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There’s a lot you can do with two slices of bread and a handful of fillings. Sandwiches are quick to prepare, versatile, easy to enjoy in your home, in a restaurant, or on the go, and can be as complicated or simple as you need them to be. And everyone has their favorite — from a plain grilled cheese sandwich, to a more adventurous seven-layer concoction that could feed a family of four.
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The average American eats close to 200 sandwich a year. Its curious name comes from the fourth Earl of Sandwich, otherwise known as John Montagu. In the late 1700s, French writer Pierre-Jean Grosley recounted his observations of English life in a book called Londres. And these were the lines that started it all:
A minister of state passed four and twenty hours at a public gaming-table, so absorpt in play, that, during the whole time, he had no subsistence but a piece of beef, between two slices of toasted bread, which he eat without ever quitting the game. This new dish grew highly in vogue, during my residence in London; it was called by the name of the minister who invented it.
Depending on who you ask, this rendition may or may not be completely true but the book was incredibly popular and the story took hold. Soon the name was official, and whenever you ate two pieces of bread with something in the middle, you were eating a “sandwich.”
Every country has its own version of the sandwich that embodies the culture, tastes, and flavors of its people and their history. In China they enjoy a delicious donkey meat burger that may seem an odd combination in the U.S. but it’s as normal to that culture as a PB&J sandwich is over here (which incidentally the rest of the world thinks is a pretty strange combination).
Sandwich tastes also vary depending on what type of bread you like: ground maize arepas (if you’re in Venezuela), soft foot-long rolls (for Vada Pav in India, or Gatsbies in South Africa), or just plain old white Wonder bread. Take a look at how the rest of the world eats their sandwiches and see if there’re any you’d like to try.
Vegemite Sandwich — Australia
This simple snack is iconically Australian and popular down under. It’s two slices of toast smeared with the yeasty brown paste, which as a bonus happens to be one of the richest known sources of vitamin B. Vegemite is made from the leftover yeast extract that’s a by-product from beer making. It’s salty and slightly meaty in taste and is enjoyed all over the world. Incidentally, many other countries (like England and South Africa) enjoy the similar product called Marmite, with a slightly different yeasty flavor, but no matter the name it’s still incredibly popular.
Donkey Burger — China
Donkeys are a pretty popular food source in China and Europe; the animals are usually raised both for their milk and meat products. The donkey burger is a hot sandwich (or though it has been known to be served cold) in Chinese cuisine and is heavily spiced and served on a bun. The best kind of donkey meat is slow-cooked between eight and 20 hours, so the meat retains it color and tenderness. Donkey meat is also a rich source of protein, iron, calcium, and phosphorus.
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Serusha Govender is The Daily Meal Meal's Travel Editor. Follow her on Twitter @SerushaGovender
Iconic Sandwiches of the World, from Banh Mi to Zapiekanka
Vietnam: Banh Mi
As with many Sandwiches of the World, the banh mi is named for its bread, the Vietnamese style of baguette, introduced under French colonial rule. You can put almost anything in there, but cilantro, pickled carrots, and pate are among the most common. (Credit: Flickr/wEnDaLicious )
England: Chip Butty
There's no better testament to the general blandness of English food than this sandwich: a bunch of french fries between two pieces of bread. Bravo, guys. (Credit: Flickr/Well Preserved )
Chile: Barros Luco
Chile has a few candidates in the running for "national sandwich," but the Barros Luco is actually named after a president--Ramon Barros Luco, Chile's leader betwen 1910 and 1915, would always ask for a beef and melted cheese sandwich during lunch at the restaurant in Chile's National Congress building. There's also the Barros Jarpa, named for the president's cousin (himself a senator), but that's just a ham and cheese. (Credit: Flickr/ffuentes )
