October 11

The Breakfast Club Sammy, The Edible Version

I chose the theme for this month’s Let’s Lunch* post, and it’s all about guilty pleasures. (Click here to jump down to everyone’s drool-worthy treats, like Mars Bars Slices and biscuits and gravy!) With Halloween — my favorite holiday — nigh, I thought it was time to bust out a sandwich with candy, a big-time guilty pleasure, […]

September 27

Fall Sammies, Filipino Style!

I had a hankering for more pork and apples after making the Apple Pie Sandwich for September’s Let’s Lunch post. So I bought a couple pounds of cubed pork butt and stewed up some adobo for a fall twist on a Filipino classic. The hallmarks of traditional Filipino adobo — at least the way my […]

September 12

September = Apple Pie Sandwich Time

Pies are love. And I looove pies. So much so that the boy I was dating in 1995 promised me a “life of pie” and I practically married him on the spot. Okay, not really, no rings were ever exchanged. But while the boyfriend didn’t last, his vow did. My world has been packed with […]

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 […]

July 12

The Tot Head: A Simple Sandwich For The Munchies

You don’t have to be high to get the munchies (though it makes watching Bram Stoker’s Dracula a lot more fun; don’t ask how I know this), which is why it’s the July theme for Let’s Lunch*. That, and because fellow Let’s Luncher Cheryl Tan has a short story in the new Akashic Books anthology, […]

July 02

A July 4th Treat: Marshmallow Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Happy July 4th, everyone! My Sandwich Surprise for this holiday week is something that anyone can whip up for their BBQ parties: The Marshmallow Ice Cream Sammy! I was never an Oreo girl. The love of my cookie life has always been Nabisco’s Marshmallow Sandwich. That love has been unrequited since the ‘80s, when Nabisco […]

June 26

A Scrabble Surprise — And Mystery Sandwich Hints

I’m super excited about my grocery list for this week’s Sandwich Surprise. I can’t tell you what’s on it exactly, but I’ll drop two clues. Nabisco inspired this sammy. Graham flour will play a role. (I think.) But here’s a list (alphabetized a la iTunes) that I can share with you. First, what do Madonna, […]

June 19

The Persian: The Reveal

This sandwich is based on one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Back in December, my friend Serena (who tried my Duck Fat-Roasted Cauliflower Steak with Prosciutto on Lavender Sourdough sammies back in April) took me to her family’s favorite place: Shalezeh on 1420 Third Avenue between East 80th and 81st Streets in Manhattan. […]