A Tribute to Carrie Fisher

Today is a sad day. It will be a surprise to some as I have never, ever mentioned this to a single person before today for some reason, but I’ve always considered Carrie Fisher as a major influence on the person I am today. I think of Carrie Fisher in everything I do, from how I try to carry myself as a person, how I interact with other people, to how I write my reviews of Christmas sandwiches on the years I can be bothered to write them. Whenever I face a problem in life, the first question I ask myself is “What would Carrie Fisher do?”.

leiaEveryone will have their own reasons for remembering Carrie Fisher. Earlier my 5-year-old daughter asked me “Daddy, will Carrie Fisher now be with George Michael in heaven?” I just didn’t know what to say. How do I look her in the eye and tell her that another strong positive role model for women has gone in this age of toxic masculinity? I was literally shaking. There are no words. I can’t even.

I once met Carrie Fisher in an unlikely situation which unfortunately can never be verified but it really did happen, I haven’t just made it up for clicks on social media. I’d like to keep what happened between us as it’s what they would have wanted, but I can say that they showed great generosity and human spirit that day. And more importantly, they were very, very funny. A great example of a celebrity giving something back, I’m sure you’ll agree. Please email me if you would like to interview me and use this example in a national news publication or broadcast.

Love them or hate them, Carrie Fisher was a true leader in their field and a massive influence on the industry as a whole, to the extent that their fame transcended beyond what they were originally famous for. They will be eternally missed, far beyond 2016.

As a mark of respect, there will be no Christmas sandwich review today.

A Tribute to George Michael

Today is a sad day. It will be a surprise to some as I have never, ever mentioned this to a single person before today for some reason, but I’ve always considered George Michael as a major influence on the person I am today. I think of George Michael in everything I do, from how I try to carry myself as a person, how I interact with other people, to how I write my reviews of Christmas sandwiches on the years I can be bothered to write them. Whenever I face a problem in life, the first question I ask myself is “What would George Michael do?”.

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Everyone will have their own reasons for remembering George Michael. Earlier my 5-year-old daughter asked me “Daddy, will George Michael now be with Rick Parfitt in heaven?” I just didn’t know what to say. How do I look her in the eye and tell her that another strong positive role model for women has gone in this age of toxic masculinity? I was literally shaking. There are no words. I can’t even.

I once met George Michael in an unlikely situation which unfortunately can never be verified but it really did happen, I haven’t just made it up for clicks on social media. I’d like to keep what happened between us as it’s what they would have wanted, but I can say that they showed great generosity and human spirit that day. And more importantly, they were very, very funny. A great example of a celebrity giving something back, I’m sure you’ll agree. Please email me if you would like to interview me and use this example in a national news publication or broadcast.

Love them or hate them, George Michael was a true leader in their field and a massive influence on the industry as a whole, to the extent that their fame transcended beyond what they were originally famous for. They will be eternally missed, far beyond 2016.

As a mark of respect, there will be no Christmas sandwich review today.

A Tribute to Rick Parfitt

Today is a sad day. It will be a surprise to some as I have never, ever mentioned this to a single person before today for some reason, but I’ve always considered Rick Parfitt as a major influence on the person I am today. I think of Rick Parfitt in everything I do, from how I try to carry myself as a person, how I interact with other people, to how I write my reviews of Christmas sandwiches on the years I can be bothered to write them. Whenever I face a problem in life, the first question I ask myself is “What would Rick Parfitt do?”.

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Everyone will have their own reasons for remembering Rick Parfitt. Earlier my 5-year-old daughter asked me “Daddy, will Rick Parfitt now be with Zsa Zsa Gabor in heaven?” I just didn’t know what to say. How do I look her in the eye and tell her that another strong positive role model for women has gone in this age of toxic masculinity? I was literally shaking. There are no words. I can’t even.

I once met Rick Parfitt in an unlikely situation which unfortunately can never be verified but it really did happen, I haven’t just made it up for clicks on social media. I’d like to keep what happened between us as it’s what they would have wanted, but I can say that they showed great generosity and human spirit that day. And more importantly, they were very, very funny. A great example of a celebrity giving something back, I’m sure you’ll agree. Please email me if you would like to interview me and use this example in a national news publication or broadcast.

