REVIEW: Turkey, bacon and cranberry by Waitrose (2013)

Since last year’s Christmas Sandwich blog a Waitrose has opened and it is now the third closest shop to the office. Hooray!

£3.20 -Turkey, Pork Sage & Onion Stuffing, Cranberry & Port Sauce, Mayo, Spinach, Smoked Bacon, Malted Bread.

There’s that fancy cranberry and port sauce again. Are Pret supplying Waitrose? It wouldn’t surprise me. Let’s hope the stuffing isn’t like yesterday because I’m still finding it around my desk.

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a Waitrose sandwich. If you know otherwise please let me know. I like the knitted jumper packaging, but just naming your Christmas sandwich after the three main ingredients? Come on, put some more effort in! It’s a nice looking, colourful sandwich though.

So allegedly my first ever Waitrose sandwich. What is it like? The stuffing and cranberry are subtle, which is usually a good thing, but they are overwhelmed by spinach and mayonnaise. In fact there is a ridiculous amount of spinach in this. The whole thing just tastes of iron and goo. That poor bacon and turkey 😦

First Waitrose sandwich? Not impressed. How is Greggs winning so far this year?

REVIEW: Christmas Lunch by Pret (2013)

Free-Range British Turkey, Pork Rosemary & Apricot Stuffing, Cranberry & Port Sauce, Crispy Onions, Mayo, Leaf Spinach, Pret Seasoning, Wholegrain Malted Bread.

Such is my enthusiasm for the sandwich blog this year that I completely forgot to look at the price of this sandwich as I rushed in and out of Pret to get this over with. Watch out for an important update with the price later! But even though I don’t know how much it cost, we can rest easy knowing that 5p of the mystery amount is going to help the homeless.

On first impressions, it looks exactly the same as last year. But read those ingredients again. Not wanting to be outdone by Greggs adding fancier things to their sandwich, the Pret sandwich now has rosemary and apricot in the stuffing, port in the cranberry sauce, road signs indoors and an alligator with sunglasses. Now I’ve seen everything!

“But what does it taste like?” I hear the internet cry out. Well, it’s a big of a soggy mess with some crunch from the onions and it is all overwhelmed by the cranberry sauce. I may as well be eating a jam sandwich. And that rosemary and apricot in the stuffing? That seems to have made it very crumbly so it spills out of the sandwich onto your desk and lap. And not just a little bit, it looks like someone has murdered a packet of biscuits on my desk. PLEASE SEND HELP.

REVIEW: Christmas Lunch by Greggs (2013)

HERE WE GO AGAIN!

I wasn’t going to bother with the Christmas sandwich blog this year. It originally started as an ironic comment on people posting photos of their food online and the fact that no one just ‘experiences’ things any more, they have to review them. The internet has made everyone ‘creative’ in the most banal ways. And it doesn’t get more banal than reviewing your pre-packaged lunch at your desk. Plus the Guardian had beaten me to it and have actually paid someone to rank this year’s sandwiches already!

But some people have actually been asking if I’m doing it this year. And more than just one! This might be another layer of irony on an already confused piss take that become serious, but I don’t know what’s going on so HERE WE GO AGAIN!

£2.70 – Sliced turkey breast, sage & onion stuffing, cranberry and red onion chutney, creamy mayonnaise and sweetcure bacon on malted brown bread.

So I originally planned on going to Pret today but the queue was ridiculous, leading me to the next sandwich shop from the office – our newly refurbished Greggs. Now you can eat in at this one! Take your wife for a nice romantic sausage and bean bake. Then take her to Greggs.

This years *NEW* Christmas Lunch is pretty much the same as last year except it has sage and onion stuffing instead of pork and sage and a much fancier chutney instead of cranberry sauce. It looks as grey as John Major but what does it taste like?

Maybe I’m a bit over-excited because it’s my first sandwich of the season, but it’s good. It’s got the basic and it’s got them right. Maybe the turkey and the bacon are a bit bland, but the moist combo of that stuffing and relish and the slightly homemade feel of it tastes just like Christmas. That’s 2013 off to a good start.