Tag Archives: surprise

December 22

JetBlue Sammy Surprise!

I got an early Xmas present on my flight to Florida: a seatmate named Sammy, a 30-pound King Charles lovebug. She and I cuddled up for a nap. What a sweet Sammy Surprise to cap off 2013. Happy holidays, everyone!

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 […]

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 […]

May 26

Summer Sliders: Steak with Fennel Apple Slaw

Time for another Sandwich Surprise road trip! I’m in Pittsburgh for Brant’s dad Dr. Tim’s 80th birthday bash, and Brant’s brother Tim just got engaged to Jenn, so many congrats and fun sammies for the whole family were in order. Because it’s Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to do something that could be grilled but […]

May 09

Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps with Kimchi Chips and Fried Rice

A philosophical Friday food question for you all: Are lettuce wraps sandwiches? To be honest, I didn’t think so when I launched Sandwich Surprise in January. But this week’s surprisee and baker extraordinaire, Grace, asked me if I could go breadless. So I did some research, i.e. Googled “lettuce wraps,” and it turns out that […]

April 12

Spring Break Sammy: Mofongo on Pork Rind Rolls!

It’s Let’s Lunch time again! Let’s Lunch is a fun and growing group of food bloggers from all over (England, Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, and other places I want to travel to, as well as the U.S.), and once a month, we all post on something related to a new theme. The topic this month: […]

April 09

Sandwich Surprise: The Florida Edition! Blue Chip-Crusted Chicken Cutlets on Bacon Bits Bread

This week’s Sunshine State sammy: Why the road trip? While I was on a beach/golf vacation in Ft. Lauderdale last week, I just couldn’t pass up the chance to take a Florida’s Turnpike road trip to my friend Michelle and her family’s home near Orlando. I worked with cover-writer-extraordinaire Michelle when I was an editor […]

March 22

Double Stack Steak & Eggs with Hot Cherry Peppers

Keeping it cheap and simple for a busy week and for marathons of March Madness! Here’s the sammy, on a Kilauea black sea salted, slightly sourdoughed baguette: DOUBLE STACK STEAK & EGGS WITH HOT CHERRY PEPPERS: Thinly sliced beef (you can use Steak-umms or roast beef, or carve up some leftover steak) 2 Eggs per […]