It’s Summer!!!

We love the change of seasons here in the scenic Columbia River Gorge! Our baker especially loves the earlier sunrises – it’s truly inspiring to boil & bake while the sky comes alive!

The summer season means things really start hoppin’ in our little downtown area, too! We see many, many visitors to the Gorge & it’s fun to get their days started with a great bagel and awesome cup of coffee. 

Our blenders have been going with our new cream-based blended frozen coffee drinks and frozen fruit smoothies! Our cold brew Pacific Rim Guatemalan coffee has been a big hit, too. The already smooth character of this coffee becomes almost chocolatey after the cold brew process. Delicious. Try it as an iced coffee, iced latte or blended as a frappe!

Our fabulous Bagel Dogs are back! We use Olympic Provision‘s meaty pork foot long frankfurters for our yummy bagel dogs. Come give one a try!

A note on Gluten Free – For quality and consistency, we are now stocking Udi’s Brand Gluten Free bagels. Come give one a  try!

Happy Summer! Hope to see you in the Gorge soon!

Bagel Aloha

We’re hanging on to the spirit of summer here at Hood River Bagel! We’ve got a fun line up of new bagels, cream cheeses & sandwiches that are inspired by the flavors of the islands – pineapple, mango, banana, mac nut – even spam!

Here’s a sampling of what’s new:

Mac Nut Cream Cheese – Cream cheese blended with roasted macadamia nuts, dark chocolate chips and flaked coconut

Hawaiian Tropic Bagel – A bagel made with banana, pineapple, mango & coconut

da Local – Egg, pineapple, SPAM, and cheese served on a bagel of your choice

Open Aloha – Bagel of your choice topped with ham, pineapple & mozzarella cheese – broiled open face

We’ve also got our fabulous frozen fruit smoothies – banana, mango, pineapple, strawberry or Oregon berry – try one or mix ‘em up!

Come on in and let our new menu items take you on an instant trip to the islands! While you you are in – register to win a trip to Hawaii courtesy of Maupin Stoves & Spas and the radio stations of BiCoastal Media!

 

 

What’s new at the Bagel Shop?

The summer season coming to a close… it’s a bittersweet time for us here in downtown Hood River. We already miss the rush and excitement of our summer visitors, but it’s nice to take some time to chat with our local customers that get lost in the mix during the busy times. The changing seasons also brings the last flavors of summer – ripe pears & peaches, and the first taste of fall – ripening pears and soon apples.

We’ve got the time now to explore these flavors – with great inspiration from our coworkers. Becky brought in pear butter – and after mixed with cream cheese we thought of some ways to bring this to our customers in house. We’re starting with local peaches, slow roasting them in our oven with spices to concentrate the flavors and then blending into cream cheese. Voila – Spiced Peach cream cheese!

We love the start of football season – and to celebrate Tiffany brings us our Buffalo-Blue Cheese cream cheese blend. A great mix of Frank’s red Hot sauce, Oregon Blue Cheese from Rogue Creamery and cream cheese. Great as a dip or on a bagel (I’m thinking onion!) or as a spread like on our featured sandwich – turkey or chicken with provolone and pepperoncinis on the bagel of your choice!

We’ve also got an old favorite making a return – Lemon Poppyseed. Fresh lemon zest adds the finishing note to this great bagel. Try it with the new peach cream cheese or with our strawberry cream cheese.

Drop by for these treats & keep a look out for new surprises on the horizon…

Local Love

When we get the chance to source local – we take it. Sometimes local means the coffee roasted just down the street & sometimes it means sourcing flour from a regional producer – maybe a hundred miles away or so – but that’s o.k.

We choose to get our special high-gluten flour from Shepherd’s Grain - a group of family farmers that are dedicated to sustainable agriculture. It may cost a little more, but we think that’s o.k. Does it make our bagels taste better? We like to think so. Do we feel better about ourselves for supporting regional, responsible farmers? Definitely. Check out their website and look for their logo where you buy artisanal bread.

Speaking of local – we’ve got some yummy scones on hand for a limited time – made with locally grown & dried cherries. And lots of butter & love. We will be making a variety of scones & baking them during the weekdays. On weekends – look for our delicious cinnamon rolls.

 

Local Canned Salmon: We have a few jars left of local salmon – caught & canned last summer. Our source is legit – Our guy Doug runs the stand in the summer out in front of WindDance and sells fresh fish to local restaurants. We get the smoked salmon for our cream cheese spread from him, too. Folks ask what to do with canned salmon. It’s great out of the jar on bagels or crackers. We use it at home to make yummy salmon cakes. We’ll have the recipe at the shop.  Get it while you ‘can’!