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The Peanut Butter & Jelly

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While most of the posts on this blog are about fancy food, either exotic in its own right or eaten in a faraway place, this one is about the simplest of foods: the PB&J.  There are few foods that so consistently fill me with joy.  (Watermelon with salt on a hot summer day; pomegranate seeds; fried pork dumplings.)

But with all the recent focus on elaborate or unexpected sandwiches on the NYMag list, I thought I’d take a minute to meditate on this wondrous creation.  The oily, creamy — or crunchy, if you prefer — sweetness of peanut butter (with no sugar added, of course) and the sugar rush of berry jelly on soft doughy bread.  I can’t believe I will ever grow tired of it.  Of course, I’m not alone in my love of this sandwich.  According to Wikipedia, “A 2002 survey showed the average American will have eaten 1,500 of these sandwiches before graduating from high school.”  Awesome.

I eat PB&J 2-3 times a week now.  Sometimes with coffee, which, as Jay has pointed out, heightens the experience.  I’m not a stickler for the proper ratio of PB to J, nor do I get caught up in the variations of J available out there.  My only rule is that the PB should have 2 or fewer ingredients.  That is just plain peanuts, maybe with a little salt.  But no sugar.  No JIF or SKIPPY or PETER PAN for me.  Nothing with partially hydrogenated oils to keep the oil from separating.

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July 21, 2010 at 2:10 pm

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NYMag Sandwich List #99: Sesame Pancake With Beef, Vanessa’s Dumplings

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And the final post of the day.  Returning once again to the NYMag sandwich list.  On my way home from the gym, famished from my first post-Toronto run, it occurred to me that Vanessa’s Dumplings was only a few steps away from the 3rd Avenue L-train station.  So I checked it out.

I am a big fan of the filled sesame pancake, having discovered it late one night at my local late night spot, M Noodle Shop (which is, by the way, awesome, open until 6 a.m., and very salty).  M Noodle has a sandwich sesame pancake stuffed with pickled vegetables that just knocks me down every time I eat it.  Something about the combination of the grease from the pancake, the sweet from the sesame, and sour from the pickled vegetables just hits all the spots.  Anyway, back to Vanessa’s…

The sandwich is, as NYMag suggests, a kind of variation on the banh mi.  The roast beef, like the cuts that come in pho in cheap vietnamese restaurants, was very thinly-sliced and marbled with chewy, overcooked fat.  But the meat was tasty and the grease and saltiness of the pancake was cut effectively by the cool, crisp vegetables (pickled cucumbers, carrots, cilantro) stuffed into the sandwich.  I actually preferred this to the last banh mi I had (see post from earlier today).  This is a good option, and super cheap (though you have to wonder how this made it onto the NYMag list and other stellar sandwiches like the meatloaf at Rye or the Sage Egg and Cheese at Five Leaves or any of the sandwiches at Hamilton Deli didn’t make it.  But that’s another conversation for another day).

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June 23, 2010 at 9:41 pm

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NYMag Sandwich List #49: Chicken Bánh Mì, Bánh Mì Saigon

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Since it’s been a few weeks and since my brain is basically like a blog archive, I figured I might as well release a few from the “archives” today.  This is the first one, representing yet another step on the road to the laudable goal of eating every sandwich on NYMag’s top 101 list.  On June 8, T and I stepped out for lunch at Bánh Mì Saigon, a cheap Vietnamese bakery located in the back of a jewelry store in Chinatown.  Seems like it should be some kind of hidden secret, except that the awning for the store displays a giant sandwich and there’s a line of people waiting inside for sandwiches.

Anyway, we decided to triple-down, ordering the hyped Chicken Bánh Mì as well as the more traditional pork and pâté varieties.  As much as I love this particular variety of sandwich, New York City’s obsession and saturation with banh mi options has perhaps spoiled me.  So either I’m jaded or this sandwich wasn’t too special, because I was not impressed.  Number 49, really?  Hardly.  The bread was decent, but dry, as if it had been prepared the night before.  The crust scraped my gums unpleasantly, and there was little relief in the form of a spongy interior.  That bread was dry!  The chicken was good, but, as the review on NYMag notes, it was hard to differentiate between this chicken and the well-cooked pork that is more traditional.

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June 23, 2010 at 8:35 pm

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Two Saltie Sandwiches

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Took two trips to Saltie this weekend.  Their menu includes sandwiches, pastries, ice cream, and fresh teas.

Scuttlebutt yesterday. Captain’s Daughter this morning.

I had hibuscus tea with the Scuttlebutt.  It was nice, bright, and a little tannic.  The sandwich — like many of their sandwiches — is served on oily (I mean that in a good way), crispy, salty foccaccia.  The menu says that Scuttlebutt has h.b. eggs, cauliflower, pickles, feta, black olives, capers and pepper aioli.  I dont recall there actually being cauliflower, pickles, or black olives, but I basically wolfed it down.  Of note, the egg was just barely hard-boiled so it was really creamy and it had a perfect complement in the aioli.  The sandwich also had shaved scallions and radishes, fresh mint, and fresh dill.

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June 6, 2010 at 3:48 pm

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NYMag Sandwich List #80: Torta Ahogada, La Superior

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Just this week, New York Magazine published its list of “The 101 Best Sandwiches in New York.”  Now, seeing as we love lists, food, and New York — the trifecta — this list kind of hit the sweet spot.  I’m sure we’re not alone in our desire to eat our way through the whole list, but we’re gonna go for it and document it.  Inasmuch as we have eaten very few of the sandwiches described, you might say a whole world has opened up before us.

Anyway, let the eating commence!  (And let The Trenchermen blog awaken from its slumber!).  This is the first of what will hopefully be (at least) 101 posts based on this list.  Ambitious and awesome, I know.

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June 4, 2010 at 11:10 am

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Carousel Bakery (Toronto)

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Carousel

Home of a pretty damn good peameal bacon sandwich.  I think this is what people in the US refer to as Canadian bacon.

Peameal bacon is a slightly pickled/cured piece of pork loin that is rolled in peameal.  Its then sliced and cooked up on a griddle.  And, its damn good.  Carousel Bakery is at the St. Lawrence Market.  They make a pretty solid peameal bacon sandwich on a pillowy roll.  They also have whole grilled jalapeno peppers which you can throw in there.

I had a medical exam for my greencard nearby this morning so afterward I swung by on my way up to my office.  I skipped the peppers but I did put some very spicy (in the front of the nose wasabi kind of way) maple mustard. Here are some photos.

 

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August 4, 2009 at 7:03 pm

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Black Camel (Yonge, Toronto)

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Black Camel Pulled BBQ Pork SandwichGreat little sandwich shop and cafe: Black Camel. I’ve walked by this place many times and hadn’t stopped in until the smells from inside crossed my path. I thought it was just a coffee shop. Wrong. They make excellent, truly excellent sandwiches. I had the Pulled BBQ Pork Shoulder sandwich with caramelized onions and their own BBQ sauce. The buns are made from some egg-based dough. It went down nicely with a beer. I happened to have a Mill St. (local) brew at home. Great lunch — very reasonably priced. Check out the website.

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December 6, 2008 at 12:52 pm

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