CBC News
Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

Ode to the sandwich

bridge-elizabeth-52x60.jpg

By Elizabeth Bridge, CBC Digital Archives

Is there anything as appealing as a well-made sandwich? Fred Penner doesn't think so; his song Sandwiches is an ode to the one-handed lunch staple. Sandwich love probably stems from fondly remembered school days when it was something you looked forward to all morning. (Never mind that in reality, most of us were mightily sick of bologna or tuna or peanut butter by mid-October.)

reuben-sandwich.jpg
Our favourite sandwiches: smoked sausage Reuben, anyone?
(AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

A sandwich is a handy thing in a crisis; there's a 1997 radio clip on the CBC Digital Archives in which volunteers make sandwiches for flood relief workers helping to combat the rising Red River in Manitoba.

But what really got me thinking about sandwiches this week was a website I came across called Scanwiches. Predictably, it features a daily picture of a sandwich in cross-section, and it got me wishing there was a Vietnamese bánh mì place closer to CBC. We could also use an outpost of California Sandwiches, purveyors of Toronto's finest Italian sandwiches – but their goods are so messy with sauce I doubt a scan could ever do them justice.

More of my favourite sandwiches: at home, I like to make a grilled cheese (old cheddar only, please) with a smear of mango chutney and a slice of apple or pear. The chutney is inspired by a long-gone Winnipeg restaurant that served what they called the Big Sandwich – as I recall, it had havarti cheese, lettuce and chutney on pumpernickel bread. Another one I think of wistfully was from a deli I worked at in university: tuna, tomato and cream cheese on spongy fergassa (cheese and onion) bread.

What do you like to put between two slices of bread?

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

This discussion is now Open. Submit your Comment.

Comments

Paul Melara

Nothings better then cream cheese(herb and garlic), bacon, any fried meat doused in hot sauce, and italian dressing, lettuce, olives and cheese. Melt that disaster in the microwave for 25 seconds and that is a MEAN sandwhich.

Posted April 8, 2009 09:04 AM

Caitlin

Winnipeg

Pumpernickel, horseradish, havarti, corned beef, lettuce and mayo.

When I was around 7, I ate a tomato sandwich almost every day at school. Usually it had mayo, worchestershire sauce, black pepper, lettuce, and thick-cut tomato on thick-cut bread(I was not that handy with a knife). That is a good sandwich, if you like a wet one.

Chicken salad with celery and onion, mayo, pepper, that's a dependable sandwich.

Hm. Getting a little hungry......

Posted April 8, 2009 09:58 AM

joanna lee

cucumbers, tomatoes, ham, and layers of lettuce between rye bread!!

Posted April 8, 2009 11:11 AM

Charles Marcil

Montreal

Heirloom tomato, micro arugula, and crisped up prosciutto with a touch of basil mayo : PAT

Posted April 8, 2009 11:30 AM

JJ

Surrey

Tomato, Bacon, Mayo and Peanut Butter (yes, Peanut Butter!) on thick, toasted white bread. With a big frosty glass of cold milk! YUM! That is what I am having for dinner now!

Posted April 8, 2009 04:00 PM

Linda

Peanut butter with bread and butter pickles - gorgeous! The sweet crunch with the creamy peanut butter - a guilty pleasure for sure!

My Dad used to make the best raw onion sandwiches ever. Slice the onions thinly. Put them into a heat proof bowl. Pour boiling water over, to get out the harshest of the oils (so his theory went!) Drain, shake a tsp. of sugar over them and shake some vinegar over that. Mix well and drain. Layer onion slices on thickly buttered white bread - and accompany with a glass of Ice cold milk. Best eaten before bed on a Friday or Saturday night!

And for pure sinfulness - or a child's birthday party, which was the only time I ever got these - milk chocolate bar sandwich. Just as it sounds - you can't go wrong for taste! All things in moderation.

Posted April 9, 2009 12:43 PM

jodi

Toronto

it's funny how peanut butter features into so many suggestions! one of my childhood favs was peanut butter and marshmallow fluff on fresh white bread. as with some of the above, it goes great with a glass of cold milk!

Posted April 9, 2009 02:33 PM

ds

vancouver

Your choice of deli meat (I like roasted chicken), Tomatoes, red onion, green leaf lettuce, dijon, mayo, salt and pep, cheddar cheese (mild, med, white it doesn't matter, any type of multi grain bread.
Polish pickles on the side.

Posted April 10, 2009 02:07 PM

L. Yo

London

I've always believed nothing beats a classic ham and cheese sandwich (cheddar, c'est better). Or I did, until I had a version of it called "the DaVinci" at a little haunt called Scallions in Saratoga Springs, NY.

This DiVinci's code: a grilled version made with an apricot chutney and creamy havarti on a light rye bread. To. Die. For.

Posted May 4, 2009 10:04 AM

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

Post a Comment

Disclaimer:

Note: By submitting your comments you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that due to the volume of e-mails we receive, not all comments will be published, and those that are published will not be edited. But all will be carefully read, considered and appreciated.

Note: Due to volume there will be a delay before your comment is processed. Your comment will go through even if you leave this page immediately afterwards.

Privacy Policy | Submissions Policy

Food Bytes »



About the blog

From trends and culture to politics and nutrition, Food Bytes serves up tasty tidbits about food and the issues surrounding it that flavour our everyday lives.

About the writers

Amber Hildebrandt Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.

Andrea Chiu Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.

Tara Kimura Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.

Andree Lau Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).

Jessica Wong Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.

