Category Archives: Sandwiches

The daily sandwich: Serious Eats on sandwiches

Serious Eats has a blog, A Sandwich A Day, with a nicely illustrated and well researched sandwich every single day.

In this great country of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that’s what we’ll do. Here’s A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out?

As a a part of this they note the Grandwich competition in Grand Rapids, where 10 sandwich vendors competed for the best sandwich in town prize. The winner:

“The G-Wrap” from BOB-Bobarinos restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids, which featured crisp seared Big B Farms pulled pork, spiced barbecue sauce, locally-made Andouille sausage, and spicy pickle slaw on spiced naan. “It wraps Grand Rapids up!” said executive chef Jared Miller.

Love me some sammiches, and I’m sure there’s at least one Ann Arbor area sandwich worth mentioning in A Sandwich A Day. (I’ll bet you could eat a different sandwich every day without leaving downtown Ann Arbor.)

Michigan vs Virginia Tech (Hoke vs Hokies) in Sugar Bowl, January 3, 2012 in New Orleans; also, sandwiches

Follow the coverage from all sides.

National coverage: ESPN’s WolverineNation coverage from beat writer Michael Rothstein. Michigan Wolverines Land Sugar Bowl.

It almost didn’t happen, however. After finishing the regular season 10-2, the Wolverines needed help from other teams around the country on Saturday and from the pollsters on Sunday morning in order to be in this position — and they received it.

On Virginia Tech, the Washington Post writes “one of the most surprising Bowl Championship Series at-large picks ever”.

Virginia Tech’s BCS at-large hopes appeared to evaporate after its 38-10 loss to Clemson in the ACC championship game Saturday. While the Hokies have been ranked all season, they have not defeated a team currently in the Associated Press top 25 poll.

The game is in New Orleans, and Michigan’s ever-efficient alumni association has an official bowl tour package complete with chartered flights.

New Orleans is a great place to eat a sandwich. Chowhound has a best sandwiches thread that’s got a lot of great suggestions; I’d pick a banh mi (in its role as a Vietnamese po’boy). In Ann Arbor the blog “Meg Goes Nom Nom” has a glowing review of the banh mi from Zingerman’s:

And a few months after this occurred, I discovered that the featured sandwich at local favorite Zingerman’s Delicatessen was the Banh Mi. It was time! And not only get to try the sandwich, I got to meet the talented creator of this legit sandwich while I was there. Awesome!

The Zing sandwich was done by San Street, a food cart which alas I have not checked out myself yet.

The Viet World Kitchen blog has a master banh mi recipe which pretty much sums up what you’d need to put together your own.

There is essentially one sandwich in Vietnamese cooking and it is quite a tour de force. It started out very simply, with baguette smeared with liver pate and that was it. That’s how my mom knew it in the 1940s when she was growing up in Northern Vietnam. What we know today as banh mi is a light, crispy small baguette that is split and hollowed before it is invariably filled with homemade mayonnaise or butter (which I don’t like), sliced chili pepper, cilantro leaves, cucumber, a tangy-sweet daikon and carrot pickle (do chua), and a drizzle of soy sauce. The variation comes in when you choose what protein component(s) will be center stage.

More recipe action gets you a do chua recipe from the blog Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy, which sounds easy enough to do.

Do chua is so incredibly easy to make. Since it is a “fresh” pickle, there is no boiling or cooking involved. All you do is julienne the carrots and daikon, and soak them in a brine made with white vinegar, rice wine vinegar, a little water, sugar and a pinch of salt. That’s it! Plus, the pickles only need to marinate in their brine for about an hour before they’re ready to devour.

Now, you are ready for some football.

There is a serious lack of sandwich reporting on this blog

And, if I am able to rectify the situation, I will share my profits with Jordan Miller.

I agree! There is a serious lack of sandwich reporting on this website. I, for one, love sandwiches. What if all the pet stories were sandwich stories instead? Everyone isn’t into pets, but who doesn’t like sandwiches? Not anyone I want living in my town. PS if [redacted] puts this advice into action, I expect a share of what is sure to be a tremendous surge in profits.

For who does not love sandwiches? They are compact, and amiable, and easy to pack for lunch. If you have a generous lunch budget, you have have someone else make you a sandwich of wide variety on the spot and enjoy it at your leisure.

Previous sandwich coverage here and elsewhere:

Eat well at any deli by making your own sandwich, written for AnnArbor.com; please excuse the random punctuation marks.

Fried egg sandwich, also written for AnnArbor.com; please excuse the lack of photo.

Lack of discretion is the better part of Twitter, on this blog: “Your indiscretions make up for the rest of us who are content to describe where we are eating a sandwich.”