photo of the week 5: sophia and the bagel…

In 2001, I was living and working in Hollywood.

Due to my multilingual capabilities, I was dispatched to attend the World Film Festival in Montreal that year. Arriving late in the evening, I met up with my counterparts, a group of foreign filmmakers with a hearty appetite. As they spoke neither French nor English, I was their meal ticket.

Into cabs we piled, directed to l’Express, Montreal’s French bistro du jour on the rue St. Denis.

We arrived to tiled floors, a zinc-lined bar, hand-written menus, and a packed house nearing midnight. Jars of cornichons sat atop each table – a self-serve snack with mustard on the side.

It could have been Paris.

Meat. They loved meat.  So, I ordered a mess of steak tartares and steak frites.

Fat, they loved fat, so we had paté, foie gras, and bone marrow as well. They inhaled it all.

I had rongnon de veau, coated in a creamy mustard sauce and a plate of cheese.

Dessert? They couldn’t manage. Neither could I.  Back into cabs we went.

The next morning, I went for a long run to work off my excesses from the night before.  Yet, even as I set out, I realized that I was running towards food.

St. Viateur Bagels is legendary. The original bakery on St. Viateur West is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. At 6:30 a.m. there was already a small queue forming.

Fresh bagels seemed to tumble out of the oven by the dozens into a long chute to cool.  With a fairly good run back, I shouldn’t have eaten. But I couldn’t resist the intoxicating smell of the warm, sesame dough.  I bought half a dozen, split one and ate half of it with schmear.  It was very good, the right amount of chew and heft.

I hauled the rest back with me to the hotel.

When I got back, there was an envelope waiting for me at the front desk. Inside was a press pass to an interview with Sophia Loren.  I showered, changed, ate the other half of my bagel, grabbed my camera and an extra roll of film and headed over to the film festival venue.

There, I took this photo of Sophie Loren.

photo of the week 5

She was absolutely charming.

~ by ulterior epicure on August 4, 2010.

3 Responses to “photo of the week 5: sophia and the bagel…”

  1. You have such self control. I can’t resist the sweet chewy dough and the smokey wood blistered skin flecked with aromatic sesame seeds. Its so easy to inhale 2-3 fresh St. Viateur bagels before sauntering off to the next (eating) destination. But then again I don’t run, nor have I met Sophia Loren. Alas, maybe that’s where the difference lies. ;)

  2. @Renee (with the accent egu that our American keyboards can’t reproduce easily): I could never match the fiendish carb monster that you are.

  3. @UE I’m not sure if the amount of carbs I consume is really anything that one should be proud of… :(

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