21 | Behind the Biggest Bagel in NJ, with Chef Stephen El-Hassan

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This week’s special guest was just featured in Time Out New York for creating the biggest bagel in New Jersey, but he has been killing the food game for several years in Hoboken. Chef Stephen El-Hassan is the owner of O’Bagel and now Loquito, his newest venture in Hoboken, and has been featured on Time Out New York, Thrillist, BravoTV, and Hoboken Girl {of course}. He joins us to chat all things entrepreneurship, following your dreams, and food innovation— aka creating the biggest bagel in the Northeast.

Later on in the show for our self-care segment, Samantha Mech, owner of local organizing business Organize Décor, discusses how to get your paper and office organized. A must for anyone that receives mail and doesn’t immediately shred it {guilty!}.

We also share some local Hoboken and Jersey City news, and the episode wraps with a Hudson Hero + Hudson Zero, a very necessary getaway in the Hudson Valley, plus our non-profit of the week and hidden gem.


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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.