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February 01, 2018


Don Z. Block

The Times and the World Telegram and Sun were the two papers I loved to read. A cup of coffee and some Ebinger's marble cake made the reading even better. I was hooked on crossword puzzles by then but was not able to solve the Sunday one until I went to college. Today, the Sunday puzzle is as difficult as the Thursday Times puzzle. It's the Saturday Times puzzle that will break your brains.

Ebinger's and The Hungarian (on Coney island Avenue near H) were my two favorite bakeries. I have yet to taste a marble cake that comes close to the Ebinger's one. The Hungarian made a delicious apple ring and prune whip, the memory of which is making me drool over the typewriter keys. As for bagels, I had to have them. Today, I stick to pumpernickel bagels prepared by a genius from the Bronx who has a store in Broomall, PA, Original Bagels. Despite the fact that he roots for the Dallas Cowboys and voted for Trump, he knows how to make a New York bagel.

My parents for some reason ate borscht and gefilte fish. There is no accounting for taste.


The Times was expensive!

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