Q&A with Blake Joffe of Beauty’s Bagel Shop

Last month I fell in love with bagels from Beauty’s Bagel Shop, a weekend venture by Oakland residents (and couple) Blake Joffe and Amy Remsen. Joffe’s a cook at Delfina in San Francisco, Remsen a server at Addie’s Pizza Pie on this side of the bay, same place they make the bagels after hours on Fridays. The couple sell Montreal-style bagels (boiled, then baked in a wood-fired oven) to Wise Sons, the Saturday S.F. popup deli (they also help out in the kitchen), also to Saul’s in Berkeley (again, Saturdays only). And last Sunday, Joffe and Remsen debuted a weekly stall at the Kensington Farmers’ Market (Colusa Circle and Oak View Ave., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). They’re also in negotiations for their own shop in North Oakland. I spoke with Joffe by phone recently to get the Beauty’s backstory, hints about the Oakland brick-and-mortar, and to find out: Why Montreal?

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