Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday 5 for September 1: Sandwich or Nah?

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Before we get started let's put in the definition of what a sandwich is. From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary the definition of sandwich is:

a :  two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between
b :  one slice of bread covered with food

Furthermore Wikipedia gets a more elaborate on the word with photos and everything else.

Simply, Lunch

1. Why is or isn’t a hot dog a sandwich?

A hot dog is a sandwich. You got your wiener / sausage sandwiched between two buns which is usually made out of the same stuff as bread.

2. Why is or isn’t a hamburger a sandwich?

Lunch Today

Again a hamburger is a sandwich because it consists of a patty or patties sandwiched between two (or more) slices of bread and/or buns, plus all the other stuff in-between. Shown above is a home made burger that I cooked up for lunch with a macaroni salad and juice some years back. Mmmm... yummy!

3. Why is or isn’t a wrap a sandwich?

In a most casual way I consider it a sandwich though we are stretching it since it is a single wrap rolled with the meat and other goodies sandwiched in-between.

4. Why are or aren’t Oreos and ice cream sandwiches sandwiches?

Creative Dessert

Getting further from the definition above, Oreos and ice cream sandwiches are technically not sandwiches. However marketers have done a great job as defining them as sandwiches... mostly the ice cream people... When I go to a place and see "ice cream sandwich" I know exactly what they are talking about. Frozen treat dessert between two slices of crispy (supposed to be) cookie/cracker layers.

Ditto for Oreos, because the white cream (or whatever other color they are selling) is sandwiched between the 2 chocolate cookies.

So while not strictly sandwiches, I will go with the marketing hype that describe these foods as sandwiches in their own right.

When you think about it, using the term sandwich seems to be "anything placed between two items front and back, top and bottom"....

You got sandwich boards... you know those advertising signs that stand up as an A-shaped tent or worn by people passing out flyers on the street.

A car wreck can be "sandwiched" as one vehicle between two other vehicles or between one vehicle and a solid object such as a wall.

5. Why does or doesn’t listening to an audio book count as reading the book?

To me an audio book is the same as reading a regular book or ebook. The content for the most part are the same for the printed book as it is for an audio book. The only thing you miss in an audio book are photos and graphics since those cannot be presented within an audio format.

Whether you read the text yourself or listen to it and get the message or story being conveyed in the book, then it counts as "reading the book."

I have a friend who has poor eye sight. She is a prolific reader. In recent years she has read hundreds of books that she either borrowed from the State Library for the Deaf and Blind or through her subscription from Audible. Traditional print books are marketed as such... the audio edition of the book.

What's For Lunch?
Ba Le Sandwich is one of my favorites.

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