I ride my bike to work as much as I can throughout the year, which means I've got to carry clothes, lunch, and various other things in my backpack. Sometimes my lunch can leak, so I put it in a plastic bag. (You're wondering where this post is going...)
This morning, I pulled this bag out of the pile under the kitchen sink -- and I smiled.
The Market Basket is a great deli in Wyckoff (my home town in New Jersey)... which means this particular plastic bag traveled all the way from America to New Zealand with me last June! The sight of it instantly made my mouth water.
The Market Basket makes the best sandwiches in Wyckoff including my favorite, the "STJ" (smoked turkey with Jarlsberg cheese on a croissant -- melted). Yum.
And then there's my second favorite Market Basket sandwich, the Reuben (corned beef with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on rye).
Non-Americans please take note of the size of these sandwiches!
So far, I haven't come across a country that makes sandwiches anywhere near as well as those found in America. A particularly poor example of a sandwich is the English cucumber sandwich which usually consists of very fine slices of cucumber on buttered white bread. It's one of the few sandwiches in the world that has less calories in it than those burned by creating the sandwich itself (pathetic!).
While the French baguette, German Broetchen, and Italian panini may pass due to quality of bread, cheese, and ham, the American sandwich far surpasses its foreign competitors in terms of variety of meats and cheeses -- and of course by sheer size.
Systematic Sandwich Sampling -- European journey 2012
As for New Zealand sandwiches... nothing to write home about I'm afraid. But most of the time they'll get you through the afternoon.