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Smoked Salmon and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Our weekend was full of some much needed distractions, starting with a dinner to celebrate the 7th anniversary of our first date.  I had thought about canceling our reservation, but when it came down to it, it felt like the wrong response to this tragedy.  Instead of shutting down, I believe that the least we can do is fill our time with as many happy moments as possible and to never forget how quickly it can all be taken away.

The night was marvelous.  We drank glasses (ok, it was a bottle) of champagne, ate a ton, and then ended the evening sipping on bourbon in front of the restaurant’s fireplace.  Following our dinner on Friday, we spent the rest of the weekend with family.  First, with Eric’s mom, who had just finished renovations on her house.  It’s exciting to see it all done and to see her and Ron, her partner, start this new stage of their lives together.

The weekend wrapped up with a party for my niece, Jordan, who turned three.  Being surrounded by family, especially the little ones, was a joy.  There were platters of bagels and gravlax to consume, bountiful piles of presents to open, and lots of games to play.

Once the guests had left, Eric and I stayed for a bit, mainly to get some snuggle time with our two month old nephew.  Looking down at him, I wondered just what the future had in store for him and his sister. What kind of world will they grow up in?  Will things change and, if they do, will they be for the better?  I certainly hope so.

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  • JoyDecember 18, 2012 - 1:46 am

    The sandwich looks wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessDecember 18, 2012 - 6:40 am

    I certainly hope it does too and I know exactly how you feel. I have also been savoring these moments a little more these last few days. My heart aches for those families. I love your egg sandwich and wouldn’t mind one now for breakfast. xxReplyCancel

  • AggieDecember 18, 2012 - 6:57 am

    Can this bey breakfast this morning? You have me intrigued, I want to make gravlax now. Smoked salmon & bagels is our New Years morning tradition, this would be a huge treat for my family.
    And I understand completely how you’re feeling. We can only surround ourselves with love during times like this..,and hope.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi @foodiecrushDecember 18, 2012 - 8:28 am

    If anything at all comes from all of this it’s to hold onto our loved ones that much tighter. Smudge has slept with us all weekend, and just that small sense of closeness somehow soothes me. XO to you.ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveDecember 18, 2012 - 8:48 am

    Oh Brian,

    That is one lovely sandwich… What time is brunch today??ReplyCancel

  • jaime @ sweet roadDecember 18, 2012 - 9:07 am

    Mmm, yes please! I walked into a smoked salmon specialty store the other day and I was so overwhelmed by all the amazing options that I ended up leaving empty-handed. Now I wish I had gotten something!ReplyCancel

  • CarolynDecember 18, 2012 - 9:36 am

    I keep meaning to try your gravlax recipe. I adore smoked salmon!ReplyCancel

  • Bev @ Bev CooksDecember 18, 2012 - 9:45 am

    Laaaaaaaaaaaaaawdy Lou I’ll take like 25 of these.ReplyCancel

  • vanillasugarblogDecember 18, 2012 - 11:17 am

    what a gorgeous sandwich!
    my goodness!ReplyCancel

  • vanillasugarblogDecember 18, 2012 - 11:18 am

    and happy anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • SallyDecember 18, 2012 - 1:46 pm

    That bagel looks like just my kind of breakfast, and I completely agree with you about filling our lives with as much joy as possible – life is so precious, and you never know what is around the corner.

    And happy anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • Kasey Fleisher HickeyDecember 18, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    Happy anniversary! 7 years! As I’m about to give birth to a little girl, I too, wonder what the world has in store for her, but I can only hope that good will always persevere. OMG how I miss lox – I can’t wait to eat this when I’m no longer pregnant! xReplyCancel

  • Suzanne PerazziniDecember 18, 2012 - 3:12 pm

    This looks delicious and I love the combination of salmon and cream cheese.ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.December 18, 2012 - 4:49 pm

    i pinned this earlier today! Yes please!ReplyCancel

  • SarahDecember 18, 2012 - 6:57 pm

    Happy anniversary, this looks perfect, your photography is gorgeous as ever.ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceDecember 18, 2012 - 8:19 pm

    I’m liking the new style of photography. So moody! This sandwich looks delicious and Happy Anniversary! Recent tragic events have also caused me to do some serious life contemplation. It really puts things into perspective.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie | Bake Your DayDecember 18, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    I want this for breakfast every morning. Simply amazing. And stunning photography!ReplyCancel

  • Spices and AromaDecember 19, 2012 - 12:57 am

    That sandwich looks so delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Shulie FoodwanderingsDecember 19, 2012 - 1:33 am

