Went In For Coffee, Came Out With Hole In One
No this isn’t one of the creative euphemisms used by the reviewer(s) of Veet for Men Hair Removal Gel Creme 200 ml on Amazon UK (the tales of woe by these (this?) hapless hirsute bloke(s) are an absolute must-read for anyone thinking of doing anything silly and permanent like killing themselves). (The other viral, Golden Balls, is a must-watch for application of game theory reasons.)
Anyway, the previous night, I’d walked past the curiously crowded Sarnies to The Naked Coffee (facebook, 116 Telok Ayer Street) for a caffeinated nightcap. The Naked blend was nice – Brazilian Santos and Sumatran Madheling (i think) roasted somewhere in Buona Vista made for a safe cup with good body and a chocolate finish. Liked that the fanny-packs were quite at home there with their beers and that it wasn’t an indie clone with pretty retro interior studded with beautiful people.
But back to the bagel. I haven’t had a good bagel outside of New York, but Mama Bagel’s (facebook, email@example.com, 91171738, sometimes at Loewen Farmer’s Market) was surely adequate on the chewy front. She also makes her own cream cheese.
She currently does her bageling at the back of Sarnies (facebook, 136 Telok Ayer Street), where many patrons gape at the sight of pale bagels in their water bath. Jennifer Harrison (aka Mama Bagel) explained that locally-available commercial bagels were steamed not bathed, resulting in a lower quality bread. (But no, she does not import her water from New York.) Grabbed one of the very fresh onion ones baked that evening and had it topped with smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers to go. Quite yummy.
The chia seed one had a slightly more crackly exterior and was similarly chewy inside. Other options available were plain, sesame, and cinnamon and raisin.
On an unrelated note, i thought Richard Baxter rather hit the nail on the head with regard to sly folk who say that God will give us health, wealth and more if we believe in him. A dreadfully deadly misrepresentation of a God who delights in the man who prays:
7 “Two things I ask of you, LORD;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God. (Proverbs 30:7-9)
So Baxter says:
What a pity is it to see men destroy themselves with the mercies of the Lord! What pity is it to see them so eager for prosperity, and so regardless of the proper use and benefit of it! O be not like the bee that is drowned in her own honey! And do not so greedily desire a greater burden than you can bear; and to have more to answer for, when you have been so unfaithful in a little. And if you believe Christ, who tells you how difficult it is for rich men to enter heaven, and how few of them are saved, don’t long for danger, and don’t complain if you don’t have these exceeding difficulties to overcome. You would be afraid to dwell in that air where few men escape infection; or to feed on that diet that most are killed by. It is evident by the effects that prosperity fools and undoes the most; we find you on your sick beds in a more tractable frame. (Baxter, The Fool’s Prosperity)