Tasting the Rainbow

New York City's sugar, spice and everything nice

Victoria Lohwasser, Staff Writer

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Have you ever tasted the rainbow? Do you want to? You might think this feat is impossible, but The Bagel Store has accomplished bringing it to Brooklyn, New York. The Bagel Store attracts customers from around the globe with the world’s most creative and beautiful bagel artistry.

Owner and head baker, Scot Rossillo, uses techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation with only the best ingredients in true Brooklyn fashion to create his rainbow bagels and other delicacies according to his biography on his website, thebagelstoreonline.com.

Rossillo’s biography on his website describes how he grew up behind his local bagel shop, Bake City Bagels, and was inspired to obtain a hard work ethic by his great grandfather who had worked on his food cart until he was 86 years old.

Rossillo graduated from the French Culinary Institute’s International Bread Baking Arts program. Upon his graduation, he was responsible for fathering “The Bacon Egg and Cheddar Bagel” and “The Cragel.”

E! News explains a cragel is half croissant and half bagel and is guaranteed to be 100% happiness. Rossillo describes it as “a delicate, flaky, buttery croissant baked into a bagel.” It costs $2.95 and goes great with a cup of coffee or tea. Both creations have become well known throughout the world. There are a variety of cragels available at The Bagel Shop, such as French toast, cinnamon, original and bacon, egg and cheddar cheese.

For more than 20 years Rossillo has been making rainbow bagels, even though the craze started a few months ago with a Facebook video. The video showed the whole creation process: the dough being colored and shaped into mounds, then flattened and cut into strips, ending with the strips being twisted into the bagel shape.

Rossillo credits the sudden popularity to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, celebrity shout-outs and the colorful bagels trending on Instagram accordin to amNY.com.

“Rainbow bagels look so cool and taste great,” says sophomore Yovanna Reyes.

Homemade cream cheese will definitely add to that flavor. There are 18 different types available: birthday cake (funfetti) cream cheese is the most popular for the rainbow bagels.

For extra sweetness, the Nutella or cannoli cream cheese would be perfect. More flavors include blueberry, vegetable, spinach artichoke, lox, chipotle and walnut raisin. Low-fat cream cheese is available, as well as homemade tofu spreads.

In addition to rainbow bagels, cotton candy bagels are made at The Bagel Shop. Rainbow bagels and all other bagel art are $3.95. Traditional bagels, such as plain, poppy, everything, etc. are $1.15 each. Specialty bagels like sourdough bialy, French toast, German pumpernickel beer, buttery salted pretzel or spinach parmesan cheese vary in price.

Breakfast and deli sandwiches are also available. A Mexican menu is featured as well, which offers Mexican eggs omelet and a huevos rancheros omelet.

If you are afraid to miss out on the delicious, fresh bagels you can place an order online at thebagelstore.com. A full menu is available online.

Freshman Keishmy Maisonet said, “I’ve heard from other people that they’re amazing and I can’t wait to try the bagels.”

You can taste the rainbow every day at The Bagel Store located at 349 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211. They are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Start your day off right with a bit of color in your diet.

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