the sandwich club

PiPi’s, Church Street, Cardiff

Posted in Reviews by thesandwichclub on January 20, 2011

A good crowd was in attendance for the first full outing of 2011.  PiPi’s was the final destination after much in depth discussion on a suitable venue.

Greek cuisine is the order of the day with a fine selection of Greek cakes and savouries at the counter. Tucked away at the rear of the store is a fridge with a small selection of sandwich fillings.  A notice states that you can select up to 4 ingredients for a set price of £3.45 to eat in and £2.95 to take away.

 

The ingredients on offer are limited and out of the four attendees, I’m the only one to go for a sandwich! I chose salami, ham, olives and sun dried tomatoes on brown bread.

The other selections were as follows:

1x vegetarian penirili

2x spinach & ricotta slice

Here’s how it all rated, along with notable quote:

Vegetarian Penirli – feta, black olives and tomato.

“dough is amazing”

Spinach & Feta Slice

“hungry and it worked”

Ham, Salami, Olives, Sun dried Tomatoes, brown bread

“stiff meat”

Bundaberg ginger beer


Info on Australian Ginger Beer

Baklava

“Delicious. Very sweet!”

Overall it was a slightly disappointing sandwich selection, but this isn’t really what they specialise in. Although reasonably priced, some of the sandwich ingredients weren’t the freshest. The big disappointment was that salad counted as one of the 4 choices of ingredients! It’s a bit like having to pay extra to have seats put in a car, surely a little bit of rocket or lettuce could have come ‘as standard’.

The spinach and feta slices were a bit bland with the balance of feta to spinach not right, even the pastry seemed undercooked at the bottom.

Despite being underwhelmed by the slices their pastries are on the whole pretty good. PiPi’s is probably a better place to go  and relax with a strong black coffee and one of their home made Greek pastries.

Scores

Price: 2.5

Taste: 2.5

Look: 2

Service: 3

Originality: 3

Total: 13/20

(Although not the greatest score for it’s sandwiches, PiPi’s must be one of the only outlet’s I’ve come across in Cardiff to sell such a wide selection of Greek pastries.)

Late night sandwich making

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on January 14, 2011

Continuing the pictures I found on my phone theme, this sandwich was one of those late night concoctions, the perfect example of something quick to make and tasty to eat. Fresh wholemeal bread, ham off the bone and a good portion of prawn pasta salad* leftovers.

Although should pasta be allowed in a sandwich? The carbs in carbs issue has always been a topic of discussion. Additionally, the prawn and ham suggests some form of surf and turf scenario? This sandwich is clearly the product of hunger after a few pints.

*The prawn pasta salad was likely to be of the pre-packed kind purchased from Tesco.

Summertime | London to Paris

Posted in Features by thesandwichclub on January 11, 2011

Recently scrolling through some pictures on my mobile phone I came across some sandwich eating antics from last summer. Here is a selection of pictures that were taken on a cycle ride from London to Paris in an attempt to raise money for Cancer Research UK and the Alzheimer’s society.

The night before the ride consisted of eating plenty of carbohydrates.

Once into France the sandwich selection got very exciting. One of the most iconic French sandwiches and an absolute staple, the most welcomed croque monsieur.

This sandwich was consumed after a previous day’s ride of 100 miles and took less than 2 minutes to devour. Similarly, breakfast consisted of more French fancy by way of croissants with plenty of jam (preferably of the blackcurrant kind). Carbs and sugar were the preferred energy providers.

I shared a box of flapjacks for the journey with my friend and they really did the trick in times of need. Although I did give the body fuel nutrition drinks a go, it was the flapjacks that provided the taste sensation I craved and the energy to ride which made me most happy.

The end goal. London to Paris done! Over £2000 was raised for the charities which was fantastic. Thanks to Mike R, Mike J, Ian and Tim for some good times.

Stop Press: Sandwiches can cure a hangover.

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on January 6, 2011

An article published this week featured various hangover remedies from around the globe (a little too late for those of us who overindulged at New Year’s Eve last week).