Kevin Yarr Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.

Elizabeth Bridge Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.

Related

Food features

Recent Posts

An alternative Mother's Day gift
Friday, May 1, 2009
The incredible shrinking recipes
Friday, April 24, 2009
Sustainable sushi guide in your pocket
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Recession puts value high on the menu
Monday, April 20, 2009
The real thing
Monday, April 20, 2009
Subscribe to Food Bytes

Archives

May 2009 (1)
April 2009 (12)
March 2009 (10)
February 2009 (9)
January 2009 (9)
December 2008 (16)
November 2008 (13)
October 2008 (12)
September 2008 (11)
August 2008 (9)
July 2008 (12)
June 2008 (10)
May 2008 (16)

Categories

Agriculture (12)
Amber Hildebrandt (23)
Amuse-bouche (32)
Andree Lau (26)
Culture (44)
Elizabeth Bridge (8)
Health (14)
Industry (28)
Jessica Wong (27)
Kevin Yarr (16)
Leigh Felesky (3)
Politics (11)
Tara Kimura (30)
Trends (35)
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

World »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
more »

Canada »

Anti-marijuana ad's dubious claim a scary hit with parents
Health Canada's focus-group testing of anti-marijuana ads found parents reacted most strongly to claims that smoking too many joints can lower IQ in young people. The IQ effect has been challenged by medical researchers, but the department launched a TV and internet campaign asserting the claim anyway.
Analysis Fighting radicalization: Why mosques shouldn't close their doors to troubled Muslims
Muslim groups in Canada have been under pressure to speak out against radicals, but taking a hard line against troubled Muslims may come with its own dangers, experts say.
New Dalhousie 4th-year dentistry student in Facebook post ‘frustrated’
A fourth-year dentistry student at Dalhousie University in Halifax says the restorative justice solution put forward by Dalhousie's administration - after misogynistic posts were made by several male students on Facebook - is unacceptable, and she and her father want an investigation.
more »

Politics »

Analysis MP Glenn Thibeault's defection leaves the NDP feeling 'hurt'
Sudbury MP Glenn Thibeault's defection from the federal NDP to the Ontario Liberals left some in his former party feeling "slapped in the face." That may be a good way to sum up the entire party's reaction.
Stephen Harper's 'lone wolf' comments based on arrest of Montreal teen: PMO
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's suggestion that the recent attacks in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Ottawa may not have been the work of so-called "lone wolf" attackers was based on media coverage of the arrest of a 15-year-old alleged Jihadi sympathizer earlier this fall, his office confirmed Thursday.
Anti-marijuana ad's dubious claim a scary hit with parents
Health Canada's focus-group testing of anti-marijuana ads found parents reacted most strongly to claims that smoking too many joints can lower IQ in young people. The IQ effect has been challenged by medical researchers, but the department launched a TV and internet campaign asserting the claim anyway.
more »

Health »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Arts & Entertainment»

Steve Carell's North Korea movie from Guy Delisle novel scrapped after Sony hack video
Fox's New Regency has axed plans for Steve Carell's North Korea-set movie based on a novel by Canadian cartoonist Guy Delisle, after Sony scrapped release of The Interview amid threats.
Toronto police hope Serial's popularity will help solve old homicide
Toronto police are trying to capitalize on the meteoric popularity of the world's most downloaded podcast, Serial.
Canada Reads 2015 longlist revealed
Explore the 15 books in the running for Canada Reads 2015, announced Thursday. The final five books and their champions will be revealed on Jan. 20.
more »

Technology & Science »

SpaceX delays space station cargo run till early January
Space Exploration Technologies is delaying the planned launch on Friday of an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, which will carry a cargo ship to the International Space Station for NASA, to early January, officials said on Thursday.
Steve Carell's North Korea movie from Guy Delisle novel scrapped after Sony hack video
Fox's New Regency has axed plans for Steve Carell's North Korea-set movie based on a novel by Canadian cartoonist Guy Delisle, after Sony scrapped release of The Interview amid threats.
Video Robot fish launched by U.S. navy video
It looks like a fish and swims like a fish — but it's a robot, fresh from the labs of the U.S. military. Navy officials in Virginia have completed tests on a new, underwater drone that is roughly the size and shape of a tuna.
more »

Money »

Switzerland central bank sets negative interest rate to devalue Franc
Switzerland made its main interest rate negative on Thursday, a rare occurrence designed to discourage investment by foreign money that has poured into the country in part to escape the plunging Russian ruble.
Ford Motor Co. to recall 27,500 cars in Canada to replace Takata airbags
Ford Motor Co. will recall 27,516 vehicles in Canada to replace airbags make by Takata Corp. that can malfunction.
Canada Bread buys Saputo bakery unit for $120M
Canada Bread Co. has agreed to pay $120 million in cash to buy Saputo Inc.'s bakery division, which makes Joe Louis and May West snack cakes.
more »

Consumer Life »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Sports »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Best of 2014 Eugenie Bouchard: Canadian athlete of the year
She's got brawn, beauty and the talent to be the next big thing in tennis. Eugenie Bouchard is also our pick for our country's top athlete of 2014.
Preview NHL: 5 things to know for Thursday night
The Leafs go for seven in a row, the Canadiens honour Saku Koivu and the Penguins get Marc-Andre Fleury back. Here's more on what you need to know for Thursday night hockey.
Photos 12 memorable sports moments from 2014
Take a month-by-month look back at 2014 through our gallery highlighting the best of the year in sports.
more »

Diversions »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
more »