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February 9th is National Bagel and Lox Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then break out your bagels because it's National Bagel and Lox Day!  Fish tastes good on a bagel? Who knew!?  Let's get right into celebrating National Bagel and Lox Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

This traditional Jewish blend of flavors was brought to the United States by immigrants waaay back in the day and became a very popular thing to munch on. It was so popular that it eventually got its own holiday, which is today!  Now I'm sure you know what a bagel is... it's a ring of dough that is boiled and then baked. It's more or less a tough, less sweet, bready doughnut. It was invented way back in the 16th century in Poland and it actually became a Jewish tradition to eat bagels after the Sabbath, since they were quick to bake.

But you may not have any idea what lox is; don't worry, I didn't either! Lox is thinly-sliced, cured salmon. Yeah, I know... fish on a bagel? But it's cured in water, salt, sugar and spices to give it a unique flavor and help it last longer. Personally I don't care for the taste of lox on its own, but maybe you'll like it.  And to make a "bagel and lox" you usually spread cream cheese on your bagel, add capers and then top it with the lox. All of the flavors really seem to compliment each other, which makes it much easier to eat than the lox on its own.  Some people will tell you to use a plain bagel... others will say to use an "everything" bagel. Some people will tell you to add onions and tomato... others will say that you'll ruin it if you do. But either way, it's simple to make, doesn't taste too bad and is pretty much a well-balanced meal.

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, you could head down to your local bakery or deli and see if they won't slap together a bagel and lox for you.  They might actually be surprised that you ask for it, unless you live in New York City, since it's not as common today as it once was.  But a bagel, fresh from the bakery is the best way to get one!
 
Or you could shop around and get all the ingredients you need to make your own for home.  Check your local deli for the lox, your local bakery for the bagels and your grocery store for the cream cheese and capers.  The capers will be next to the pickles ;).  You can toss everything together quickly and have a bunch of these waiting for you and your friends to snack on all day!  Or if you're feeling really adventurous you can cure some salmon yourself a couple days in advance.  It's not difficult, it just takes a while to fully cure.  And then you can bake your own bagels to get that bakery freshness at home!  These aren't that difficult either, it just takes a bit of time to let them rise.  No matter how you decide to celebrate today, I hope you enjoy broadening your horizons with this snack!





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