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Bagels and Their Cousin Bialys

Are you a bagel fan or a bialy fan? There are definitely two camps. Bagels are far more popular than their cousin the bialy, and in many regions of the U.S. you may be hard-pressed to even find bialys. Both breads can trace their history back to the Jewish neighborhoods in Poland. They have come a long way since their plain days and have taken on a variety of flavors, usually eaten with cream cheese. A popular breakfast food, they hold up well and can easily be eaten on the run. There is no question that bagels are an American favorite, and they have spawned an entire industry of specialty shops and bakeries. Clearly, you don’t have to be Jewish.

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