So I went the DIY route.
This should be a no-brainer, yeah?
The reason for this post is that I recently discovered Pan de Manila's Herb Cream Cheese. I usually only go there for the pan de sal and soy milk, but a couple of weekends ago, the cream cheese caught my eye, so I thought, why not?
Naturally, the bagel craving set in, so I got a bag of Village Gourmet plain bagels, which is the brand I normally get. (It's the only one in the grocery store, LOL.) Seriously, the brand has a good line of different kinds of bread.
Of course, you can use any bagel of your choice, but if you want to give this a try, do! You won't regret it.
Bread knife ready. Toaster warming up. Cream cheese out of the fridge.
For less than a hundred pesos (everything included - all two ingredients!), I got one heck of a breakfast.
I think it's the cream cheese that made the difference. My go-to cream cheese (when I do buy it) is Philadelphia, but I have to say Pan de Manila's can more than hold its own.