On Second Thought

February 29, 2012

Gorgeous morning!! Too bad we’re headed home. Although I hear the weather in Cville is supposed to hit 70* tomorrow!!


We went out for a quick breakfast this morning and landed at the first spot we found: Bruegger’s Bagels. It was quite the disappointment.

I had a Honey Grain bagel with cream cheese – skinny style where they cut out some of the boring bagel filler. This bagel was a sad comparison to the wonderful Bodo’s bagels that are boiled on site in Cville. It was dry and tasteless : (


I had an orange on the side – and being in CA, THIS was good.


But this part was no fun!


Decaf coffee on the side (I also had a cup of regular in the room – plus some dried fruit to get me to breakfast. My stomach was a bit queasy when I woke up).



I am really regretting that we went with our first thought for breakfast because we walked a few blocks to Café 1134 to get sandwiches to take on the plane and I discovered that they had an awesome breakfast menu – including SMOOTHIE IN A BOWL topped with granola and banana!!! The only plus is that our breakfast was cheap, but so sad I missed out.


Hopefully the quality veggie sandwiches we picked up will make up for the difference.


Loved their signs. Especially this one:


BE NICE. What a simple concept that I feel like so many don’t take to heart these days.

Farewell Cali!


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1 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance February 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Love that “Work Hard Be Nice” sign too!


2 Danielle February 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Sorry about breakfast! You’ll get ’em tomorrow 😉 love the signs, too!


3 Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl February 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm

How cool is that – the place has a smoothie in a bowl. haha.
That must be weird as a baker and a baker’s wife to go into a bread or bagel shop. I believe you probably compare the goods a lot? haha. Sorry it wasn’t too good of a breakfast. But the orange… love my oranges. Have a safe flight!


4 Cm @ Lazy Healthy February 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Ouch yeah, Bruegger’s is definitely glorified fast food.


5 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach February 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

agreed! sorry you had to figure it out the hard way, Kath. I don’t even think it’s all that glorified…


6 j3nn February 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Wish we had some of that Cali or Cville weather right now! It’s a winter storm mix out there and we have to go out but now we can’t. :'(

have safe travels home!


7 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde February 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Aw, that’s too bad Bruegger’s was a disappointment – normally I love their bagels! I absolutely hate settling for someplace to eat and then discovering a better option after you’ve already eaten :( But I’m sure your sandwiches will make up for it! Have a safe trip back!


8 kathleen @ the daily crumb February 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm

oh my gosh, i’m so sad you were disappointed with your bruegger’s experience!! it is one of my FAVORITE bagel spots. hoping you just got a rotten egg and will get to try again soon :)


9 Sneakers2sandals February 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I love that sign!! I just pinned it :)


10 Vivi @My.Beautiful.Air February 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm

have a safe trip back!


11 Maria@ Sinfully Nutritious February 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I love the sign, the bagel and the coffee. YUM.
I am so glad you post while traveling. I feel like I am experiencing a vacation.

I finally posted those Tempeh “Crab” Cakes I was telling you about, check them out if you can!


12 [email protected] February 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Seriously! There just aren’t enough nice people in the world anymore. I think we could all use reminders like these.


13 Kristen @ Change of Pace February 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

What a bummer about Brueggers. It is actually one of our favorite vacation breakfast places. The signs are cute!


14 Lucy February 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Of course the bagel is going to be gross when you remove the delicious insides. D’oh.


15 KathEats February 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm

There were still insides… Dry


16 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I feel like people these days are forgetting to smile and say hello and well – be nice to others! That sign was refreshing to see!


17 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Sorry that you didn’t care for Brueggers! Normally their bagels are really good. Have a safe flight home!


18 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings February 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Too bad that Brueggers was a disappointment — we have them around us in the Twin Cities and I love them. And bummer to miss your smoothie in a bowl! But that place looked really cool, love the signs. Safe travels home :) Isn’t that the way…good weather on departure day??!


