When my friends and I went on a mini-vacation to Las Vegas, we decided breakfast would be something we made ourselves. Someone suggested bagels. I told them I'd bring the butter. And so the saga of the Butter or Schmear bagel was born.
I like my bagels toasted with butter. I've got nothing against cream cheese. I actually very much enjoy cream cheese. I'm down to eat it on a cold bagel with some lox, cucumbers, tomatoes, and capers. But 99% of the time, I don't have those items all at the same time. I don't keep cream cheese in my refrigerator. I don't buy capers. Butter is cheap and has many uses.
A cold bagel with butter is gross, so toasted bagel with butter is the cheapest, easiest option.
My friends thought this was a disgusting abomination. They could not fathom having a bagel without schmear. "Bagels are incomplete without schmear!" they say.
And now I turn the question to you: How Should You Eat A Bagel?
A. Toasted with Butter
B. Cold with Butter
C. Toasted with Cream Cheese
D. Cold with Cream Cheese (and various other toppings)