the sandwich club

USA Sandwich Adventure Part 1 – Cardiff, Washington, Charlottesville, New York

Posted in Reviews by thesandwichclub on June 6, 2010

Wednesday 28th April 2010, and a long day or so of travel is ahead that will take in car, coach, plane, train and feet.  Travel plans for the next 10 days are leave Cardiff and fly from Heathrow to New York JFK, wait for 8 hours to catch a flight to Washington and then on to Charlottesville, Virginia.  After staying in Charlottesville for 4 days the journey will be reversed, stopping in New York for 6 days and then returning home to Cardiff.

Breakfast consisted of a fried egg sandwich with brown sauce. A staple that after years of practice I’ve perfected pretty well.  For the coach journey I prepare goats cheese with vodka mustard on granary bread, completed with a stylish sandwich bag.

I’m not a fan of travelling by coach but the journey thankfully passes quickly due to excitable talk of holidays and the consumption of the goat’s cheese sandwich, which was very tasty indeed. At this point I shall summarise the airport and flight in figures:

2 films, watched

1 roast beef dinner, consumed

1 Gu chocolate and raspberry compote, enjoyed (ditto 1 Gu brownie)

Several glasses of red wine, guzzled

2 toilet breaks, accomplished

2 special police and sniffer dog checks, passed (!)

2 1litre bottles of duty free Jack Daniels, purchased

And after this, we arrive at New York JFK airport.

USA Day 1 – It’s pretty difficult trying to find a decent sandwich at a major airport at 3:08am, this is the task that is presented to me and as a sandwich clubber with 10 days of American sandwich exploration ahead is a challenge I duly accept.

The only ‘real’ sandwich eatery adorning the predictably sterile and familiarly dull tie rack littered retail outlets is an Upper Crust.  Regular rail travellers will be acquainted with it. However, it is closed, and the only other option seems to be Peets Coffee and Tea.  I opt for a honey baked ham & swiss (economical with the use of the word ‘cheese’ presumably to avoid any obesity induced corporate lawsuit).  Coming in at $7.99 I can only guess that the pre-election Gordon Brown bigot induced nuclear fallout has caused mass inflation and economic panic that I’ve been oblivious to whilst high above the Atlantic ocean for seven and half hours, subsequently resulting in a pretty small sandwich costing $7.99!

It was just about the right side of tasty and the sour dough was a welcome touch however the best way to describe it would be ‘limp’.  The ham was soggy, the lettuce wilted and the cheese tasteless.  So, first American sandwich of the trip and not a brilliant start.

It was a pleasantly short flight to Washington, Dulles airport and we decide some breakfast is in order. We head to Cosi, apparently because life should be delicious.

If that doesn’t sell you, I don’t know what will. I went for a Cosi Club bagel with egg, bacon, cheese and tomato, price $3.49. It was very nice, lots of egg, although the last time I checked bagels were round and had a hole in the middle.

After just over a day’s travel, were ready for our last flight to Charlottesville and finally some respite from planes and airports.

In Part 2…Some actually amazing sandwiches including Market Street Market deli, Charlottesville and the world famous Katz’s Deli, New York!

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