It had been quite a while since I’d been into an Einstein’s Bros. when I walked through the door Friday morning, coupon for a FREE bagel and schmear in hand. The one I went to (corner of Orange and Kaley on the south side of downtown Orlando) was not nearly as neighborhood-ish as the one in Broad Ripple (Indy area) where I used to meet Charlene for early chats back in the day. Still, the memories of that season of life when I considered that place “my” Einstein’s flooded back with the sights and smells in a different place a decade later.
For those who care about such things, I ordered pumpernickel (a favorite) with a honey almond schmear and had the Neighborhood Blend coffee. Delicious.
So they have a “new” item on the menu — bagel bites. They are a bit like donut holes in size and shape. The regular ones are made from potato bagels and rolled in cinnamon sugar. The featured special ones they had the day I was there — the ones I bought a small box of for my friends in the office — were mango orange. They used the mango orange bagels and then dipped them in a glaze with the same flavorings. So…sweet like a donut but not cake, bagel. We all thought they were quite good. A few of us wish they’d make a savory version too — Asiago cheese or “everything” would be great.
Do you have a favorite bagel and schmear? Or a favorite place to get one?