Sandwich Day (Or National Sandwich Day)

November 3 is Sandwich Day. No one seems to know why this date was chosen. I read a couple of different sites that claimed it is the anniversary of the birth of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, after whom the sandwich is named, but more reputable sources, such as the Encyclopaedia Britannica say that he was born on November 13. But whether or not we know why, November 3 is definitely Sandwich Day.

I’m sure by now most have heard the story (possibly apocryphal) of how the sandwich was invented. The Earl didn’t want to stop playing cards (or work, according to some) to eat, so he ordered his meat brought to him between two slices of bread, which was both portable and wouldn’t get grease on the cards. According to some sources, this is perhaps the most noteworthy thing he did during his lifetime. At any rate, people liked the idea, and began ordering their food “The Same as Sandwich,” and eventually just “a sandwich.” By the way, Sandwich originally meant “Market Town with Sandy Soil.”

So today is a day to have your favorite sandwich (in America, it’s the hamburger, or for purists who don’t consider that a proper sandwich, the chicken sandwich) or for trying a new one. You might find good deals at your local eatery on sandwiches this day. Subway, combining the celebrating of the day with good deeds, is offering a free sub with the purchase of a sub and a drink, and a donated meal for Feeding America.

Happy eating!


Quotes about sandwiches

I made a sandwich out of things. I’m an American. We can eat anything as long as it’s between two pieces of bread.–Jim Butcher

“You alarm me!” said the King. “I feel faint—Give me a ham sandwich!”–Lewis Carroll

The idea of a sandwich as a snack goes back to Roman times. Scandinavians perfected the technique with the Danish open-faced sandwich, or smorroebrod, consisting of thinly sliced, buttered bread and many delectable toppings.–DeeDee Stovel

Perhaps getting something you want is never a coincidence. If you want a cheese sandwich and you get a cheese sandwich, that can’t be a coincidence, can it?–Nick Hornby

Jane stood beside silver platters of cucumber sandwiches and smoked salmon sandwiches and savory-sweet ham sandwiches and open-faced sandwiches with thickly spread butter and fresh mint.–Jessic Lawson

Too few people understand a really good sandwich.–James Beard

There are sandwich shops in New York which offer the nobility and gentry a choice of no less than 100 different sandwiches, all of them alluring and some of them downright masterpieces.–H. L. Mencken

Do not make a stingy sandwich; Pile the cold cuts high. Customers should see salami coming through the rye.–Alan Sherman

When I was a boy there were only three kinds of sandwiches in common use – the ham, the chicken and the Swiss cheese. Others, to be sure, existed, but it was only as oddities.  Even the club sandwich was a rarity, and in most eating-houses it was unobtainable. The great majority of people stuck to the ham and the Swiss cheese, with the chicken for feast days and the anniversaries of historic battles.–H. L. Mencken

My favorite sandwich is peanut butter, baloney, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise on toasted bread with catsup on the side.–Hubert H. Humphrey

Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.—George Carlin

Call me All-American, but I love Ham and Cheese sandwiches. And not just any old ham and cheese sandwich… My mother’s is the best. I’ve tried many times to make these sandwiches on my own, but it’s never the same.—Andy Roddick

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