Like the Barros Luco, the Bauru is named after its original biggest fan. Casemiro Pinto Nero, a student in Sao Paolo in the 1930s, went by the nickname "Bauru," the name of his hometown. He asked for a sandwich with mozzarella, roast beef, tomato, and pickled cucumber on a French bun with most of the bread scooped out, and created a national hit. (Credit: obagastronomia )
Senegal: The Bean Sandwich
The street vendors of Dakar have a unique take on the sandwich, eschewing meat in favor of a big pile of legumes and onions. Looks great, actually. (Credit: Albatrossic )
Pop a brat inside grilled white bread, and add some onions and mustard, and you've got Austria's most popular sandwich! It's basically a hot dog, but what do you expect in one of the most sausage-dense regions of the world? (Credit: wikimedia )
Mexico (Part 1): Cemita
Like the Banh Mi, the Cemita is named for its bread, a round, sesame-covered roll that originally comes from Puebla, Mexico. You'll usually find sliced avocado, melty white cheese, red hot sauce, and some kind of meat in a cemita. They are, according to some, the best sandwiches in the world. (Credit: Flickr/roboppy )
Mexico (Part 2): Torta
The main difference between a torta and a cemita is the bread--tortas are typically made on a long, crusty kind of roll, close to French bread. But you can find tortas in all shapes and sizes, as long as there aren't any sesame seeds on the bun (because that, then, is a cemita). (Credit: Flickr/Dalboz17 )
The Chivito is a serious sandwich. The most basic models have churrasco beef, mayo, olives, mozzarella, and tomatoes, but from there, you can add on bacon, fried eggs, or ham, and the chivito keeps taking it, just like the package-hauling little goats for which they're (allegedly) named. (Credit: wikimedia )
France: Croque Madame
We could have picked the Croque-monsieur, or any variety of sandwiches in baguettes, for France, but the Croque-madame takes the brioche for being the most epic of the French sandwiches. You take your normal Croque-monsieur, a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, and pop a fried egg on top. Cɾst magnifique. (Credit: Flickr/lexnger )
Duh. There's some contention over whether or not the Cuban was actually invented in Cuba or Florida, but either way it's a sandwich made of crusty Cuban bread, mustard, roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and a layer of pickles. (Credit: Flickr/tastytouring )
Turkey: Doner Kebab
Slice some meat off a rotating spit, pop it with some lettuce, tomato, and sauce into some fluffy flatbread, and you've got one of the world's most popular sandwiches. Yes, it's usually in pocket-form, but more sandwichy varieties do exist! (Credit: wikimedia )
Trinidad and Tobago: Doubles
This Caribbean invention wins points in the arena of bread innovation--instead of just using some boring old loaf, doubles is made with two (hence the name) pieces of fried dough. Great idea. Then you fill it up with curried chickpeas, add some hot sauce, and call it a sandwich. (Credit: Flickr/Gary Soup )
Meaning "Little Frenchie" in Portuguese, the Francesinha is something like a turbo croque-monsieur. It's filled with ham, sausage, or steak, actually covered in melted cheese, and topped off with a tomato and beer sauce whose recipes restaurants keep as trade secrets. This is not a sandwich you can really eat with your hands, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices. (Credit: Flickr/fortes )
South Africa: Gatsby
One story suggests that this sandwich, basically South Africa's version of a hoagie, was named after the 1974 movie version of The Great Gatsby , starring Robert Redford, since the sandwich was also very popular. Seems like a stretch, but who knows! You can put anything in it, but french fries are often standard. (Credit: Flickr/iferneinez )
Canada (Well, Quebec): Hot Chicken
A little less exciting than the Nashville fried chicken with the same name, the Quebecois Hot Chicken Sandwich is just shredded chicken between some bread, doused (bien sur) in gravy. (Credit: Flickr/klwatts )
The Netherlands: Broodje Kroket
This Dutch snack is almost like a sandwich inside another sandwich--the kroket in question is fried with a beefy sauce inside, and then put inside a roll. It's estimated that the average Dutchperson eats 29 of these (with or without the bun) per year. (Credit: Flickr/bw14 )
