world food – the club sandwich

Anyone who has traveled abroad has most likely faced a little gastronomical culture shock. While sampling regional and local food is one of the delights of traveling, there are times when you've had enough, or what is in front of you is too far out of your comfort zone. Having a bowl put in front of you that contains something that looks like spiders floating in a broth can really bring this on in a hurry and make you start thinking longingly of a Wendy's drive-thru.

Of the places I've been, there has been an item that has repeatedly solved the problem when options and common language are limited: the club sandwich. Almost anywhere in the world, it seems, this is available, or there is at least enough knowledge of what one is to put together something similar. Pair a club sandwich with a Coke, and you can rise from the ashes once again. Even the name "club sandwich" seems to carry over in many other languages just in case you don't have a common word with the person with whom you are talking.

In the USA, the club sandwich is a favorite of mine when I'm traveling and having to rely on roadside diners like Waffle House or Denny's. The "club" is reasonably healthy, and even a bad one is non-greasy and lacking in that bad-diner taste. In Mexico, where I have traveled extensively, the "club" is also everywhere, but Mexican food is no longer out of my comfort zone, in fact I crave it. The only Mexican dish I have found so far that I cannot eat is called menudo. GD nasty!

So, if you're having a difficult food day, go for the club. Tangier, São Paulo, Skopje, Havana, Washington DC, they are all going to make you one. 🙂

14 responses to “world food – the club sandwich

  1. Yeah. A club's a club. You pretty much know what you'll get and it looks about the same each time.PS: Its raining here!!! First showers of the year as I type this!

  2. A sandwich is my favourite food. A club sandwich? Well, you're spoiling me now. :yes:

  3. When I was a long haul truck driver years ago, Subway sandwiches were a staple.

  4. I kept them to Veggie Only. It was usually the only vegan food for miles in any directions.

  5. Originally posted by 0x29a:

    Subway sandwiches were a staple.

    I have to order carefully there. Veggie subs are a-ok. Anything with chicken on it is like cat food. Might as well be called Little Friskies on white. 😀

  6. Originally posted by 0x29a:

    Her response? "The lettuce?"

    I got a good laugh out of that one. Thanks.Yeah, most drivers are big as hell, though once in awhile a little one goes by. Cigarette smoking seems chronic in that profession, too.

  7. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    Another interesting facet of your life.

    *blush* Thanks. Sometimes, I miss driving. I was the only driver I knew that lost weight driving. I'll always remember looking at a waitress in North Platte, NE and asking her, "is there anything on this menu that does not contain animal products?" Her response? "The lettuce?" I can't tell you how many plain baked potatoes with a side of tomato and onion I'd eaten while out on the road.I still have a Class A, but I let the hazmat endorsement expire. Maybe someday I'll go back to driving.

  8. Originally posted by 0x29a:

    When I was a long haul truck driver years ago

    That almost got by me. Another interesting facet of your life. :up:

  9. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    Cigarette smoking seems chronic in that profession, too.

    Yeah, roger that! I was up to almost two packs a day at one point. It's nice that I no longer smoke.Funny that we're have this conversation. I still have my CB and in just the last day have been getting ready to sell it. It's been tuned and puts out about 35 watts.

  10. Originally posted by 0x29a:

    I still have my CB

    I like that! I still have several including a few from the 70's. One has a silver D-104 power mike on it.

  11. One of my friend who study abroad in America said that she couldn't eat America food for the first 3 months. She miss the Vietnam food and got angry when I posted pictures of Vietnamese food on her facebook 😆

  12. Originally posted by pthhieubilly:


    All expectations exceeded! :up:

  13. Originally posted by pthhieubilly:

    She miss the Vietnam food

    I think Vietnam is a paradise of good food. :chef:

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