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Pizza Quest: Bagel’s Are Back! Featuring The Owner’s of Kismet Bagels

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Yes, bagels are back — with a vengeance! — as wonderful shops are bobbing up all over the country in much the same way as the proliferation of their “kissing cousin” –donut shops — seem to be everywhere (but rarely do we see a bagel and a donut shop combined in one operation — could this be the next big thing?) . The bagel cycle is fairly predictable, as bagels never really go out of fashion but the trend often spikes, every ten years or so, rejuvenating itself as bakers find more creative ways to make or market them. “Schmears” are sometimes part of the secret sauce of the bagel business, but other factors, whether advanced fermentation methods, or use of non-traditional flours or other ingredients can also play a role. Sometimes it just comes down to bagels being an idea whose time has come — again! In this episode, Jacob and Alex Cohen, the husband and wife owners of Kismet Bagels, located in Philadelphia’s food crazed Kensington/Fish Town neighborhood, share their story of growing Philly’s fastest growing bagel company as an intuitively driven outcome of the Covid pandemic. Bagels it would seem, like pizza, is a comfort food whose time has come yet again (and again, and again).

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Pizza Quest is a site dedicated to the exploration of artisanship in all forms, wherever we find it, but especially through the literal and metaphorical image of pizza. As we share our own quest for the perfect pizza we invite all of you to join us and share your journeys too. We have discovered that you never know what engaging roads and side paths will reveal themselves on this quest, but we do know that there are many kindred spirits out there, passionate artisans, doing all sorts of amazing things. These are the stories we want to discover, and we invite you to jump on the proverbial bus and join us on this, our never ending pizza quest.

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