the sandwich that changed my life, part two

by Holly on November 1, 2010

in eating out,lunch,reviews

Several weeks ago, I discovered The Sandwich That Changed My Life.

In what was perhaps one of my greatest failures ever as a food blogger, I did not capture any gratuitous pictures or share much information with my lovely readers other than the fact that this sandwich indeed changed my life.

I am better than that.

On Sunday, I let go of any remaining bit of Everythingtarian pride leftover from my embarrassing first visit to the Madison Sourdough Company and went back for an encore.

This time, I was able to confidently say I knew it was Sunday and told the dreadlocked cashier I would like my sandwich on sesame buckwheat bread, thankyouverymuch.

While I seriously contemplated foregoing my special sandwich in lieu of a Sunday lunch consisting of more coffee, chocolate almond chipotle biscotti, peach Danishs and one pumpkin pecan muffin, I resisted.

Don’t ask me how, but I did.

I think it may have had something to do with #8 on the menu.

That my friends, is the sandwich that changed my life: grilled butternut squash w/ onions, goat cheese + balsamic gastrique on country sesame buckwheat.

While I realize I said I was not going to eat out for the next 30 days, I made a special exception for you, my readers, and this sandwich.

Some things are just worth spending a little extra money on.

While I impatiently awaited the grand arrival of the sandwich, I distracted myself with the NY Times travel section and indulged my penniless wallet in an article all about Northern Vietnam (which has been officially added to my list of places to travel, FYI).

Then, the most peculiar thing happened. Not only did I make friends with the lovely strawberry blonde lady reading Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” sitting next to me, but it turns out she is also a food blogger.

No joke.

Check out Lindsay at Forkful of News.

The foodie gods were clearly watching over us.

In between my child-like impatience and the excitement of meeting somebody who loves to blog about food as much as I do, the lovely waitress set down my life-changing sandwich before me.

While every fiber of starving soul wanted to take the largest bite possible, I kept repeating, “I am better than that…I am better than that…”

Instead, I took out my new camera and started snapping pictures of this gorgeous masterpiece.

And that, my friends, is the story of the sandwich that changed my life.


Erica November 1, 2010 at 7:04 pm

goooooooo- that looks so good. And that restaurant is adorable. I love the way they display their baked goods. Totally drool worthy, the whole place! Thanks for taking for the team so we could see this beauty ;)

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 1, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Oooooo you made me want to make another butternut squash panini! Looks sooo good!

VeggieGirl November 1, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Holy GOODNESS what a sandwich.

Danielle November 1, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Possible next post at A Nourishing Glimpse:

the photograph of a sandwich that changed my life (link).

Thoughts? :)

Matt November 1, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I think I just moaned a little bit seeing that sandwich…

Lauren November 1, 2010 at 7:15 pm

What in the world was in this thing? I detect Butternut Squash but what else??? You don’t even have to say actually, it just looks to die for without any descriptions.

susan November 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I’m glad that we finally have documentation of this sandwich. These are the kinds of things you want to have photographed and written about so you can show your kids someday. And I’m not kidding about that!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness November 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I think that entire menu looks amazing… I have no idea how you choose…

Kat November 1, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I read your post about managing your finances. My husband loves managing money, looking at numbers, etc. We used to keep track of budget on a spreadsheet but now we use Bundle ( I thought I’d share in case you’re looking for a way to manage it.
I’m a new reader and I’m liking your blog:) Keep it up!

Susan November 1, 2010 at 8:19 pm

That sandwich is SO Holly. Why is squash not a common sandwich filler? That’s hilarious that you ran into another food blogger!!! Also, pretty sure the above muffins are dangerously close to falling under the “cupcake category.”

I dreamt I was living in the mountains last night. True story.


hippierunner November 1, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Ooh the bread looks perfectly crisp and warm!

Dana @ my little celebration November 1, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Yay, finally pictures of this mystery sammy!

I can now understand how one would deem that sandwich lifechanging.


BroccoliHut November 1, 2010 at 8:44 pm

That sandwich is totally worth making an exception for your eat-out rule. It looks phenom!
I am also kind of salivating at the sight of all that bread on the wall.

crunchy granola gal November 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm

holy hell, that looks yummy. love that you shamelessly did a photo shoot sesh with our buddy mr. rebel. I want to recreate this stat.

I also enjoy the fact that everyone and their mom (especially in NYC, it seems) is a food blogger. awkward sandwich photo pride, yo.

Alex @ IEatAsphalt November 1, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Thank you for sharing this because I just bought more squash and goat cheese and now I know what to do with it.

