Ever since I switched from white to wheat full time, I have been testing every whole wheat, multigrain, and nut & dried fruit laden bagel, squaqel, flagel, twist and roll in the area. I don't like the aftertaste of honey, not a big fan of flax seed, and sometimes the everything bagel is just too much flavor for my quieter mood.
My old standby when I ate whatever I liked whenever I wanted (like my whole life until a few years ago) was a sesame bagel with whipped cream cheese. I loved Bagel Buffet on Sixth Avenue and West 10th the best, and it's largely due to the seeds. A seed on a sesame bagel is extremely important. I like them plump and toasted. Don't give me a pale, skimpy seed - ugh. Save them for airport kiosks and Dunkin Donuts.
So I'm at Clark Bagels the other day, sadly eyeing the bin of white flour sesame bagels with those nice toasty flavor nuggets. I wanted one so badly but I am disciplined enough to know it's not worth it. So I scan the options of ginormous doughy bagels and my eye lands on the whole wheat. It wasn't calling out to me. Boy, 40 years of ordering my favorite food and here I am stumped like a foreign visitor in a bagel shop for the first time ever.
Then I had my bagel epiphany. If they have the whole wheat, and they have the sesame seeds, maybe they could cook up a special batch for me?! Sure enough, Al hooked me up and told me to come back in an hour. 61 minutes later I ripped off a big bite and new that I had found my new bagel. It's exciting to be a part of progress, making the world a better place one bagel at a time.
If you could create your own bagel, what would you make?