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Bagel Lovers Overseas Need Not Despair

By: Angelina Esparza

Date Posted: 2000-06-16

It's not surprising that America's drawn-out love affair with the bagel has resulted in the insane annual consumption rate of 8 bagels per person.

This attractive alternative to the doughnut is not only low fat, but nutritious, convenient and relatively cheap.

Interestingly, in the last four years, the consumer's demand for fresh homemade bagels has increased 45%. With franchise bagel bakeries at every corner of the United States, the demand has successfully been met. Unfortunately, for bagel lovers stationed overseas, the abundant accessibility to homemade bagels can only be envied from afar, and replaced with selected pre-packaged brands.

But hark! Dessert take-out shop, To Go Criffle, located on the second floor veranda of the Carnival complex in Mihama, has opened to change the facts.

Each bagel has been carefully doughed, boiled and baked. And each sandwich is packed with only fresh ingredients. A popular order includes a perchuto and cream cheese bagel sandwich with an original touch of shiso, a Japanese plum leaf. With the option of using the plain or the blueberry bagel, the customer can choose from three tasty bagel sandwiches with drink and waffle-bites for 500.

Homemade waffle-bites (a.k.a. criffles) have also been the rave since the store opened. The recipe is based on a popular Belgium waffle batter and is served with a variety of toppings for 280. Maple syrup, strawberry sauce and chocolate chips are among the toppings sprinkled over the original whip cream served with the waffles. Fresh fruit toppings are available for an extra 100. A special summer offer of waffles with Hokkaidou soft cream is also on the menu for 300.

Homemade original recipes is the key phrase for the young professional who masterminded the unique menu. 25-year-old, Yumiko Tamaru used her love for cooking to experiment and create the perfect recipe for her bagels and waffle-bites.

"I never had any culinary training. I researched my way around the [gourmet craft] through the Internet." Tamaru's vision came to life after meeting her current fiancee and producer Hattori Mamoru. Since then, the To Go Criffle continues to take shape and develop into a quality take-out store that can eventually expand into a unique franchise.

Stop by, To Go Criffle, and pick up a snack, or make it a meal. Take advantage of the special summer prices and enjoy fresh food that tastes great. Business hours are from 11:30am to 11pm on weekdays and 11am to 11:30pm on weekends. For more information on the menu and prices call (098)926-0522 (Japanese speakers only).

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