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History of the Sandwich

Have you ever stopped to wonder about the history of sandwiches? This beloved food item has been a staple of diets around the world for centuries, but where did it all begin? The sandwich is said to have originated in the 18th century, when John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, was looking for a quick and easy meal to eat while he played cards. Legend has it that he asked his cook to prepare him a piece of meat between two slices of bread, so that he could hold his food and eat without interrupting his game. Thus, the sandwich was born! Of course, people have been eating bread with fillings for much longer than that. In ancient Rome, soldiers would eat a type of flatbread called "panis focacius" filled with meat and vegetables. In the Middle Ages, people would eat slices of bread called "trenchers" topped with meat and gravy. In the 19th century, sandwiches became popular as a portable meal for workers and travelers. Today, sandwiches come in all shapes and sizes, with endless possibilities for fillings and toppings. From classic peanut butter and honey (our version is called The Keiki) to elaborate tasty creations. Our most popular sandwich creation is The Duke! So next time you bite into a sandwich, take a moment to appreciate the rich history behind this humble yet beloved food item. And who knows – maybe you'll be inspired to invent your own sandwich creation. If you have an amazing sandwich that you would like to see on our menu, definitely let us know! Share your ideas below in the comments!

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