One of the things that’s kind of a bummer about having lived here in Mexico so long is that I no longer notice things that once would have stood out to me as being very different from the way things are in the country of my birth. These things have become normal to me, fuzzy background details, just the way things are.
Well, today I got to thinking about something common here that is still bizarre to me, even after all these years: Sandwichon. Sandwichon is a savory “cake” made of white bread, filled with various meats (typically ham/cheese, tuna, or chicken), cheeses, and vegetables, and “frosted” with a mayonnaise-based dressing.
In the major grocery stores, massive sheet cake sized sandwichons are displayed–you simply use a spatula to hack off the piece you’d like, put it in a take out container, have it weighed, and you’ve got your lunch. I cannot aptly describe how unappealing this massive sandwichon looks after a few pieces have been cut out of it–it gets messier and runnier (and warmer, they are not stored in a cooler) as the day goes on.
I must state here and now that I LOVE Mexican food. I have eaten and loved many, many authentic Mexican dishes over the years, but I cannot bring myself to try the sandwichon. I don’t really know what it is about the sandwichon that so offends me. After all, the ingredients are all things I have eaten at one time or another on a boring old sandwich. Whatever it is, I just can’t get behind this traditional dish. In fact, I don’t even really like looking at it.