Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Summer of the Sandwich

Neither of my kids are big sandwich eaters. They'll go in phases, with Amanda's recent lunchbox faves including peanut butter and Nutella or fluffernutter (or a combination of all 3). Kyle also recently ditched the jelly on his PB&J for some reason, and lost interest in sandwiches in general.

And then last Spring we met Terry at his office, and he took us to Jimmy John's for lunch. Kyle went on and on about how good it was. And that renewed his love of the sandwich. I stocked up on lunch meat and let him use a hot dog bun instead of "normal" bread so that it felt more like a sub, and that became his go-to lunch.

Enjoying beignets from the cart next door while waiting on our sandwich

I wonder if the fact that we've been watching Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America has anything to do with it??

When we went to Portland on vacation, we actually visited the Big A** Sandwich Food truck that was featured on the show. We had to try the sandwich with roast beef, cheese sauce, and french fries. Amanda decided she wanted that one, and the rest of us found our picks at other food carts for variety. I opted for a very smoky roasted chicken and spinach sandwich on a flatbread with a homemade garlic mayo. It was gooood.

Terry definitely won the extreme sandwich award. He was drawn to the grilled cheese cart, where he ordered the hamburger that had a grilled-cheese sandwich on each side for the bun.

Kyle still salivates over Jimmy John's, Subway, Schlotzsky's, and even the sub sandwich that I picked up at the supermarket one day when we were on the go. We tried out a new Cuban restaurant that just opened nearby, and he was quite excited to have the Cuban sandwich. If it's called a sandwich, his eyes go wide and he grins with anticipation.

I'm hoping that this love of all things sandwich will continue, at least as far as lunchtime goes. He's even said he'll take bologna or turkey or ham in his lunch at school, but I'm not sure that will stick. I'm going to try, because the I like the lunchbox to maintain some variety.

Is it just me -- or do your kids go in and out of sandwich phases?


dianne said...

That is really funny, that Kyle is so into sandwiches now. I'm always looking for different ways to make sandwiches for Mike's lunch. He was on a wrap kick for a while but that's over now. Your kids are really growing up!

dianne said...

P.S. It took me no less than 8 tries to get past the Captcha thing. :(

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

We all love sandwiches! Out of the ones in your posts, Terry's -- with the grilled cheese -- sounds yummiest to me. :) We have a Jimmy John's nearby but have never been. We'll have to fix that one of these days.