Fairmount Bagel

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Fairmount Bagel
Industry Retail Baking
Founded 1919 (1919)
Founder Isadore Shlafman
Headquarters Fairmount Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Products Montreal bagels
Website www.fairmountbagel.com

Fairmount Bagel is a Montreal-style bagel bakery in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located on Fairmount Avenue in the Mile End neighbourhood of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough.[1]

Opened in 1919 by Russian immigrant Isadore Shlafman, his hand-rolled, honey-water boiled, then wood fire baked recipe quickly became a staple in the Mile End community.[2]

In 1954, he moved his bakery from a laneway address to a two-storey cottage on Fairmount Avenue, building a large wood fire oven on the first floor, while his family lived upstairs.[3] Fairmount Bagel is often referred to as the original Montreal bagel bakery.[1]

A loaf of bagel dough, ready to be rolled and prepared

The bakery is still family owned and competes with nearby St-Viateur Bagel for the title of Montreal's best bagel.[4][5]

In June 2008, Montreal-born astronaut Gregory Chamitoff, who is related to the Shlafman family, brought Fairmount bagels with him aboard the International Space Station.[6][7]

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  1. ^ a b Pelosi, Jean-Paul (September 16, 2007). "Style, substance and sweet bread". The Age. Australia. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^ Bair, Diane (March 3, 2013). "In search of the perfect bagel . . . in Montreal". The Boston Globe. The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ -, -. Lovell's Directory Archives.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  4. ^ Albernaz, Ami (November 5, 2008). "Two Montreal bakeries compete to make the best rounds of hot, soft bagels.". The Christian Science Monitor. The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved February 6, 2009. 
  5. ^ Beck, Katie (2010-06-22). "The bagel war of Montreal". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  6. ^ Block, Irwin (June 3, 2008). "Here's proof: Montreal bagels are out of this world". Montreal Gazette. Canwest. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  7. ^ CTV.ca Montreal-born astronaut brings bagels into space Archived June 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Sun. Jun. 1 2008 7:29 pm ET ; CTV National News – June 1, 2008 – 11pm TV newscast

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