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Posted: 14:52 Fri 16-01-2004.
Snackspot reports: I'd hesitate to try to summarise the results of last time's poignant - and wide-ranging - farewell to The Lingering Aftertastes of 2003, though controversy did break out over the future of White Maltesers, just as reports of the apparent demise of Harry Potter Dragon Eggs proved to be all-too premature. Anyway, this week's topic came to me after I stumbled across what seems to be the second of central London's branches of Quiznos (one's near Marble Arch, the other in Oxford Circus Plaza) - which are basically like (slightly) upmarket Subway sandwich shops (3.89 for a "regular" baguette!), but also sell soup as well. So, during these slightly colder months: Do you continue to have a cold sandwich for lunch, or seek out soups or other warming alternatives?

...For instance, might you diversify into toasted sandwiches such as Starbucks' Sausage, Egg and Baked Bean Hot Breakfast Panini (described as a "travesty" when first seen by an American friend of mine)? Or are you near enough to pop into your local trendy soup bar? Or even if you're a sandwich fanatic, can you still tell the difference between Chicken or Tuna - the only true test of the smorgasbord connoisseur?


Posted: 21:05 Fri 16-01-2004 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: Oh my Gawd!! I absolutely love Quizno's!! They are so fab. I could eat one everyday if only there was one closer to me. Though I did enjoy a beefeater 2 weeks ago. The problem with subway over here is that many of them you cannot sit and eat in and they don't have subsauce. Plus the last time I went into one I was served by this bitchy girl. To whom I gave the finger to upon my exit. Their cookies are splendid as well. And they had walkers ketchup crisps. I used to love it when I lived in Canada on Fridays it was Quizno's and Saturdays is was Pita Pizzaz. So I guess I would say I like sandwiches better because there are more options. However, you can't beat soup on a cold day or when you are ill. And I admit i always have wanton soup when I go for chinese.
Posted: 21:52 Fri 16-01-2004 by "Kaptain Korolev" # permalink comment
Comment: The Kaptain always goes for the sandwich over the watery soup. He is man who likes the subtle textures of hard food in his bucal cavity rather than the thin or chunky slime that is a soup.

Indeed the Kaptain is a regular kustomer of his local Subway, a '6" roast beef on honey oat' being his regular order. In fact the Kaptain eats at the Subway so frequently that some of the staff appear to know his order and pre-empt him. When the Kaptain predicts such pre-emptive behaviour he will instead order a 'club sandwich' to keep the 'Sandwich Artists' on their toes and feeling frisk. He see's irritation in their eyes, but he knows they still love him.

Subway shops seem to be springing up all over the place now. Round every corner the Kaptain walks he is encouraged to enjoy a delicious Sub. One has even opened within 15m of the entrance to the Kaptain's University dept. He will now longer have to walk as far. But sometimes, sometimes he will walk the extra distance to his 'regular'. They know the Kaptain's order, they make him feel special and give him an extra slice of beef.

Posted: 12:25 Sat 17-01-2004 by "Philip Thompson" # permalink comment
Comment: Soup isn't always thin... perhaps the Kaptain doesn't use enough lentils? And it doesn't need to be chunky either... the Kaptain can get a hand blender from Argos.

The best soup is a nice thick lentil soup... curried lentil in winter... plenty of carrots and herbs etc. The best sandwich is turkey and stuffing, nice of Bernard Matthews to bring out prepacked Sage & Onion Turkey breast... ideal for a sandwich.

As far as choosing goes... why? When in doubt, always have both.

Posted: 13:38 Sat 17-01-2004 by "crazyGibbon" # permalink comment
Comment: I have a strange and sick longing to go into a subWay every time I see one. I don't know why... I don't like the gritty meatballs, the watery dressings, the salad with the bits of clingfilm still attached or the plastic bread. I know I hate it but every time I see one I think: "MMM! SubWay meatball footlong!" and part with my hard earned sandwich money. Then I complain. WHY?!
Posted: 11:52 Mon 19-01-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: Is that soup shop in Soho that sells thimblefulls of sun dried coconut and torn basil soup for a fiver still open? "Hah!" I laughed when I asked for prices, flouncing away in self-righteous disgust.
Posted: 21:28 Mon 19-01-2004 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: i think that stabucks is a money grabbing coffee shop in the states i told one of the employees to call it fourbucks
Posted: 05:59 Fri 30-01-2004 by "Adrian" # permalink comment
Comment: I'm a bit late to this debate (ooh, rhymes!) - I always go for the sandwich. But I can't abide the Subway, and in general most sandwich shops are pretty horrible. Fortunately in Melbourne we have Bluebag, which is a nice sandwich making chain. The sandwiches are pre-made that morning, with good ingredients. Their best sandwich is the Caesar Salad roll. http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/04/06/1017206277723.html

The "soup in winter" thing doesn't really work for me, because I spend all day in a temperature-controlled office.

But it's nice to make soup at home.

Posted: 17:20 Tue 04-Jul-2006 by "polarbear" # permalink comment
Comment: Quizno's Sub serves some of my favourite food but it's sooooo expensive makes going there a big rip-off, so until prices come to within Earth's gravitational pull, take the Subway
Posted: 21:46 Tue 04-Jul-2006 by "Yay! Lovely Fish" # permalink comment
Comment: Rather take a trip to a local independent sandwich shop/deli, you'll get far better value and taste than at the generic US franchises.
Posted: 23:02 Tue 04-Jul-2006 by "polarbear" # permalink comment
Comment: So you can get subs and toasted subs as good as Subway and Quizno's? maybe in London you have good independant delis, but not round here
Posted: 16:46 Wed 05-Jul-2006 by "Polly" # permalink comment
Comment: To me soup just isn't right without a sandwich on the side to dunk in it. Avoid cold salad items though, escaped warm lettuce festering with the dregs at the bottom of a soup bowl is a dangerous occupational hazard 44386 9 45
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