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

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Sandwiches have been around for a while...in 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...

Frosted Flakes

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Hail Varsity staff members Mike Babcock, Jacob Padilla, Greg Smith, Erin Sorensen and Brandon Vogel tackle your questions about the latest news in Husker Nation.

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Just like every other departure to this point, none of these three transfers is too big of a blow to Nebraska’s short- or long-term outlook. With the way college football works these days, it was unlikely that all three of Adrian Martinez, Luke McCaffrey and Logan Smothers exhausted their eligibility in Lincoln.

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Right now Martinez is the unquestioned starter heading into winter conditioning. I would have said that before the McCaffrey transfer. There is one difference now. Redshirt freshman Logan Smothers and freshman Heinrich Haarberg are the backups to Martinez. The fourth-year starter has had the injury bug going back to high school. Just playing the odds he will end up missing some time during the 2021 season. How comfortable would Frost be turning the offense over to someone who hasn’t taken a college snap yet?

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Frost perhaps should be somewhat concerned about at least one statistic that applies to this discussion. Of the 25 scholarship players who have left his program since Dec. 1, 2019, 17 were from the offensive side. The offense is Frost’s baby. He spends the majority of his time dealing with that side of the ball.

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Travel

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The entire route will run for 1000 kilometers, and the first 460km-long section will link up El Alamein on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast and Ain Sokhna, two small but quickly developing towns. The train line will pass through 15 stations, including the as-yet-unnamed ‘new administrative capital.

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This month, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo approved a $305 million project to overhaul the stretch by turning it into a green, pedestrian-friendly wonderland.

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Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema hopes it’ll stay this way: On January 8, she called for a ban on foreigners buying cannabis at the city’s famed coffee shops once the destination reopens to international travelers.

Rio de Janeiro Cancels its Already Delayed Carnival for 2021 | Travel | Travel + Leisure

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New Orleanians are discovering their properties, many built in the 18th to early 20th centuries, are equipped with traditional features useful in keeping the virus at bay. Rambling porches serve as open-air living rooms and platforms on which to safely interact with neighbors.

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Kolomna: The Russian Town Built By Apple Sweets | Travel | BBC

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The Rest

The Best Sandwich In Every State | Food | Food & Wine

NEBRASKA: The sandwich is known as a Frenchee, possibly due to a passing resemblance to the Monte Cristo. You can do all kinds of things with the Frenchee, but we’ll take the classic—dipped, coated, and fried—at Don & Millie’s, a quirky local chainlet that any regional fast food connoisseur must visit before they die, possibly from eating too many Frenchees.

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