Bagels and me…a love story!

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Hello everyone!

My love for nature and the outdoors comes from far. My dad, having being a boy scout when he was young, always took us on road trips. We learned a lot about the country and saw most of it.

Many years later, when I was 19, I accepted a position as part of the YMCA of Greater New York’s ICCP program (International Camp Counselor Program) I remember their slogan was “the experience of a lifetime” and it truly was. I feel a difference whenever I step into the woods. I met some of the most wonderful people and my experience made me convince my sister and my two best friends to join the program as well. They also have great memories. My best buddy still talks about it and my other best friend became my wife (The “sous chef”)

But those three years I served the YMCA (1997-1999) did not pass without leaving a toll. It was during those years that I first tasted a bagel and it was love at first sight. When I came back to Dominican Republic it was hard at first. Back then you could not find a bagel at all and even now, when you can find halfway decent bagels I still miss New York’s famous.

So, as soon as I took my plane I took note to make sure I got my bagel as soon as I could. At Miami Int’l Airport I hit a Starbucks® in which, besides my usual caramel macchiato, I had an excellent Asiago Cheese Bagel. yum yum yum!

Once I was a bit more to the North (To think I was at one point half an hour from NYC!) I didn’t have many chances but I did stop at a Dunkin Donuts® and had an everything bagel that was not bad at all!

I can’t imagine there’s an American who doesn’t know what a bagel is, but if you don’t, DO find one soon! You won’t regret it! A plain or an everything one with cream cheese, or even better, and eggwich makes a marvelous breakfast!

Next time you have one! Have a bite for me! I sure will get some more when I’m back in USA, which should is soon, since we plan to spend Christmas in Florida.

I plan to share the last pics of this trip tomorrow. I mean, you didn’t really think I didn’t cook while being there!

Lots of love from the warm Caribbean. We’re actually having a pretty decent and sunny day, with temperatures in the middle to low 80’s.


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About Arturo Féliz-Camilo

Escritor. Consultor. Historiador. Cocinero tradicional Dominicano. (Writer. Consultant. Historian. Dominican traditional food cook)
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