Celebrating Saint Patrick’s at Kettleman’s

After winning the Soccer 7s Men Rec division 1 championship with Sporting Yamela 7-5 against the Red Star, we went to Irene’s for a celebratory pint. Irene’s has been the watering hole for my former teamates for years. I say former teammates because Yamela had called me as an emergency replacement from my current Chelsea Panthers team to replace their injured goalie. At the end of the night, as was my habit during my Yamela’s days, I stopped at Kettleman’s Bagel Co. across the street to bring home a few bagels for the next morning. Two guys were busy working the dough, getting ready for the morning’s business. A few patrons were eating bagels and chatting away, a late night snack after an evening of drinking, it sounded like. I ordered my dozen Montreal-style, sesame seeds bagels, and then noticed something unusual in the refrigerated counter. Amongst Kettleman’s regular offer…

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Bagel shortage!

Every Sunday, I play soccer with the Sporting Yamela of the Soccer 7s Borsodi Liga. We play at Landsdowne, and usually end up at Irene’s afterwards to review the game that was. Once re-hydrated and satisfied with the post game analysis, I head home – with a quick stop at Kettleman’s Bagel Co. to get our weekly supply of the fresh, wood oven-baked Montreal-style delicacy, in my opinion the best in the National Capital Region. Dense, a hint of sweetness, not salty, freshly made many times a day. Just good, simple, traditional. They were voted the best Bagels in town 8 years in a row by readers of the Ottawa Xpress – though Bagel is no longer a category in the Best of Ottawa survey of the Xpress, since 2006 it has simply been rolled in with the Best Bakery category (A category last won by Kettleman’s in 2007). The…

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