America´s favourite: Turkey Sandwich

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Although the concept of a sandwich has been around for many centuries it was popularized in England in 1762 by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Legend has it, that the Earl had a serious gambling addiction that led him to spend hours at the card table sometimes even refusing to stop for meals. During a particularly long game at the London´s Beef Steak Club, he asked the house cook to bring him meat stuffed between two pieces of bread. From then on the sandwich became fashionable amongst the other men at the club who started calling it the ‘sandwich’ after the Earl.

Having become a well-established meal for many years in England, it was only introduced to America in 1837 by an Englishwoman named Elizabeth Leslie through her cookbook “Directions for Cookery”. A possible reason for it not having been introduced earlier could be that early American cooks tended to avoid culinary trends from their former ruling state. Furthermore, the name “sandwich” itself comes from the British peerage system, something that most Americans wanted to forget. However, once memory faded the sandwich appeared and gained popularity when bakeries started selling pre-sliced bread, thus making sandwiches very easy to create.

Skyward Cafe in Flint Hill, VA

Back in September 2019 when two friends and I were driving through Virginia on our way to the Shenandoah National Park, we began to feel peckish. Being foreign to the beautiful countryside, the small cities and towns within the state, we brooded about where we could have lunch. Not passing through any towns for several miles we reached Flint Hill and the cute and colorful “Skyward Cafe” immediately hit us between the eyes. Being girls who are attracted by cafes and restaurants worthy of Instagram posts, we saw its great potential and entered. We were instantly delighted by the friendliness and bowled over by the interior design. By that stage, we were already starving and as soon as our food arrived, I had to restrain myself from taking an immediate bite of my deliciously looking sandwich in order to capture the moment of instant happiness. As soon as I took a bite, I was on cloud nine!  Everything about the sandwich was delicious and I enjoyed it right up to the last bite. As we fell in love with the cafe and its delicious and home-cooked food, we decided to buy some mouth-watering brownies and smoothies. Even months later I still dream about them and if I were ever to go back to Flint Hill, this cafe would be my first stop.

 

 

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