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February 07

Sochi Sliders!

Sochi has hardly been a shining beacon of hostdom, but Let’s Lunch* has made the Winter Olympics its theme for February, so to get in the spirit of things, I’m humming the Olympic theme song, like I did before I ran the torch for the Salt Lake City Games in 2002 … … and I’m […]

November 07

Honey Pecan Almond Cheesecake Sammy Bites

Ahhh, Thanksgiving. I cannot wait another three weeks for the holiday deliciousness to ensue. Luckily, it’s Let’s Lunch Friday*, and our theme this month is food we love to share with family and friends, so I baked up a Turkey Day preview: my secret almond cheesecake recipe. I came up with the recipe over years of […]

September 06

I Made A Smorgasburg Sammy!

Smorgasburg makes me happy to be a New Yorker. That’s where I discovered the genius that is Yuji Ramen, the ridiculously great mini s’mores from s’more bakery and my Filipino favorite, Lumpia Shack. Smorgasburg — a weekly weekend food mecca which calls itself “A Brooklyn Flea Food Market” — is also the first place I’ve […]

August 30

Cheesymite Sammies With Hot Abruzzese Sausage and Banana Pepper Rings

Even though I’ve never lived there, I get homesick for Australia all the time. I love reminiscing about the L.A.-like weather, the chill beach-town vibe and  the impossibly gorgeous harbor views I was lucky enough to see when I covered the Sydney Olympics for ESPN The Magazine 13 years ago. Sigh. But I really miss the food. […]

August 23

Fried Eggplant Wrap With Tamarind Pluot Chutney

Sandwich Surprise is back with a sweet and crispy, vegetarian-friendly wrap, inspired by authentic Pakistani paratha! I didn’t make the bread this time, because I bought the flatbread fresh from Shahi Snack & Foods, located in the back of a teeny Nepalese restaurant called Tawa Foods in Jackson Heights, Queens. The dual business spot was featured on a recent […]

February 28

Open-Faced Lemon-Parm Edamame Sammy on Wheat Pepper Bread

Happy Thursday! On offer today? Another veggie-friendly sammy, because I’m about to go on a tear of meatatarian recipes over the next few weeks. I came up with this spread because back in the days when I’d hit the salad bar at the Time Inc. cafeteria, the lemon juice-parm-edamame trifecta was my go-to. Here’s what […]

January 31

Ghee-Fried Spicy Chicken Sausage & Tomatillo Quick Pickle Sandwich Time!

I love sausage and pepper sandwiches, so I figured a spicy sausage sammy would be a good way to kick off Sandwich Surprise. And I had some leftover clarified butter, otherwise known as ghee (recipe below), left from an Indian dinner I cooked for a friend. Also, I have been wanting to quick-pickle something for […]