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The Caper Caper

Posted on 2006.04.09 at 20:52
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Eat It - Weird Al Yankovic
I walked into Einstein Brothers Bagels today and ordered an asiago cheese bagel with lox, cream cheese, tomato, onion, and capers. Ah, capers! The secret ingredient of this particular sandwich, as far as I’m concerned. Twenty years ago, I couldn’t have described the appearance or flavor of a caper if the Nazis had held a gun to my head (though I’d at least heard of them, which is more than I could have said for asiago cheese).

I was the only person in line at the time, so both of the people behind the counter helped to put my order together. It quickly became apparent that there was a problem – they were out of capers! Well, not completely out, but one of the workers, a short wiry Hispanic fellow who looked as if he could have kicked my ass without breaking a sweat, had to go into the back room to fetch a new jarful. I wasn’t watching them too closely while this was going on, but Wiry Guy suddenly appeared before me, holding a big shiny jar of capers. “Hey amigo,” he said with a smile, “wanna do us both a favor?” He couldn’t get the jar open! This guy, who I still think could kick my ass, couldn’t generate the requisite leverage to get this jar open! Well, I am 6’2” (6’4” in heels) with a 37-inch sleeve, which means that I can generate some leverage, and I am proud to say that I easily opened the jar. Wiry Guy carried the jar back to the prep area, then turned and called out, “Never underestimate the power of a man who wants his capers!”

I smiled and called back, “I just wanted them more than you did!”


meryddian at 2006-04-10 02:06 (UTC) (Link)
mMMMmmm.... capers.

We used to go to this Italian place in Springfield (MA) called Cafe Columbus. Their Clams di Zuppa were freakin' amazing... and the sauce was loaded with capers. Nummy...
charlesofcamden at 2006-04-10 02:42 (UTC) (Link)
Clams . . . "and the sauce was loaded with capers"!!!!!
(That's right - FIVE exclamation points)
thefaeriegirl at 2006-04-10 15:10 (UTC) (Link)
*gasp* Einsteins... I used to live in Vegas and they had them there. Since I have returned to California I have not had a decent bagel.
charlesofcamden at 2006-04-10 17:43 (UTC) (Link)

Sandburg should have called it The City of Big Portions

Yes indeed. Einstein's are my current favorite bagels in Chicago since the demise of Jacobs Brothers. And why does it have to be brothers all the time, anyway? Why can't a couple of sisters open a bagel shop? Or how about two guys who aren't related but just met in a bakery somewhere? But I digress...

Here are two related axioms I have developed in my 14 years in Chicago:
1) Chicago is a great city in which to eat. There is an incredible variety of quality eats in this town.
2) Chicago is a great city in which to have money. There are plenty of lovely things to spend it on.

OK, these axioms are not going to get me a plaque in the Museum of Modern Philosophy, but it's my small contribution to the contemporary literature.
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