O.k. so I learned more about Bagels, or "Beigels" than I ever wanted to know.
From here, apparently the first "Beigel" was created in Krakow, Poland.
Although bagels are an international phenomenon, the word "bagel" itself is thought to be an Americanization. According to The Joys of Yiddish, the "Bajgiel" was created in Krakow, Poland in the early 1600s. They were apparently baked as gifts for women during childbirth. Hey, my kind of gift. These "bajgiels" became a staple of the Slavic diet and are now the popularized bready goods we eat on the daily.
This place looks absolutely amazing - I want to
go be there right now.