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Tuesday December 18, 2001
12:12 PM

Bagels !!!

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After years of waiting, at very long last someone has had the brilliant idea of opening a bagel shop right next to my office (which also makes it right next to home). This is absolute bliss.

One can say all one wants on french cuisine -- which is indeed delicious for full meals -- it is impossible not to notice just how short it falls of making a good snack.

No one in France, even in Paris despite its lush restodiversity, knows how to make a proper snack. If you don't want a full meal, you have a choice between endlessly boring variations on waffles, food-poisoned kebaps, McDo / Quick (the latter being palatable, but not every day), or sandwiches that would make those Douglas Adams describes in So Long and Thanks for All the Fish (yes, the ones that are there for british people to atone for their sins) seem like delicious treats in comparisons.

So a bagel shop, even though it's not a very good one, is immense relief. The next step is for someone to start doing Fish 'n' Chips, but sadly, I'm not holding my breath.

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