We have been extra busy in the kitchen working on all sorts of bagel projects. In 2017 we were blessed to offer bagels through eight different locations, including our usual Captain Cook Sunday Farmer’s Market. This wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our strong community here on the island working to support each other as small, local, and sustainable business. Making the best bagels in Hawaii is a lot of work, but it is made easier with wonderful customers and collaborators.
This year we are moving into 2018 with a new pop-up on Saturdays at the Keauhou Farmers Market from 8am-12pm at the Keauhou Shopping Plaza. This market is located in front of Long’s Drugs and features a diverse group of farmers, makers, fisherman, butchers, and more with ample produce and delicious food.
Join us as support small, support local, and support farmers & community here on the Big Island.
Want to know what it takes to make the best bagels in Hawaii?
Start with the bakers:
Aileen and I are from New Jersey and New York, respectively, and neither of us will hesitate to tell you our home states are, collectively, the bagel capital of the world. We founded Yo Bagels with a vision for what the perfect bagel should look and taste like based on years of experience searching out the best bagels on the east coast.
Next comes the recipe:
All bagels are made from the sames basic ingredients: flour, water, salt, and sugar, but the way those ingredients are combined makes all the difference in the world. Yo Bagels are made in the New York/New Jersey style, but with a few secret touches that make them uniquely awesome.
Then there’s process:
Every bagel we make starts it’s life at least 36 hours before it is baked. This gives our dough the time it needs to develop its characteristic flavor and texture. Because we know fresh is best, we start baking before the crack of dawn on market days so our customers get their bagels hot out of the oven. We divide our dough and then individually roll and shape each bagel by hand. Our bagels are then dropped in boiling water to develop their signature crust, topped with our custom seed blends, and baked until golden and delicious.
Sure, you could settle for other bagels, but why settle for less? Yo Bagels are available every Sunday at the Pure Kona Green Market at the Amy B.H. Greenweel Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook, daily at the new and excellent ‘Iwa Cafe in Kealakekua, and whenever and wherever you like by special order.
Yo Bagels, serving up the best bagels on the Big Island!
Aloha Bagel Aficionados!
Tomorrow, 12/4/16, is our absolute last bagel day of 2016 before we leave for vacation. Don’t worry, we’ll be back in January. But we will be gone for a whole month! Come by the Pure Kona Green Market for you’re last bite of bagel goodness until after the new year.
Aloha! We had a great experience being part of this year’s Kona Coffee Festival. We pitched our bagel tent at the Holualoa Stroll last Saturday where we got to meet heaps of new customers. Joe and I had to start extra early to get all the bagels ready for the event. It was all worth it because we sold out of everything before 2:00 pm. We are so thankful that we get to share our product with residents and visitors to the Big Island of Hawaii.
We followed the Stroll with a great day at the Pure Kona Green Market in Captain Cook last Sunday. We can’t wait to be there tomorrow with another batch of the best bagels on the Big Island.
Come visit from 9-2, we’ll have all your favorites and a few surprises.