the sandwich that changed my life

by Holly on October 15, 2010

in Asian,dinner,rambling,reviews,snacks

To say this week has been a doozy would be a gross understatement.

I can’t really say much else other than it’s been comedic, stressful, busy, exhausting and extremely random. Quite frankly, this week’s happenings have all caused me to go slightly crazy.

But that’s not anything unusual.

For example, I was at the new bakery/cafe by my apartment yesterday ordering what I now refer to as “The Sandwich That Changed My Life” when I was asked to pick from the daily bread offerings. I looked at Monday. Then I looked at Tuesday. My chocolate chip brown eyes scanned from Wednesday to Sunday before I finally asked, “Which day is it today?”

True story.

Anyways, it was Thursday so I went with the five-grain, snatched the sandwich from the cashier and went to bury my Everythingtarian face in my favorite red pashmina. I vowed never to go back, but that was before I tasted the sandwich. One bite of this grilled butternut squash, red onion, goat cheese + balsamic wonder, and I realized I am going to need to suck up my pride soon so I can eat this glorious creation again.

But truly, I am digressing here.

The point of this post was to do a review – specifically, a review of Chef Jet Tila’s Asian Cuisine products from Schwan’s, which I was sent for free for the blog. This traditional line of Asian dishes includes Thai Chicken Coconut Soup, Drunken Noodles, Salmon Teriyaki, Cantonese Steamed Cod with Ginger and Soy and finally, Chicken Lo Mein.

Let me tell you, I am so glad I agreed to these. They’ve saved me from going hungry all week. The best part? Chef Jet’s creations are all done in less than 15 minutes!

While they may be quick, there are some pesky nutrition stats that keep bothering me about these meals…


Not to mention the ingredients list is long and uses the word retard (which I loathe). I mean, do we really need good ol’ potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate to “retard spoilage?”

Funky chemicals aside, how did it taste?

Like deliciously greasy Chinese food.

And I loved it.

Although, I will admit I don’t think I would buy these with my personal dinero on the regular because of (a) said sodium content and (b) that creepy-looking ingredients list. But if I am craving greasy Chinese, all bets are off.

To balance out my exorbitant sodium intake, I’ve been eating apples.

Lots of apples.

I feel kind of like Elise.

I love that too.

I blew through a bag of farmer’s market Honeycrisps last week, and Mama Everythingtarian just sent me home with a bag of Minnesota-grown Haralsons.

Before Danielle continued on her road trip, she left me with another new-to-me Glo Bar… 

Dark chocolate AND roasted coffee? Yes, please!

It was hearty, flavorful and filling.

I would buy these.

I wish I could tell you Friday has been an improvement over the week thus far.

However, I’m rocking the Mary Kate Olsen homeless chic look today.

That’s not a good thing.

To restore my self-pride, I’ve decided to go back for “The Sandwich That Changed My Life” today. I would like to say it’s because I want to redeem myself with the cashier (who I am convinced thinks I am certifiably nuts, especially after I told him I hadn’t showered in three days and then made him recite the list of ingredients for their homemade granola bars), but it’s really just for the sandwich.

And hoping it actually does change my life.

Or just my fashion sense.

I’ll take either.


Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) October 15, 2010 at 11:14 am

butternut squash on a sandwich?? i am intrigued!

i hear ya on this week’s nuttiness, but at least you have a good lunch planned :) and i’m jeals that you got to hang with Danielle! when she gets back to NYC, i need to schedule a lady-blogger date.


crunchy granola gal October 15, 2010 at 11:19 am

Sounds like you and the cafe dude are buidling a solid (solidly awkward?) relationship. Heck, is he cute? Ya never know what can happen over sandwiches…

Anyyyyway. Every once in awhile i crave greasy, sodium-filled Asian food. This looks like my best bet.

Happy weekend, chica!

Food Lover Too!! October 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

I might have missed it, but where is the wonderful sandwhich from?

Megan (Braise the Roof) October 15, 2010 at 11:33 am

I’m always down for new sandwich ideas- butternut squash?? I need photo evidence. ;) And pride, schmide. I’m telling you, if I worried about my pride I’d probably never make it out of my apartment. True story.

Matt October 15, 2010 at 11:34 am

I think I need a picture of said sandwich ;)

hippierunner October 15, 2010 at 11:40 am

Ooh that does sound like an amazing sandwich! I love red onion and goat cheese.

Amy B @ Second City Randomness October 15, 2010 at 11:40 am

Sigh. The lo mein looks fantastic. But I’m always timid when it comes to sodium content. When I eat stuff like that, I feel all worthless and used afterwards… lol

Andrea@WellnessNotes October 15, 2010 at 11:40 am

Yes, I agree, I want to see a photo of the sandwich, too! Sounds delicious! :)

Hope you redeemed yourself with the cashier… ;)

Have a great weekend, Holly!

