Few would dispute the preeminence of the sandwich among today's array of lunch options. Its virtues are many, but perhaps its greatest is its inherent flexibility: there's simply no limit to what can go between two slices of bread. Nevertheless, some favorite combinations have emerged ever since the Earl of Sandwich bequeathed his greatest creation to humanity a long time ago.
There are, of course, the high-end creations: the elegant Monte Cristo, the more sophisticated Reubens, and the emergence of the "wrap" as a trendy, low-carb alternative. Even fast food giants like Subway and Quizno's have tried to outwit each other trying to create the tastiest and most original submarine.
And then there are the old favorites, the stand-bys of lunch counters and kitchen tables the world over: the Grilled Cheese, the BLTs, the PB and J. These are sandwiches we have all come to know and love and savor.
And then there is the Turkey Club, perhaps the sovereign among simple sandwiches. The stacks of cool and thinly sliced turkey with crisp bacon and interludes of fresh lettuce, juicy tomato, and creamy mayonnaise on toast have won many a friend. It is tasty, it is filling, and it is easy to prepare.
Unless you're at the Bowdoin dining halls. There, the would-be creator of a classic turkey club sandwich would find a curious and frustrating phenomenon: when there's turkey, there's no bacon. And when there's bacon, there's no turkey.
Simply put, this is a travesty. In an era dominated by talk of freedom for all, we feel that sandwich freedom is of utmost importance. And while we recognize the general excellence of the Bowdoin Dining Service, we cannot allow unbridled sandwich negligence to continue without comment.
And so we call on Dining Services to provide turkey and bacon at the deli counter at the same time. We understand if it cannot be every day; perhaps Dining Services can tie such a new offering to a new promotion or theme meal. There are, for example, some interesting pun possibilities with the word "club."
If you've read this editorial this far and haven't realized that this is the April 1?that is, April Fools' Day?issue, we'd like to remind you that this is the April 1?that is, April Fools' Day?issue.
But seriously, folks. Turkey and bacon do make a great combination.