The Big Bagel Debate

June 6, 2008

I really got a kick out of this post on Grub Street—a reader complained (pretty vehemently) about customers who ask their bagel vendors to “scoop” out the inside dough, thus holding up the others on line. First thing—I eat bread and I eat dough… never have I asked someone to scoop out the insides. I don’t enjoy bread for the crust. It’s the dough that holds the magic. But I have a good friend who just recently suggested I cut calories by asking the people at Subway to “scoop” my bread. No, I will not partake in such nonsense. But the comments on the Grub Street post amused me, and this quote really hit home:

As for having to wait in line, well come on, this is NY. We want our bagels the way we want them, and getting them that way and not out of a freezer bag is what make us NYers.

Agreed. When J and I went to Denver in December, we went to a bagel store where I asked the cashier for a bagel, “lightly toasted,” with cream cheese. She scoffed at me and said, “Huh… yeah, we’ll make sure to lightly toast it.” Oh, the anger. So I understand—I too want my bagel the way I want it—and that is what makes NY great. Therefore… scoop away my calorie-cutting friends.

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