    Sounds like a charmed weekend. Happy Anniversary Bri.ReplyCancel

  • Michael LewickiDecember 19, 2012 - 3:51 am

    Happy Ani, Brian! This is definitely my kind of sammy. Breakfast, lunch, whenever. Lox makes everything better, no? I hope the world tomorrow is a better place than today. For the sake of all the little kids out there.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ Baked by RachelDecember 19, 2012 - 10:34 am

    I’m glad you were able to have an amazing and happy weekend. Honestly, the idea of the future for the kids today scares me and I think about it all of the time… but on a lighter note, I’m totally craving a bagel now.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne @ CookSister!December 19, 2012 - 11:30 am

    Oh Brian – what a gorgeous breakfast bagel! A poignant post, and sentiments I agree with. The living owe it to the dead not to shy away from life – and as you say, none of us have any idea when our time will come, so do it now. I often look at my nephews and wonder how and in what sort of future they will grow up – being a parent must be unimaginably nerve-wracking. Happy anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneDecember 19, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    I’m so glad you made time to celebrate and spend time with family this weekend, Brian. That really seems like the only good response to what has happened.

    And I’m loving these sandwiches. Smoked salmon is one of the few non-veg items I still eat.ReplyCancel

  • MeetaDecember 19, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    It’s important to shut some of the noise out. Sounds like you had a lovely time. This is such a fantastic meal. I love bagels, cream cheese and salmon. Have not made gravlax in a few months … will have to get Tom to bring some salmon from Stockholm this weekend. Merry Xmas Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Renee ReiserDecember 19, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    Brian, I don’t know if you remember me but I am friends with your grandparents and your parents. I just wanted to let you know how great “A thought For Food” is. I have used several of the recipes and found that the photography is fantastic and worth the waiting for each post. I have followed what you and Becca have been doing since your births and can’t wait to meet the next addition to the Samuel’s family. Keep up the great work and happy anniversary to you.ReplyCancel

  • ElDecember 19, 2012 - 11:25 pm

    Glad you had a great weekend. Love the bagel and egg!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel JolbertDecember 19, 2012 - 11:26 pm

    This looks delicious! Coming from a Jewish family, smoked salmon and bagels is a Sunday tradition! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • LifeinBatchesDecember 19, 2012 - 11:27 pm

    This looks delicious! Coming from a Jewish family, smoked salmon and bagels is a Sunday tradition! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny @ BAKEDecember 20, 2012 - 8:15 am

    these photos are stunning!ReplyCancel

  • JamieDecember 20, 2012 - 8:20 am

    Okay, what is funny is that I saw the top photo on pinterest, thought it was stunning and repinned it and I had no idea it was yours! Beautiful! And how I love (and heartily miss) good bagels and smoked salmon. And the way you make your sandwich is a feast! Celebrate indeed. We need this in these troubled times. Enjoy the little babies…ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanDecember 20, 2012 - 10:04 am

    Mmmmnnn. . . I LOVES me some gravlax, especially without gravy.

    Sea como los salmones, y siempre regrese.ReplyCancel

  • Paula - bell'alimentoDecember 20, 2012 - 2:35 pm

    This is the most beautiful bagel I have ever seen. Want.ReplyCancel

  • KristenDecember 20, 2012 - 2:49 pm

    Loving the creativity here… smoked salmon for breakfast? Yes please!ReplyCancel

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and HealthDecember 20, 2012 - 4:38 pm

    what a great way to spend time with loved ones. its always such a joy. I havent had bagel in so long and now paired with salmon and egg- i am totally craving it.ReplyCancel

  • a farmer in the dellDecember 20, 2012 - 4:40 pm

    I just stumbled upon your blog via joanne-eatswellwithothers. I am already a fan! beautiful photos, and this breakfast sandwich sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetDecember 20, 2012 - 5:55 pm

    What wonderful photos of a perfect looking breakfast!ReplyCancel

  • Radhika @ Just HomemadeDecember 22, 2012 - 12:50 am

    Congratulations & Happy Anniversary! Brian..
    Joy is in the little things and hope is what let’s us move on, isn’t it?
    Happy Holidays!
    Btw, Nice new layout (or is it just me?)ReplyCancel

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  • A Thought For FoodDecember 19, 2012 - 7:29 pm

    Hi Renee! So great to hear from you! Of course I remember… and thank you so much for following my site! Hope you and your family have a happy and healthy new year!ReplyCancel

  • A Thought For FoodDecember 19, 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Thank you Kasey… As soon as she’s out, I think you need to try your hand at making gravlax. It will change your life.ReplyCancel

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