered a Jewish food, but its origin date back to 1638. It seems that the bagel started out as a tribute to the Polish king by a baker from Vienna in 1683 to thank the king for saving Austria from a Turkish invasion.The king liked horses and this pastry resembled the ring in German that serves the rider of a horse as a place for his feet. In the 18th century Jewish merchants in Western Europe began marketing the product that is now considered a Jewish Delicacy. In the late 19th century European Jewish immigrants brought the Bagels to New York, which is now considered the Bagel capital of the world.The first vendors of this renowned product marketed their products from push carts in the East side of The Big Apple.
I am writing this story from The Broadway Bagel in Haifa Israel. I consider this a great tribute to those hardworking merchants of Mott St, New York in the days of George Gershwin and The Marx Brothers. Today, Bagels today come in dozens of varieties and are adorned with different nuts, spices, and grains.
My favorite is still the original plain Bagel with smoked salmon and creamed cheese. Do not misunderstand. I love all bagels and their delicacies and their flavorful additions. You can officially call me, nuts for Bagels.
The Big Apple" the home of Bagels and George Gershwin