Guest Blog: The only thing better than a Sandwich; Soup and Sandwich


“The only thing better than a Sandwich; Soup and Sandwich”

by Guest Blogger The Philz

Preface: I love soup. Making it and eating it. If you don’t like soup, this blog isn’t for you.

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Las Tortas is freaking AWESOME!!!!!


In an effort to make my friend’s head explode, i am trying to see if I can get two blogs done in 2 days. It has been a while, but since my wife and lovely child are gone for a few days, I am really trying to buckle down.

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Isidorable


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This is a sandwich named after my newborn son. His name is Henry Isidor Dobish, and we thought that it was only proper that I make a sandwich for him.  I went down to <a href=www.ddelisubs.com>D’Deli</a> with my friend and fellow sandwich lover Phil, and while we were in line, I was thinking about things that should go on a sandwich that would be representative of what my awesome newborn was.

Well, lets see… he was only about 1 month old at the time, and he didn’t really do very much beside eat, sleep, poop, pee, and eat some more.  That and be really really cute and adorable.  My sister-inlaw coined the term Henry Isidorable, which I thought was perfect.  As I was going into my sandwich making decisions, I decided that I should utilize both classic symbolism, as well as visual representations of how awesome my child is.

So here goes,

The base of the sandwich is strong and hearty. A nice wheat bread, thick yet squishy, sort of like my baby. He came out at 9 lbs.  Next came a layer of spicy brown mustard because that is what baby poop looks like.  I also threw down some olives, because i like olives, and the olive branch is a symbol of peace.  So far he has brought joy and peace into my life, and I am sure he will continue to do so.

Then I did a layer of cheese, and I went with a classic cheddar. I should have gone with 2 types of cheese, or at least double the cheese, because the only thing he eats right now is boobs. Boobs=milk=cheese. Pretty easy.

Next was a layer of Baby Spinach (because he’s a baby and Emily loves spinach), some carrots (because he was jaundiced), and some sprouts (because he is growing like one!). I topped it off with a little bit of oil (because sometimes we have to put some baby oil on him to keep his skin all soft and cuddly).

Then I ate it, which I did not do to my baby.  The sandwich was good. it was a little heavy  on the spinach, and I would have liked to have a little bit more cheese, but the flavors were great.  It was nice and light, with a balance between the mustard and the cheddar.  Every bite was enjoyable, just as every minute I get to spend with my child is enjoyable.  I think with very little refinement, this sandwich could be a good addition to one of my standards…. One day Henry, you will get to make your own sandwiches.  Until then though, you have to eat the ones we make for you… and actually, you don’t even get to eat those.

The Original Sandwich


As it is passover, you might think it is a little bit odd that i am writing a sandwich blog. I mean, I can’t bread, or anything with leavening. One would think that this is a sandwich eater’s version of hell, but the idea of hell has a little debate in the Jewish tradition. I personally think of Passover (Pesach) as one of the greatest times in history…

So lets have a little history lesson…. in around 1400 bce the jews were slaves in Egypt. There were a bunch of plagues and after the 10th one, the Pharoah decided to let the Jews go. Off they went into the hot hot desert, but due to the time constraints, they didn’t have time to let their bread rise. They had to bake their bread on their backs, called it matzah, and went off to go wander around in the desert for about 40 years.

So what does this have to do with sandwiches? The original sandwich was a direct result of passover. Fact. Hillel said make a sandwich, by taking the pascal lamb, the maror (reminder of bitter tears of slavery), the bitter herbs, and the charoset (a sweet mixture of apples, honey, nuts and wine: representing the mortar used to build the pyramids). You put them together between the Matzah pieces and you make a sandwich.

Ok, so it sounds like what some might call a sandwich, but where are the sauces? The juices of the lamb, the wine, and the juices from the apples come together to make a sauce. In fact, you have 3 natural sauces that mix together to create the perfect blend of sweet, savory, and hot.

Makings of a Matzah Sandwich
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The original Hillel Sandwich
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In this particular sandwich, I made 2 versions…. the first of which i did not take a picture of. It was cold lamb, thinly sliced, with a glob of horseradish, some parsley, and some charoset. I put it on matzah, and it was very dry. It was not the best sandwich I had ever had for sure.

In the sandwich pictured, I put the lamb au jus, made of soy, worchestershire, garic, and a little wine. I then steamed the spinach with garlic, minced up some fresh horseradish, and made a fresh batch of charoset with cinnamon and fresh nutmeg, and added a sprig of fresh rosemary. The jus soaked in just enough to the matzah to make it not as crunchy, and the meat was super tender. I was really impressed. I realized this year that the only thing that would have made this sandwich better would have been freshly made matzah, that was just a little bit chewy.

La Shana Haba’ah la sandwich 🙂

The Undertaker is an Undertaking


What do you think of when you hear the name “The Undertaker”? Do you think of the monster truck, the wrestler, or some other sort of big scary thing? Why don’t you listen to the theme song as you continue on.

This is from a while ago, back in the hot days of summer, where the harvest was just starting, and the days felt like nothing short of an ice bath and a bucket of ice cream would cool you off. I went into D’Deli and saw this tasty little treat as a sandwich of the day. The name was undertaker, and at first I thought it was supposed to be intimidating… and then I realized that not only was it intimidating, but everything in it came from underground. How cool is that? Now I love potatoes and radishes and stuff like that, but I have never really been a huge fan of raw beets, jicama, and other weird looking shaped veggies that grow in the dark…. or so I thought.

This sandwich rocked my world though. It took everything I knew about the flavors that I didn’t like and pile drove them from the top rope. My tastebuds were flipped upside down, and instantly I was floored. I was pinned against the mat, held down as the flavors of this sandwich laid a beat down on my senses.

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Smoked Gouda, beets, jicama, crispy fried onions, whole garlic cloves, freshly shredded carrots, sunflower seeds, horseradish aioli, and maybe some chickpeas. An earthy balsamic lightly drizzled over the bread. Just thinking about it now makes my mouth water, and I can taste the sweet nectar of the beets, and the crunch of the onions as both flavors melt away with a wisp of smokey flavor from the gouda.

This was a super well thought out sandwich, both in construction of structure and flavor. It was not too heavy on the crunch, and it was not too heavy on the filling veggies. It tasted earthy enough, but not like you were eating a handful of dirt, and it definitely made you feel like you had just taken part in a royal rumble.

Thanksgiving is sandwich time


Here is a collage of all of the sandwiches that I ate over the thanksgiving weekend. i ate a lot of after dinner turkey sandwiches, a couple during the meal, and then we went to boston and ate at a place named Scoozi on newbury street.

Of all of the sandwiches, I think that the second thanksgiving sandwich was the best. The ones that I had at the pre-thanksgiving work dinner were some of the most structurally sound, but the after thanksgiving meal ones were the most comfortable. They remind me of thanksgiving and make me wish I could spend every day with my family eating sandwiches!

The sandwich at Scoozi’s gets a B, because it was a pretty good meat to bread ratio (it was a turkey sandwich, panini style, but they added pickles, which was an odd mix with the dijon mustard). The fish sandwich at Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale was more like a B-/C+ because the fish was good but the slaw on in was not super flavorful. I added some pepper and salt and it was good, but it might have been better on the fresh made bread instead of the kaiser roll.

I ended up eating 6 sandwiches on turkey day, and then the following day I ate 4 more for a mid-afternoon snack. SOOOO GOOOD. I love really good turkey on dinner rolls. Sometimes I add mustard, sometimes cranberry relish, and sometimes sweet potatoes.

Turkey sandwiches gallore!