2.08.2007

Do your bagels come in funny shapes?

I have to take a poll on this one. It's a pet peeve of mine but I'm really wondering if it bothers anyone else. Here's the scenario:

You're at a place that serves bagels and spreads. You order a blueberry or cinnamon or some other sweet type bagel and you ask to get it toasted. The bagel person runs said bagel through one of those conveyor toasters then throws on the spread of your choice.

So now you're enjoying your blueberry bagel and suddenly you get the overwhelming taste of onion, then maybe a little garlic or sesame seed. When the bagel person pulled your bagel out of the toaster, it was also pulled through a dredge of bagel detritus from the bottom of the toaster and now your awesome blueberryness has been fouled.

If I had a bagel place, I would have separate toasters for sweet and savory bagels. Problem solved. I don't mind a little cinnamon on my blueberry bagel but I do mind garlic. Seriously, does this bother anyone else? I've almost given up on buying toasted bagels entirely just because of this. Am I crazy?

6 comments:

Kelly said...

OK, are you talking about Bagel Stop? Because that's just one more thing to put on the Great Big List of What's Wrong With Bagel Stop.

This has never happened to me, but I agree that it would totally suck.

Eileen said...

It's Bagel Stop and Brueggers and Panera. They all have the problem. I will swear my eternal allegiance to any place that uses separate toasters. Sometimes I think I just have more sensitive taste buds that pick up on faint traces of onion.

Oh, and yes, we should add it to the Great Big List of What's Wrong With Bagel Stop. Another item - their cream cheese tastes liek sour cream. Strange.

Summer said...

I stopped ordering bagels when my friends from NYC started making fun of me for only liking blueberry bagels. Apparently they aren't "REAL" bagels. Whatever. I like blueberry. So I toast my blueberry bagels in the privacy of my own home.

Josh said...

If I had a bagel place, I would have separate toasters for sweet and savory bagels. Problem solved. I don't mind a little cinnamon on my blueberry bagel but I do mind garlic.

I did not know you had started writing op-ed pieces for The Onion, Eileen.

I am at a wedding in Indiana. Sorry for not calling the other night, but the weddingness is why I missed your call yesterday.

Shawn said...

I've never actually had that happen, but I decided to see how I would feel about by sprinkling some garlic salt on a tasty berry-flavored bagel with cream cheese.

I can honestly say it sucked and I now can truly feel your pain on this one.

Dayna said...

I agree, and it's equally disturbing to have blueberry flavor on an onion bagel. When you're in the mood for savory, sweetness is unexpected and terrible. And it does make you wonder how often they clean the toaster...