How to Have a New Yorker Bagel Party Even When You’re Not in New York!

This post has been sponsored by New Yorker Bagels, but all opinions are entirely my own.

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It’s no secret, my friends, that I’m from New Jersey. Born and raised for 27 years!

And by circumstance, I’ve always felt like a New Yorker – or at least like I have a kinship with them. After all, my mom is a true New Yorker. When I was growing up, New York was my city. And those were my bagels, my pizza, and my pickles. The same way other places have their gifts – like Jersey tomatoes and fresh citrus fruits in Florida and cheesesteak (or even cheesecake) in Philly. When it’s from there, it tastes like it’s from there – and like nothing else on earth. I seek that out.

It was only hard to leave the only home I ever knew, because of missing the people, and of being afraid to lose sight of all the things that made it so wonderful. Like the variety of people and cultures and foods and languages. For me when I was growing up, everything was about the bagels. My grandmother lived in Bergen County, NJ and would go into the city to get special bagels. She’d never come to our house empty-handed. Rather, she’d have a large brown paper bag full of the most delicious smelling delights EVER. It wasn’t until recently that I smelled that wonderful smell again – right on our doorstep!

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

When I found out about New Yorker Bagels, I’m not kidding when I say I could have cried. It’s the BEST way to have the bagels I’ve grown to love, but in my home in Massachusetts. And now I have the best holiday gift idea ever. Time to meet the world’s best bagels, my friends! New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery, and they bake more than HALF of all bagels enjoyed in New York City every day. They bake for leading brands, hotels, cafes and restaurants, and lucky people like us! They have for almost 40 years. Think about how you must have had them in your life!

And here is where it gets exciting. You can have them in so many fun ways!

They recently started offering their highest-quality, hand-rolled bagels online – so that all of us in the United States can sample and enjoy. I love that New Yorker Bagels is obsessed with quality so they ship all orders overnight at their own expense. Now that’s fresh! There are 22 bagel varieties currently available online. They have traditional favorites like Everything, Egg, Whole Wheat, etc. and also avant garde options like French Toast, Kalamata Olive, and Jalapeño Pepper. There are healthful options too, like Quinoa Multigrain (we have this!), Cranberry Energy, and four Whole Wheat options.

And all of their products are vegan and certified kosher.

Now let’s talk about the ways to use New York bagels in your life. There are many! For me, it’s throwing a New York City Bagel Party at home! First of all, it’s so easy to order the bagels, and I’m going to run that one down with you. Once you get your bagels, invite your bagel-loving friends over. Order or make a deli tray! Believe it or not, I make my own. I have my own ideas about what cheeses, meats and pickles should be there. And always make sure to put out forks, mayo and mustard, and always have butter & cream cheese for the bagel purists. Like Des! Toasted everything with butter is his jam.

Also, onions, capers, and lox if you really want to go New York City all the way!

Now we really need to talk all things bagel love. And I’m going to list it out for you spectacularly:

Holiday bagel love!

  • Visit their homepage and discover the awesomeness here.

  • Learn how to build a box of 12! This is SUCH fun for the variety. Check it out here.

  • Love bagels enough for a Bagel of the Month Subscription? Yeah, me too. And they make PERFECT holiday gifts here.

  • There are 2-3-month Bagel of the Month Gifts! Here’s the info.

  • And I have a promo code for you: TamaraCamera. That’s for the Bagel of the Month subscription. This code will give you $7 off your first 3 subscription orders (a $21 value) OR if you purchase a 3 month subscription as a gift, you’ll get $7 off the cost, as this is pre-paid up front. So remember that’s: TamaraCamera. And the promo code works for subscriptions only.

  • Lastly, everything on NewYorkerBagels.com is currently on sale for the holidays. Yay to that!

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

So are you in bagel heaven yet? I am. I know I said this before but it needs to be repeated – New Yorker Bagels provides FREE OVERNIGHT SHIPPING because they love freshness that much, and they think you deserve it. And I know I deserve it and that you do too. Seriously. New York bagels. Hand-rolled bagels. FRESH, hand-rolled bagels. FRESH, hand-rolled bagels you can use for holiday gifts, or you can join a Bagel-of-the-Month Club or gift that! There are also healthful options, because New Yorker Bagels is obsessed with good health and freshness. This IS the food craze of the century.

