scenes from a little village

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

sesame bagels

Monday I had just arrived at my friend Harry's little retail shop for my 7 hour shift when the phone rang Good morning - little gift and and home decor store - Susan speaking. The voice on the other end said Hi Susan it's Margaret from across the street at the little second hand and vintage store. I just wanted to tell you that we have Montreal bagels in - 6.75 a dozen. I replied Great ! I'll be right over. I put the Back in a 5 mins note on my door and ran across the street to pick up a dozen Montreal sesame bagels.

Later that evening Winnie D and I were walking back from the crescent beach, just near the park and under the gigantic old poplar trees when a familiar white van pulled up beside us. Margaret's husband Peter who looks after the little antique store. Hi, Susan. Beautiful evening. I was just wondering. Do you like bagels ? I smiled and replied I already picked mine up Thanks. He said Great, good - see ya later then and he continued on his drive. Bye.

Back when I was a young graphic designer, fresh out of art school I lived in Montreal - on the Plateau. I had a few different addresses but my final address was Fairmount - just up the street from the Fairmount Bagel shop. We would walk there with a coat thrown over our pajamas on a weekend morning and walk back to the apartment with a brown paper bag filled with chewy hot bagels fresh from the wood burning ovens.

The homemade strawberry jam (top photo) is a gift from Sue at the post office.


  1. What nice thoughtful neighbours!

    But I just don't get bagels.... flaky croissants, yes, Edinburgh morning rolls, yes, doorstep slices of crusty loaves, yes, but chewy bagels? No, I just don't. I hope you loved yours, though!

  2. i love that margaret! you style food, and all things, beautifully. breakfast with susan in a little village. perfect.

  3. Positively scrumptious looking.....may I join you? Such nice neighbors and friends!!!

  4. What a lovely place...we might just all show up on your doorstep! :)

  5. Montreal bagels - with cream cheese and lox - what heaven! Living here in Montreal sometimes you take for granted those freshly bakes bagels - thanks for the reminder. I am picking some up today and will have one with you!
    XXX000 J

  6. You did save me one? I'll have mine with cream cheese and homemade blackberry jam when it arrives! :) xoxo to the les gang!

  7. Hard to find that sort of village camaraderie these days! Isn't it wonderful! And tasty!

  8. Yum! Those bagels look REALLY good! I just wanted to drop you a comment and let you know I enjoy reading your blog. Thank you!

  9. How cool is that...walking to the Fairmount Bagel shop in your jams on a weekend morning for bagels fresh from wood burning stoves. I can almost picture it. I've never been to Montreal. Hope you enjoyed your bagels with a few slips to les gang!

  10. Oh yes, I grew up in Montreal on Fairmount and St. Viateur bagels. I understand the difference is that these are Romanian bagels. Anyway they are different and much better.

  11. Oh yummy...we could smell that bagel over here.
    Benny & Lily

  12. I just saw your comment to MMM about having your coffee in bed! I do that, too! In fact, I have my coffee maker on my bedside table and program it like an alarm clock! Just had to say hi...I thought I was the only one! :) It is a wonderful, peaceful way to start the day, isn't it?

  13. Oh, man... THIS is what I love about little villages - just like our own. Quirky days, full of unexpected delights. What a lovely story.

  14. Amazing Blog..
    Great posts...
    Nostalgic musings..:)
    Just beautiful!!
    Will be back to read more of your posts..

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    You write using a simple style and yet so poignant...!!
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  15. they look wonderful and i wish i had some of that jam. i smiled at your story of going to get bagels in your pajamas. sometimes my hubby and i drive to the local dairy queen in our pajamas and go thru the drive-thru for an ice cream. life is good when you can do fun things in your pajamas!

    hugs to all of you at 29 black street!

  16. i'll have some of that jam with you, thank you very much! Mmm.


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