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Ess-a-Bagel NYC

When in new york, one must eat a genuine nyc style bagel. We asked the concierge of our hotel for a recommendation on a bagel place, and luckily, there was a great place around the corner – Ess-a-Bagel. The place has bagels, of course, and other deli offerings. It’s all certified kosher. There’s a good number of seats in the place. You pick up your order and sit, there’s no table service. They don’t have crazy flavored bagels, just your standards.

They do have a crazy number of cream cheese flavors. Do you see all these? It’s kind of like when you go to a gelato place and see all the flavors in the display, except this is cream cheese, or schmear. Love that word, schmear.

Also lots of smoked meats and pickled what nots. Pickled sour tomatoes. This looks cool to me. And various pickled herrings. This, perhaps not so much.

For as many different bagel flavors and schmears they offered, I was really boring. I mean, you can’t get more boring than this! I got a plain bagel with plain cream cheese. Ha! But this thing was perfect. It did not need to be adulterated by any kind of stuff in the cream cheese or any topping on the bagel. These bagels are ginormous. Really, they’re the size of my head. They’re super dense and chewy on the inside, and the outside is perfect too. It’s not crunchy on the outside, but it’s not chewy either, it’s just right. And the amount of cream cheese slathered on here is ridiculous. It was the first thing I ate that day, and it was so big that I could not finish it. It won!
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Japanese Deli Lunch At Ferry Building

While in the Ferry building, we shared a little meal along with some of the bread. DELICA rf-1 offers japanese style fast food. They call themselves a japanese deli.
Some of the day’s options.

We picked up this little bento box to go, and it was filled with 5 different things. Three vegan salad options: Hijiki and Soybean Salad (with seaweed mixed with dried soybeans, edamame, konnyaku, daikon, wild mizuna, fried tofu, and kuko), Wasabi Garlic Potato Salad, and Spicy Burdock Root Salad (with braised burdock and konnyaku tossed with thin slices of white onion, celery, julienne carrots, and wild mizuna). And 2 fried meat options: Fried Shrimp Cake and Sweet & Spicy Chicken. All of these were delicious. The salads were especially good, even for being completely vegan!

Sandwiches From The Firehouse

My company is in Bothell, north of Seattle. It’s strip mall-o-rama over here. One after another. But that’s not a bad thing when you’re looking for something to eat. One of the nicer strip malls around here is Mill Creek Town Center, which has a plethora of eating choices, including the Firestation Deli. It has a firestation theme, which is a new one for me. It doesn’t exactly make me want to eat, but whatever floats their boat!
I got a california turkey sandwich, which comes with turkey, lettuce, tomato, avocado, bacon, and the dressing of your choice. I went with the chipotle. I got sourdough bread, but it pretty much tasted like white bread, and it was really mushy. I wished it had been a bit more dense and more sour. I thought the chipotle would be a little better but I found it a little blah. It didn’t really add much to the sandwich. In all, it was a perfectly fine sandwich but nothing really worth raving about. With all the fixins I thought it would be a bit more exciting, but it turned out to be fairly plain. On a good note, everyone who worked there was super nice and I love that they shred the lettuce.

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