Evoke Holiday memories with a Sandwich!




This week, the crew are Sure Maritime travel have paused to consider the sandwich, that magnificent unit of consumption. The existence of the sandwich can be seen as a marker of civilization. There can be no sandwich without mono-crop agriculture, mechanisms to grind flour, fuel for ovens, and tools to slice the bread. Because a sandwich is a blank slate, it can be perfectly evocative of its time and place, and indeed, your travels! In the dance-off between sandwiches and lived experience, it is often the sandwich we remember best.

This year, the sandwich is 250 years old!

Bánh Mì, Hoi An, Vietnam

“Outside the market in Hoi An there’s a lady selling bánh mì from a stall that’s pretty unbeatable. I get mine with everything on it—including a fried egg. That’s the kicker.” —Anthony Bourdain, chef, author, and host of No Reservations and The Layover. 




Croque-Monsieur, Paris

“This classic has a few twists that make it a pleasant surprise. It’s made with jamón ibérico and with mozzarella instead of Gruyère, and is filled with black truffles.” —Adrian Moore, concierge at Mandarin Oriental, Paris, and food blogger


Roast Pork in a Bridge Roll, London

“I love any pork sandwich, but particularly this one slathered with Bramley-apple sauce and topped with cracklings and Maldon salt. It reminds me of growing up in Birmingham.” —April Bloomfield, chef and author of A Girl and Her Pig





Chicken Philly Cheesesteak, Philadelphia

“I am a Philly guy, born and bred. My favorite sandwich is, of course, a cheesesteak. I don’t eat red meat, so I opt for chicken with American cheese, onions, sweet peppers, and ketchup.” —Michael A. Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia  

A Gatsby is a South African style of deli sandwich very similar in content and method of preparation as a hoagie in the USA. It is mostly popular in the Western Cape Province.

Gatsbies usually consist of long bread rolls cut lengthwise and opened up to form a sort of cradle which is filled with various fillings. While the choice of filling in a Gatsby varies widely depending on customer preference and vendor, one standard item is usually hot chips.

Different varieties of Gatsbys includemasala steak, chicken,polony, Vienna sausage, calamari,fish and chargrilled steak.

Gatsbies originated in the Cape Flats area of Cape Town, where people would often buy large rolls and fill them with whatever leftovers they had, and split them four ways. This practice has carried on in modern times, with gatsbies being bought in full, half or quarter sizes.

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