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Thursday Flakes: GameStop, Sandwiches, and Fake Coronavirus Tests

What’s the most unique sandwich you have ever tried?

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Sandwiches have been around for a fact since the 1st Century BC. It was in historical records that Hillel the Elder gathered chopped nuts, apples, spices and better herbs and placed them between two pieces of matzoh (unleavened bread). I have had this during Passover and I will admit it’s not as bad as it seems.

The word ‘sandwich’ first appeared in 1762 written in the journal of English author Edward Gibbons in which he was likely writing about the habits of John Matagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Matagu was known for being quite the gambler who often did so for extended periods of time without leaving the table. In order to counter this issue, he would order meat between two pieces of bread to satisfy his hunger. This meal gained popularity in London and quickly became known as a sandwich.

The sandwich was introduced in America by an English woman Leslie, which described a ham sandwich recipe in her cookbook (Directions for Cookery), which was published in 1840. By the early 1900s, the sandwich became a fixture in American life.

This blurb about the history of sandwiches was inspired by an article from ‘Food & Wine’ title The Best Sandwich in Every State. Go check it out in today’s Flakes and peruse it for your enjoyment.

There is a not of unique sandwiches to eat in Panama. However, Guadalajara, Mexico, is known for the Torta Ahogada, which is basically a meat sandwich completely drowned in sauce. It’s a very messy meal but most messy meals are pretty delicious. I definitely recommend trying for yourself the next time you are in Guadalajara.

Anyways onto Flakes...

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