2077. Enrique’s sandwich bar

Enrique came up with a brilliant plan. His sandwich bar in the side street downtown had been doing poorly. He estimated that within a week he would have to close down. The rent had become impossible. Fewer and fewer lunchtime patrons seem to call. A drastic change was called for; perhaps a final fling.

Enrique’s brilliant plan was this: he would go bizarre. The Bizarre Sandwich Bar had a ring to it. It was everything or nothing.

Lots and lots of strange combinations ensued: banana and lettuce sandwiches, tomato and honey sandwiches, leek and strawberry sandwiches… There was no end to Enrique’s imagination. People were in for a risk; a dare. Have you tried Enrique’s peanut butter and dried apricot sandwich?

Can I have just a plain ham sandwich please? Certainly not; there’s nothing bizarre about that.

Enrique’s experiment was a complete flop.

63 thoughts on “2077. Enrique’s sandwich bar

  1. Herb

    At least he tried. We actually did have a shop that did any sort of peanut butter and jelly you could imagine. Any kind of nut butter, any kind of jam or jelly, or, for The Elvis, bananas and honey and peanut butter. It was interesting and exotic. And a flop.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Simon, you have always been an imaginative foodie. You have inspired me many a time – most recently into making marmalade. And I ended up making not rhubarb chutney but zucchini chutney (I can’t spell courjettes).

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  2. Yvonne

    Here in the heart of Aussie land, one of our local cafes produces the most tasty BLT sandwich I have ever tasted. That doesn’t really fit the bizarre category, sorry to diverge.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I had to google PBJ – as they don’t sell jars of it here in New Zealand. Before my peanut allergy happened I used to love sandwiches of peanut butter and Jelly – which was a habit I picked up when studying in the States.

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      1. arlingwoman

        I think they used to (Jiff maybe) sea jars with a sort of peanut butter and jelly swirl, but most people just pull out two jars for the sandwich! Sorry about the peanut allergy. Those can be bad.

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          I haven’t heard from your blog for yonks and I was worried. Oh the fretzing of the blogs. I didn’t lose sleep – so don’t fret – but I worried about you. So there! (P.S. I made the word “fretzing” up, so don’t fret!),

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          1. arlingwoman

            Thank you Bruce. I have not written since October. My life in Covid times has just changed my routine and what I do for comfort. I was in the garden yesterday, so I hope to write again soon. I don’t like being out of touch with my fellow bloggers either. With some luck, things will be more normal by end of summer.

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  3. Vishal D

    This is very good! But it takes a certain panache to truly go bizarre. He should have served a blue cheese with Oreo, a dash of snail porridge, and spam sandwich for those who wanted a plain ham one.

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            1. Bruce Goodman Post author

              My mother once made vegetable ice cream. It was intended to be eaten as a side dish with the main meal. Everyone screamed with laughter so it could be considered to be a successful dish! Mum never cooked a recipe twice but kept a record of what she had made – so you never quite knew what you were going to get next. It was a hobby of hers!

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              1. Vishal D

                Your mother sounds like a fun person! I’d love to try some vegetable ice cream. I think it might actually be good. I’m planning on taking up cooking as a hobby. Maybe I’ll do what your mother did and keep changing things up. Sounds like a lot of fun!

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                  1. Vishal D

                    You’re a misunderstood genius Bruce. Heston Blumenthal once tried serving leeches, and people despised him for it, and he settled for bull’s bollocks disguised as fruit. It’s all about presentation in the end. And a little deception.

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                1. Bruce Goodman Post author

                  Everyone calls it a moth but it’s meant to be a bee! It is to remind myself that “If you want to gather honey you don’t begin by kicking over the beehive”. I read that in the Readers Digest when I was a kid and have never been able to stick to it!

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  4. Sarah Angleton

    I had a terrible aversion to peanut butter when I was pregnant the first time. Wouldn’t touch the stuff for 5 or 6 years. I’m ok with it now, though I am far more likely to eat it with chocolate that with apricot.

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