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Brooklyn Water Bagels in Delray Beach, Florida

"Was it true? Had Florida really brought the water down from Brooklyn to make the bagels?" When my mom and I moved down to South Florida from Manhattan, we brought everything with us but the kitchen sink—and food. That, we figured, they’d have down there. Once we arrived, we dumped all our boxes in the garage, sat down, famished, and contemplated dinner. It was about an hour before we realized we’d left the only decent bagels, pizza, and Chinese take-out on the East Coast back in New York. Clearly, we hadn’t thought this thing through. “It’s the water,” my father told me. “You can't get a New York bagel outside of New York because you can’t get New York water... More

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