Well now!!! – Sure and begorrah, ’tis a grand time – it’s St. Patrick’s week Celebrations- so grab your shillelagh and make one’s way where Shamrocks, looming Rainbows, hidden treasure and the elusive “Emerald Bagel” surely can be found – in the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield, Connecticut, and its most famous eatery, Isaac’s Bagel Cafe”. Yes – it’s that time of year- let’s get our “Green” on!!
In fact, for over a decade, those seekers of the magically delicious “St. Patty Green Bagel” have made it a yearly destination stop to get their “made only once a year” – delicious baked oval treasures treats, at the one and only Isaac’s Bagel Cafe, helmed by the “nicest man you will ever meet” – Mr. Isaac Suttar. Indeed, the welcoming aroma of fresh baked goods emanate from the well-known eatery and bake shop where folks from throughout New England congregate to celebrate the upcoming “wearing and eating of the green”.
Miss Lillian Green, of Holyoke, Massachusetts stated, “I’ve been coming to Isaac’s for his St. Patrick’s Day Bagels for about 4 Years. I have to tell you that they are truly “lucky bagels” – every time I get them, I go next door to Isaac’s Convenient Store to pick up a Lotto ticket and “Whammo” – I win”! Miss Green continued,”My entire family was from Holyoke, my dad George was the one who started our tradition of always having green bagels on St. Patrick’s Day. I am so glad to keep this family tradition alive. How many green bagels will I get? – about 4 dozen. I don’t know what Isaac does to those green bagels – but they are truly magically delicious”.
During St. Patrick’s Week, Isaac, who wakes each morning before 3 am, heads to his cafe and as as you can guess- begins his daily routine of preparing “hot from the oven” bagels, will be making close to 4,000 of the Kelly-green edibles. In fact besides the St.Patty’s Day Green Bagels, Isaac prepares over 30 various bagel types a day, with choices ranging from poppy, cinnamon raisin, sesame, spinach, onion, cheddar, jalapeño Asiago, The Howard, everything, blueberry, and bialy. For bagel toppings, Isaac offers a myriad of delectables including plain cream cheese, chive cream cheese, jalapeño cream cheese, or honey walnut cream cheese, plus piled high lox (smoked salmon) to capers, tomatoes and red onions. For your “St. Patty Day Green Bagel” try a Howard’s favorite taste treat, a combo of plain cream cheese and fresh avocado slices- yum!
During the “Wearing of the Green” celebration – Isaac will also be serving up several breakfast and lunch specials that will surely add a emerald twinkle to the eye of hungry patrons including the inspired “Lucky Charms” breakfast – freshly made “French Toast”, Buttermilk Pancakes, and authentic Belgian Waffles – sprinkled with multi-colored marshmallow shapes and served with warm, real maple syrup. Pancakes and waffles may be ordered additionally either plain, or with various fruit toppings, berries, bananas or even chocolate chips.
What’s St. Patrick’s Day with out Cornbeef and cabbage?- not to worry, Isaac is offering up his green-plate sandwich special of a heaping helping of hand sliced Cornbeef, on fresh rye, served with Swiss cheese, sliced avocado, sauerkraut , and emerald pickle spears. Additional lunch offerings include soups, salads, grilled burgers, wraps, paninis, various classic sandwiches such as BLT’s, Roast Beef, tuna and egg salad, Nova Scotia Lox, Philly Cheese Steak, plus Isaac’s famous “Grilled Cheese Sensation Special”, a massive toasted grilled cheese sandwich topped with bacon, tomato and served with a cup of tomato bisque and a small salad. For those with a sweet tooth, please sample a freshly made St. Patty’s Day Green muffin, danish, cookie, or cinnamon twist along with Isaac’s always freshly brewed coffee or my usual during the cold months, a hot cup of cocoa adorned with a buoyant dollop of whipped cream.
As Miss Green so rightly stated, there is something “Lucky” about Isaac’s St.Patricks Day Green Bagels. In fact during the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, every patron who purchases “green bagels” are urged not to throw their bagel bags away. Placed in the bag of One lucky St. Patrick’s Day Green Bagel buyer will be a “Lucky Shamrock” signed by Isaac that will entitle the winner to one dozen free “St. Patrick’s Day Green Bagels”. May the luck of the green bagels be with you!
“Isaac’s Bagel Café ” has two locations, 16-B Mountain Avenue, and 927 Blue Hills Avenue, Bloomfield, Connecticut. For catering or to book their cafe for a special event, or to pre order your “St. Patrick’s Day Green Bagels call the restaurant at 860-243-8704. “Isaac’s Bagel Cafe” is open from 6am till 3pm daily serving Breakfast and Lunch.
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