Friday, February 17, 2006

sangwiches you will like

i started this post the other week and was reminded of it by a couple things that happened the past two days. firstly, the meatball parm sub from parisi's i had for lunch yesterday, which was the first food i had eaten in over 24 hours. i'm still sick with mystery virus. secondly, i am very upset i don't have monday off. which means i won't be accompanying dan to maryland. but what it really means is that i won't be there when dan's ride (aka dave and jen) makes a pit stop at pat's steaks. sigh. and finally, i caught a whiff of oil and vinegar from someone's hero today at lunch. it reminded me of one of my favorite fast food sandwiches, the blimpie's best.

i don't think many branches of subway existed while i was growing up. in my area it was all about blimpies. i don't even think i heard of subway until i got to college. while their hot roast beef with american is top notch, the BB was the preferred sub of the hong family. we would often get it for lunch on the way back from church on sunday. there were many fights between my and my brother charlie since he would also request no oil and i couldn't have any of that. a BB was made with ham, hard salami, red peppered cappy ham, black peppered prosciuttini ham and provoline cheese. white bread please, there was no wheat option back then. we would order them with everything, which meant lettuce, tomato, onions, a shake of oregano and oil and vinegar. often we would ad hot and sweet peppers which i remember picking off when i was younger. looking back, i had no idea what some of these deli meats where. cappacola? i still don't know what proscuittini is.

i haven't had one of these sandwiches in years. i tried getting it once at a new york branch near union square and was so disappointed and also kind of shocked when the counter guy started putting mayo on the bread when i asked for everything. really, mayo? i am a mayo apologist, but the last place mayo needs to be is on a BB. oregano, oil and vinegar please.

onto what i originally wrote: all this talk about toast is making me very hungry this morning. i forgot to pack some kashi for breakfast and now it's just 11am and i want lunch. i'm thinking i might have to make the trek to nicky's vietnamese sandwiches in the east village. though nicky's is smaller than your average bahn mi, their pork shop sandwich is still $3.95 well spent. strips of marinated and grilled pork are tucked into a crusty baguette slathered with mayo and topped with mixture of pickled carrots, cucumbers, cilantro and thin disks of jalapenos. i'm drooling.

i recently dvr'ed rick sebak's excellent documentary, sandwiches you will like. i had originally watched this visual love affair for perhaps the world's second greatest food (sorry, but noodles are #1 in my heart) at the team plumley young avenue headquarters. sebak creates these amazing documentaries for his local PBS affiliate in pittsburgh. while some of them are centered around local amusements and curiosities (pittsburgh history series, something about oakland, pittsburgh a-z), others are devoted to more general topics: amusement parks, hot dogs and perhaps in his greatest achievement, the sandwich. it was nice to get reaquianted with the nasty looking chipped ham, which i had completely forgotten about, as well as the sandwiches that made lasting impressions from the first viewing: the hot brown, beef on weck, the st. paul. there are still so many fantastic sandwiches out there. sebak should really consider a part two.



Blogger maura said...

'sandwiches that you will like' is one of my favorite pbs programs ever, although i wish he'd strayed from the pat's/geno's corner for more than one of his cheesesteak picks.

when i worked at [name of online city guide deleted], i had to research the beef on weck, and man does it just sound like something i'd love.

there's a list of all the featured sandwiches here:

February 17, 2006 4:55 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I read the title and thought you were writing about latins. A laarge percentag eof my family says "Sangweeches instead of sandwiches."

February 17, 2006 5:19 PM  
Blogger youthlarge said...

debbie, sangwiches is a nod to mark decarlo who hosts taste of america. he's a total wisenhymer, but i love that he always called a sandwich a sangwich.

February 17, 2006 9:23 PM  

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