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

Don’t forget my awesome promo code: TamaraCamera. That’s for the Bagel of the Month subscription. This code will give you $7 off your first 3 subscription orders (a $21 value) OR if you purchase a 3 month subscription as a gift, you’ll get $7 off the cost, as this is pre-paid up front. So remember that’s: TamaraCamera. And the promo code works for subscriptions only.

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

What’s your favorite kind of bagel?

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

When You’ve Accepted The Challenge

Every season I end it with saying it’s my busiest season, but this season? This season takes the cake. Only, there’s no time for cake. There’s no time for anything. I’m editing photos furiously like a madman so I can be done(ish) by December 1st(ish) so that I can enjoy the season! Last year I didn’t enjoy it at all. I was working three jobs and one was keeping me up at all hours. This year I’m going to try(ish) to only be working one job by the end of the first week of December. Can I do it? It’s a challenge. I accept. Speaking of accepting challenges, I totally had no plans to write this intro paragraph. For Finish the Sentence Friday, we’re sharing something previously written. Mine was about a challenge I accepted in 2012. Read on!

This is me linking as I love to do nearly every Friday with Finish The Sentence Friday. The week's topic is Share Anything Previously Written. My challenge!

My history of photography, which I will detail more vividly on my upcoming website, began very simply with a camera collection. I was a child who collected, whether it was Ken dolls or Troll dolls or tiny metal cars, or even the standard coins and stamps. As I got older, my interests got more age-adjusted, if not even a little shallow. I collected colorful socks and jeans that made my butt look good. The camera collection started with a neon-colored point-and-shoot and a Polaroid. By college, I had several point-and-shoots, a big Polaroid, a video camera, and that i-Zone mini Polaroid. As it was with most of my collections, I never used these things as much as I should. Rather I’d fold and unfold things, arrange them delicately, dust them occasionally. I pretty much kept things behind a glass case. That glass case protected them. It protected me too.

(Scarlet always hit the juicebox hard)

I just wasn’t ready.

That’s how I explain things that I fail to do at first, and then do with feverish intensity eventually. An artistic eye? Sure. My mother is one of the greatest artists in history and her father, my deceased grandfather, has been written about and spoken about on talk shows. Other than writing, it took me some time to figure out my personal outlet for the artistic expression I felt nearly boiling over inside of me. I had a few of my photos shown at the local mall’s art show. “Aha!” I thought wisely.

That was the beginning. It built slowly. A boyfriend gave me my first “serious” camera. My parents gave me my first serious lens from B&H in NYC. They sent that same boyfriend on a mission and he came back victorious. I became victorious. Lenses are really, really important. That’s why they cost the same as a kidney. I started taking photos, mostly of my boyfriend and animals. Eventually I branched out into other people and other animals. People seemed to like my work. I started to too.

I started doing it professionally – those famous group shots for class pictures. I also took time off.

Then I had Scarlet, and you kinda know the rest. I had my first digital camera and I took it out of hiding and shook off the dust the morning she was born. No lie, it was 4:00 am and I knew I was in “real” labor and I was packing my hospital bag and the camera came along. I hadn’t a clue how to use my digital camera with its pesky on-camera flash that I hadn’t learned how to shut down yet. And the whole white balance issue. It was a big WTF for me for awhile. Lenses and software and a better trained eye for color came next. I became fully comfortable with photographing Scarlet and sharing those photos.

In the last year or so, but more numerously in the last several weeks, I have finally taken on other people’s children. It’s so hard! Scarlet recently had school photos done and they weren’t in the standard of cheesy face against a weird colored background. They were more candid and in the grass. More my style. Which is ultimately why I didn’t order them – that woman had five minutes to do what I’ve been doing with Scarlet for three years! It made me more aware that I have my work cut out for me. I won’t know everyone I photograph. I haven’t. I am aware that their children (and themselves) are precious cargo who deserve to be photographed to the best of my ability. That’s what I can do. That’s what I owe the world.

The best that I can do.

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This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is Share Anything Previously Written And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE.

What would you share?