Anatomy of a Sandwich

So last night was kind of a rush job with trying to get the kids to swim practice. When that happens, I’m prone to fast food as it at least gives me a little time to talk with the kids. Lately they’ve been into Subway which seems a way better choice than Mickey D’s. And they like it better than the local sub shops because they can get black olives on their sandwiches.

Okay, that’s the set up. Now I’m not a frequent Subway customer, but they’ve now opened up a shop here in town, so we’ve been a few times. I’ve thought in the past that the sandwiches were a little lean. Last night I paid attention to the construction. I ordered a 12″ turkey and cheese. On the roll, the girl carefully places exactly four carefully folded slices of turkey. On the opposite side she places three half slices of cheese.

Let’s do the math on that. The roll’s about 3″ wide. That’s 36 sq. inches of sandwich potential. The turkey roll was about 4″. That makes a half slice (1 slice folded) about 6.3 sq. inches. Four of those yield 25.1 square inches of coverage on my 36 inch roll. The cheese was worse. Only about 19 sq. inches of coverage.

Now I know I’m a bit picky about my sandwiches, but you don’t have to be a sandwich scientist to know that the meat and cheese should at least provide complete coverage on the roll. We can quibble about the depth, but it is just wrong when some bites are only bread. I’m not that much of a humanitarian. I want to know that some turkeys were injured in the production of my sandwich.

I’m beginning to understand why Jared is so damn thin. I wrote to Subway about this. I’ll let you know how they respond.

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