While it may seem that my family eats nothing but gourmet meals, we do know when to take a break. Last night was one of those evenings; with three three- course meals behind us, it was time for a less intense dining experience.
We strolled over to the local sandwich shop, Fancy That, and brought our paper plates onto the outdoor patio. The weather was unusually warm for Maine, so we were able to enjoy our meal al fresco in the sun, people-watching the other vacationers strolling through the town’s center.
In its heyday, Fancy That was unmatched in sandwich creativity. The bread was thick and grainy, the fillings diverse and bountiful. The counter service was slow and confusing, all part of the shop’s charm. More importantly, avocado could be added to any sandwich.
Time has passed, however, and the crowded sandwich shop moved across the street, merging with an ice cream parlor, espresso bar, and village grocer. Things have changed, bit by bit, and this year, avocado was completely absent from the menu. A cardinal sin: when I requested it, I was informed that avocado no longer exists on the premises. [First the slimcado, now this! I can’t win. Good thing I haven’t exactly been deprived of good food lately.]
The food is nevertheless still tasty – though the menu has certainly shrunk along with the sandwich sizes. I was ravenous upon ordering, so, um, the camera missed the first few bites:
I chose the Mediterranean wrap, except I changed it to a sandwich on three seed bread. Hummus, mixed greens, carrots, onions, tomatoes, and olives, alongside a large garden salad. Ideal patio dining fare, particularly when followed by a viewing of the latest Woody Allen movie at the local one-room cinema (loved it, by the way). Please, can vacation never end?
What’s your go-to post-indulgence meal?