Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Cuban

Happy Which Wich Wednesday to all!

Today, Aby and I ventured into "Category 2: Ham & Pork" and chose "The [interestingly named] Cuban."

On first thought, I wondered, why does this sandwich have this name? Trying to think of something witty, I egregiously (or so I thought) exclaimed, "It's Which Wich a la Ricky Ricardo!"---only to find out 3 seconds later (when Aby corrected me) that Ricky Ricardo (the beloved I Love Lucy character) was in fact Puerto Rican. HOWEVER!!! After careful research and investigation, namely googling his name, Ricky Ricardo (in real life, Desi Arnaz) was in fact CUBAN. BAM.

That's not the point of this review though. And thinking that this sandwich was perhaps named after the prominent Dallasite Mark Cuban was even further from the truth behind this sandwich. THE POINT IS, that the staple ingredients in this potentially-witty sandwich are...well, historically Cuban. Apparently Cuban culture boasts and enjoys a special sandwich (kind of like a Mexican torta, but you know, different) that combines the following: roast pork, ham, and pickle. And that, my Which Wich friends, is exactly what The Cuban contains: pork, ham, and pickle. (I repeated the ingredients for special effect. Did it work? Can you imagine/wonder what these three ingredients could/can create?)

Onward then to the actual sandwich review!

The Cuban, as Aby created it.

Just like with The Turkeywich, Aby opted for the 7" wheat bread, toasted. Frankly, we prefer wheat to white just because it seems to add a richer taste to the overall sandwich. Now with regards to the other ingredients---since Aby had done a little of her own research to select the perfect ingredients for this sandwich---they all fall under the "safety blanket" of sandwich ingredients...Nothing extravagant or fancy. As Aby experienced The Cuban for the first time, we came to realize that you don't always need crazy ingredients to make a sandwich perfect.

The Cuban in 5 Senses

See: I think it's true what they say, a picture is worth 1000 words, so behold, The Cuban:

That awesome moment when you first open your Which Wich. Mmmmm.

The Cuban, and all its contents.

Definitely had to share the mid-cross-section of this beautiful sandwich.

Smell: {in Abyspeak, word-for-word}It smells good! {To which I asked, like what?} HIGH QUALITY HAM!---Note: I don't eat ham, so I can't say I'm a ham connoisseur, let alone know what good ham smells like, but I had to trust Aby on that answer. Hopefully, all you ham eaters out there know exactly what she's talking about and are in fact imagining and reminiscing about the BEST ham you've ever smelled...

Feel: {Abyspeak, again} I'm in love. The sandwich is soft, the only crunch comes from the veggies [i.e. the pickles, lettuce, tomatoes].---Oh yeah, the sandwich looked really soft and totally safe (as in, not too crunchy or uncomfortable with respect to opening your mouth and taking a bite hahahaha), so I can imagine it to be perfectly manageable in one's mouth.

Taste: {Abyspeak} The mayo and mustard combination with the pickle makes this sandwich DELECTABLE!---Whaaaaat? Aby truly used the word delectable.

Hear: Crunchy and crisp. Well, Which Wich veggies tend to be so fresh that they are always "crunchy and crisp!"

Getting a full sense of what this sandwich was like, I was curious---as usual---to see how this sandwich compared to the amazing Black Bean Patty sandwich. Aby responded, "I'm gonna have to say I might actually choose this one over the BBP (black bean patty, abridged). It tastes great! Perfect. Especially ideal for meat-eaters."

What could make The Cuban even better? Perhaps a little Mexican flare, per Abyspeak: "I would eat this again, but I would add jalapenos and spicy ingredients to enhance the flavor combination, maybe I would add some salsa Valentina...I wish I knew more words. Words cannot describe this sandwich. MmmmmmMmmmmmm."


Final Rating? 5 out 5 wiches :D

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Turkeywich

Happy Which Wich Wednesday to all!

This lovely Wednesday, we decided to try one of the sandwiches from "Category 1: Turkey," the Turkeywich. Right from the start, the name calls out to the curious. What is a Turkeywich and why is it called the Turkeywich?

Like the name implies, this sandwich contains turkey. What makes it different is the fact that this sandwich comes with COLESLAW & 1000 ISLAND DRESSING. Just thinking about the cool feel of coleslaw brings to mind a mild Spring day, sitting out in a park, having a picnic on one of those red-and-white-checkered picnic blankets. We didn't bring our picnic blanket today, so office chairs had to make do.

Our Turkeywich consisted of the following (oh yeah, I totally just made a little fancy chart!):

As y'all may recall Aby is the "hands-on" wich scientist, so below you will find her experience, as observed and recorded by myself:

The Turkeywich before being enjoyed.

Upon first bite, Aby's first words: Mmmmm good. Juicy.

Aby took three bites of this creation before adding a bit more input: "What I added to it [the Turkeywich] was a good choice. It's crunchy."

Very fittingly concise, though kind of vague, right? Being the recording "scientist," I had to pry into Aby's taste experience to get a more elaborate answer and got a more detailed response:
This sandwich is spicy---probably because of the jalapenos, hot pepper mix, and pepper jack cheese---but very fresh. The coleslaw, cucumbers, and onions added a very clean and fresh sensation to the overall taste. (Very much like the spring picnic imagery above.) It's funny how one doesn't quite think about adding dressing to their sandwich, the 1000 Island dressing kind of brought the Turkeywich ingredients all together, and with every bite, you can feel the dressing embrace your teeth and tongue.
A note on the spicy factor: the pepper jack cheese added a little extra "kick" to this wich, and it was a perfect companion to the jalapenos and hot pepper mix. It should also be noted that if you're not a spicy foods fanatic, you probably shouldn't add this three-ingredient combination to your Turkeywich, because this spicy combination permeates throughout your mouth with every bite.
At the end of her sandwich, I asked Aby if this was a good sandwich (i.e. is it worth eating again?): "This was the perfect sandwich to start this project. Definitely one of my new favorites, and the onions add an 'oniony' taste to the meal." (Yes, I had to put that last sentence word-for-word---this is true Aby-speech. Never spoke such truer words.)


Final rating? 4 out of 5 wiches :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Which Wich Would You Like?

Hiya, everybody!

We are totally excited about starting this wonderful (and kind of quirky) sandwich journey. Who are we? Quite simply, we're just two sisters, in their 20s, curious enough to try all of Which Wich's sandwiches.

Really though, it's a little more complicated. We are in fact two sisters. Who work together. Who really like the Black Bean Patty sandwich at Which Wich. Allow us to introduce ourselves:

Euni (the younger sister)- She would like to say she has a distinguished and sophisticated taste for food, but really, she's just a picky eater. She likes to write, read, and study (mostly Economics or anything Paul Krugman-related). She's super witty (in her head), and might be the strangest person to get along with (but once you get to know her, you know it's a good thing to do so). Regarding this project, she will be the observer, interviewer, photographer, and recorder of the sandwich subjects.

Aby (the older sister)- She has bubbly personality and very friendly disposition. She tries---ahem, *tries*---to keep her eggplant-colored car clean, but you know how that goes...She likes to provide the comic relief in every serious or awkward situation. With regards to this project, she will be the "hands-on" food scientist...In other words, she's the one who will experience how tasty, or how *untasty* any given sandwich subject will be.

More details about The Which Wich Project itself can be found at the top of this blog---read the tabs, folks! We hope you will join us on our sandwich journey!