One of the best things about living in New York is most definitely the bagel scene. I've never particularly liked or disliked bagels, but after moving here, I have become a bagel fanatic. I happen to live in extreme proximity to two bagel joints: Murray's and Brooklyn Bagel. I think Murray's is the more popular option, but quite frankly, I just don't get Murray's.
#1 - They don't toast their bagels. Like, they don't even offer the option to toast bagels. That is messed up. #2 - Their bagels are small and sad and not nearly as delicious as... BROOKLYN BAGEL, y'all. Yes, my ultimate fave. Their whole wheat everything bagels are to-die-for good. For the past year, my order has always been - "whole wheat everything toasted with low-fat scallion, please!"
Unfortunately, "low-fat scallion" isn't really an option for me right now. I'd always noticed their tofu cream cheese offerings, but was never in the right state of mind to try it (in other words: I was afraid it would be gross, and I didn't want to ruin my beloved Sunday morning breakfast). But tonight, after a particularly grueling day at work and very, very sad lunch, I needed carbs, and I needed them fast. After ensuring that the bagels themselves are dairy and egg-free (hey, ya never know!), I proceeded to order one whole wheat everything toasted with veggie tofu.
It looks like cream cheese. It spreads like cream cheese! But friends? It is not cream cheese. Now, don't get me wrong, it tastes fine. But, well, it's not the same thing, and does that make me sad? Yes, a little bit. The good news is I only ate half my bagel and will fill the rest of my tummy with roasted brussels sprouts. (Normally I'd eat the entire oversized bagel and then proceed to pick up the random sesame seeds and seasonings that fell off with a finger of cream cheese. Gross, I know.)
Onwards and upwards, y'all! I came really close to ordering cream cheese, but then I asked myself if it would be worth it, and the answer was a definitive no. Let's get real - I shouldn't be eating bagels for din anyway.
Coming soon - why I'm doing this 21-Day Cleanse (it ain't just about the animals this time).