Thursday, February 9, 2023


I just watched an episode of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,’ the one where Jerry Seinfeld’s guest is Steve Martin. They end up in the Pleasantville Diner, in Pleasantville, New York.

Martin orders the egg salad sandwich, which as Seinfeld points out, is a bold move for a man who’s being filmed. He could easily end up with egg on his face.  Martin manages as well as anybody could.

But the sandwich itself is truly amazing.  The camera goes into the kitchen so you can see the sandwich being made, and I’ve never seen a sandwich with such a generous portion of egg salad: two whole scoops. I don’t know if this was just done for the programme, maybe they serve smaller portions when the camera’s not on them – I do hope not - but it was a great moment.


And then having formed a dome of egg salad the cook drapes a curved canopy of lettuce leaves over the top so that the egg stays in place.  It’s a triumph of sandwich architecture and mechanics.

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