In the United States every November on the third day of the month marks national sandwich day. It is a day where the sandwich a very versatile meal is celebrated nationally.
So, before we get any further in understanding this day, and continue speaking about the meal that the day is named after. Let’s first briefly touch on the origins of the “sandwich”.
Many say it was named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. He claimed that he was the inventor, and ever since the name just stuck, and no one never really challenged him on his claim.
Who would have ever thought that something as simple as a sandwich would get its own day?
There was a rumor that stated bread and meat sustained Lord Sandwich for hours on in, while he sat at the gambling table. Lord Sandwich in some circles was known as a very conversant gambler, and he didn’t really take the time to enjoy large meals while at the gambling table.
Whenever he became hungry, it is documented that he would request that one of his servants bring him slices of meat between two slices of bread. This way of ordering bread and meat became synonymous with Lord Sandwich, and eventually all of his fellow gambling friends would also request the same meal as “Lord Sandwich”.
This process eventually grew in popularity, and this was how the “sandwich” was born. A simple request gave birth to a meal that so many around the world enjoy on a daily basis.
Lord Sandwich was a man who was dedicated to the Navy, Politics, and the arts. The was basically an aristocrat who would always enjoy a good sandwich whenever he had the time to, which was basically whenever he wanted to have one being that he was high on the social ladder, and economically he was able to have the means to have the best meat, and highest quality bread.
Although bread with two pieces of meat, or two pieces of cheese with meat had been around for centuries. The term “sandwich” wasn’t coined, and used to refer to this meal, until it was done by Lord Sandwich.
Today a sandwich doesn’t even necessarily have to contain meat or bread. You can have an ice cream sandwich, an oreo cookie can be considered as a “sandwich,” although it is a cookie.
A sandwich today is anything with the same thing on both sides with anything different in the middle. Hamburgers with two buns and meat on the inside is also somewhat a sandwich. Every morning people will wake up to their favorite breakfast sandwich, it’s a great gift for yourself.
A BLT or another one of their favorites. Sometimes if you want to get creative with this dish you can get in the kitchen, and create a totally new dish of your own. The sandwich is such a versatile meal that there isn’t just one way to make it.
There aren’t just one set of ingredients either. Someone who might love a tuna fish sandwich might not like a Philly cheesesteak. Some people love mayonnaise on their sandwich, while others don’t.
It is certainly a meal that you can have on the go, you can have it in many locations like in a park, in the woods, or sitting around at a table.
Some sandwiches can be messy, but many are easy to just eat on the go. You can get a well- balanced meal in a sandwich, and you can also get an unhealthy sandwich; it all depends on what you like.
It all depends on how you create the sandwich that you’re eating. You are the architect of this delicious meal that you’re dining on.
Many cultures around the world will also have their very own cultural sandwiches. So, it is fair to say that no matter where you may be in the world you are sure to come across some type of sandwich.
The most basic of them all, or at least one of the most basic is the good old peanut butter, and jelly sandwich that we enjoy from a young age. It’s a sandwich that we never really stop enjoying, and many of us grow up, and become adults still enjoying a good peanut butter, and jelly sandwich.
A great sandwich transcends cultures. It is something that if created right everyone will be able to enjoy. Everyone will be able to just sit-back, and make their taste buds savior in how great a well-crafted sandwich is. The taste is one that is to die for, and you will always remember that great sandwich place that you been to.
You will always think about it, and can’t wait for the moment when you’re able to return to that nice sandwich place to pick up another one.
A sandwich is definitely a meal that is a global food. More than twenty million sandwiches are consumed daily on a global scale. You would probably be hard-pressed to find a person on earth who doesn’t eat some type of sandwich.
It is a universal mean, and we celebrate the sandwich on national sandwich day in the United States in the month of November on the third day of the month. A day where a wonderful meal is created and celebrated. For this day we shall create our own sandwich and enjoy.
Hopefully you’re also creating one, and you’re enjoying every bite!
Happy National Sandwich day!