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Arby’s Launches Trio Of Sandwich Legends Including New Cuban Sandwich

Not too long ago, Jack In The Box released a trio of sandwiches “inspired” by the concept of food trucks. It seems Arby’s has already reponded to Jack’s food truck trio by releasing a few new sandwiches of their own.

Called the Sandwich Legends, these new items include: a Miami Cuban Sandwich, Texas Brisket Sandwich, and New York Reuben.

The Miami Cuban features thick-sliced roast pork (sous-vide for 3.5 hours), pit-smoked ham, pickles, Swiss cheese, and mustard with a toasted roll. On the Texas Brisket sandwich is smoked brisket, pickles, crunchy onion strings, and barbecue sauce (inspired by the famous Franklin BBQ) served on Texas Toast. Finally, Arby’s new New York Reuben features twice as much corned beef as the restaurant’s regular Reuben offering and served on toasted marble rye bread.

Arby’s new Sandwich Legends should be available nationwide by the end of February, Brand Eating reports. An official release of the menu is expected in March.

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The Extravagance Of The Torta Cubana Is A Sight To Behold

While the famously known Cubano sandwich is the product of Latin culture, originating on the East Coast, the Torta Cubana sandwich is a product of Mexican culinary practices, originating in Mexico City, Mexico.

While there are similarities in the name, and both are undeniably delicious, there are several differences between Cubanos and Torta Cubana sandwiches.

Today, the legacy of the traditional Torta Cubana sandwich is being kept alive at a vibrantly colored taqueria located inside MainPlace Mall.

Cancun Juice, a well-known  hot spot for burritos, tacos, tortas, smoothies and agua frescas, has introduced the Ultimate Torta Cubana sandwich, a torta piled high with fresh carnitas, grilled pineapples, onions and tomatoes, topped with a heap of jalapeños, chorizo and breaded steak.

But true Torta Cubana fans know that’s not all.

Cancun Juice then adds hot dog, ham, turkey, melted provolone, and a creamy avocado dressing to complete this Mexican-inspired culinary marvel.

If you’d like to experience the Ultimate Torta Cubana yourself, find it at Cancun Juice at MainPlace Mall.

Created in partnership with MainPlace Mall

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Feast Your Eyes On 11 Popular Sandwiches From Around The Globe

Here in the states, we have our staple sandwiches. Namely, the peanut butter and jelly. The ultimate. But we can’t be so short sighted to think that our staple sandwiches are the only options out there in the big world of sandwiches. In fact, each country has their own staple sandwich! Their own PB&J, if you will. Looking to expand your sandwich pallet? Let’s take a look at 11 popular sandwiches from around the world.


Döner — Turkey


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You’ve probably had Döner meat without knowing it; it’s essentially just beef, chicken, lamb or veal. If you’ve ever gone to town on one of those meat kebabs from a street cart, you’ve had Döner meat! The staple sandwich in Turkey is one of these meats, roasted on a vertical spit and then sandwiched in a pita with tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and pickled cucumbers.


Vegemite — Australia


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I have tried this stuff before… unpleasant. Vegemite is an Australian spread made from the leftover yeast of beer making. Sounds delicious right off the bat. A vegemite sandwich is a popular breakfast dish for Aussies, usually paired with some cheese. Although vegemite is the richest known source for vitamin B, only one jar is sold internationally for every 30 sold in Australia. Shocker.


Cemita — Mexico


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This sounds like a literal dream come true. Deep-fried beef is layered with avocado, white cheese, onions, herbs, and salsa roja. The bread is light and fluffy, and is usually an egg-based brioche bread. Yum. Fun fact: the name cemita refers to the sandwich AND the bread the sandwich traditionally uses.


Bánh mì — Vietnam


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Another name that means both bread and the sandwich it houses. This sandwich is the perfect combination of French and Vietnamese culinary influences, referred to as Viet-Franco food. A French-introduced baguette is used for bread and filled to the brim with mayo, cilantro, garlic and fish sauce, cucumber, pickled carrots, plus either barbecue pork, fried tofu, pork belly, ham, and pâté. They’re not messing around. The sandwich was invented in the 1920’s in Vietnam and was brought over to The States when the inventor escaped to California in 1972 to avoid the war.


