There are few foods as quintessentially "New York" as bagels. And there are few shops as quintessentially New York as Zabars, the 70+ year old Upper West Side institution. While bagel-love may spread across the nation, let's face facts, it's not easy to get a great bagel outside of the city. So when the folks at Zabars.com offered to give us two orders of their toasting bagels for our readers, we had to say yes!
First let's talk toasting. Some bagel purists may balk at the mere suggestion of toasting a bagel. Sure a fresh out of the oven bagel is just about perfect and ready for a schmear, but how often do you really get a fresh out of the oven bagel? And sometimes you just want that perfect crispy crunch of a toasted bagel. Zabar's toasting bagels are made from a special recipe designed for your toasting pleasure. "Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside - just like most New Yorkers." (Aw...)
So, how do you win an order of toasting bagels? Leave us a commenthttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif telling us about your favorite bagel toppings. How do you like your bagel? (I'm rather partial to lox or lox spread myself). You can get a bonus entry by liking us on Facebook and posting your response to our wall (if you already "like" us you can post to our wall and still get an extra entry). I'll come back and pick two winners at random (via random.org) so if you don't leave your info or some way to contact you, please come back Tuesday AM to see if you're a winner next week!
UPDATE: To clarify, one of the winners will be from Facebook and the other from the comments below. Good luck!
Fine print: Winner must live in the United States. Bagels will be shipped directly by Zabars. We were not compensated in any way for this post.