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Happy National Sandwich Day!

It’s a great day to eat a Big Fat Sandwich!  November 3, 2010 is National Sandwich Day.  John Montagu the Fourth Earl of Sandwich was born on November 3, 1718.  He was the British first lord of the Admiralty during the American Revolution (a good thing for us U.S. citizens, as he was considered quite inept at his job).

It’s said that the modern sandwich is possibly named after The Earl but actually not invented by him. According to legend, he had sliced meat and bread brought to him at the gaming table so that he could continue to play as he ate. Soon, it became fashionable to serve sandwiches all over the European continent and the word “sandwich” was incorporated into the French language.  A less compelling version of this story is that he had “sandwiches” brought to him while he worked at his desk.

As anyone can attest, the sandwich is one of America’s favorite foods–Meatball Sub, Philly Cheesesteak, Hamburger, Hot Dog, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Cheese and Portobello Mushroom–we all appreciate the sandwich.

In honor of National Sandwich Day 2010, several restaurants and eateries are serving free or discounted specials:

Earl of Sandwich located in the Downtown Disney section of Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL is offering coupons for a free holiday sandwich that can be downloaded and printed out,

Noodles & Company is offering free sandwiches at many locations around the country.

Two of my favorite places in South Florida for fabulous sandwiches and burgers are Talia’s Tuscan Table and Charm City Burger Company.  If you’re in the Deerfield Beach / Boca Raton area, head on over to one of these great eateries and start celebrating.

You can also head out to the local grocer and grab your favorite ingredients.  With a little preparation, you can celebrate National Sandwich Day with your own Big Fat Sandwich masterpiece.

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