Ode to the sandwich
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 | 07:22 AM ET
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.)
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?
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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 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 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 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 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, 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 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.
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