Hangover Cures

According to the piece, Newcastle University have conducted research into the best hangover cures and have found that a Bacon Sandwich is the most effective hangover cure around!

A Typical Bacon Sandwich

At the Sandwich Club we were thrilled to find this out, confirming that sandwiches are indeed ace.

I had been pondering on a new year’s resolution and now I think I have the answer

Science has proven that by drinking more alcohol I can, and should, eat more sandwiches. Fact.

I’m off to the pub….

NB: A dose of Kevin Bacon in the morning is unlikely to cure a hangover.

I’m a celebrity, buy my food

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on January 5, 2011

I don’t tend to pick up on products that are steeped in endorsements from celebrities and such, and in the case of Jamie Oliver’s food product range this is certainly the case. Don’t get me wrong, its not that I dislike the man but it all smells a bit like another money making venture.

On a recent trip to a supermarket (also endorsed by Mr Oliver) I came across a few items from the product range. Trying to look past his face branded on the packaging I started reading the labels. Slightly impressed and combining the fact that the few items I picked up were on offer I purchased the tellicherry black peppercorns and a jar of green pesto.The tellicherry black peppercorns are grown along India’s Malabar Coast. With a very fruity scent these peppercorns are a welcomed change to the standard black peppercorn. The green pesto is made of crushed basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese. It is certainly the nicest off-the-shelf green pesto I have used. The parmesan hits your nose straight from the jar but is not too strong to overpower the subtleties of the basil.

Food tip: Combine both to make a sublime sandwich. I picked up some fresh wholemeal seeded bagels, lightly toasted and spread on some of the pesto. Added a few slices of Bavarian ham; some chopped sundried tomatoes, a handful of rocket and then a sprinkling of the tellicherry pepper. (I forgot to take a photo, so here is a picture of some wholemeal bagels).

Cocorico Patisserie

Posted in Reviews by thesandwichclub on January 2, 2011

It may have surprised us early this year but the inevitable snow day came where offices closed their doors and shops were raided for milk, bread and tins of soup. The Sandwich Club once again took advantage of the snowy weather, making a visit to Cocorico Patisserie.

Cocorico is a fairly new establishment specialising in French cakes and patisseries, the proprietors being French themselves. In addition to the bakery, there is a small café serving a selection of fresh baguettes, croque-monsieur, pastries and cakes.

First up was ham, emmental cheese and wholegrain mustard on a white baguette*. The bread was superb, having been baked fresh, and came topped off with a variety of seeds. The baguette was on the smaller size, but I liked this as I find most ‘normal’ sized baguettes just too much bread. The ingredients were fresh and all very tasty, a generous helping of rocket finishing it off perfectly.

Second was black forest ham, avocado and sun dried tomato on a brown baguette. Again the fresh homemade bread was a great starting point. The flavour of the ham was excellent and the overall flavour of the ingredients was very well balanced.

The service was welcoming and friendly and the prices were pretty reasonable for a sit in sandwich and drink. Other points of note were the tea being served in a FORLIFE teapot infuser (see previous post) and although not tasted on this occasion, the cakes by all accounts are pretty special and also very reasonably priced. An excellent establishment and well worth the trip.

Scores:

Price: 3

Taste: 4

Look: 3

Service:3

Originality:3

Total: 16/20

 

*Originally both sandwiches were requested on brown baguettes. However, they only had one brown bread baguette left. In the interests of fairness a decision was made via the trusted method of paper, scissors, stone.

want: FORLIFE stump teapot

Posted in Features by thesandwichclub on January 2, 2011

FORLIFE was established in January 1, 1994 by the ceramic designer and entrepreneur, Masa Fujii, in Los Angeles California. A design philosophy of FORLIFE is simplicity with function. FORLIFE believe products must have good meaning and good use for our everyday living. A design task at FORLIFE is to create something that will last for a long time, and something that will stay beautiful and fresh for a lifetime.

The stump teapot is certainly the perfect example of this. Fully fitted with a tea infuser for loose-leaf teas, whole-leaf teas or tea bags, its clean design and colour range is my ideal teapot. I particularly like the turquoise that reminds of the Bianchi Celeste colour way.