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Stacey’s SOLSC (and it’s food-related… again)

“Stace, we’re almost here,” I heard Marc say as I opened my eyes.

I saw water on both sides of me. Ahead, it said “178th Street,” “Henry Hudson Parkway,” “Uptown,” “Downtown.” I knew exactly where I was… The George Washington Bridge, headed into Manhattan.

I closed my eyes again. Then, I blinked them back and forth a couple more times and peered at the clock. 8:45 a.m. We were soooo early.

Knowing (yesterday) that (today would be the start of) my diet would soon begin, I said, “Let’s go down to H&H.”

“We don’t have time,” Marc said.

“Yes we do,” I replied. “It’s on 79th Street.”

He hesitated and then agreed. But then, we hit traffic. A lot of traffic. Gobs of traffic. I saw him twisting his face, so I said, “We don’t have to go to H&H. It’s just that I didn’t eat breakfast this morning.”

“I know, but it’s all the way over on the East Side. There’s no way we’ll make it back up here for your X-Rays at 9:30 if we go there.”

“Not that H&H. I meant the one on Broadway between West 79th and 80th!” I declared.

“Oh! I didn’t know there was one there,” Marc replied. I could’ve sworn that I’d taken him there before, but I lived in NYC for 7.5 years, so I wasn’t totally sure. “Well… if I get off up there, I think it’s possible.”

“You can take Riverside down and back up!” I offered.

He agreed.

Soon, thanks to the green light stagger pattern, we made it down to H&H Bagels on Broadway in under ten minutes. Whew! I walked in and immediately grabbed an iced tea for me, a chocolate milk for Marc, and a container of Lox Spread because this H&H Location just does bagels… they don’t put the toppings on the bagels for you. Kind of no-frills, but it’s worth it once you taste the bagels!

I waited in a short line and then asked the woman behind the counter, “What’s hot?” which is always my first question when I get to H&H because there’s something about a hot bagel that makes me happy.

“Plain,” she replied.

“That’s it?” I asked hoping that there’d be a hot salt or everything bagel floating around.

“That’s it,” she said.

Zut alors! I was going to have to get what I came for and it wasn’t going to be hot.

“Six whole wheat bagels,” I said. “Would you please cut one down the center?”

“We don’t slice here,” she said.

Grr! $1.30 for a bagel and I can’t even get it sliced in half!

“I’ll give you a plastic knife,” she offered.

“Sure,” I said.

I paid and then happily toted my bagels to the car where Marc was idling waiting to take me up to NY Presbyterian for my x-rays and neurosurgery appointment. I got in, buckled up and we began to head back to Riverside Drive. I opened the bag, removed the plastic knife and cut my bagel in half. And when I did, I noticed something… it was still warm!

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

9 thoughts on “Stacey’s SOLSC (and it’s food-related… again) Leave a comment

  1. Not for publication – The mention of x-rays and neurosurgery seems ominous. Is it?
    I feel terrible bla-bla-ing about Krispy Kreme if tragedy is waiting in the wings.


  2. I love H&H bagels!! I would definitely go out of my way for one. I hope your tests went well … but, Stacey, why on earth are you dieting? You are the picture of svelte!


  3. H & H ahhh great to travel down your ride. I know the place well and right next door: ZABARS! What more do you need? A good friend of mine used to live in an apartment in the Apthor Building just on the other side with that great entrance. I’m back, I’m back.
    Thanks Stacey.
    Hope you are well.


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