If you have been reading the blog for a while, you might remember that I have mentioned The Rachel a couple of times in the past. Well, here it is for the first time (I think). An actual photo of one of my favorite sandwiches of all time…
Yes. Last night one of my good friends and I ate at Zaftigs – one of my favorite places to have brunch, lunch or dinner in the Boston area. (In Brookline, of course)
When we sat down to dinner I was going in between ordering the cobb salad (sans bleu cheese of course!) and the Rachel. In the back of my head I also had the crazy thought of ordering breakfast for dinner – their famous banana stuffed french toast or the granola pancakes with date butter are some of my other favorite things on the menu. I definitely could have thrown in a potato pancake for good measure. It is always a hard decision, but for some reason I went with The Rachel – because I could not resist.
The Rachel is what I always refer to as a turkey reuben. I do not eat corned beef, and have only ever had a bite of one reuben my dad ordered once (it was one of his favorite sandwiches to order in a delicatessen) but I am happy that I have found my equivalent of a favorite reuben-isk sandwich.
The Rachel is smoked turkey, swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on grilled pumpernickel bread. I always order the Russian dressing on the side because I hate soggy bread (and I like to decide how much dressing I want to consume on a given day). I by passed the fries and ordered coleslaw for some reason. [The only options were potato salad and coleslaw to substitute for the fries. If I was smart I would have just ordered the sandwich and enjoyed the pickle that it comes with. I really would have been happy with some steamed broccoli or something on the side.]
The sandwich arrived quickly. Happily, I was not disappointed – although the grilled pumpernickel bread could have been a little crispier on one side of one half of the sandwich – but who are we kidding? The sandwich was delicious, as usual. Next time I go to Zaftigs, I promise I will try to order something different so that I can bring some of their other cuisine to Sugar & Spice. Hopefully it will not be another six months before I make my way back to Coolidge Corner.
After dinner JP and I went to the Coolidge Corner Theatre (another one of my favorite places) where we absorbed the movie Sarah’s Key. If you have not read the book yet, I would recommend reading it. The movie was well done, and well… horrifying. But I am glad that I saw it.
Happy Thursday morning everyone – hope your day is off to a great start. See you in a bit!