Thursday, May 19, 2011

Summertime and livins' easy

Local photographer Sam Camp with friends.
Ahhh, summer in Humboldt County.  The rain has tapered off, the sun is making its' presence known and the sounds of happy people on the Los Bagels patio fill the air.  Just yesterday, a cute couple spend about 3 hours sitting on our patio playing Scrabble, while eating  Lime Corn cookies, 2 Pan Dulce and 4 cups of coffee.  What a nice way to spend an afternoon!

This is not to say everyone in Bagel land is taking it slow.  Our awesome baker Elena has just about perfected a recipe for "Rosemary Polenta Muffins" and our production manager John is searching for the first solid harvest of Strawberries so we can get to work on a batch of our Strawberry Muffins.  It was a rainy spring, so the crop is a few weeks behind, although this always seems to be the case.

Farmer's Market on the Plaza in Arcata is really picking up momentum as more and more produce is available.  You can find the Los Bagels tent there most Saturdays, we are right in the center near the President McKinley.

Out in Willow Creek it is warming up, the Trinity River is still flowing really high, but soon the perfect swimming holes will appear and we will yet again be able to commune with the salmon and Bigfoot.

Cheers to the sun, notice it is the same shape as a bagel.  Coincidence?  I think not. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Graduation Madness Grips Humboldt County!

What has happened to our sleepy community in the redwoods?  A huge influx of parents and families from around the country are descending on Arcata for Humboldt State University graduation. This wild bunch of celebrators is sure to reek havoc on the city of Arcata and the surrounding hills.  Wild parties, fancy dinners and a huge parental sigh relief will characterize the next 48 to 64 hours.

Here at Los Bagels World Headquarters, we have added extra staff, stocked up on Slugs, Slug Slime and Larrupin.  We have heaps of T-shirts and hats at the ready...including our brand new "Slug Slime T-shirt". This beauty features a yellow slug on the shoulder, with slime gliding over our logo.  

The weekend madness will only spiral upward and outward.  Saturday Farmer's Market on the Plaza is sure to become a horticultural  free for all, where every man, woman and carrot will be on their own to score the best produce from the region.

Saturday and Sunday, "I" Street will be CLOSED for the Humboldt Arts Fair, featuring art, bands, and kids activities...yes there will be a beer tent, so come thirsty.  We are planning on staying open late Saturday evening, but if things start looking dicey, we may just lock the doors and hide under the counter until the smoke clears.

If you are in Arcata, better strap on your boots for adventure, and if you aren't in Arcata, please pray for us.

Hasta la proxima

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!   Today, and only today , we have Jalapeno Cheddar bagels in honor of the Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla 1862.

Late in 1861 Napoleon III attempted to re-establish a French presences in Latin America.  A well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large French force and driving President Ju├írez and his government into retreat. Moving on from Veracruz towards Mexico City, the French army encountered heavy resistance from the Mexicans near Puebla, at the Mexican forts of Loreto and Guadalupe. 

The 8,000-strong French army attacked the much poorer equipped Mexican army of 4,000. Yet the Mexicans managed to decisively crush the French army, the best army in the world at the time, and one that had not been defeated for almost 50 years. This happened on May 5, 1862.

Then the Mexican army feasted on jalapeno cheddar bagels, pumpkin empanadas, chili-cheese knish and lime corn cookies. Cheers!