Tuesday, November 3, 2009

November 3rd. National Sandwich Day. Yum.

in honor of national sandwich day a posting from Serious Eats. Also below a bio of the man that "supposedly" made this all possible, The Earl of Sandwich, Lord Earl Montagu.

Would love to read about what your favorite sandwiches (homemade or from a deli or restaurant) that are your favorites... want to know mine, look here.

Happy National Sandwich Day!


The Italian Special from Faicco's Pork Store. "It's like a sunset made of sandwich meats" —EZ. [Photo: Robyn Lee]

It's National Sandwich Day! So designated because November 3 marks the birthday of John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who popularized everyone's favorite lunch so long ago.

Looking to celebrate? We've rounded up the Best of Serious Eats Sandwich Coverage in honor of the occasion. And if you need a primer, start with Ed's 22 Sandwiches That Will Change Your Life.

New York and Surrounding Area

Sandwich Alley: New York's West Village Block of Sandwich Deliciousness
Some Serious Sandwiches in Manhattan
Top 10 Sandwiches in Brooklyn
Bouchon Bakery's Fluffernutter Sandwich
Xie Xie: An Asian Sandwich Shop (What a Concept)
Roast Beef Sandwich Mondays at Salumeria Biellese
Sandwiches at Saltie
Bklyn Larder: Great Artisanal Market and Deli from the Franny's Pizzeria Owners
Hoagie Haven in Princeton, NJ
New Jersey: Town Hall Deli's Sloppy Joe
Num Pang Sandwich Shop: What's in a Name?
Baoguette, Tasty Banh Mi Sandwiches, Not Tasty Delivery
Salumeria Biellese: The BYOB Hero Review

Chicago and Midwest

Chicago: Tropi Cuban
Chicago: Roma's Italian Beef and Sausage
Lemongrass Tofu Banh Mi from Nhu Lan Bakery in Chicago
Chicago: Susie's Drive Thru
Chicago: Bari Foods
Sandwiches at Primanti Brothers: Pittsburgh Between Two Slices
A Full Dimensional Sandwich: Detroit's 3-D Special Sandwich
Minneapolis: Saffron's Lamb 'BLT'

Eastern Seaboard

Mike and Patty's in Boston: Serious Breakfast (and Sandwiches) from a Seriously Tiny Kitchen
All-Star Sandwich Bar in Cambridge, Mass.
Boston: Kelly's Roast Beef
Best Roast Pork Sandwiches in Philly
Tony Luke's Roast Pork Italian, Philadelphia
Straight Wharf Fish Store: Nantucket's Best-Kept Lunch Secret

The West

For Gourmet Sandwiches in San Francisco on Thursday Nights, Go to Mission Food Truck
The Bay Area's Best Fried Chicken Sandwich
Crazy Thick Sandwiches at Brazil Fresh Squeeze Cafe in Berkeley
Boccalone Salumeria in SF: Using an Inverted Baguette
"La Cubana" Torta from La Casita Chilanga
Philippe's: Home of the French Dip Sandwich
Portland, Oregon's Grilled Cheese Grill
Seattle: Zagi's Meatball Sub
Street Food Profiles: Nom Nom Truck in Los Angeles, California
Phoenix: Navajo Lamb Sandwich
Stuffing My Face at Pane Bianco


New Orleans: Ignatius Grocery's Sautéed Shrimp Remoulade Po' Boy
Crabby Jack's Duck Po'Boy
Whiteway Deli in Jacksonville, Florida
Pressed Duck Sandwich at Deli Lane Cafe, Miami

Make Your Own!

Dinner Tonight: Club Sandwich
Reuben Sandwich, Step-by-Step
Croque Madame
Patty Melt
Turkey Shawarama
Bacon, Pear, and Cheese Sandwich
Autostrada Sandwich
Hot Mushroom Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Fries
Sardine Sandwiches with Tomato Jam and Fresh Cheese
Meatball Sub
Grilled Skirt Steak and Pepper Sandwiches


The Fourth Earl of Sandwich: John Montagu

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, PC, FRS (3 November 1718 – 30 April 1792)[1] succeeded his grandfather, the 3rd Earl, in 1729, at the age of ten. During his life he held various military and political offices (such as Postmaster General and First Lord of the Admiralty), but is perhaps most well-known for being claimed to have originated the modern concept of the sandwich.

The Sandwich

The modern sandwich is possibly named after Lord Sandwich but not invented by him. It is said that he ordered his valet to bring him meat tucked between two pieces of bread. Because Montagu also happened to be the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, others began to order "the same as Sandwich!"[9] However, the exact circumstances of the invention are still the subject of debate. A rumour in a contemporary travel book called Tour to London(although not confirmed) by Pierre Jean Grosley formed the popular myth that bread and meat sustained Lord Sandwich at the gambling table[10]. The sober alternative is provided by Sandwich's biographer, N. A. M. Rodger, who suggests Sandwich's commitments to the navy, to politics and the arts mean the first sandwich was more likely to have been consumed at his desk.

It is also possible that Sandwich's Grisons Republic born brother-in-law, Jerome de Salis, taught him about sandwiches. The Grisons is known for its dried meat, Bündnerfleisch, while its then subject territory the Valtelline, where De Salis also grew up, is known for Bresaola.

The Earl of Sandwich
Thank you, Lord Sandwich, even if you weren't the actual "inventor"...

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