19 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh February 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Sorry breakfast wasn’t stellar. I have that “Happiness” picture in my studio. It’s from World Market in case you *reeeeeally* liked it! :-)


20 Kelly February 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Jealous of your weather in Cville, we just got blasted with snow today! Winter is still up us… I mean me! :)


21 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot February 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Yes, I agree with you that Bruegger’s is not such a much… too bad your breakfast was not up to par but hopefully lunch makes up for it!


22 mel February 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

HS….was that really nice? haha. Kidding. But seriously, I was telling my hubby this yesterday. I was at kroger and an older woman who was working in the produce dept. dropped several containers of cookies on the floor. I saw TWO men walk by her and not even stop to try and help. I approached her and helped her pick them up, which took maybe 1 minute and she was so thankful. Are people really so busy that they can’t stop and help someone for one minute? Especially an elderly woman. Or open the door for someone? Or say thank you? Sadly, I think kindness is on the downslide. I for one will teach my children to always be kind to people…no matter what they look like or what they are doing.


23 Khushboo February 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Bummer about breakfast! I was actually a huge fan of Breuggers when I tried it in LA- perhaps an off day?


24 jen_alluisi February 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Heh. When I was in college, I was in a theatre production that we all wrote and then performed called BE NICE OR LEAVE. It was…artsy. Not totally straightforward. A bit silly. But VERY Southern :) And friends have been buying me magnets, bags, shirts, etc. with “Be Nice or Leave” printed on them ever since.


25 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I agree….BE nice to everyone :) It is a wonderful thing!


26 Cait's Plate February 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Ugh I HATE when that happens! There’s nothing worse than finding a great place right after you’ve already settled for one!

At least you got some yummy mid-afternoon stuff to look forward to! Safe travels :)

PS – SO jealous of the weather you’re going back to! We’re getting our 3rd snowstorm right now!


27 Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever.com February 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm

At least you got to experience some of the CA sun and blue skies. Have a safe trip home.


28 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Oh wow, SIAB in a restaurant?!!??! They must have been reading your blog before they put that on the menu! 😉 Sorry to hear about the disappointing bagel. I think peeling oranges is the primary reason that I don’t buy them that often, but I bet ones grown AND eaten in California are to die for!


29 Alaina February 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Your San Diego recaps are making me want to go back to Southern California! Love that beautiful weather. :-)

Have a safe trip home!


30 Jen February 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I hate stale bagels. It’s impossible to ‘revive’ them. Oh my Lord that last photo! I want to move to Cali! You were in San Diego right? Too bad the housing is crazy expensive there 😉


31 Molly @ RDexposed February 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm

One of our nurses that I work with has a sign on her desk that reads, “because nice matters.” Love the statement and truth in it.


32 [email protected] Flying ONION February 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Safe travels home! 😀


33 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

We had a Brueggers at my school in Charleston, I liked their salads but their bagels weren’t great…


34 Stephanie February 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

My motto when I was teaching elementary school was “work hard be nice.” I wish I had that sign! I also used to live in San Diego and have loved reading about your adventures. Safe travels home!


35 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Be nice is a concept that too many people just don’t get. :)
You’re right- the weather will be great tomorrow- and then all over the place again, just like it has been! I’m wondering if there’s still a chance for winter to make an appearance over the next few weeks (i’m kind of hoping not!)


36 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio February 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

The bagel looks sad :( Your bagels from cville always look awesome!! Enjoy the last bit of your time in Cali!


37 joelle (on a pink typewriter) February 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

It’s pouring here in DC right now, so hope you packed an umbrella for when you get home!


38 Sana February 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I think being nice works both ways, I try and be nice to other people so that in return people will be nice to me.


39 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Love those signs!!


40 katie @KatieDid February 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm

short but sweet trip, it looked like tons of fun. Hoping that sandwich makes up for the less than stellar bagel for you!


