A Twist on a Classic Sandwich – BLT Salad

Last weekend I was in between showings with some clients and decided to stop home for a quick lunch.  While driving I was making a mental check of what we had and realized all the ingredients for that classic of classic sandwiches, the BLT, were sitting in the fridge.  The only kink in my plan was the tomatoes were the small grape ones.  Then, inspiration reared her beautiful head.  I’d dice up everything, mix them all together and make BLT salad. (more…)


Oink Edinburgh! Awesome Pork Sandwich in Edinburgh, Scotland

Postcard from abroad: There is one place Cheryl and I always stop in at whenever we travel to Edinburgh, Scotland.  Oink.  It’s a little shop on Victoria Street close to the Royal Mile and the Castle which serves up great roast pork sandwiches.  Once you get to Victoria Street just look for the big roast pig sitting in the window.  That’s how you’ll know you’ve found Oink. (more…)

Nhu Lan Bakery – Delicious Bánh Mi in Lincoln Square

With all of the summer recipes I’ve been posting I noticed it has been a while since I wrote something about a Chicago neighborhood eatery.  I think I may have said this before but being a real estate broker is great for exploring Chicago and uncovering little gems you normally wouldn’t know about.  And there are so many out there!  Up on Lawrence Avenue just west of Western in Lincoln Square sits a tiny little Vietnamese bakery called Nhu Lan, and they have some fantastic, out-of-this world delicious Bánh Mi sandwiches. (more…)

I Love My Panini Press

Perfect sandwich for a crisp fall Saturday

A long time ago I bought something from Williams-Sonoma which of course put me on their email list.  One day I received an email from them about a big sale on a Breville panini press It was pretty heavily discounted so I bought it.  One of my most favorite purchases.  Plug it in and while it’s heating up make your sandwich.  Mortadella was on sale this week so I picked some up with a little block of fontina for the sole purpose of making paninis with my freshly baked bread.  A little dijon mustard on the mortadella half, some olive oil drizzled on the outside of the sandwich and into the heated grill.  It’s hard not to keep checking but I’ve learned not to disturb it until I hear the sizzling noise melting cheese makes when it oozes out and hits the hot press.  One of these and some soup is the perfect casual lunch for a crisp fall Saturday afternoon!