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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 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.

Curry


This is a sandwich I had a month ago…. it was from D’Deli. It was very yummy, but my stomach was bothering me a little bit. I was hoping that the curry would help me out, and the honey would as well, but the relief was temporary…

It had honey, curry aioli, olive tapanade, fried onions, garlic, turkey, pickled ginger, cilantro, basil, and sprouts

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It was kind of a mess, and I wasn’t sure about the curry and the olive tapanade together, but they were on different sides…. the cilantro and ginger balanced it out between the flavors. Not really sure I would get it again, but I don’t know if I just wasn’t feeling it because of the stomach bug or because it was sort of flavor overload…. Maybe I will go back and order it again, just to see… maybe add in some mushrooms and some mixed greens? or take out the tapanade…. i dunno….

D’Deli
Overall Sandwich Rating: B+
Presentation: B+
Structure: A
Flavors: B+ (I think there may have been too many)

Non-Sandwich Related:
Atmosphere: A+
Service: A+
Price: A+

The Promotion: Another D’Deli Sub


I Recently got a promotion, so of course I had to go out and celebrate with a sandwich….

I walked into my favorite sandwich joint D’Deli and told the guys that I was feeling good and needed a sandwich to go with my attitude.  This is what Al, Tim and I came up with…
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Oh D’Deli, I cannot stress how much I missed you


Yep, its true. I have so dearly missed you.

I was having a hankering for a really good sandwich and I haven’t been to my favorite D’Deli in a while. I walked in and waited in line, and noticed while I was in there they had taken down some of the signs, and it looked like they were doing a little bit of updating. They were of course as busy and as cheerful as they always are…

Since it had been a while, I was checking out the new additions to the accessories menu…. wasabi aioli, pickled ginger, asparagus? what? Anyway, this is what I came up with…

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It is a turkey sandwich on wheat bread, with some (in this order, from bottom to top) wasabi aioli, turkey, crispy fried onions, pickled ginger, cranberry glaze (with cranberries), sprouts, roasted red peppers, basil, cilantro, red onions, almond slivers, terriyaki sauce, and a little bit more wasabi aioli.

Overall Rating: A
presentation: A-
Structure: A+
Flavors: A
Strengths: It had strong flavors, lots of combinations, but balanced well. Good for you, very fresh tasting.
Weaknesses: Could have had some garlic on there… mmmm garlic. otherwise, none.

Non-Sandwich Related:
Atmosphere: A+
Service: A+
Price: A (you get a lot of sandwich…)