Best Ugly Bagels
Now kids here is a lesson on the new and improved food pyramid developed by professors Ella and Jaiden. It is called the food hourglass because we all know that hour glass is the goal right? It simply involves eating predominantly from the top and bottom of the food pyramid and less of everything in between.
Uni life has got me eating a pretty consistent diet of white carbohydrates and today's fix was from none other than Best Ugly Bagels in Newmarket.
For a place called "Best Ugly", the industrial inspired joint in a random little leafy eating area in the back streets of Newmarket, is rather pretty. A large arrow, adorned with light bulbs, draws wanderers into a courtyard that is speckled with colourful stools and large wooden tables. Order are placed inside and you can watch the unbelievably friendly staff prepare your masterpiece. When I say the staff are friendly, I don't just mean "Hi, how's your day going" kind of friendly, I mean they are some legitimately really cool people who actually want to make sure that your experience there is as good as it can be.
So how such a nice place get a name like that? I think their website hits the nail on the head answering that question - "Well, if you were punched, rolled, boiled and fired, you wouldn't look so great either". It is all part of their practice-made-perfect, artisan approach to bagel making - which combined with locally sourced spreads and ingredients creates for bagel perfection.
My work mate raves about the chocolate and hazlenut spread bagel so that is what I ordered. Jaiden ordered a cream cheese and jam. The bagels came warm with a thick smear of the spreads on tops. The hand-rolled and wood-fired Montreal style bagels were chewy and slightly sweet and the house-made chocolate and hazlenut spread was to die for! And the best part was, the combo deal meant we got a drink and a bagel for only FIVE DOLLARS.... Now that is a students dream come true!