Deconstructing the Rich-Wich…

20 Jun

Adam Richman (Man vs. Food) prepares the type of sandwich I used to eat before my third heart attack.

I do stand behind avocado on a sandwich but as a more healthful substitute for mayonnaise. Richman ventures into Elvis territory with the addition of a fried egg and bacon (unnecessary protein overload, I think). The potato chips are unconventional but if you’re going to eat them with your meal anyway, have at it.

My favorite sandwich from one of the best sandwich shops in the world, Parisi Bakery, was smoked mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and very light mayo on seeded bread. When I started eating meat again in late 2001, I added smoked turkey to the mix. It was delicious but nap-inducing, which was problematic for a sandwich I regularly ate at lunch.

munichsandwichI’m more salads than sandwiches these days because I think most restaurants, especially in the Northwest, make their sandwiches too rich and heavy. If you need to eat it with a knife, fork, and pack of napkins, you have a problem. The gourmet sandwich craze isn’t for me.

There is an elegant efficiency to fresh bread and vegetables with a light touch of meat. I suppose that’s why the Germans do it so well. I left Bavaria singing the praises of pretzel bread.


Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Pop Life


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3 responses to “Deconstructing the Rich-Wich…

  1. Mary Miraglia

    June 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Salami and prosciutto, provolone, roasted red peppers and arugula. Oil and vinegar on (of course) a semolina roll.

  2. Stephen Robinson

    June 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    That sounds amazing! My wife is a big fan of prosciutto and arugula on pizza, as well. I miss New York sandwiches.

    • observeratlarge

      June 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Yes, here the sandwich is king. There is a pizzeria in Little Ferry that used to go out to their garden and pick argula fresh for my pizza. It started as a mistake — I ordered tomato, fresh mozzarella and argula salad and when I arrived, it was a pizza. My family liked it so much we got it regularly from then on.


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