The Belgians take their frites very seriously, so it's only natural that their national sandwich would be mostly made up of fries, nestled on top of some kind of meat. And like so many other sandwiches, the name comes from the bread: baguette is French for "rifle," and mitraillette, which uses a half-baguette, is French for "submachine gun." Belgians love wordplay! (Credit: Flickr/Simon Aughton )
In Italy, the rules for what makes a "panino" are a little stricter than at your local Panera. There, a panino can't be made with sliced bread (that's a tramezzini), and doesn't necessarily have to be pressed in a grill. And surprisingly, they've only been popular in Italy since the 70s, when Milanese bars started serving them to cater to a new generation of kids with money to burn. The paninari , as they were called, would meet at panini shops to show off their fancy, name-brand clothes and generally loiter around, as teenagers are wont to do. (Credit: Flickr/bwalsh )
This Balkan patty sandwich (close to a burger, but not quite) is usually made with a mix of meats--lamb, pork, beef, or veal--and served either as a plate (not a sandwich) or in a pita (a sandwich!). (Credit: Flickr/hepp )
Australia: Prawn Rolls
Since vegemite is just as likely to show up on toast as it is in a true sandwich, the Prawn Roll reigns supreme in Australia's national sandwich category. It's just a bunch of prawns, some lettuce, and some sauce in a white bread roll. No barbie required. (Credit: Flickr/Leonard John Matthews )
Malaysia/Singapore: Roti John
Often open-faced, which gets into dicey sandwich-definition territory, the Roti John stuffs a baguette with minced meat, sardines, eggs, chopped onions, and some kind of spicy sauce. (Credit: Flickr/su-lin )
China: Rou Jia Mo
Finding a true sandwich in China, where bread isn't particularly popular, is a little bit difficult, but the Rou Jia Mo, which just means "meat sandwich," is pretty close. It's pretty much just spicy meat in a chewy bun. Hard to go wrong. (Credit: Flickr/wallyg )
India: Vada Pav
This popular Indian street food is a rare vegetarian sandwich, made with a spiced potato fritter (a batata vada) squished between a bun. You can also get it with cheese, or with a samosa instead of a fritter, but you can get the basic potato model almost anywhere in the country. (Credit: Flickr/gsz )
Why, exactly, some Japanese sandwich entrepreneur decided it was a good idea to put fried noodles inside a sandwich is a mystery to us, but this carbo-bomb is surprisingly tasty, and available at pretty much any convenience store in Japan (and some in the U.S., too). If you're inspired, let us know how that spaghetti panino turns out. (Credit: Flickr/bionicgrrl )
These Polish sandwiches are a little closer to personal pizzas than true sandwiches, but we had to include them just for their epic size. A Zapiekanka (meaning "roasted") is just a halved baguette topped with cheese and whatever else you want. (Credit: Flickr/Azul Neon )
Available all over Finland, the Porilainen is a simple sandwich of white bread and a big chunk of sausage, sometimes accompanied by pickle and onion relish, and topped with ketchup, mayo, and mustard. (Credit: wikimedia )
America is a land rich with iconic sandwiches, from the stately muffuletta of New Orleans to the delicate lobster roll of coastal Maine. But not all countries are as big, or as sandwich-happy, as ours, and many have their own iconic national sandwiches to contribute to the international sandwich community. So here, to top off this glorious Sandwich Week, are 28 of the world's iconic sandwiches, arranged in no particular order.
For a sandwich to make the cut, it had to be either endemic to its homeland or strongly identified (panini, for instance, are everywhere, but they're clearly Italian), and had to be made with bread, sliced in some manner. Pockets were avoided where possible, but for some parts of the world, bread pockets are the main form of food folder, making some exceptions inevitable. And before you speed-click through this and go to write some angry comments: falafel didn't make the list because it's hard to call it any one nation's "national sandwich," and it would be too contentious to even try.
#1: Club Sandwich
Club sandwich or clubhouse sandwich is probably one of the most well known sandwiches. In many situations, a picture of a club sandwich simply is the ideal representation of the sandwich itself. Invented in the late 19th century, it has everything a yummy finger food needs, and remained popular for over a century.