Lauren October 15, 2010 at 11:50 am

Don’t you hate when a place with AWFUL service has amazing food! There is a bagel shop near us that has the best bagels I’ve ever had but the service is AWFUL!!! I hate going in there because I feel like so much less of a person by the horrible workers there, but I just remember that with one bit of that bagel, I’ll soon forget about the service.

Hope your weekend is fantastic love!

Erica October 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm

oh my gosh. I’m with Megan- we need a picture and home recreation of this sandwich. Sounds out of this world. I’d be all over that deliciousness. Sorry the week has been crazy. Hope the weekend will bring lots of relaxing and fun. I wanted to try the new schwanns stuff but there was no veg option…I need greasy chinese food ;)

claire October 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm

I just ate the same glo bar actually from Danielle! So good!

brandi October 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

does that sandwich place deliver? That sounds amazing!

Alison October 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm

MMMM yum. Your apple looks divine. I got some delicious honey crisp from a farm near my mom in IN and they are TDF. For some reason I haven’t found good apples around here this fall. Will be on the hunt tomorrow though!

That glo bar looks so good. MMM!

Lastly – where is this sandwich place? I need more good food ideas down where you live (not!). Oh have you eaten at daisy cafe? Their turkey meatloaf was out of this world. WOuld love to try the veggie one too :)

Diana @ frontyardfoodie October 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm

It sucks that the goodness of Chinese food is always tainted by high sodium.

Jess October 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Where does one get this delicious sounding sandwich you speak of?

elise October 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

you are hilarious. mary kate olsen homeless chic is so 2003…haha

im diggin the apple-aholic-ness. im sure theres some chemical reaction that eliminates sodium with each extra apple you consume…errr, yeah, maybe thats why i dont have my PhD.

Katie October 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Is this a new sandwhich shop? Have you ever eaten at Monty’s Blue Plate Diner? That is my all-time favorite restaurant in Madison. I went there a year ago when I was in town for a wedding. So good.

Dana @ my little celebration October 15, 2010 at 5:35 pm

That sandwich sounds awesome. Might you be able to post a picture of it, pretty please?

Hmmm. Homeless chic. I think you could pull it off.

Kristie October 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Wait, which cafe is this? I want!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 15, 2010 at 7:40 pm

You’ve just inspired a sandwich in my house – that sounds DELICIOUS!

Lynn @ The Actors Diet October 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm

sometimes i want greasy chinese food and it sounds nice that it would be in my freezer already

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm

some people count protein or fat or calories or whatever…I dont. I count SODIUM. I am incredibly sodium sensitive and I would go into water retention city eating just 1 bite of that action LOL

Glad your crazy week is over…I bet you are too :)

Katie October 16, 2010 at 11:24 am

Hope everything is okay in Hollyland! The last time I started a post with a “doozy,” it had to do with unemployment. Love you :-)

Madeline - Greens and Jeans October 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Butternut squash is seriously a wonder. Considering all I ate today was bars and popcorn (gotta love 12 hour car rides), it sounds like heaven!

Christine October 17, 2010 at 8:17 am

Now you HAVE to go back and get another sandwich, because I want to see a picture! Also, at least it was Thursday and not Monday or Tuesday. Nothing worse than forgetting what day it is, only to remember it’s only Monday.

Mallory October 17, 2010 at 10:20 am

i must try that sandwich. that’s all there is to it.
where did you get it from?

also, it’s nice to know that i’m not the only one rocking an unshowered hobo-chic look these days… we are truly in touch with the classiest fashion trends. must be a wisconsin thang.

Danielle October 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm

That sandwich sounds fantastic, and I really hope that it, at the very least, makes your days more bearable. I know how crazy busy is and it’s, ugh, pretty darn crazy. You deserve a break soon.

Say, a trip to NY? Just putting that out there.

For the millionth time I need to thank you for being such a fabulous host and friend. YOU ROCK. In so many ways. Really, really. Miss you! xo

Astra Libris October 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I just discovered your blog, and I am absolutely enamored with and awed by your witty prose, your refreshing philosophy (love the title of your blog! :-), and your artful storytelling! And oh my goodness, a sandwich with grilled butternut squash, red onion, goat cheese and balsamic sounds truly life-changing indeed!! *dreamy sigh* :-)

glidingcalm October 17, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Not a big chinese fan. you are hilarious though!

pashmina October 18, 2010 at 8:14 am

Dark chocolate and roasted coffee Glo bar… yes please…. no sodium in that puppy! It looks delicious!

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