Bagels Bagels Bagels!!!

I love bagels, and thankfully living in LA limits my intake of these massive carb overload goodies. Whenever I come back to NJ/NYC area I need to have at least one bagel to remind me how bagels are supposed to taste like. Everyone says it's the water and I don't really care what it is that makes them so fluffy, airy and scrumptious. I take mine plain or whole wheat with cream cheese... how about you?