41 Hillary February 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Disappointing! Brueggers is usually pretty good—or at least they used to be!


42 [email protected] for the Soul February 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Ohhh I’ve always been curious about Brueggers! I guess I’ll try the non-skinny bagel 😀 Have a great and safe day Kath!~


43 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm

That kind of stuff always happens to me where I find a better place to have eaten after the not so great meal is done. At least you will have a good lunch! Have a safe trip home!


44 Caitlin @ Cake with Love February 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I like both signs so much truth in the meaning! have a safe flight!


45 Amanda @ Dogs, Chocolate and Fruits & Veggies February 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Getting a sad looking bagel is always a disappointment. Growing up on New York bagels, I experienced this often when I moved to the DC area, I’ve learned how to cope though :-)


46 Em (Wine and Butter) February 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm


Im not 100% where to comment but Ive just been reading BERF .. I adore it!! And I am NOT a baby person. My maternal instincts seem to be dwindling by the year and babies in general I can totally take or leave (good thing I dont have one right…!?) – BUT I thought I’d check it out and its adorable! It actually reminds me lots of your starting blog, sharing your weight loss journey… very honest, smart and open! If/ when I do cross the (currently humungous) gap into motherhood I can totally see myself using it as a resource AND I would encourage even the less ‘baby mama’ orientated of your readers to check it out!

I get really mad if I have a sucky meal too! :)


47 Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

safe travels!


48 Elizabeth February 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Kath, I have read for a long time, but have never commented, but I just have to tell you how much I have been enjoying your blog lately. It is so forthcoming, honest, and inspiring, and I feel like your posts are just downright bubbly since the announcement of your pregnancy. Love the recipes and the experiences you share, and can’t wait to keep reading as you continue on this healthy living journey through these new (to you!) circumstances! Good luck with everything and thanks for producing such quality material! :)


49 KathEats February 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Thanks so much Elizabeth!


50 seana February 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm

We have Bruegger’s here in upstate NY. Nothing great at all. Jealous of your weather. We’re getting 6-10 inches of snow tonight. Yuck.


51 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles February 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I have two boys now in their teens. I have tried to raise them on the premise…’do unto others as you would have done unto you’. When we go anywhere I always remind them….’if you want to be invited back, behave like you do’. The praise that means the most to me is when someone tells me…’yours boys are so nice!’ In this crazy world…a little bit of nice goes a long way!


52 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama February 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I love subway signs like that. So cute. Bummer on missing a smoothie in a bowl. That always is a good one!


53 [email protected] February 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Love the “be nice” part of the sign, I hate all of the snark in this world lately.


54 Blessing {Working Mom Journal} February 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Those are simple life advice – work hard and be nice!


55 Sarah February 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Brueggers, I used to love it, before I moved to NYC and tasted all that a bagel should be. subpar is sad.


56 Emily February 29, 2012 at 4:51 pm

yeah brueggers is super mediocre. i LOVE those signs though….i think your veggie sandwiches will be great..because out of beautiful places like that usually come food equally as wonderful :)


57 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon February 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm

We have a Brueggers here and I agree that their bagels are extremely sub par–they are SO dense!!!! My friends all love it because, like you said, it’s super cheap and they give us coupons at school making it even cheaper but I’d rather pay a bit more for quality!


58 Emily February 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm

me too jamie! i have always been willing to pay a little bit extra for what tastes better, or for what is better for you!


59 Kerry @ Totes My Oats February 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Noooo I hate a bad bagel! I go to school in Alabama but am from Long Island and miss my good bagels terribly!


60 Sam Smith February 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm

What you did to that bagel before eating it was foul. Your fault it wasn’t good since you fiddled with it before consumption.


61 Jeannie February 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Ugh, we have a Brueggers here in town & it’s the worst. On a happier note, I am on the second of 6 bags of CVille Crunch I ordered. Delish. ANd I have to say hoe impressed am by how jam-packed these bags are. You guys did a great job of squeezing in every last delicious crunch! Thank you.


