As Nancy mentiond yesterday, this past weekend, we enjoyed a little Anthology outing to the Alameda flea market. Apart from scoring a few great kitchen gadgets and a grey glass wine jug from France, the highlight for me was definitely the Taiwanese gua bao, or bun sandwich, that I greedily scarfed down from the famous Bay Area food truck, The Chairman. Tasty and portable—it’s no surprise that sandwiches are universally appealing, and perfect for flea market fare. I hope to arrive at the flea next month and see nothing but food trucks selling sandwiches of the world, but I know that’s a long shot.
Kelly Pratt is a fellow sandwich lover who has taken on the honorable and awesome task of discovering the best sandwiches to represent each state; she creates and documents them for her aptly named Stately Sandwiches project. Honestly, I love the idea of knowing where you are by the sandwich you’re eating, and I’m really excited to learn about the sandwiches from places I have yet to visit. Kelly is a design student, which you can probably tell from the beautiful composition of the ingredients, as well as the clean, simple layout of type. Good news: Kelly will be turning her photos into prints that will soon be available for purchase.
As a proud born-and-raised New Englander—and former consumer of more Fluffernutters than I care to admit—I couldn’t be more excited about these prints, and to see the newest state sandwiches as Kelly creates them. (There are only 12 states right now.) In the meantime, I’m planning a little culinary tour through Kentucky, Texas, and Minnesota—and possibly Massachusetts for old time’s sake. Gotta love that Fluff.