The Greatest Sandwiches

January 26, 2010

Starting with the best:

1. Fried Egg with Cheese (Sponsored by the Nadzilla Sandwich Co.)

2. The B.L.T.

3. Grilled Cheese

4. Peanut Butter and Jelly

5. Bagel with Lox and Cream Cheese

6. Montreal Smoked Meat

7. The “Spanglish” Sandwich (For those who don’t know: Toasted Sourdough with Mayo, lettuce, tomato, bacon, melted white cheese, runny friend egg)

8. Veal Sandwich with Provolone and Tomato Sauce

9. Peanut Butter, Banana and Honey

10. Meatball Sandwich with Provolone and Tomato Sauce

11. The Cuban Sandwich

12. Shrimp Po’Boy (sub. Oyster Po’Boy)

13. A Brooklyn Hero

14. Elvis

15. Tuna Melt

16. Egg Salad

We’d like to mention the Horseshoe from Springfield, Illinois, which we came across in our research. It is an open sandwich, topped with French fries and melty cheese sauce.  Also, for those new to the Elvis, it is a sandwich comprised of peanut butter, bacon and banana. If you are anything like Elvis, you should probably give it a try.

The Brooklyn Hero is dedicated to my mom.


Countries Withdrawing Over 40 Billion Cubic Meters of Freshwater Annually

June 23, 2009

In no particular order:

1. Canada

2. U.S.

3. Brazilwatr

4. China

5. India

6. Mexico

7. Italy

8. Egypt

9. Japan

10. Turkey

11. Germany

12. Iran

13. Pakistan

14. Indonesia

15. Thailand

16. North and South Korea

17. Vietnam

This list is a response to Alina’s request. Alina, we are seeing a correlation between the countries with the highest soup consumption rates and the countries with the highest freshwater withdrawls. Our above list is sourced from UN official stats on water.

Top Ten Soup-Eating Nations

June 22, 2009

In no particular order:

1. Indonesia (Shark-fin soup, etc.)

2. China (Broth-based noodle/wonton soups)

3. Korea (Seolleongtang – milky soup, etc.)

4. Japan (Dashi – kelp and tuna based broth, Ramen, etc.)

5. Vietnam (Pho, etc.)

6. U.S. (Various soups)

7. Hungary (Pomidorowa – tomato soup, etc.)

8. Canada (Split pea and ham, etc.)

9. Greece (Various soups, ie. Avgolemono)

10. Russia (Borscht and other soups)

Asia consumes the highest volume of soup.

Boxers Dead in the Ring

June 22, 2009

In no particular order:

1. Duk Koo Kim (vs Ray Boom Boom Mancini, Ceasars Palace, 1982)

2. (research in progress…)

Duk Koo Kim After KO punch

Dish List for Raw Ingredients

June 21, 2009

In no particular order:

1. Salmon Tartar with jicama, waterchestnut and bamboo, dressed with a chive, strawberry and lime salsa, garnish with cilantro and sunflower sprouts.

2. Tuna Tartar with jicama, waterchestnut and bamboo, dressed with a chive, strawberry and lime salsa, garnish with cilantro and sunflower sprouts.

3. Jicama, lime and cilantro salad with strawberries.

4. Bamboo and waterchestnut salad with strawberry and chive dressing.

5. Salmon tossed in lime and strawberry dressing, sunflower sprout garnish.

Mel, this was tricky. You almost had the R&D team stumped. But we’re professionals when it comes to making lists and have mastered yet another. Hope you agree that these ingredients and dishes would be delicious.

The Best Raw Ingredients

June 21, 2009

In no particular order:



1. Salmon

2. Chives

3. Strawberries

4. Jicama

5. Waterchestnut

6. Lime

7. Cilantro

8. Sunflower Sprouts

9. Bamboo

10. Tuna

Corrections to Soups (ongoing)

June 21, 2009

#12 – Beef based broth stew (England), we’ll admit, is a weak soup.

And, as has been pointed out by Melanie, not all that popular either.

So we’re adding a mention of Pho for Vietnam.

Thanks Mel.

We’d also like to make a little note: #11 is not a soup.

The Good Ideas

June 20, 2009

In no particular order:

1. Keep a notepad on you at all times just in

case you come up with a good idea.

2. Smile at strangers.

3. If you go somewhere that specializes in something

(ie. smoked meat poutine), try it.

4. Go easy on the smoked meat poutine.

5. Look up when walking in the city.

6. Scan a salmon steak as a banana bunch at an auto checkout (Sponsored by Mark).

7. If you encounter a wild animal in the wild and you feel a strange

connection with them, like you might have known them in a passed life,

do not approach – or do so at a very high risk.

7. Know the flags of many countries.

9. Don’t kill nature.

10. Spend time on city rooftops.

A Strange Connection

A Strange Connection


It is important to keep in mind that the really good ideas are the ones that stay good. There seems to be less emphasis on those these days. Donna, we hope this is helpful to you, it certainly was fun for us.

Thank you for suggesting the list.

The World’s Most Popular Soups

June 17, 2009

In no particular order:

Tomato Soup U.S. (Honourable Mention)

Tomato Soup U.S. (Honourable Mention)

1. Chicken Noodle (U.S.)
2. Miso (Japan)
3. Gazpacho (Spain)
4. Minestrone (Italy)
5. Dahl (India)
6. Hot and Sour Soup (China)
7. Borscht (Ukraine, Russia, Poland)
8. Tortilla Soup (Mexico)
9. French Onion (France)
10. Leek and Potato (Ireland)
11. Ceviche (Portugal, Spain)
12. Beef Broth based Stew (England)

We also have Mulligatawny for India, Wonton Soup for China, as well as possibly Vichyssois for France and a few outstanding debates on Mexico’s #1.

We’d also like to publish a special mention of New England Clam Chowder (U.S. Eastern Seaboard)