Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Swiss Bakers: Turkey Sandwich on a Pretzel Baguette

My friends, there are turkey sandwiches, and then there are turkey sandwiches. Now, I, like most meat eating Americans will be fairly psyched from a very young age at seeing a deli turkey sandwich in their lunch box. However, as we age, sometimes we look for something more grown up in our lunch time fare. And there are two elements that are essential to maturifying a wonder bread deli turkey sandwich: 1. Use house roasted turkey. 2. Make sure the bread is something special. Everything else is a bonus, and the turkey sandwich that you can pick up from the Swiss Bakers stand at the Dewey Square Farmers Market is chock full of special bonuses, my friends. 
So this little stand shows up at the farmers market on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. They have delicious Berliner donuts, cookies, butter animals, cakes, croissants, and pajazzo bread (see entry: A Fine Turkey Sandwich.... I guess I'm really into turkey sandwiches this week). Then there are the beautiful soft pretzels, pretzel sticks, and pretzel bread. Outside of Bavaria, I've yet to find such delicious pretzels as those baked up by the Swiss Bakers of Reading, MA. Each pretzel has a little bit of a crust, and that pillowy inner bread. Now, when I stop by this stand, usually I'll pick up a pretzel stick or a pretzel to supplement whatever I had brought for lunch from home that day. But on occasion, I'm tired, and I don't make my damn lunch for the next day. Yesterday was such a day. With a shit-eating grin on my face (ironic, no? no shit to be eaten today) I ordered a turkey sandwich on a pretzel baguette, and did a little jig all the way back to my cubicle.
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The pretzel sandwich is amazing. Consider not ordinary bread as your palate, but instead, soft, salty, substantial pretzel bread to hold all the fresh fillings. The turkey appears to be house roasted, not chemical deli turkey surprise. There's a slathering of mayo, and a fresh slice of ripe tomato, crisp romaine lettuce, and a few thin-sliced, crunchy pickles throughout the sandwich. It's tangy, soft, salty, and fresh: a sandwich fit for Oktoberfest. Well, I'll be darned, it is Oktoberfest. Get going kids. The Swiss Bakers stand awaits to greet you with a delicious lunch.

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