A classic Club sandwich consists of toasted white bread, sliced cooked chicken or turkey, ham, lettuce and tomato, dressed with mayonnaise.
KFC Introduces Its Best Chicken Sandwich Ever
Louisville, Kentucky, January 7- Today, Kentucky Fried Chicken®, purveyor of the world's most famous fried chicken, kicked off 2021 with the introduction of its best chicken sandwich ever. The new KFC Chicken Sandwich is available in select markets starting today and will be available seven days a week in all 4,000 KFC restaurants in the U.S. by the end of February.
The new KFC Chicken Sandwich is expected to delight the most discerning of chicken sandwich connoisseurs in every way – from the quarter-pound, all-white meat, double-breaded, Extra Crispy™ chicken breast filet, to its freshly-toasted buttery brioche bun, crispier, thicker pickles, and the perfect amount of the Colonel's real mayo or spicy sauce. Each sandwich is made when ordered, so it is served piping hot every time. Fried chicken fans have never tasted a sandwich like this before.
"We tested the new KFC Chicken Sandwich in Orlando last spring, and we nearly doubled our sales expectations, so we knew that we had a winner," said Andrea Zahumensky, chief marketing officer, KFC U.S. "Many customers hadn't considered KFC as a part of the chicken sandwich conversation, but anyone who tastes this sandwich will know, without a doubt, that we're playing to win."
The KFC food innovation team painstakingly tested each ingredient for the new sandwich to find the winning combination that perfectly complements KFC's world-famous fried chicken. They tested pickles with eight variations of thickness and they collaborated with six different bakeries on more than ten recipes in order to find the right bun to hug the new the quarter-pound, all white meat, double-breaded, Extra Crispy chicken breast filet in just the right way.
The carefully crafted combination had one Orlando customer calling it "a life changer*" during the new sandwich's initial test last spring.
As the new KFC Chicken Sandwich makes its way into KFC's 4,000 restaurants across the country, eager fans can keep an eye on KFC.com/findthesandwich to find out when the sandwich arrives at their local KFC. The site will update daily to highlight which restaurants are now serving the sandwich. Fans can also sign up to be notified via email so they can be among the first to try KFC's best chicken sandwich ever when it arrives in their area.
Customers will have a variety of options to choose from when purchasing the new KFC Chicken Sandwich, including:
KFC Chicken Sandwich à la carte for
KFC Chicken Sandwich combo meal, which includes KFC Secret Recipe Fries and medium drink, for
(Prices and participation may vary. Tax extra.)
The new KFC Chicken Sandwich is the latest menu introduction as part of the brand's food innovation strategy. KFC has a long history of testing craveable menu items and evaluating customer feedback, in a continued commitment to understanding consumer tastes and preferences. Last year, KFC launched its new Secret Recipes Fries nationwide.
Flavored with a unique blend of secret seasonings, Secret Recipe Fries have a signature KFC taste as distinct as KFC's renowned 11 herbs and spices and pair perfectly with KFC Extra Crispy Tenders and the New KFC Chicken Sandwich. Secret Recipe Fries quickly have become KFC's best-selling side item.
It's been around longer than you think
Having first been served nationally in 1968, the Big Mac celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018. To celebrate, McDonald's introduced the MacCoin: a commemorative coin given out to customers who purchased a Big Mac at any one of 14,000 participating locations. In what can only be described as an incredibly misguided attempt to create a self-sustaining economy, the MacCoin could also be used to purchase another Big Mac.
Each MacCoin featured one of five different unique designs, each of which represented a decade in the Big Mac's history. The '70s coin was flower power-inspired, the '80s coin had a pop art design, the '90s coin had an abstract design, and the '00s coin showcased the technology of the era, while the '10s coin represented the decade's focus on communication. More importantly, though: as of August 2018, the entire set could be hocked on eBay for around $80, a sum definitely worth more than five Big Macs.
These Are The World’s 16 Most Popular Types of Coffee To try in 2019
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Coffee is a day kicker, a conversation starter and a mood lifter for most of us. And as a coffee lover, you must want to know about the World’s most famous types of coffee.
