toasted onion bagel
Bagel Face is modest bagel shop in East Nashville and it is only open in the mornings until the bagels are sold out. Yup, but 10 am on Sunday morning, it is a possibility that you will be SOL. The things we like about Bagel Face is that it has the look and feel of a little neighborhood bagel shop in the boroughs of NY, and the bagels sell out early, so you know you are getting fresh bagels everyday. We like salt, garlic, onion, and garlic onion bagels of which Bagel Face makes. Another thing I like about this shop is that they sell small quantity cream cheese containers which are perfect for 1 - 3 bagels. That is a pet peeve of mine at the chain bagel place, that if you buy one or two bagels, your only choice is to buy a huge quantity container of cream cheese meant for a dozen bagels. What a waste of food and money. Thank you Bagel Face for making a nice, non-wasteful quantity of cream cheese for your customers. I love cream cheese on my bagel, so the little container is perfect for 1 - 2 bagels for me.
So, a couple weeks ago, on a snow flurry Sunday morning, the man went out to Bagel Face to get a couple bagels and cream cheese for us. It was mid-morning, and under ordinary circumstances, we would have been SOL for getting bagels from Bagel Face at that late hour, but since the weather was snow flurries which many Nashvilllians don't travel in, we had a shot at getting bagels, and we did!
The man brought the bagels home and we toasted them up and added just the right amount of cream cheese from the little container form Bagel Face. As we ate the bagels and sipped on coffee, we were talking about our past lives in NYC and Phila. When the man lived in Astoria, Queens back in the 80s, he lived near a place with a vinyl sign saying "Hot Bagels". Bagel Face reminds him of this little place called "Hot Bagels". That little place made bagels fresh and hot, and when they sold out, the little shop closed its doors for the day. We decided to google "Hot Bagels" and Astoria and what do you suppose came up? You guessed it, a store called Bagelberry came up and reading Yelp reviews etc, other people, currently in 2010 even, claimed that they too thought this place was called "Hot Bagels" because of the vinyl sign outside. Eh, it is nice to know that somethings have not changed. It was fun to think back to the good ol' days of delicious Astoria Queens bagels.
This is one reason why I love food. It is just exciting when some food, aroma, taste, and texture triggers a great memory from the past.