My first job was at a bagel shop at the height of the bagel craze. Previous to working there, I had never even realized just how many types of bagels there were, nor how ridiculously some people would pronounce them (“can I get a jal-op-in-o bagel?” pronouncing the “j” like in the word “jam”). I’ll admit that at first, I was strangely overwhelmed by the minimum wage position. Not only were there hundreds of bagels to memorize, but coordinating cream cheeses & sandwiches to be made out of them. There were sweet bagels like the incredibly popular french toast bagel, & healthy-sounding savory bagels like the spinach & cheddar herb bagel. There were breakfast sandwiches with eggs, cheese, & meats. And on top of all that, there were coffee drinks, smoothies, & teas to be made, I had to get there eeeeearly on the weekends because obviously people liked their bagels on the way to work/shopping/traveling, I had to wear a hideous visor, & the cherry on top was that I had to deal with people. Continue reading
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