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Episode #017: National Sandwich Day

Nov 3, 2020

Episode #017: National Sandwich Day

Episode Summary:

“It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms.” — Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Hello everyone! And welcome to The Happy Holiday Life! Today we will be talking about the delicious sandwich! Why is this food so popular? When was it made? Who made it? There are so many questions about this genius creation, so jump right in to learn more about the beloved sandwich!



  • “Sandwiches are officially here to stay! And, with the affordability and variation, have no chance of going anywhere into the future!” 
  • “The filling between the matzahs served as a reminder of the suffering of the Jews before their deliverance from Egypt and represented the mortar used by the Jews in their forced labor of constructing Egyptian buildings.” 
  • “But what is there to do when you have a full house in one hand, but an empty growl in your stomach? You ask your cook to bring you roast beef sandwiched in-between two slices of bread, and voila! The sandwich is born! But is that the complete story?” 
  • “My family and I have recently gotten into cauliflower hash browns. They are so amazing guys! They’re literally these medium-sized oval patties. And, what’s the best about them
    is you can use them like “buns” and sandwich eggs, cheese, jalapenos, onions, and sauce in between them and make a pretty epic breakfast sandwich!” 
  • “Because he was the first known person to do this, and because of his influence and stature in Palestinian Judaism, this practice was added to the Seder, and the Hillel Sandwich was named after him.”

Show Notes:


  •  The Sandwich:​ This wonderful meal is so easy to get made and served to anyone. You can make it hot, cold, multilayered, or just a simple grilled cheese! So let’s jump in and learn why this meal is so iconic, and everyone loves it! 
  • Americans and Their Sandwiches:​ Americans eat more than 300 million sandwiches a day! That’s insane! In 2019 there were 328.2 million Americans, so that means that pretty much all of us eat a sandwich every day! 
  • Sandwiches are Unlimited:​ You can create an unlimited variety of sandwiches! Have you ever asked yourself, is anything a sandwich if it squished in between two items? I think this is pretty true! 
  • My Family’s Sandwich​: my family and I love to do a cauliflower hash brown sandwich! And the way you make it is medium-sized oval patties, and, what’s best about them is you can use them like “buns” and sandwich eggs, cheese, jalapenos, onions, and sauce in between them. 
  • Ways to Make a Sandwich: ​you can use bread, lettuce, pancakes, bell peppers, anything! Sandwiches are so famous and loved it has even turned into a verb, for example, “you sandwich people on a bus.”
  •  Where Did The Sandwich Fascination Begin?: ​It is said to have all started with Earl of Sandwich and his gambling addiction. The sandwich was popularized in England around 1762 by John Montagu. Montagu’s gambling caused him to be at the table for hours, but who knows what to do when you have a full house in one hand, but your stomach is growling? You ask your chef to make your roast beef sandwiched-between two slices of bread! 
  • Who Is Hillel the Elder? :​ He was a famous Rabbi who started a Passover custom of a sandwich mixed with “chopped nuts, apples, spices, and wine between two matzohs to eat with bitter herbs” “this sandwich served as a reminder of the suffering of the jews before their deliverance from Egypt and also represented the mortar used by Jews in their forced labor.” 
  • The Late 6th Century: ​Although the term “sandwich” had not come about, the concept was very much there. During the middle ages, thick blocks of stale bread called trenchers were used in place of plates and had meats and other foods piled on the bread to be eaten with your hands.
  • What Were Alms? : ​Alms were clothing, food, or money given to poor people. People used to think it was their religious duty to give alms to the poor. 
  • Why Didn’t Americans Like Sandwiches:​ In the early colonial times, Americans did not like sandwiches because they considered them British food, so they wanted nothing to do with it. Sandwiches didn’t become popular in America until the 1800s. 
  • Fun Fact: ​The first mention of the word sandwich can be found in an American Cookbook in 1815. And the original sandwiches were made of tongues! Gross! 
  • The Evolution Of Sandwiches: ​In New Orleans, there is the Po’Boy, which is named after an iconic free sandwich given to workers on strike during the Great Depression. We also have the Sloppy Joe, Reubens, and of course, the Grilled Cheese. 
  • Activity Of The Day:​ today, I want you to get creative and compete with your family to make the most massive sandwich tower possible! And theme when you are done, you can pack it up to go!

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