Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Second Sandwich

This morning I woke up extra early to pick up a Reuben from I Love New York Deli before work. After the two sandwiches from yesterday, I woke up reconsidering whether or not it is possible to eat too many sandwiches. When I arrived at the deli around 10:45 am, I was surprised to see the number of people eating sandwiches before noon. The sandwich felt heavy in my hands and I was filled with dread. I wondered: how am I going to eat 28 more sandwiches? I brainstormed strategies on my way to work. One strategy I considered is to eat two sandwiches a day for one week. If I eat fourteen sandwiches in one week then I will be able to eat different food for a week. When I got to work, the sandwich sat ominously on the corner of the table. Finally, Kristin arrived with another Reuben in hand. How thoughtful! With her support and the support of my student, Thomas, I felt ready to take my first bite. YUM! Why was I worried? It was delicious. The sandwich had a soft texture but it wasn't too soggy (even though it had sat aside for two hours). The dressing was really really good and the proportion of meat to sauerkraut was perfect. The bite was dense but manageable. And the cheese, according to Thomas, was "there but not there". One thing that I had a little bit of a problem with was how wet the sandwich was. It wasn't soggy but it could've been less wet. I would definitely eat the sandwich again but I would want to try it there and not as take out. I look forward to tomorrow's mastications.

Love, Rose

I Love New York Deli
5200 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

The First Sandwich

It has been a long but sandwich packed day. Today, I met Wally for lunch at Homegrown on Capitol Hill. I was moving all morning and I was looking forward to my first sandwich. Homegrown's Crab Cake, Bacon + Avacado sandwich. As I walked up to the cashier, I passed by a woman telling her friend how delicious her sandwich was. I became super excited and I placed my order for the Crab Cake sandwich and a raspberry lemonade.

The sandwich I received seemed a little small. The bread was was firm and felt warm in my hands. The time that elapsed between my first and last bites is a spicy blur. By the time it was over I was able to appreciate the size of the sandwich. I felt perfectly sated. Had the sandwich been bigger, I still would've eaten the entire thing and felt less pleased. -_-

After lunch, Wally and I went to IKEA to get some knick knacks. Finally at 10 pm, post-IKEA and some organizing, we realized that we hadn't had dinner. We were really hungry and wanted to eat something that would satisfy our appetite. So I had my second sandwich of the day. One of my favorites - the lamb/beef gyro at Aladdin's Gyrocery in the U District.

You can't have too many sandwiches. YUM

1531 Melrose Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

The Beginning

My name is Rose and I like food. Especially sandwiches. This month's issue of Seattle Magazine featured Seattle's 48 best sandwiches. As of now, I have eaten 17% of them. My goal between now and September 29 (the first day of Fall quarter at the UW) is to eat the remaining 29 sandwiches. During this month, I hope to gain a deeper appreciation of the sandwich craft and to explore new areas of the city I love. Much to my mother's dismay, I will also probably gain weight.

Tomorrow, I will be moving from my apartment near campus to a new one in Capitol Hill. When everything has been moved, I plan to reward myself by eating my first sandwich of the month: Homegrown's Crab Cake, Bacon + Avacado sandwich. Yum.

Happy eating,