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Published August 22nd 2016
Bagels are a delightful version of donuts without a hole
Calling all bagel lovers!
If you're a traveler like me who has had a sweet taste of bagel-y goodness back in the United States, then you know the struggle is real, when it comes to finding places in and around Australia where you can get the same (or at least similar) quality bagels.
Upon hearing about a new food cart that specialises in bagels and cookies, I couldn't help but head down to Westfield Marion to check out Bagel Street Adelaide. As part of the Gathered SA markets, they were around in the new food mall extension area, where they were making a lot of customers smile with their fresh goods.
Ash and Kaya, the brilliant people behind Bagel Street Adelaide
Bagel Street Adelaide (BSA) takes pride in the making of New York style bagels, where the bagel buns are hand-rolled and boiled fresh every day.
This beautiful story started off six years ago with Ash, one of the co-founders behind BSA, who had fallen in love with the bagels made in the US and decided to give it a go at making bagels out here, after repeated failed attempts to find quality bagels upon returning to Australia. Ash agrees that it is a long, time-consuming process, but the end product is well worth all the hard work. Each bagel is made within 24 hours, where the dough is stored, then boiled and baked and ready for consumption. BSA also takes pride in using local SA produce, so you pretty much get the perfect package of ingredients - savoury or sweet - in a cardboard box (staying true to the American roots and eating it the way it's meant to be eaten).
BSA may not have a permanent stall or location just yet, but they are in the process of finding markets and places where they can run their business on a semi-permanent basis. Honestly, I cannot wait to get back on the bagel wagon, because these guys are my superheroes who have crafted some seriously excellent combinations of ingredients to make their bagels stand out. They are delicious, they are straight forward, and they pack in as much deliciousness possible between two bagel buns.
A good bagel is one that is appetising, filling, and has a burst of simplistic flavours that are bound to make the hungry belly happy again. In all honesty, it is the best $12 I've spent on a filling meal that has a great balance of healthy and lip-smackingly indulgent.
I opted for the Brooklyn Bagel, although the rest of the options that BSA offers is quite appealing. While I only had room to try one of the bagels from the menu, I'll have to keep visiting BSA over and over again, till I've tried all the different bagels and repeat the cycle till I die happy of a food coma.
The Brooklyn Bagel comes with thick-cut pastrami, cream cheese, sundried tomatoes, Swiss cheese, chargrilled capsicum and baby spinach. There's a saying where people tend to eat with their eyes. To say it was like love at first sight would be a big understatement. The bagel buns were soft and had just the right amount of sesame seeds. The vegetables were fresh and mixed well with the juiciness of the pastrami, and there was a subtle taste of saltiness that easily made this meal a very hearty and enjoyable one.
The Bronx Bagel is a new addition to the menu, filled with medium rare beef, red onion, baby spinach, cream cheese and a smoky Chipotle relish drizzled on top. While I didn't get a chance to try this baby out, it sounds right up my alley.
Additionally, you can also find cookies at BSA. They may cost the same as cookies from Subway, but they have a fresher and more homemade feel to it. The cookies are subtly sweet and there are a couple of fillings to choose from - cherry ripe, Oreo cookies, and Mars bar slices (a personal favourite).
You can follow BSA on Instagram or Facebook to keep updated with where they'll be setting base next. They have also recently announced that they will be delivering to certain areas in Adelaide.
Try and get some delicious, fresh US-style bagels and cookies delivered to your door stop if you can - it'll be a worthy investment and you'll get to enjoy a fantastic meal that aims to meet the standards of some of the finest American food known to man.