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They're each slow-risen, hand-rolled, boiled, blistered...

At Bernstein's, a Pair of Musical Nerds Make the Best Bagels in Portland


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Location: OR-Portland

Story Date: 12/21/2018

Publisher: Portland Monthly   

Author: Karen Brooks

In the beginning, Noah Bernstein was a math nerd–turned–jazz saxophonist from rural Vermont, who grew up on the Ben & Jerry’s ethos: “If it’s not fun, why do it?” In 2015, eight years after landing in Portland, he was living the dream, blowing like a demon in 15 bands. Between tours, he assumed another identity: home bagelmeister, tackling memories of East Coast rounds like a Talmudic scholar with an apron. Meanwhile, in a parallel Portland universe, another math head named Peter Hurteau (stage name Peter Rainbeau), was dreaming up songs for his “psych crooner folk band.” In his spare time, Hurteau also lived a double life as a home baker, possessed by the exacting tomes of local bread star Ken Forkish. The two quickly met through friends. Then things got interesting.

Place Category: Food & Drink

Story Category: Review of a Place

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