Due to the lack of other options* we decided to try to make our own bagels. Apparently we let them 'proof' too long so they didn't sink in the boiling water and came out a little too fluffy for true bagel-denseness. But they definitely tasted like bread and that was the point of the exercise.
Side note from Cara:
It hadn't even occurred to me that bagels could be made at home. I was astonished when Michael suggested it - after all - wasn't there some sort of bagel magic that only happens in the special bagel stores? It was just another example of how Michael brings all sorts of magic home.
*By this we mean that the Chinese just don't make bread like we think of back in the states. See 'bread' post. Sweet and interesting, but not exactly something on which to spread cream cheese.