If you build a better bagel, they will come. Well, I will at least.
I'm about 15 years late on this one, but I'd never seen a Flagel-a flattened bagel-until this week. So what is a Flagel and how is it made? Sauce Magazine tells us:
Skip the bagel, have a flagel
What the heck is a flagel? It’s a flat bagel. First created at Tasty Bagel in New York in 1993, a bagel becomes a flagel just after it is boiled. That’s when it’s flattened to be twice as wide but still have a hole in the middle. If you’ve ever seen someone dig out all the bready middle of a bagel, you know why this “slimmer” bagel is popular. Some might think it has fewer carbs and fewer calories, but what a flagel really does have is just lots of chewy crust. Flagels are very popular on the East Coast even though they are a pain to cut in half. (Please be careful with that serrated knife!)
It's very true that a flagel is a lot trickier to slice than a bagel. So do be careful if you try to slice them on your own. But I've been slicing bagels thin for years. More that below.
This reminds me of the muffin tops on Seinfeld. Elaine would discard the stumps of the muffins because the crisp tops are what she likes.
I totally agree on the muffin top thing, and think bagels are the same. I've noticed over the years that some people ask for the bready insides of the bagel to be removed. The person behind the counter will then pull out the bread, leaving mostly the crusts.
It might seem wierd for me to describe this, but I buy my bagels, bring them home, and then cut the bagel in 3 across the bagel, leaving 2 thin slices at the end and a fat bready middle. I save the middle for later and toast them up for bagel chips, but savor the crusty top and bottoms. Essentially what I'm left with is a flagel. But the only problem is that what I make with a sliced regular bagel is probably about half the size of a flagel, since a flagel contains the same amount of bread as a regular bagel. Not a really a problem, though since I can share with someone else!
So in case flagels haven't made it to your bagel shop, or to your part of the world, now you know what thy are. "Top of the bagel to ya!"
Thought it was time for a new art project. I'm calling this one the Weekly Notebook. The idea behind this project is to create a notebook a week. I'm going to use recycled papers for the covers, and various papers for the text block.
This is the first one in progress. It's got a page recycled from the Lomo book. It hasn't been bound yet, but I'm going to bind it with Wire-O double rings.
I'm watching the Drupal.org redesign efforts that are being reported by Leisa Reichelt and Mark Boulton. The visual design comps are looking interesting. Nice progress in iteration 5.
Another portfolio of beautiful book art. "Susan Porteous is a book artist whose work explores both sculptural and traditionally bound books that investigate issues of form, content, word, and image, using both handmade and commercial production methods." Love it.
Interesting looking application that will hopefully be available for iPhone users in the future. Uses sound recorded from the mic and accelerometer feedback to create sounds and music that is in sync with your environment.
Amazing collection of photos of art made from distressing books. The photo is of Brian Dettmer's work, which I saw last year in a gallery here in Chelsea. Love it.
I'm pleased to announce the first of a series of products that I'm producing for creatives involved in design for the screen. The first 2 products are graph paper notepads formatted for user interface design and design of time-related sequences.
The Wireframe Graph Paper Notepad is made for visual designers, interaction designers, and information architects designing for the screen. The notepad has 50 sheets at 8 1/2 x 11 inches on white 70# paper, glued on the left side. The ink is a non-photo blue (cyan) so that the grid lines and any sketch lines made in non-photo blue pencil can be knocked out when scanned and processed in graphics software.
The Storyboard Notepad is made for creatives who think about interactions over time, whether doing user interface or interaction design or planning video, film, and animation sequences. The notepad has 50 sheets at 8 1/2×11 inches on white 70# paper, glued on the left side. The ink is a non-photo blue (cyan).
You can find out more about these products at http://konigi.com/store. Due to several large advanced orders supplies are limited.
I welcome your feedback!