62 KathEats February 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Glad you like it!


63 Lily February 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Aw I can’t believe they took the filling of the bagel out! Safe traveling home :)


64 Heather February 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Gah! We just got our Cville Cluster today and WHYYY????? It’s so good! I’m going to have to hide a bag from my husband. (I’m not too proud to hoard, haha!)


65 KathEats February 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm
66 Leah February 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Dry bagels and weird orange peels, yuck! I agree we can all stand to be a little nicer!


67 Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot February 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I will be in San Diego tomorrow! Will be funny if I see any of these places that you’re posting about :) I’m just going for a day trip to Apt. hunt with a friend! Have a safe trip home!


68 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm

BE NICE. What a simple concept that I feel like so many don’t take to heart these days. <— AMEN!!!

The simple things and just being nice go so far in life. Thank you for posting that sign!


69 Michelle (Better with Berries) February 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm

It’s always a disappointment when breakfast is no good – it’s one of my favorite parts of the day!


70 Dominique February 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I can’t believe that place has smoothie-in-a-bowl. I thought that was just your own creation. To be honest, I still think it’s a little weird to have a smoothie in a bowl, but yesterday while Sean was making a smoothie, for a second I thought I should eat it in a bowl topped with granola. Who knows…maybe someday soon I’ll try it out.

I think that’s the saddest bagel and cream cheese I’ve ever seen. Even the coffee shops here like to pile the cream cheese on so it squirts out the sides as you eat it. Here’s hoping the sandwich is better.


71 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie February 29, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Oh California…Enjoy the oranges for me!


72 Pam Landy March 1, 2012 at 1:59 am

Your comment “BE NICE. What a simple concept that I feel like so many don’t take to heart these days” struck a cord with me because I felt you could have used that advice when you wrote the banana post. Whether is was in “good humor,” I truly thought it was rude to come up with a code word for Karen to use instead of just allowing her to reminisce and listen to her say how much she likes California. Even if you say “we agreed” on it I can imagine Karen wanted to be able to talk about how much she enjoys the state without saying “banana.” I’m sure she has listened to you talk about the blog, oatmeal, or food more than she might want (I could be wrong, but I’m trying to compare it to something reasonable).
When you reply in your comments you sometimes come across as very curt/rude, and we’re essentially your customers so just something to keep in mind. I honestly don’t think my comment will be up for very long, and I’m sure a whole slew of “white knighters” will come to your defense, but it’s worth a shot.


73 KathEats March 1, 2012 at 9:28 am

Did it occur to you to maybe ask me about the situation before choosing to accuse me of being a mean person? It’s always guilty until proven innocent around here.

Karen was actually the one who came up with the idea. I had just told a story earlier that day about how when we were little, Larbs and I had used the same code word as a concise way to get the message across that there was a rattlesnake on our hiking path and we should run. Karen laughed and decided to do the same for her emotions. We laughed about it the whole weekend inserting it into funny situations, and she used many other words to describe her love for San Diego too. In fact, I told her you guys were accusing me of being a dictator to her and she rolled her eyes and told me to tell you all that she can take care of herself. We have a great supportive relationship of one another and are there in good times and bad, which we’ve had our share of this year. I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t assume you know all the facts of my life before making assumptions about my character.


74 seana March 1, 2012 at 11:48 am

Don’t take other’s comments to heart. Karen clearly looked super happy and worry free. As did you and Matt. Don’t let people’s comments get to you. You have to answer to yourself and yourself alone. I felt bad for you when I read her post. Don’t even other responding to people like that. You’re a good person!


75 White Knighter March 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Mind your own business, Pam Landy!


76 Angel7 March 1, 2012 at 6:41 am

I really like their signage!



77 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 1, 2012 at 7:34 am

I hate when I jump at the first place I see for food and miss out on something better a short way down the street. It happens to everyone, though from time to time.


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