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Bagel With Cream Cheese and Lox: The bagel was brought to the U.S. in the late 19th century by Polish Jews. About the same time dairymen in Chester, New York, invented cream cheese, an unaged cheese made according to French methods, with a curious texture and lower fat content. The lox was first brought here by Scandinavians, but was quickly adopted by Jews seeking to find a substitute for the kind of preserved fish they'd enjoyed in Eastern Europe. Put these elements together and you have a miracle of American culinary fusion.
Source: The Village Voice
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