This morning on my way to work, I saw a man eating a poppyseed bagel on the subway.
Good story, right?
No, but the interesting part was that he was eating it like a sandwich. A cream cheese sandwich. And when I approached Nik, my co-worker who regularly tempts me with bagels on Fridays, he said, “Uh, yeah, how else would you eat it?” My other co-worker (and roommate) Jack also acted like it would actually be weird to eat the halves separately.
But that’s what I’ve done my entire life! You buy the bagel whole with a slit down the center, you toast the halves, you cream cheese them, and you eat them one at a time. Sure, the top half of the bagel has all of the flavoring and the bottom half is just bread, but that’s why you eat the bottom half first! Just because the bagel cart man or your local Tim Hortons squishes the halves back together when they hand them over doesn’t mean they’re meant to be eaten that way.
But now I really, really want to eat them that way, with the cream cheese oozing between my fingers with each bite. Baaaaaaaaageeeeeeeeel.
salt bagel with pumpkin cream cheese from Bricktown Bagel in Queens