Katie November 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Can you go get one of those sandwiches and bring it to work for me tomorrow at lunchtime? Thankssss.

Also, I can almost NEVER remember what day it is, so don’t feel bad.:-)

Katie November 1, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I think the photo just changed my life. And my lunch plans for tomorrow.

janetha November 2, 2010 at 12:18 am

Smuggle me one on Friday!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 2, 2010 at 12:57 am

balsamic gastrique = i dont even know what that is?!

but your sammie looks divine

and yes, the food gods had a hand in helping to unite 2 bloggers!!!!!

Little Bookworm November 2, 2010 at 6:36 am

That sandwich looks amazing. I second Averie though, I have no idea what balsamic gasterique is!

Pure2raw twins November 2, 2010 at 7:36 am

oh my word, that sandwich would change my life too!

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 2, 2010 at 8:03 am

Oh my word. I can see why this sandwich changed your life. I never in a million centuries would have added butternut squash to a sandwich, but now that you mention it, that sounds ah-mazing.

brandi November 2, 2010 at 8:43 am

How fun to meet another blogger!!!

And…I think I need that sandwich.

PS: Beautiful pictures.

Kacy November 2, 2010 at 9:03 am

I’m gonna go ahead and say that that was one of the most moving stories I’ve ever read. For real. I take my sandwiches quite seriously.

Sami November 2, 2010 at 10:01 am

recreating this, STAT. :D

Nelly@CrazySexyFit November 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

It’s squash…in a sandwich. Holy dang. That really makes me want bread again, and damn the torpedoes (and by torpedoes I mean gluten-induced bloat :P)!

In other news, I just did a semi-big post on the (work in progress) way I manage my finances, if you want to take a look at it! It’s not JUST, I’m way more compulsive than that ;P

Irina G November 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm

This sandwich looks AMAZING. I’ve actually never had butternut squash and bought some on Sunday at the nearby farmer’s market. I plan to make something with it tomorrow and you may have inspired me…

Megan (Braise the Roof) November 2, 2010 at 1:16 pm

‘Atta girl! I’m so glad you swallowed your pride and went back. :)

Jen November 2, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Whoa. That sandwich looks like heaven on a platter!!! It changed my life and I didn’t even eat it!


Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run November 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm

That sammy looks out of this world!! Great photos – looks like the new camera is doing its job. Very nice. Now the question is – can you recreate that sandwich and should you even try?

emily (a nutritionist eats) November 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm

That sandwich does sound amazing!
How fun that you met a food blogger! Love it!

Maya November 2, 2010 at 6:26 pm

A whole array of artisan breads! Be still my heart! We need to have boulangeries on every corner the way they do in Europe. It is totally worth it. And, as long as we’re talking needed improvements to the American food culture, squash needs to be used more often on sandwiches! Especially with goat cheese.

julie November 2, 2010 at 8:25 pm

i think this is the sandwich that changed my life.. the goat cheese meltyness probably made that heaven to the extreme!

p.s. why can’t i add your bloggie to my google reader! what’s up with that.

Lynn @ The Actors Diet November 2, 2010 at 9:39 pm

i can totally see how that sandwich would be life changing! i want one! November 3, 2010 at 10:48 am

OMG!!!! theres an omelet here that is similar- grilled and glazed butternut squash. it changed my life too. theres something amazing that happens when u caramelize and grill butternut squash. i can only imagine the mouth-gasm of biting down into the creamy glazed squash tucked inside grilled bread!! <3

Diana @ frontyardfoodie November 3, 2010 at 11:45 am

haha crazy how many foodie bloggers there are out there.

This sandwich LOOKS life changing! Yummy Yummy!

LindsayC November 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Yay! It was great to meet you, too. And that sandwich looked INCREDIBLE (my own order was a loaf of the sesame buckwheat bread for home and a pain au chocolat and a latte to sip at the bar — delicious!).

Other great non-soup options for butternut squash — this pasta from The Splendid Table ( and this salad from fall 2009 which, I have to say, changed my life too. Sub butternut squash for the pumpkin — it’s SO amazing.

Angharad November 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Hello my sweet! It’s good to catch up on your bloggings. That sandwich looks rocking – as you know I have already experienced the glory that is that bakery so I can concur on its awesomeness!

Also: rock on with your dinner party. Those scare me :)

sisters running the kitchen November 4, 2010 at 3:26 pm

omg a cafe right by my school makes a sandwich JUST like that-I have been wanting to recreate it and this post reminded me of it. I must get on that pronto. that photo looks mouth watering!

erin November 17, 2010 at 8:58 am

I bought a butternut squash just because of this post…I can’t wait to try it!!!

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