Last Friday afternoon after massive overhaul at Banana Republic, which I might add had the best deals I have ever seen (I saved 80%), Mari, Christine, Amy and I had a discussion about our PBL groups over a mid-afternoon meal. Mari noted that when she had PBL, her preceptor forced everyone to introduce themselves along with their respective passion. PASSION. That's such a difficult situation where you are put on the spot to name your, all caps, PASSION. Thinking long and hard... I was sad that nothing really came to mind, except for FOOD. I know I love food. So I guess that has to be it.
So this explains the highlight of my day today which was when Matt tells me that a new Einstein Bros. bagels is arriving at 300 E. Ohio. aka the old Holiday Inn location to replace that Corner-copia Cafe. This is great! GREAT!! Another lunch option besides Panera, Chipotle, Potbelly's, etc. Here is a press release estimating a February 2008 opening.
Aside:This reminds me that I should go visit Pompeii "bakery" that I raved about opening over the summer, but have yet to still gone to eat there... AND only a block away from me. (Friends take note! Let's also go to Zest and Eno the wine and chocolate bar, both at the Intercontinental Hotel next door to me...)
Not that I go buy lunch often... (if you ever eat lunch with me, you know everyday I always bring my turkey or ham sandwich on either a French baguette or 7 grain bread, Yoplait guava yogurt, an apple or a pear, and a diet Coke for kicks. Dennis = anal-retentive, utterly boring and predictable.) But BAGELS! During undergrad, I would eat bagels like no other. Bagels were to my diet like how tea gschwendner is now part of my morning ritual.
Coming to med school, where are the bagels in my life? I guess it was integrated intermittently into my lunch last year, but it was so easy to return to my apartment at noon and eat something more substantial. So, slowly the bagels have phased out... But now, I feel like this is the time for a bagel comeback.
Who could resist a freshly crisp on the outside yet moist on the inside bagel? And then slathered with an inch high of cream cheese. But don't stop there. The toppings add onto the greatness. My favorite? Poppy seed. Something about those nutty little black specks that make the gaps between your teeth look unfortunate but enhance those circular mounds of carb.
So I can't wait until a month from now to repeat what has happened with my relationship with the other newly opened restaurants in my neighborhood. Eagerly waiting for their arrival, visit and consume the foods occasionally for the first couple weeks, then fondly walk pass by them, thinking about purchasing some baked goods, but by the time I make the decision, I'm block away from the entrance running home to escape the blistery Chicago winds.
Sad. But bagels WILL make a comeback.