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Happy Sandwich Day!

November 3, 2009 12:37 pm · Posted by Nancy Einhart

That's right: today, Nov. 3, is National Sandwich Day in honor of John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, who was born on Nov. 3, 1718. That means ol' John and I are both Scorpios. Coincidence? I think not.

Montagu gets credit for invention the sandwich, at least according to lore, when he requested his meat served between two slices of bread so that he could keep playing cards unencumbered in 1762. Montagu couldn’t possibly have been the first to make a sandwich; he simply has the best story, plus his notoriety as a devoted scallywag and gambler who couldn’t be bothered to break for dinner. Food historian Solomon Katz surmises that Montagu was inspired by the meat-stuffed pitas he probably encountered on his travels to Greece and Turkey, and according to the legend, the statesman was in the midst of a 24-hour gaming binge in London when he requested his one-handed meal. I'm celebrating National Sandwich Day by eating a sandwich. How about you?


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Isn't every day sandwich day?

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