Friday, April 11, 2014

Too Bagel in Metz, France

A couple of days ago, I stumbled on an article in the internet about a newly-opened place in Metz. I assume there are dozens of new places opening in the city, but this one was apparently American-inspired. I found myself interested to find out more about this place, because truthfully, aside from the famous fast food chain, there aren't many American places here. I grew up in the Philippines and in the past decade, there has been a huge American influence happening in the country. It's no secret that the Philippines has a pretty strong alliance with the United States of America. And there's also the fact that many Filipinos migrate to the States to experience "the greener side of the grass" which then makes the famous "Balikbayan Box" pop to mind. A Balikbayan is an overseas Filipino worker and he usually sends his family back home regularly a Balikbayan Box overfilled with famous American Branded food, clothes, toys, electronics ... just to name a few. This explains why many Filipinos know a lot of American brands and food terms. For example, Tater Tots, Twinkies, Cobb Salad, Banana Split, California Roll, Macaroni and Cheese, Potato Chips, Peanut Butter, Popcorn, S'mores, Buffalo Wings, Baby Back Ribs, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Hot Dogs, and Cheeseburger.

So when I read that the one month old restaurant's name was Too Bagel, there was no confusion on what I was going to be eating. I knew that lunch today definitely wouldn't be a plate of oysters. According to Wikipedia (click here), the Bagel is a bread product, traditionally shaped by hand into the form of a ring from yeasted wheat dough, roughly hand-sized, which is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked. The result is a dense, chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior.

So here's the new restaurant place, Too Bagel, which is located at the Marche Couvert in Metz, France.
It has a very New York vibe / coffee shop style. Think of Starbucks, Bo's, Gloria Jean's, Figaro, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, UCC, and Seattle's Best.

Surprise, there are shelves full of American products for sale. The Maple Syrup looked really tempting! By the way, you can also buy plain bagels to bring home if you want to.

The Dessert Display. If I remember correctly, there was a Cheesecake, Brownies, Pecan Pie, and a Carrot Cake.

Can you guess what I got?

Smoothie of the Day: Kiwi, Banana, and Orange (3 Euros)

I know I shouldn't say this next thing, but let me tell you one reason why I've always stayed away from Bagels in general. Growing up, I loved the series Gilmore Girls. The daughter-mother duo, the hysterical story-lines, and the one-liners. In one scene, we see Sookie taking a bite of a Bagel and Michel immediately interjects with, "I don't eat bagels. Bagels are like glue in your intestines and ensure that everything that enters your body will remain there until you die." So when Bagels arrived in the Philippines, the line stuck in my mind and I stayed away from them! I realize now how ridiculous this all seems. Bagels aren't bad for your health, well unless you have several in one sitting that is.

Saumon Fume / Smoked Salmon Bagel (5 Euros) 
-cream cheese, sweet onion, tomato, cucumber, salad, smoked salmon

Good stuff!!!

I love the idea of drinking my daily fruit intake. Problem is the Smoothie of the Day had banana in it and unfortunately I don't like to drink my banana. I asked if there was any way they could replace the banana with something else, but no they couldn't, and instead reassured me that the banana flavor was really mild and it contributed more for the texture than for the flavor.

Carrot Cake (5 Euros) 

It was a hard choice to make between the Carrot Cake and the Pecan Pie. If I could have, I would have gotten both, but instead I went with the Carrot Cake. The woman who served me told me in French, "c'est juste une tuerie (it's a killer)!" to emphasize how good the clients thought it was. She wasn't wrong!! It was moist, perfectly balanced in sweetness, the walnuts added crunchiness, and it was complemented by a delicious frosting. This is really something you won't find in French patisseries, especially in Metz compared to Paris, so I think it's really neat that Too Bagel gives the opportunity to let people explore something they aren't familiar with.

Overall, I had a good lunch. Halfway through eating the carrot cake, I was already quite full! I also thought that the price was right and service was perfectly handled by two lovely ladies who gave me my own fidelity card! And as an added touch, I saw the person-in-charge buying some fresh fruits from the fruit stall in front to go in the smoothies. I loved that!!!

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