It must be a cultural thing. If you grew up onbland, cold grocery store sandwiches, you might still enjoy them as an adult. Like how black Americans like pig's feet and stuff like this. It's something that they ate as kids so still enjoy as adults.
But I didn't eat bland, cold grocery store sandwiches as a kid. This is a product that DOESN'T EXIST in the US. Can you believe that? If grocery stores in the US started selling bland, cold sandwiches for the premium price of £7.50 (the equivelent of what they cost in the UK) there would be mass rioting. How dare these grocery stores try to make massive profits off of this disgusting product?
But when I first came to the UK, I was intrigued. Cold sandwiches? They look pretty expensive. But they're convenient and how bland can they possibly be?
I must have got burned on this scam 100 times. They look so tempting but they're always god awful.
I quickly discovered that the only edible variety was the BLT. "A cold BLT? Well, that's weird. That's a product that certainly doesn't exist in the US. They only sell hot BLTs in the US. But I'm in England now. I'll try to fit in. Embrace the culture, you know."
They're terrible. I've had them from Tesco, Sainsburys, Pret, some other sandwich chain whose name I don't remember, and possibly an M&S. Possibly a Waitrose too.
Everything besides the BLT is literally inedible. Because they aren't even normal sandwiches with normal fillings. There's no ham sandwich. There's no salami sandwich. It's disgusting sea food shit. Prawn sandwich, for example. There is absolutely no way that I'm eating that. A lot of egg-based sandwiches too. I don't eat egg sandwiches. I rarely even eat eggs. But an egg on a sandwich? No way. I'm sure that I've seen cucumber sandwiches too. At least that makes sense to eat cold and it's the stereotypical English sandwich. Also, the world's most bland sandwich. Cucumbers taste of absolutely nothing. Disgusting and pungent cheese sandwiches too. No way.
Let me check Pret's menu. Yeah. I was dead on. Here's the complete list.
Chicken & Cucumber
Classic Super Club
Cracking Egg Salad
Crayfish & Avocado
Curried Chickpeas & Mango Chutney
Free-Range Egg Mayo
Ham & Cheese
Italian Summer Flat Bread
Mature Cheddar & Pret Pickle
Scottish Smoked Salmon
Super Greens & Reds
Tuna & Cucumber
Veggie New Yorker on Rye
Show that menu to any American. They won't find a single item that's appetising. But Pret built an empire on this vile menu in the UK. This is what British people want to eat. "I'll have the crayfish and avocado, please."
Let's contrast this to a sandwich shop in the US. Let's not use Subway because they have those here and the menu, while different, is sort of similar. Let's try to find one that doesn't sell subs...if such a place even exists.
Aha. The Earl of Sandwich. It's a sort of British place, as the name suggests. There was also one that opened in London right near to where I worked. It was closed within a year.
But yeah, similar style sandwiches but different fillings.
Egg and cheddar
Ham egg and cheddar
Ham and swiss
Bacon egg and cheddar
Turkey, bacon, swiss
Roast beef and cheddar
Chipotle chicken avocado
Roast beef, turkey, swiss
Cheese and tomato
Turkey and cranberry
Chicken swiss and pinepple
Salami, ham, and cheese
Ham and swiss
A slightly different turkey and cranberry
I'd try most of those. The egg shit I still don't eat and I don't like ham or tuna but the rest looks okay.
The sandwiches aren't massively different but one list is full of inedible crap and the other is mostly fairly appetising stuff. So whatever. Thank you for your question.
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