Canada bagels 24 * 7

Having traveled in Canada this summer – actually a postage stamp part of it really – Vancouver and Vancouver Island, which is about as big as England in itself – there is an array of places to discover as far as ating is concerned. Food trucks galore – and elaborate in the way only north amercians can do.

So we fund the following places by chance – it is not meant to be the best of BC, just places i went to who i though were great: good food, reasonable pricing and friendly service.

Jiggers fish and chips ( was mouth wateringly good and would appear on any good food guide too, not just mine. They are truck in Uvclcuelet with inside and outside seating.

Bread and Honey cafe ( was an oasis in Parksville : wonderful hash browns and was rather taken by serving cherry jam with the eggs.

Siegel’s Bagelsseigels fire ( in Vancouver is a must: watch the wood oven with wonder as bagels come out 24 * 7. Great Rosemary and rocksalt bagel with just cream cheese is wonderful.


The power of a true bagel

Yesterday I catered for an event about writing across generations,  at Theatre Delicatessen in Sheffield.

TD is a special place; they are nearing the end of their ‘fringe’ season; and in September they will be putting on Departure Point – a space for new theatre.

feedback frm thetare delicatessen eventI was really flattered when someone who had been at the writing event made a special effort to come to me to say what delicious food it was. She also said how wonderful the bagels were.

more feedback from theatre delicatessen eventSo what makes them special? They are vegan and organic and handmade, well yes that’s ok. Lots of bread is and it does make a difference.

Supermarket or mass produced bagels on burlapbagels often tastes like manufactured  bread with a hole in it. When the bagles are t in the oven they are steam injetced first.

In contrast true bagels are boiled before baking (there is a science to this too!).

And before the boiling that the long, slow second proving.

This is the power of the true bagel.


Look out for book and bagels from September

So these past 7 weeks at Union Streetshort tower of bagel has been great. Thanks to everyone who has helped and supported The Tower of Bagel.

The Tower of Bagel will be back in September: za’atr bagels will be set to return after good feedback on Monday, new styles of cream cheese mixed and a change of cakes.

Watch out too for books and bagels, a monthly event through the Autumn to encourage community reading and eating and talking.

Have a good summer, The Tower of bagel will be back on September 5th 

Andy Murray’s EU breakfast

Andy Murraybulgarian flag has said he has two bagels and watermelon for breakfast. Why not come along on Monday and do just that?

Next Monday, try our vegan TRT for breakfast (smoked tofu, rocket and tomato, with a lace of chilli sauce) and start the day with the Bulgarian flag.

Top this with a blueberry and cream cheese on a cinammon and raisin bagel (for your Finnish flag) and then slide down some watermelon (for some light relief).

Then play tennis!


EU Bagel Competition time!

Guacamole, cream cheese and houmus. The traditional Irish bagel?!
Guacamole, cream cheese and houmus. The traditional Irish bagel?!

The Irish tricolour bagel seemed quite popular yesterday. (guacamole, cream cheese, morrocan houmus)

For a free bagel and salad combo next Monday (July 4th): suggest a vegetarian filling or a salad along the same lines. The best suggestion wins it (not brexit!).
Tweet to @towerofbagel using hashtag #EUbagelcomp or email by Friday 1st July at 1pm

Popeye soup at pop up

spinachFamously spinach was used by Popeye for ingestion of strength – something inspired by the supposedly incorrect quantities of iron available in the leaf.

Even so it is full of ‘good stuff’ (i wont get any more technical than that, plenty of other places do though).

As important, it is delicious – so look out for vegan spinach soup at  the TTOB Union Street pop-up next week., June 20th