Living the good life |

Living the good life

Wren Wertin
AE Avon Bakery BH 3-10 Vail Daily/Bret Hartman Dan Trush, co-owner of the Avon Bakery and Deli, sits on a pallett of flour while displaying one of the many bagel sandwich options Wednesday in Avon.

This new weekly feature was inspired by a bagel. A really good one.

“And it was good” is meant to be a forum for those unexpectedly excellent moments we have during the course of our days, due to good food, service, books, movies, music, radio banter, random smiling people – basically anything that falls under the A&E umbrella, wide as it is. You discover them and tell us. We print ’em. In the interest of the common good, no powder stashes or self congratulations, please. Contributors can send in their nominations via e-mail to, with Good as the subject line. Name and phone number are required; we reserve the right to disbelieve what you say.

As mentioned above, this begins as the story of a bagel from Avon Bakery and Deli – an everything bagel, toasted to nutty perfection, with two thin layers of melted cheddar flanking a ripe slice of tomato. Never before has a breakfast sandwich so occupied my mind. It’s even converted me from a lackadaisical breakfast eater to a consistent one. And it’s less than $2.50. Avon Bakery and Deli was opened 3 years ago by partners Mark Strickland and Dan Trush. Jersey-raised Trush says he’s looking for a spot, either up or down valley, to open a bagel shop.

For excellent – albeit over-the-top – service, sit in Michael Hodges’ section at Sapphire. The Delaware native has been in Vail for a few years, and has an intimate knowledge of Sapphire’s menu. He even knows the chef’s favorites. You can take his wine recommendations, too. He manages to be acquiescing without being subservient, though he does have a penchant for referring to women as, “My Lady.”

Check out Gregory Maguire’s book, “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.” It looks at the world from the witch’s perspective. John Updike’s recommendation prepared me for a clever book, which it is. But it’s also interesting, accessible and enjoyable – a fast read. Maguire visits the Vail Valley for Festival of Words April 16-18.

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