Wednesday, September 10, 2008

So Much For Ramadan: The Ultimate Breakfast

Long a hardy proponent of breakfast and a staunch detractor of lunch, Suneen's Ultimate Bagel could only have one place in my day. That's First Meal.

Most of this Allentown health food company's prepackaged sandwiches, salads, and platters are not intensely special. You can pick them up at 7-Eleven, Whole Foods, and Essene near the Moshe's sandwiches, so they make for suitable convenience meals. I often glance over them simply because it's always the same shit. The Suneen Ultimate Bagel caught my eye and since it was new and had the word ultimate on it (I'm so easy), I hooked one and slid into the checkout.

If the Suneen people had my imagination, the Ultimate Bagel would have been a Tabasco-flavored hole plugged with tofu scramble and tempeh bacon slices. It was instead the chalky vegan chicken salad that they sell in tubs and on their dry sandwich bread. Their housemade bagel itself was a fine creation, a perfectly dense and chewy carbohydrate made with the key addition of malt and whole wheat. It demands an appropriate filling to match. Vegan chicken salad for breakfast or on a bagel doesn't strike me as wrong, but in this case, it's unfair.

Brew: Kenya Grand Cru coffee
Hymn: Dr. Dog "The Ark" Park The Van Records

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