Thursday, July 14, 2005

TAGS food

Eat Fresh as in Sparse, Wilted

On the way to Green Lakes Tuesday we stopped off at a local Subway for lunch, planned to take it to go--for picnicking in the sun at the state park.

D. and Ph. ordered before me, D. getting the usual turkey simple and Ph. something adventurous-else (ham?).  He wanted to order the dressings I usually get, but we didn't figure that out until later on in the car.  I'll say in just a second what the preferred Subway sandwich dressings are, but first I want to be clear about a gripe I have with the sandwich shop and so many of its franchises.

Occasionally, I order a Veggie Delight, Subway's all vegetable fare (foot-long, of course, so I don't dwindle away).  When I ordered a Veggie Delight the other day, one patent and widespread Subway sandwich-making bias was eminent:  sandwiches require meat.  The sub I took from the store was disappointingly light, airy; it was a sub with room to spare for meat, in this sense.  A dressings sub; toppings as accessory rather than feature.  But I ordered a sandwich featuring vegetables; no delight in the disconcertingly thin toppings I found there.

I could solve this recurrent mini-crisis by ordering a sub with meat.  I'm fond of the Spicy Italian sandwich, for example, and I get the same dressings on it that I ask for on a Veggie Delight.  The Spicy Italian is hearty; the Veggie Delight: like a Spicy Italian without the meat.  It's thin, feeble.  I'm interested in a heartier veggie sub.  How nice it would be.

To be more solution oriented, here's a list of precepts for veggie-sub making.  Subway, take these to heart:

If I order a Veggie Delight, I

1.  am not necessarily a fanatic vegetarian who wants a dinky, empty sandwich.
2.  don't want the butts and ends of either tomatoes or jalapenos.  Please don't put them on my sandwich.  I'm begging you. 
3.  want reasonably fresh tomatoes and double the normal allotment of lettuce.  The other day, for instance, one of the sandwich makers was switching old tomatoes into a new tomato container by tonging them one at a time into the new bucket.  The manager intervened by telling the sandwich maker she was going too slow.  She responded: "I didn't think we should have the old juice on the new tomatoes."  The manager, saying nothing, grabbed the old plastic bucket and flipped it onto the new bucket, dumping the juice and dreg-tomatoes onto the fresh.  Sandwich maker made a face expressing eeeww!.
4. prefer fresh lettuce.

That's it.  That's all I've got.  So much to ask?

Now, about the optimal toppings (the ones Ph. was trying to simulate without asking for help):  American cheese (or not...this is no real difference-maker), lettuce, tomato, onion.  Green peppers, black olives, jalapenos. Salt, pepper, vinegar, oil.  One line of yellow mustard and two-three lines of mayo.  (Yeah, I leave the pickles, cucumbers and banana peppers for the next person in line.  Considerate, eh?  Go ahead and have a whole sub chocked with 'em.).

Perhaps my expectations for fast food are too high.  The make-it-in-front-of-you-at-a-glass-counter dynamic probably contributes to my sense that the Veggie Delight is diminishing in a worker-assembly habit clearly conditioned by the dressing of meat-filled sandwiches.  I hope one day to have a good Veggie Delight, and yet, as I say that, it makes good sense to me that I might, instead, forget about getting decent vegetables at any kind of fast food joint.  Hell, I could just as easily go to McDonald's or Taco Bell and order a salad to more quickly restore the Delight I'm supposed to experience when I order a meager veggie sub from Subway.  Must be some lesson to take from all of this.

Bookmark and Share Posted by at July 14, 2005 4:20 PM to Gobstuff

There's a simple solution to the problem. Carry a can of beans and a loaf of bread with you and savour a delightful veggie sandwich anytime you wish. They're hardy too :)

Posted by: pops at July 14, 2005 8:53 PM

That'd work. But I'd have to carry a can opener to the beach. Completely uncool (and Ph. would tell me so).

Posted by: Derek at July 14, 2005 8:55 PM

LOLOLOL! Can of beans + bread!! They do make Bush's beans with the pop-tab top, so you wouldn't need a can opener. Or if you have a Swiss Army or Leatherman--those would be "cool" can openers.

PBJ is also veg--and transportable. Chunky PB will keep you from wilting away. :)

As will pancake-stuffed chicken breast smothered with breakfast syrup. >blecch

Posted by: madeline at July 14, 2005 10:36 PM

Funny (you're not helping me out, Madeline). I was already at Subway (on the family outing); I was at the counter. It was my turn to order. "Oh no, I'm not having anything. I have my bean and bread sandwich right here." That'd make Ph. proud.

On the pancake chicken: I hope to never ever eat anything like that again.

Posted by: Derek at July 15, 2005 8:47 AM

LOLOLOL!!--> you telling the zitty subway teen-aged 'sandwich artist' you'll "have your bean and bread sandwich RIGHT HERE!!" OMG!!! LOLOLOL!! >wipes tears from eyes

Here's another Subway slam you might enjoy:

Apparently, it's all "fat-ass Jared's fault."

[must. stop. laughing.]

Posted by: madeline at July 15, 2005 10:58 PM

I know what you mean about the "butts" of vegetables in your veggie sandwhich. Blech. I'll never eat Subway.

Posted by: jenny at July 17, 2005 8:45 AM

I'm glad you enjoyed this so completely, M.

Jenny, seems like the very least they could do is drop the butts into a compost heap, or maybe a crudwich vat for people who can't make up their minds--a stew of butts and outcast vegetable pieces, I mean. Yeah, Subway. I don't eat there often, but when I do--dashed hopes.

Posted by: Derek at July 17, 2005 7:16 PM

Completely. You know how something just makes you laugh, and other people look at you as though you're huffin' glue?

Yeah. That was me. Bread-n-bean. Still makes me hiccup a little. :)

Posted by: madeline at July 17, 2005 8:28 PM