With the recipes, there are some interesting facts about these coffees so you’ll have fun reading them.
See what are the world’s most famous coffee from Turkey to Brazil and how people like to have their coffee.
Espresso originated from Italy.
It became popular in 1950’s. Espresso is made from brewing beans of coffee, it’s particularly famous for its Italian diaspora.
Espresso is probably the most popular type of coffee.
- Espresso machine applies 132 pounds per square pressure to extract the coffee
- 50 coffee beans make 1 shot of espresso
If you’ve got an espresso coffee machine, then great, but if you don’t have a coffee maker, then the best way to make is it to take a tablespoon of coffee powder adding one tablespoon of water and sugar according to your taste, mix it till the color of the coffee changes.
Add hot milk to it and enjoy a hot cup of coffee.
2. Mazagran Coffee
Mazagran is actually cold coffee that originated from Algeria.
It is said to be originated in 1840’s war.
Mazagran is poured over ice and in some versions, rum is also added to the mix.
- Did you know mazagran can lessen the risks of cardiovascular diseases?
- Mazagran has antioxidants which prevent memory loss.
2. Then add sugar as per your taste and pour it over ice cubes.
This is actually cold coffee. It originated in Germany, where it was made by mixing coffee and ice cream together.
Different countries have their own versions of cold coffee.
- Did you know Eiskaffee is known to prevent dizziness and causes mental alertness?
- Two cups of coffee a day can extend your life.
- Caffeinated coffee is known to improve blood flow.
- Take a glass and add 3 scoops of ice cream in it.
- Now pour the hot brewed coffee in it and add whipped cream on top.
Macchiato is known to have originated in Italy.
The word ‘macchiato’ means spotted, the name differentiated between espresso and coffee with a drop of milk.
- Macchiato keeps your blood pressure in control.
- A man named George Washington invented instant coffee in 1910.
- In New York people drink 7 times more coffee than other cities of U.S.
To make macchiato you need to add steam milked on top of espresso in a 4:1 ratio.
Special Tip: If you want to make macchiato for the whole family, make the espresso using Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Switch Coffeemaker. It will not just save your time but will make your coffee more perfect in taste.
Cappuccino originates from Italy and it means hood.
It got popular in mid-1990’s. The traditional way to make it is to pour Steamed milk on espresso.
The texture and temperature of milk are really important.
The thick foam the mixture creates gives it a velvety texture.
- People celebrate the World Cappuccino day on 8th November
- The foam serves as an insulator and keeps the coffee hot
- Cambridge created the first webcam to check a coffee pot
- The work coffee means ‘wine of the bean’ in Arabic.
Take a cup, add a ½ espresso and a ½ of steamed milk and top it with ½ of milk foam.
6. Turkish Coffee
As the name indicates Turkish coffee originates from Turkey.
It’s basically unfiltered coffee. It’s also called as ‘Bosnian coffee’, Turkish coffee is a big part of their traditional wedding customs.
Turkish coffee is also used as fortune telling.
- Turkish coffee is also used as fortune telling.
- Turkish families use a Turkish coffee to judge the character of the groom by adding salt in coffee instead of sugar.
- Japan has a cat café where you can go have coffee while hanging out with cats
- Studies have proved that coffee does not dehydrate you contrary to popular belief.
- To make Turkish coffee you need to boil a cup of water.
- After one boil you’ll add a tbsp of coffee powder 1/8 tsp of cardamom when foam starts to form then turn off the heat.
- Turn on the heat again to allow it to foam. Then pour it into a coffee mug and serve!
Americano is known to have originated from Latin America in 1970’s.
It consists of a single or double shot of brewed espresso and water.
- Americano is mostly water
- It was created for American soldiers in the 2nd world war to cater their need of strong French coffee.
- The only state in the U.S that grows coffee commercially in Hawaii
In a cup, add ¼ of espresso, ½ cup of water and serve.
Accompany With: Classic Baklava
8. Irish Coffee
As the name indicates it was originated in Ireland in 1942.
