Bagels & S&H Green Stramps
Bagels! I miss good New York bagels. They’re difficult to find in Atlanta…
When I was growing up in New York, my brother and I would go with our mother to the S&H Green Stamp Redemption Center/Store. “What’s a S&H Green Stamp Catalog Store?” you ask? Well, I’m showing my age here; but back in the day it was a catalog store where S&H Green stamps could be redeemed. Much like today’s customer loyalty programs at a grocery store or restaurant where you get points for purchases; back then if you shopped at select stores (like my mother shopped at A&P for groceries) you received little strips of green stamps at check-out according to the amount of money you spent. Paste your stamps into a blank booklet and when you’ve acquired enough, you were entitled to redeem them for all sorts of offerings from a catalog – from punch bowl sets to home decor – according to the number of stamps you had.
I’d always get so excited to go with my mother to the green stamp store! It was fun “helping” her select what to get with her green stamps (even though she’d already made up her mind what she was getting before she went, but we always tried to convince her to get toys). But best of all, I knew after we left the store, we were going next door for fresh hot bagels! Near the green stamp store was a bakery that, similar to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts when the HOT sign is on, would sell warm freshly baked bagels right off the conveyor coming out of the oven! They were so good; I wish I had one right now! One of the many great memories of growing up in the Bronx.
It’s that New York water…
I’ve said all this to say – I have found only one or two spots in Atlanta that make really great bagels; the kind I enjoyed in New York. I’ve decided that maybe it’s like New York pizza – the authentic versions can only be found in New York! The secret elixir is that New York water – you’ve got to have it to make New York bagels and pizza! (Click on this hyperlink to read this Food & Wine magazine article: “Is New York Water Really the Secret to the Best Bagels and Pizza?“) Many would not agree, but if you’d grasp the real truth, there is a big difference in pizza and bagels found outside of New York!
What are some of the foods in your memory that you just can’t seem to get today, for whatever reason? Tell me about it in the comments, please, I’d like to hear it! Nothing like drumming up good memories – especially as it relates to food! Bottle me up some of that New York water, please!
Hi, it’s me, Janine Lattimore and I want to inspire and encourage you to #keepgoing! Based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, and among the many other hats I wear, I’m a writer, mother and Editor in Chief for Classy Living Society, a women’s only national community service organization. I’m here to share philosophy, inspiration, humor, a bit of inside info and tidbits I learned along life’s beautiful journey. Welcome!