Paris Bagel Review

I purchased my Little American Bread at one of Paris’s best regarded bagelries, “Bagels & Brownies.” (I did not order a brownie.) Here is the bag it came in, along side a bottle of Snapple. Snapple! The most appropriate drink to accompany a bagel, other than maybe coffee. 

Ok, so what was the bagel like? It was like this:


I ordered a sesame bagel with lox and chive cream cheese. It is harder and harder to find chive cheese these days; you usually get scallion. The bagel had a nice exterior with lots of sesame seeds, even on the bottom. It was chewy and tasted right. The cream cheese and lox tasted as they should. 

In short, this was a good bagel. You can get better in College Park or Highland Park or Providence, and much better in Brooklyn or Manhattan. But this was on par with most bagel chains and considerably better than a Dunkin’ Donuts bagel. 

In conclusion, yes, it is now possible to find a decent bagel in Baguette City. If you have been away from home for a month, you just might want one. 

Jus d’orange

Paris has many machines that squeeze oranges and dispense the juice. These are found at little shops and in markets. This one is in a train station, right next to the trains:


For 2€ you get a little shot of OJ. It’s fresh and a bit pulpy with a bit of of zesty bite and not much acidity. Délicieux!

Le cheesecake

France is known for its cheese, of course, but the phrase “French Cheesecake” is not one I had encountered before today. It sounds like it should refer to a silver screen starlet or can-can dancer, non?

But:


Here we have a slice of cheesecake, the baked foodstuff made with cheese. I saw it in a cheese shop window on the Île Saint-Louis and was intrigued. It looked like a soft cheese, but it looked even more like a cheesecake with no crust or toppings of any kind. There was nothing else in the window that looked like anything other than cheese. Andi asked the shopkeeper what it was, and he said it was a cake made with French white cheese. A cheesecake. Andi bought me a slice. 


It was mildly sweet with a hint of lemon flavor. It was light and not at all overbearing on a warm 4th of July. It reminded me of Italian ricotta cheesecake but it was lighter. It was delicious. Eat some. 

I can’t-can’t think of a joke to end the post. Cheesecake.