It’s basically a cocktail consisting of Irish whiskey, hot coffee, and sugar.
The original recipe also has cream, which is not whipped but drinks made with whipped cream is also known as Irish coffee.
- People celebrate the National Irish Coffee Day on 25th of January
- Buena Vista café in San Fransisco was the first café who served Irish coffee in the U.S. This café also holds the Guinness book of the world record of 15 gallons of Irish coffee
- Coffee has more caffeine in it than energy drinks
Take a cup, add Irish whiskey and ½ cup of brewed coffee in it, then top it with whipped cream and enjoy!
Frappe originated from Greece in the 19th century.
Its greek version was made in 1957. It’s very popular in cafés of Greece.
Frappe is a French word and it means ‘to strike’ but in case of Frappe the drink it means chilled.
- People celebrate the National Frappe Day on October 7th.
- It is known that frappe was invented by an accident by a Nestle’s employer.
- Coffee is actually a form of fruit. Yes, coffee berries are edible fruit that contains coffee beans in it.
- Take a glass and add sugar and 1 tsp coffee in it, then add ½ cup water, keep blending.
- Add ice cubes and enjoy the drink!
10. Black Eye coffee
In every region, there is a different name for this coffee.
It is actually a cup of coffee with a shot of espresso.
- The Blackeye coffee is also known as red eye, dead dye, and turbo
- Coffee is really good for your skin care
- Coffee wasn’t always used to be a beverage. In fact, it was originally made to be eaten. In Ethiopia, a farmer saw that his animal was eating a particular plant and sort of developed an addiction towards it. Turned out it was a coffee plant, the farmer tried it himself and he felt energized and alert. For years, it was eaten before it was ground and brewed into a beverage. Interesting, no?
To make black eye coffee add ¼ cup of espresso and brew coffee keeping them 4:1 in a ratio.
11. Yuan-Yang Coffee
This particular type of coffee originated from Hong Kong.
It’s a mixture of coffee and tea. This drink is very popular in China and Hong Kong.
- You can take Yuan Yang coffee as both hot and cold drinks.
- In Ethiopia, this type of coffee is called as spreeze.
- The National Institute of Health says that people who drink 4 or more cups of coffee in a day are 10% less likely sad due to the antioxidants present in it.
2. Now add ice cubes and black tea and enjoy!
12. Flat white coffee
Both Australia and New Zealand claim that this particular type of coffee has been originated in their continent.
It’s known to be invented in 1990s. Its base is espresso and Flat white coffee is similar to café au lait and latte.
- It’s one of the milkiest coffees available
- The Flat white economy term was used to describe London’s internet, media, and creative business network.
- Researchers have shown that coffee actually helps in reducing stress level.
Add a single or double shot of espresso in a cup, then add steamed milk or milk foam over it and serve!
Its origin is Italy and it’s a drink based on espresso with hot milk and added chocolate.
It’s also known as hot chocolate. In other variants, white chocolate or cocoa powder is also used.
- Did you know that there are more than 60 plants that contain coffee in them?
- Did you know that the light roasts have more caffeine in them compared to dark roasts?
- In a study that includes 130,000 people, those who drank 1-3 cups of coffee per day had 20% less chance of suffering from abnormal heart rhythms.
- To make a cup of mocha take ¼ cup of espresso and add ¼ cup of chocolate syrup in it.
- Then add 2/3 cup of steamed milk in it and serve!
It’s originated from Italy and it is a kind of dessert.
A vanilla scoop topped with hot espresso and viola, you have an Affogato.
- The world’s largest cup of coffee had 2010 gallons made by Gourmet Gift Baskets in Las Vegas on Oct, 2015
- A 20 person office drinks 62 cups per day.
- Most Expensive coffee in the world is ‘Kopi Luwak’.
- Take a cup and add 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream and mix with 3 tbsp of brewed coffee or espresso.
- Sprinkle shaved chocolate on its top and enjoy!
Breve is actually the American version of a latte. It is made by mixing half and half milk and cream with espresso.
