A Bagel Date

June 18, 2013

It’s a tough choice, deciding what to order when visiting Russ and Daughters in New York City. Do you want a plain bagel or maybe one with poppy seeds? What type of cream cheese do you fancy? How about scallion cream cheese, or horseradish or lox? And don’t even get me started on the array of beautiful smoked salmon to choose from. Oy!

What I like about Russ and Daughters is how chewy their bagels are and the quality of the salmon. After visiting with my girlfriends two years ago, I knew I wanted to take Ben for a bagel date when we returned. And so, this morning, I did just that.

We shared the following breakfast, washed down with some green juice for good measure. It was completely delightful.


bagel 2


♥ A plain bagel with plain cream cheese and pastrami-cured salmon, and

♥ A pumpernickel bagel with scallion cream cheese and Gaspe Nova smoked salmon

♥ Green juice

We’ve been bagel spoilt on this trip, having enjoyed even more bagel lovin’ at Barney Greengrass (what particularly grabbed me at this Upper West Side institution was their whitefish. I’m still dreaming of it…) I’ve come to realise that bagels with cream cheese and cured fish make the perfect ‘anytime’ meal. Bagels for dinner…why not? But today, our Russ and Daughters bagels made the perfect breakfast for our Wednesday Breakfast Club.

What did you have for breakfast today?


Heidi xo


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  • Hannah June 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I had the Kashi oatmeal I bought with you at Union Square Whole Foods. I discovered that it says that you must cook it in the microwave, because just hot water isn’t enough to “cook the 7 grains”. There is no microwave here. I made it by pouring over boiling water from the kettle. I’m a kettle rebel.

    It was tasty, but now I wish I’d been with you and Ben for bagels.


    • Heidi June 19, 2013 at 5:48 am

      Oh gosh darn it! You go, you kettle rebel x

      • Hannah June 20, 2013 at 8:17 pm

        Those uncooked grains ain’t no match for my appetite! 😉

  • Leah June 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    These bagels look delightful!

    I had my usual peanut butter granola, with banana and spice mix. Love it warm, such a big hug in the morning 🙂

    • Heidi June 19, 2013 at 5:49 am

      How lovely, sounds divine x

  • Piper June 18, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Russ & Daughters. Oh my. Possibly my favorite part of our recent trip to NYC. The salmon/lox options blew me away, the gentleman who served us was very patient with my umming & ahing over the lox choices.

    • Heidi June 19, 2013 at 5:49 am

      That’s lovely, what a great memory! I know – so much choice!! Glad you enjoyed it x

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 19, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Oh I’m so glad that you went here! I’ve always wanted to visit it and now I have by proxy 😉 Sounds like you’re having a ball in NY! 😀

    • Heidi June 19, 2013 at 5:50 am

      We are, thanks, lady. Glad I could take you here for a moment 🙂 x

  • Ling June 19, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    This is weird.. your blog feed doesn’t show up in my google friend follower reader thing anymore. 🙁

    And seriously there is nothing better than bagels.

  • msihua June 20, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Gosh they look delicious!And dang jealous of your adventures with Hannah 😛

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 20, 2013 at 1:42 am

    These look really nice! 🙂 I’ve only eaten bagels a few times some 15 years ago, when I was in the US with my parents. I remember I liked that chewy surface texture very much.