What do I want for Christmas?
A good bagel!...More......
...It's the "little" things you don't expect that you miss when you're an ex-pat like myself. I've talked about the foods I miss in another post (http://mymilanitaly.blogspot.com/2011/03/claussen-dill-pickles-eternal-quest.html).
Let's concentrate on bagels because I'm so disappointed in the new (to me) place I had stumbled across yesterday, and which shall remain nameless for the shame of it all, oh the shame!
The magic word "bagels," and I was in the shop like a shot, but immediately suspicious. They didn't look right.
They didn't taste right, either.
The texture was too much like normal bread. It wasn't chewy at all.
And it was so greasy. Yuck.
And there was a weird after taste that the other one had, too. Too sour and bitter.
The only minimally decent bagel I've ever had in Italy was an industrially produced bagel that is no longer available. Got the scoop from the shop where I used to buy them. The producer lost the lease to the bakery, and couldn't find other suitable ovens. End of story.
So, if you make great bagels (anyone in New York reading this message?), please start producing bagels in Milan.
I'll even give you a hint.
The American-style coffee chain "Arnold" has moved into town, recently. Try selling through them, and you've already got known outlets without the bother.
Any takers gonna make me happy for Christmas?
(Thank you, Microsoft, for this free clipart, MH900424367, but a slap on your hands for this and other images: the download doesn't work properly, and was a bother!)