Love Bagel, Love Bread
More bang-bang for your buck
by Frank Habit
If your love life's a mess, don't worry. Have a bagel.
Advice from a Jewish grandma? No: from an Australian aborigine with a
background in neurosurgery. Chief Dr. Roberts, founder of an offbeat Malden
bakery and café called Love Bagel, Love Bread, has based his recipes on
the nutritional practices of his tribe, which consumes "fruits, nuts, and
grains in specific combinations that trigger different chemical reactions in
Though Love Bagel sells quirky, low-priced (under $5) versions of the usual
salads and sandwiches, the focus is on the baked goods, especially the
heart-shaped "love bagels." The shape, says the menu, came to Roberts "in a
vision from God after a near-death experience"; the central hole signifies that
"we have a hole in our hearts until it is filled with love." Purists of the
lox-and-schmear-only school should look elsewhere, as these are closer in taste
to stollen or coffeecake than to a traditional bagel. Each of the 14 varieties
is formulated to encourage effects ranging from better concentration (the
"College") to a curbed appetite and weight loss (the "Foodless"). Most
intriguing: the onomatopoeically named "Bang Bang," which gives extra oomph to
your . . . uh . . . well, let's just say that it sure
tastes better than Viagra.
Plain bagels are 63 cents each; half-dozen bags run $3.33 to $6.95. Choose
with care: giving your sweetie a basket of heart-shaped "Bang Bang" bagels
could send an unfortunate mixed message.
Love Bagel, Love Bread, located at 95 Pleasant Street in Malden (near the
Malden Center Orange Line station), is open Monday through Saturday from
6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call (781) 324-3883.
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