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My First Favorite Sandwich Place in NYC

September 29, 2013 10:32 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

When I moved into the POPSUGAR offices in New York, the first sandwich place everyone told me to try was Spreads. I needed very little convincing, especially when I saw a salmon sandwich on the menu.

This wasn't just any salmon sandwich. Served on soft, toasty ciabatta, this was applewood hot-smoked salmon with pickled tomato jalapeno salsa, served warm. The fish was so delicious and bacon-like, I didn't even get the brown sugar bacon on top. Honestly, this sandwich sort of blew my mind.

I've since had the pleasure of enjoying a catered lunch spread or two from Spreads, and every sandwich I've sampled has been excellent. My second favorite so far is the aged cheddar and grilled asparagus with black truffle spread. I'm officially declaring, for now, that this my favorite sandwich spot by work.

Salmon, Avocado, and Wasabi Equals Sushi in a Sammie

August 29, 2013 9:35 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Sushi is one of my favorite dinners out. Bagels and lox is my favorite hangover food. And, obviously, sandwiches are my favorite food of all time. So this smoked salmon and avocado sandwich with wasabi cream cheese is impossible for me to resist.

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I recently made this sandwich on POPSUGAR Live (video evidence above) and used pumpernickel bread, which was delicious but still not quite as great as this German rye bread. Either way, I had to increase the wasabi ratio by about 50 percent, and I'd recommend you do the same if you are partial to the green mustard.

More Than Serviceable Sandwiches

March 18, 2013 8:18 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Sometimes, sandwiches taste better when they're totally unexpected — for instance, served at a grocery store in an old gas station in Florida. Equally unexpected: finding forgotten, six-month-old photos on my laptop that are making my mouth water all over again.

On my last trip to P'cola, we lunched at East Hill Market, which is located inside an old service station and still feels like one. Thankfully, instead of jerky, they sell sandwiches like this. My mom and I went halfsies on a turkey club panini with pesto and this incredibly delectable avocado and red pepper on wheat.

It's been so long I don't really recall all of the minute details of the sammies, but the photos pretty much speak for themselves, don't you think?

Artful Sandwiches in Santa Barbara

July 3, 2012 11:08 pm · Posted by Nancy Einhart

I love being a lady who lunches — over sandwiches. On a recent family vacay, me and the girls (plus Jonas) enjoyed a lovely lunch at Arts and Letters Cafe across from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. On the menu: white wine, champy, and museum-worthy sandwiches, which were both beautiful and tasty. The soothing courtyard setting really took it to the next level. Take a tour.

A Tale of Two Salmon-wiches

June 23, 2012 11:56 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

I've been on a salmon sandwich kick lately, and suddenly I'm finding them everywhere, including on my first visit to Wayfare Tavern. During a rainy lunch, I ordered the salmon club sandwich and a Pimm's cup.

Featuring avocado-basil aioli, roasted tomato, and bacon on brioche, the sandwich was pretty yummy. Frankly, I'd pay $17 to spend every rainy afternoon at this cozy, bucolic tavern.

But while the fish was outstanding, the sandwich itself didn't seem worth $17 — especially compared to this salmon sammie I enjoyed at an impromptu barbecue in a friend's backyard.

Yes, it's much simpler, but the salmon was just as well-cooked, grilled just enough by my personal chefs and served it on a soft bun with avocado.

I'm not saying one sandwich is necessarily superior to the other; just that simpler and cheaper can be just as good.

Tartine Bakery's Triple-Threat Sandwiches

June 23, 2012 11:07 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

I am slowly eating my way through the sandwich menu at Tartine Bakery. First, I made a Tartine sandwich recipe at home, and now I've had the real deal, times three. These are no dainty French sandwiches but rather two-handed handfuls, cut into thirds, with each third the size of a normal half sandwich. Check out photos from my first visit as well as a recent return with my mom in the gallery below.

 

Sandwich Share: A Perfect Muffuletta Match

June 16, 2012 10:03 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

No sandwich inspires me like a muffuletta. But finding an authentic version (like the one from Central Grocery, pictured on my website header) outside of New Orleans is nearly impossible.

Unti now! My friend Anna recently ate this muffuletta at San Francisco's Boxing Room, and from what I can tell, this place totally nailed it. Based on my experiences with hush puppies and New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp at Boxing Room, this restaurant knows what it's doing.

Got a sandwich to share? Tweet me your photos @nancyein or send your photos to nancy@betweenthebreadblog.com, along with a description of what's on your sandwich.

Brian Buys Us Big, Sweaty Sandwiches

May 12, 2012 10:11 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

You may have noticed that I like sandwiches. The day my video came out declaring me a sandwich connoisseur, resident CEO and hoagie aficionado Brian Sugar offered to buy me lunch, on one condition. It had to be his favorite sandwich, what Brian calls a "big, sweaty sandwich" from Gambino's.

I love Gambino's New York-style subs, though I normally wouldn't order an Italian meat torpedo like this, stacked with ham, salami, and mortadella. But when the boss offers to buy everyone lunch, you get his favorite sandwich. And I must admit, it was delicious.

Here's what I love about a Gambino's sub: the shredded iceberg lettuce, the sturdy yet soft roll soaked with oil, and the generous dousing of red wine vinegar, which, as Brian points out, is underrated. The combination of the cool lettuce and vinegar with spicy, unctuous Italian meats just doesn't work as well with turkey.

Thanks, Brian. You have good taste.

Ham, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich, Reinvented

April 27, 2012 4:56 pm · Posted by Nancy Einhart

My houseboy has been on a soft-boiled egg kick lately — or maybe you'd call them gently boiled eggs, because the whites have the firmness of a hard-boiled egg, but the yolk is not quite firm, not quite runny. On sandwiches, they are a revelation.

After a recent egg-boiling session, we put together this twist on a ham, egg, and cheese sandwich. The trio of crisped prosciutto, manchego cheese, and gooey egg provided a fascinating flavor and texture combination — salty, creamy, and reminiscent of some of the best parts of French and Italian sandwich concepts.

Like a good club sandwich, the balance of firm ingredients (toast, hard cheese) with moist (egg, mustard) made it all too easy to eat. This reinvention will most definitely be repeated.

Sandwich Share: After-Easter Egg Salad

April 10, 2012 2:24 pm · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Easter is second only to Thanksgiving when it comes to delicious leftover sandwiches. Here, loyal reader Phil proves that an egg-salad sandwich is to Easter as a turkey sandwich is to Thanksgiving.

Have you recently eaten a lunch worth sharing? Send in your sandwich photos to nancy@betweenthebreadblog.com, along with a description of what's on your sandwich.