Thursday, September 9, 2010
Sandwiches and Mediocrity
Sitting over a sandwich a while back, I effortlessly took this shot. It wasn't really a beautiful shot, a unique sandwich, or inspiring in any way. It got me thinking about eating, blogging, and talking about food. What percentage of Americans eat a sandwich on any given day? Of the masses, what percentage are eating a sandwich that looks something like this? I imagine many are more poverty stricken sandwiches than this one, but this one is a good example as there's nothing particularly special about it: mayo, mustard, lettuce, pickles, red onions, sprouts, and turkey. The same ingredients that can be had day in, day out in America, where the food changes little from season to season. Whether it's the dead of winter, or the height of summer, the tomatoes are always mealy and nearly inedible on their own. But for five bucks this huge sandwich is a step up from Subway or some other corporate chain that is sending Americans to an early grave. It's a meal that can be had just about anywhere in the union, and it's all very uninspiring.