Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cuban Sandwich

Here is a Cuban sandwich, to get you through the Hump of the Week.

So far all my friends and family in Virginia and thereabouts seem to be fine after the earthquake and not troubled by Hurricane Irene.

While others were shaking, seeing things tip off the shelves onto the floor, hearing roof bricks clatter onto the sidewalk, and pouring out of their buildings onto the street (as I did once when a low-level quake hit Columbus, Ohio years ago....), I was having a Cuban Chicken Panini at Panera with Julie. And taking shelter from a thunderstorm.

Just so you know, there is a group at Facebook called People Against Panera's "Cuban" Sandwich, soon, it says, to be archived.

There are many defenders of the authentic Cuban sandwich, many variations (including an excellent Cuban sandwich at Reggie's in Normal), recipes galore, and, of course, Wikipedia gives us the history of the Cuban sandwich as well as current info, and the above picture.

I tasted my first Cuban sandwich at La Unica, a Cuban grocery store on Devon Avenue in Chicago, with a little cafe in the back where you can get sandwiches, rice & beans, and mamey shakes!

The traditional Cuban sandwich has pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard. Watch out for mayo or mayo sauces. Panera has a chicken version.

The important thing is the bread, lightly oiled, pressed, grilled...

Background music, "Drume Negrita," by Eliseo Grenet.

Enjoy the mameys.

10 comments:

Kim said...

Too many cuban sandwiches could, coincidentally, make one fat. But no corn, eh?

Kathleen said...

Possibly the pig ate corn. Or the chicken. And there is probably HFCS in the sauce, so decline the sauce....

Also the Swiss cheese might have come from an American cow? So she ate corn.

Yes, yes, it's Fat Wednesday in the blog....

Hannah Stephenson said...

Facebook groups say the darndest things...

Earthquakiness was so strange, indeed.

Kathleen said...

We had a temblor here in Illinois not too long ago, too, Hannah.

Maureen said...

The best Cuban food I've had in a long time was at an unassuming restaurant in Key West that locals pointed us to while we were visiting in May. The portions were huge.

Yesterday's earthquake was scary because so unexpected, and everyone failed the test by running outside. I lost a few pieces of irreplaceable artwork but otherwise we came through it ok. The noise preceding the violent shaking of the house was incredible. I thought there'd been an explosion somewhere close by (of gas or a plane, as we're in several flight paths). National Cathedral suffered some damage and there's a crack in the Washington Monument, but it's not leaning, contrary to those funny tweets yesterday. And I am hopeful Hurricane Irene will lose herself somewhere out at sea before working her way up the coast.

Kathleen said...

Maureen, so sorry about your stress and your art! I had heard about the crack in the Washington Monument. Sad, but of course the political jokes are already rolling in.

Kim, HFCS might even be in the mustard, alas.

Collagemama said...

HFCS is here, it's there, it's everywhere! Good reports from my family in the quake zone. Now I can relax!

Kathleen said...

Glad to hear all is well with your family.

Maybe they can fix the Washington Monument with HFCS.

Jayne said...

This makes me want to run down to the Cuban restaurant in the neighboring town. This Friday. That's it. I'm getting myself there... ;)

Kathleen said...

Yay!