Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Oh, The Stupidity

Having been in Korea for the past week, I have been relying on my sources back in the land of the Classical Sandwich to keep me informed of the latest happenings surrounding the age-old question. I have received numerous reports of a man in Massachusetts (where they call St. Louis Bread Company "Panera") attempting to silence the liberals with his racist allegations against the burrito. I have posted some bi-partisan commentary published on Yahoo! concerning this latest travesty in the space below:

Is a burrito a sandwich? The Panera Bread Co. bakery-and-cafe chain says yes. But a judge said no, ruling against Panera in its bid to prevent a Mexican restaurant from moving into the same shopping mall.

Panera has a clause in its lease that prevents the White City Shopping Center in Shrewsbury from renting to another sandwich shop. Panera tried to invoke that clause to stop the opening of an Qdoba Mexican Grill.

But Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke cited Webster's Dictionary as well as testimony from a chef and a former high-ranking federal agriculture official in ruling that Qdoba's burritos and other offerings are not sandwiches.

The difference, the judge ruled, comes down to two slices of bread versus one tortilla.

"A sandwich is not commonly understood to include burritos, tacos and quesadillas, which are typically made with a single tortilla and stuffed with a choice filling of meat, rice, and beans," Locke wrote in a decision released last week.

In court papers, Panera, a St. Louis-based chain of more than 900 cafes, argued for a broad definition of a sandwich, saying that a flour tortilla is bread and that a food product with bread and a filling is a sandwich.

Qdoba, owned by San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc., called food experts to testify on its behalf.

Among them was Cambridge chef Chris Schlesinger, who said in an affidavit: "I know of no chef or culinary historian who would call a burrito a sandwich. Indeed, the notion would be absurd to any credible chef or culinary historian."

Who does this judge think he is? Why does Massachusetts have to keep ruining things for St. Louis?

Please, we're begging you to stop the racism. "The difference comes down to two slices of bread versus one tortilla"? Please, Judge Locke, refer to the football analogy on the bottom of the page. Congratulations: you are an embarrassment to us all.


Anonymous said...

Okay. Sorry it took me so long to find the blog. Its April! What in the world have you been doing for the last five months?

Anyway...I'd like to pose a more interesting situation: about a month ago, a sandich (cappicola and provelone on italian with lettuce, tomato, oil, and un-pitted olives) almost killed me. A girl with hair so long and braided such that it in itself looked like a loaf of bread made it. Have you ever considered the size of the sandwich on the plate and then the corresponding expansion of your stomach to fit it all in?

I don't really know where you intended your little blog to go, and I can't really see a reasonable goal either, but advancing the sandwich seems like a valuable cause. Good luck.

JKCosine said...

wow there is someone seriously interested in food ! I saw your blog at 0:05 am when suffering from the pain brought by hunger..so i don't really know it's a good thing or not for me see full pages of pics about sandwiches! But ur blog is definetly interesting ^^ Do you mind if I add your blog into my link?