Monday, November 03, 2014

I Almost Forgot

National Sandwich Day!

I have absolutely no idea whose idea this was, but it was probably some writer who was totally out of ideas and looking for a "hook" to hang a story on.

 That describes ME today. However, I like to post something on this site almost every day because I'm afraid if I don't, the thousands of viewers who come here ...will stop logging on.

 Did I say thousands?  Oh well,  there are worse things than a little literary creativity on a chilly November morning.

The Earl of Sandwich

Anyway, continuing with the Sandwich stuff...supposedly, John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich spent many long hours in London's gambling parlors.  In 1762 he realized that by putting meat between two pieces of bread...he wouldn't have to stop gambling for lunch. He could continue on his slothful ways and not have to stop for lunch.  Hence, the "sandwich" was born.

And , of course, Wonderbread wasn't far behind...and the world has never been the same.  All of this happened on November the 3rd.

Or not.


More Forgettable Legends from Al Gore's Amazing Internet

  • The Reuben: In 1925, Omaha, Neb. grocer Reuben Kulakofsky reportedly came up with the idea of the corned beef and sauerkraut sandwich to feed his fellow poker players. The dish eventually landed on the menu of a local hotel (although Reuben's Restaurant and Delicatessen in New York City claims the sandwich was its own invention).
  • The chicken sandwich: In 1946, Atlanta restaurant owner Truett Cathy created an alternative to the hamburger when he placed a piece of boneless grilled chicken inside a bun and dubbed it the "Chick-fil-A." Now more than 70 years and 1,500 restaurants later, Chick-fil-A's slogan is, "We didn't invent the chicken. Just the chicken sandwich."
  • The po' boy: New Orleans' version of the sub (or hoagie, depending on which part of the country you hail from) was supposedly invented by French Quarter restaurant owners Clovis and Bennie Martin in 1929. The "poor boys" were the city's striking streetcar conductors, who the Martin brothers fed for free with extra-large sandwiches on rectangular bread.
  • The hamburger: Several different inventors have stepped into the spotlight to claim credit for this famous sandwich. One of these claims comes from the Menches brothers, who reportedly sold a ground beef sandwich at the 1885 Erie County Fair in Hamburg, N.Y. Another tale traces the origins of the burger to 15-year-old Charlie Nagreen of Seymour, Wis., who made it easier for his customers at the 1885 Outagamie County Fair to eat his meatballs by stuffing them between bread. The owners of Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Conn. aren't having any of these stories, though. They say the restaurant's founder, Louis Lassen, was actually the first to flip beef patties onto bread back in 1900.