Love them or hate them, Rick Parfitt was a true leader in their field and a massive influence on the industry as a whole, to the extent that their fame transcended beyond what they were originally famous for. They will be eternally missed, far beyond 2016.

As a mark of respect, there will be no Christmas sandwich review today.

REVIEW: Turkey, Cranberry and Stuffing Panini by Cafè Nero

Turkey with pork, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayonnaise on stone-baked ciabatta

A BONUS REVIEW! WRITTEN EXCLUSIVELY ON MY PHONE! You lucky buggers. I am in Bath for Christmas and it’s Christmas Eve and I am currently being dragged around the same women’s clothes shops and coffee shops that are in London but here they are completely different! Oh wait no they’re not. Oh well, you all get something out of it. I think. You’re probably not reading this anymore because work has finished, and my one email subscriber is in Bath with me. Oh well let’s get on with it.

You know how every panini tastes like boiling hot cheese and crunchy bread? No matter what the filling is? Well imagine that with a bit of cranberry. Boring. UNLESS you get a mouthful with stuffing in. Then it tastes like cheesy stuffing, which isn’t right but is pretty good. Like that website you look at when your wife is out. No not that one, the one you only look at occasionally and then try not to look at again for a few months because if you look at it too much there’s definitely something wrong you. 

The Christmas Sandwich 2016 Rankings

Okay, okay, here’s a big list of the sandwiches ranked in order. I know the more autistic readers among you will not enjoy Christmas without it. And just to be clear, this is the definitive list. No arguing. Don’t @ me.

  1. Festive Full Works Bloomer by EAT
  2. Waitrose Christmas Turkey, Stuffing & Bacon by Waitrose
  3. Turkey & Trimmings by Co-op
  4. Pret’s Christmas Lunch by Pret
  5. British Turkey Feast by Costa
  6. Turkey Dinner by Asda
  7. Christmas Lunch Toastie by Greggs
  8. Turkey & Trimmings by Tesco
  9. Turkey Feast by M&S
  10. Turkey Feast by Sainsbury’s
  11. Turkey and Maple Bacon by Starbucks

Highly CommendedChristmas Turkey Wrap by M&S
DNQThe Colonel’s Christmas Burger by KFC

And so for another year, I just wanna say…good…bye…

The 2016 International Christmas Sandwich Review Blog Awards

Well the fun is over. And I think it’s fair to call the blog international now, look at these stats for December:

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Thank you everyone!

Now, because millennials who grew up with Labour government sports days where every one is a winner might be using this sandwich blog as a safe space, this year I will not be ranking the sandwiches, but granting every sandwich an award so no one gets left out.

Trigger warning: contains bread.

Best Overall Sandwich:

Winner: Festive Full Works Bloomer by EAT

Runner up: Waitrose Christmas Turkey, Stuffing & Bacon by Waitrose

Least Original Sandwich Name:

Winner: Turkey Feast by Sainsbury’sTurkey Feast by M&SBritish Turkey Feast by Costa (tied)

Runner up: Turkey & Trimmings by Co-opTurkey & Trimmings by Tesco (tied)

Smokiest Bacon Award:

Turkey & Trimmings by Co-op

Trying Too Hard Award:

Turkey and Maple Bacon by Starbucks

The Popeye Award for Too Much Fucking Spinach:

Turkey Feast by Sainsbury’s

The “It Doesn’t Look Like The Photo” Award:

Christmas Lunch Toastie by Greggs

The “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Bacon” Award:

Pret’s Christmas Lunch by Pret

Longest Distance Traveled:

Turkey Dinner by Asda (48 miles)

The “Might Have Won If It Was A Sandwich” Award:

Christmas Turkey Wrap by M&S

Most Shameless Attempt to Cash in on Christmas:

The Colonel’s Christmas Burger by KFC

REVIEW: The Colonel’s Christmas Burger by KFC

£6.19 (Colonel’s Christmas Box Meal) – Original Recipe fillet, hashbrown, cranberry sauce and sage & onion stuffing mayo.

WAIT A MINUTE, WHO’S THAT? IT’S THE COLONEL’S CHRISTMAS BURGER! WHAT IN THE BLUE THE HELL IS THAT DOING HERE?! OH NO! GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY! RING THE BELL, STOP THE DAMN BLOG!!