A Good Sandwich


Do you have one of those things you like to eat that’s kind of horrifying? Like maybe you go to the drive through and get a giant greasy burger and some fries or you eat french fries dipped in ranch dressing and mayonnaise and a milkshake or whatever?

My horrifying thing is this sandwich. I used to get it at a little place in DeKalb, Illinois (I couldn’t remember what it was called but Google reveals that it’s the Chesapeake Bagel Bakery, which appears to still exist) (while I’m at it, DeKalb, Illinois has surprisingly good restaurants), when I was in law school. I always got food from this place before final exams, brought it to school, and ate it nervously in the Thurgood Marshall gallery (see it here, man I miss that place) while thinking about how I was going to fail (I wasn’t, but I was always 99% convinced that I would).

You would be right to be horrified by my lunch.

Okay, let me take this moment to tell you that I’m really going to work on my food photography. There is no excuse for this half-assed iPhone shit. I’ll try to do better.

Anyway, this sandwich is as follows:

  • one everything bagel (you can use whatever kind of bagel you like, of course, but everything bagels are the best bagels — Einstein makes amazing everything bagels and you can get them at Super Target), sliced and lightly toasted
  • garden vegetable cream cheese
  • sliced muenster cheese

Spread garden vegetable cream cheese on each half of your lightly toasted bagel. Top each half with one (or 1 1/2 or 2 if you’re really going for it) slices of muenster. Broil until muenster is nicely melted and lightly browned.

This is the kind of thing I bust out every few years. It’s super rich and will keep you full for a while, and you might feel kind of gross about all the cheese you just ate but you’ll get over it. I always do.