With my coveted ticket to Jeff Mauro’s “Sandwich Showdown” in hand, I was pumped with excitement and trepidation. The New York City Wine and Food Festival was underway and I was about to partake. Two of my favorite things in the world were in abundant supply in this event space the size of an entire city block and I was stoked for a fattening, good time.Along with my friend and fellow blogger, Debbie Mitchell (The Blogger Connection), we were armed and ready for this sandwich showdown. Everywhere we turned there were amazing chefs preparing fantastic plates, overflowing with different types of foods slapped between two slices of bread. Meats, cheese, vegetables, lobster and more. There were hoagies, heros, grilled panini too. All I knew was that I was ready to rumble, and I was going to get my money’s worth.I couldn’t believe my eyes. Pastrami from Kutcher’s, Bahn Mi from Num pang, Grilled Cheese from Little Muenster, and even something called a thanksgiving sandwich present by Whole Foods. I was in heaven.As if that wasn’t enough, there were ice cream sandwiches, Udi’s Gluten free ones! My two favorite foods in the world. Sandwiches and ice creams sandwiches. What could be better?The voice inside my head said “Try them all, the ticket was expensive, the chefs all worked so hard”, but my pants were beginning to burst at the seams.Since it was a sandwich showdown, the attendees were asked to vote to choose the winner. Thus, it would also be unfair of me to vote for one without sampling them all. What’s a girl to do?How could I vote unless I tried them all 15 of the sandwiches in the competition? Try as I might, I think I tried at least 9 or 10. Go ahead, call me a pig. I don’t care!After 2 hours of gluttony and a little bit of chatting. I was ready to cast my vote. The majority of the crowd chose Marble Lane’s Kobe Beef Patty Melt, and I agreed, it was beyond delicious but a TEENY bit too salty for me. I gave my vote to Nam Pang’s Bahn Mi and Little Muenster’s Porcini Grilled Cheese with a side of Tomato Sauce.I was so stuffed that I couldn’t eat one more bite, and as I walked past Chef Ben from Luke’s lobster, his outstretched hand had a lobster roll in it, seemingly with my name on it. How could I pass up a free lobster roll? Right?
I began the weekend at my fighting weight of 123 pounds and my jeans were fitting very comfortably. The next day, my scale tipped over the 125 pound mark and I couldn’t zip my favorite jeans.Thank you Whole Foods, Food Network, and of course all of the chefs for your devotion and delicious meals. I’ll just have to put on a few extra miles on my bike this week. I will say this, this Sandwich Showdown was worth every dollar and every calorie.I’m looking forward to next year!###Take a minute to leave a comment and tell us your favorite sandwich.Meet Vicki Winters- Everyone who knows me, is aware that I am not shy about giving my opinion. Nor do I show any restraint when it comes to telling people how they can do things better. I’m an expert at that! My views are offered, even when not asked for, and because of this, I have become known as @MyBigFatMouth. Watch out, I’m brutally honest, but who would want it any other way? As a Blogger, this can be a good thing because companies like to dole out items for us to review and then we can blab about them. I am here to facilitate that goal! Some of my favorites have been reviewed on my site, The Vicki Winters Show,and I will continue to share my opinions.
Foodie Friday: A Sandwich Showdown-Vicki Votes For Her Favorite Sandwich
October 19, 2012 By 1 Comment