How to celebrate National Bagel Day in Atlanta

Happy Bagel Day, Atlanta! The doughy ring that often subs in for bread in a bid to make the tastiest sandwich is getting its time to shine today. Whether you like yours plain with cream cheese and lox, prefer the "Everything" variety made with sesame seeds, onion, salt, poppy seeds and garlic or like to keep it sweet with a toasted raisin bagel with strawberry shmear, treat yourself to the baked, doughy delight.

Get a free bagel

Bagel chain Einstein Bros. is giving every customer a free bagel with shmear with any purchase today. In addition, they'll donate one bagel for every bagel sold to local food banks in the metro Atlanta area. Various locations, www.einsteinbros.com/.

Want some eggs with that bagel? The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. is offering a free egg and cheese bagel pocket with the purchase of any of their bagel pocket sandwiches. 2955 Cobb Pkwy. SE, Atlanta.

Find the perfect, Atlanta-area bagel

Find out where to sample several shining stars in the Atlanta bagel game, including Goldberg's Bagel Company & Deli and Art's Bagels & More. And what pairs better with the perfect bagel than the perfect cup of coffee? Check out our roundup of the best places to get coffee in Atlanta, and which coffee shop was named best in Georgia according to Foursquare.

Make your own at home

There are five secrets to making the perfect at-home bagel , including the use of bread flour and sugar.

Learn your bagel history

Daniel Thompson, the math teacher turned inventor who developed the modern bagel machine and died in September 2015, was quite divisive in the bagel community .

Know your numbers

According to Einstein Bros.,

  • Plain bagels are the most popular, and are Einstein Bros. top selling bagel, followed by Asiago, Everything and Sesame.
  • Einstein Bros. made about 400 million bagels last year, enough to go around the world lined up end to end (Bagels are 4.25 inches in diameter).
  • Most people who order bagels, eat them with cream cheese.
  • Bagels are the only the type of bread that are poached or boiled before they are baked.
  • Why is there a hole in the middle of bagels? In the past, vendors threaded the hole-shaped bread onto dowels and hawked them on street corners.

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