I went to Block’s Bagels this past weekend. Prior to arriving, I was imagining Block’s to be like The Bagel, one of my regular food stops during my Chicago days. Huge gobs of cream cheese, fresh bagels, chunks of lox, capers, tomatoes, red onions and coffee. Sigh. I miss that place.
The layout and menu of Blocks wasn’t too different, although I did not see capers, and both the tomatoes and the red onions looked (and tasted) as if they’d been sitting out since August. Tomatoes shouldn’t be pink, but then again, I shouldn’t expect an August tomato in April. The bagel was a bit chewy, maybe even stale. But the lox was delicious.
When I walked in, the first thing I saw was a sign for latkes. My heart skipped a beat. Latkes are both delicious and a ton of work. (The last time I made them, I had visible scars for weeks.) So. To have someone else make them for me? Joy!
Now I may be a mere shiksa, but this, my friends, is not a latke. This is a McDonald’s hash brown.
I’ll have to go back to Block’s, mainly because I want to try some of their deli sandwiches. But something tells me that it’s probably time for a trip back to the old neighborhood in Chicago.
P.S. This shiksa is going to attend her first Seder dinner tonight. I’ll try to sneak some pictures.
3415 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43213