A few days ago I went to my favourite bagel shop in the East Village.
I did not see the cat sitting on one of the counters in the back. I never minded that big cat. A cat means no rodents, right? The Thai staff was friendly as ever. I got a salt bagel with smoked salmon and a plain bagel with cream cheese for immediate consumption. Don’t worry, I shared. I also bought half a dozen plain bagels. I went home, sliced them up and put them in my freezer for future use (fully aware that they will not taste quite as scrumptious as they are when freshly baked). In the coming weeks I will take out a bagel-half as needed, spread it with a thin layer of butter, and stick it in a warm oven for a few minutes. Then I will add more (almond) butter, cucumber, cream cheese, gruyere, honey, jam, lox, nutella, olive oil, pepper, relish, sea salt, tomato (the sky’s the limit) and mmmhh enjoy…
Today, David’s Bagels closes after 21 years of business. Good-bye, David’s Bagels, I’ll miss you!
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