I am powerless to shiny new food products at Trader Joe's. So when I recently spotted a melange of grilled eggplant and zucchini in the frozen food aisle, I bought a bag without any idea how I'd use it.
One night, an ideal sandwich came together. Happily burdened with leftover pistachio-infused goat cheese from some yummy stuffed dates I made, I dreamed up another Trader Joe's sandwich special.
I heated the grilled eggplant and zucchini, which even from freezer to microwave tasted deliciously chargrilled. Then, I lightly toasted a Trader Joe's whole wheat pita and spread on TJ's black olive tapenade.
After stuffing the pockets with the grilled veggies and spinach, I slathered on some goat cheese and melted it slightly in the oven. The resulting Mediterranean-flavored pocket was warm, hearty, and worth repeating.
Sometimes it pays to be a punctuation snob. When I first saw the awning for "John's Burgers Taco's Sandwiches," on San Francisco's dingy 6th Street, I assumed it was a serendipitously funny apostrophe error, that the owners actually meant "Burgers, Tacos, Sandwiches." My delight and curiosity led me to Taco's Sandwiches, a surprisingly impressive sandwich shop actually owned by a man named Taco. Click through for the whole story.
My mom is quite the jetsetter lately, most recently in New York City for the holiday season. At the seemingly unassuming Nice Matin, she had what looks to be an outstanding grilled-bread sandwich with roasted eggplant and goat cheese.
I love how it's positioned on the plate alongside the side salad of arugula, tomatoes, olives, and fennel with a citrus vinaigrette. Also, she notes, "in the background, butter WITH olive oil." Wow.
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