- Did you know that coffee is the world’s 2nd most traded Commodity?
- The largest coffee consumer state is the United States
- September 29th is celebrated as The National Coffee Day in the United States
Add ½ cup of espresso in a cup and ½ cup of steamed half and half, then pour milk foam on top and enjoy!
16. Café Au Lait
Café Au Lait’s place of origin is France. It is a mixture of coffee and hot milk.
In its different variations, steamed milk or scalded milk is used.
If you want to make it at home, you can use heated milk and dark coffee.
- 4 cups of coffee daily reduce the chances of diabetes by 50 %
- 65% of coffee consumption takes place during breakfast hours
- Coffee is the 2nd most popular drink in the world after water
Take a cup and add ½ cup of espresso in it ½ cup of steamed milk and enjoy a perfect cup of coffee!
12 best sandwiches from around the world
There are few meals as simple as the humble sandwich. Sweet or savoury, elaborate or plain, there is no time of day when one cannot eat a sandwich.
From the Sunday morning bacon butty to the tea-time cucumber and cream cheese, we are a nation of sandwich-lovers.
And the versatile food is being celebrated with its very own week - yes, we are currently in National Sandwich Week.
But we Brits aren’t the only ones partial to bread topped and filled with delicious things, and sandwich style varies across the world.
In honour of this most noble of weeks, online chef store sousvidetools.com have shared the classic sandwich of various nations around the globe.
So if you’ve always wanted to know where you should live based on your sandwich tastes, all has now been revealed:
5 of Anthony Bourdain’s Best Recipes to Try If You Haven’t Yet
The original bad boy of food TV, Anthony Bourdain has kept his career going strong for decades.
Bourdain’s latest show, Parts Unknown, takes an even closer look at the culture, politics and circumstances surrounding the foods of cities and countries around the world than his previous endeavors, but at the end of the day, the guy still knows how to own the kitchen.
In honor of Bourdain’s upcoming 60th birthday (can you believe it?) on June 26 and the release of his new cookbook Appetites, we’ve rounded up some of his best recipes. Just like the star himself, they’re robust and loaded with flavor.
If there is one thing I think you can count on with the French when it comes to cooking, it’s their knack for taking things up a notch in the grand pursuit of edible bliss. Usually – and quite rightly! – this involves the addition of (more) butter, (more) cream, (more) cheese or simply (more) flavour!
Take the humble grilled ham and cheese sandwich. While the rest of the world will slap a piece of ham and cheese between two bits of floppy bread and call it lunch, the French are dining on THIS:
Need further convincing? I submit the following!
Paris Mash – The world’s most ridiculously decadent mashed potato
Potato Dauphinoise – A simple potato bake, but hit with lashings of cream and cheese!
Beef Bourguignon – Arguably the king of all stews, packed with flavours of red wine, bacon and rich, lip-smacking beef stock!
French Onion Soup – Who else but the French would insist on standing around stirring onions at the stove for an hour to extract maximum possible flavour?
OK, so I share those thoughts in jest! The true origins of Croque Monsieur actually remain largely unknown. Tales range from French workers who left their lunch boxes too close to a hot radiator, to a Parisian bistro owner who had to improvise when he ran out of baguettes (hard to imagine in France!)
Whether borne of an accident or the mind of an ingenious French chef, we can all agree a world with Croque Monsieur in it is a happier place (though my butt may not agree!)
1 It’s Not The Healthiest Dinner Option
OK, so you probably know that the Big Mac is not exactly the healthiest choice for dinner. But do you know exactly how unhealthy it is?
In its standard form, the Big Mac has 520 calories, 28 grams of fat, and 950 mg of sodium. To put this in perspective, an average 35-year-old male who weighs about 180 lbs. should eat about 2,500 calories to maintain his weight, so a Big Mac alone would account for a fifth of his entire daily intake.
Meanwhile, the American Heart Association suggests that adults consume no more than 1,500 mg of salt per day. So eat one Big Mac, and you might need to go on a sodium fast for the rest of the day! But let's face it, once in a while, it's totally worth it!