Donkey Burger — China


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There is no sugar coating this one, it just is what it is —Donkey on a bun. To make matters worse, this is typically a sandwich served cold. Donkey on a bun, sure. But cold donkey on a bun? Dear God. The donkey burger is a local specialty in the Hebei province and it has a saying to go along with it: “In Heaven there is dragon meat, on Earth there is donkey meat.” Right.


Arepa — Venezuela


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Arepa technically refers to the crispy yet chewy maize-based dough used to make these pockets of goodness, but it also refers to the sandwich…which is basically whatever you want it to be. Cheese, avocado, beef, pulled pork — there are no rules about what to put on an arepa. Best. Breakfast. Ever.


Medianoche — Cuba


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Literally translated into “midnight” this sandwich was designed for post-bar-munchies. This late night staple got its start by being served at midnight in Havana clubs and is one seriously upgraded grilled cheese. With layers of roast pork, Swiss, ham, pickles, and mustard all pressed and melted on an egg-roll, you have to imagine some very happy drunk people have enjoyed this masterpiece.


Bocadillo — Spain


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There are two types of sandwiches in Spain. The “sandwich,” which is just made on regular old white bread, and the Bocadillo, which is made of rustic barra de pan bread and a Tortilla Española. The Tortilla Española is an omelet made with eggs and potatoes, served with onions and any meat your heart desires. It’s usually topped with aioli or tomato sauce. Look at you Spain, all fancy and having two categories of sandwiches.


Vada Pav — India


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Veggie burgers are really the way to go in India, but with so many to choose from, the Vada Pav is still the nationwide favorite. This veggie burger consists of a batata vada potato fritter sandwiched between two slices of pav bread. It’s traditionally served with a chutney made of shredded coconut, tamarind pulp, and garlic. This beloved sandwich once started out as food for the poor, but quickly caught on and is now served at the country’s nicest restaurants.


Smörgåstårta — Sweden


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First of all, most fun sandwich name ever. Second of all, this translates into English literally as “cake sandwich,” which is even more amazing. This actual cake sandwich layers rye bread with creamy fillings such as egg, mayo, olives, shrimp, ham, caviar, and smoked salmon. You so fancy, Sweden.


Montreal-style Smoked Meat — Canada


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This is one serious sandwich. Montreal-style smoked meat is a Canadian staple, made by salting and curing beef brisket in spices and letting it absorb for a week. The sandwich is sold stacked high (too high, how do you eat this thing?!) on rye and with piles of mustard. Montreal-style meat can be ordered by the amount of fat in the brisket. There’s lean, old-fashioned, and “speck,” which is essentially all fat and no meat.


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5 Origin Stories of Your Favorite Sandwiches


You’d think every kind of sandwich was invented by a child. Not because sandwiches are child’s play (hell no), but they just seem so wondrous and hopeful. The basic concept of the sandwich joyously empowers non-cooks to be able to pull off glory and puff out their chests with pride. It’s an uncomplicated artwork you can eat. It’s by anybody for everyone. But kids didn’t invent them, at least not the famous ones, and no two origin stories are alike in the food world. So let’s do some digging and talk shop about how favorite sandwiches came to be.


1. The Club


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The story goes more or less the same here, with everyone nodding their head in agreement that it came out of a country club in the late 1800s. Beyond that, like pinpointing the actual club, hungry folks of the world part ways, though the most popular call is the Saratoga Club House, an exclusive gambling house in New York. Otherwise, the notable non-club theory is that the sandwich entered mouths as a menu addition at the Steamer Rhode Island Restaurant around the same time.


2. The Patty Melt


Said to have bounced to vibrant melty life in sunny Southern California, the origin story of the gooey hamburger-sandwich goes like this: It was a favorite of William “Tiny” Naylor. I know, you were hoping it was something more exciting, like stolen as a family recipe from some mafioso and then smuggled into cafes along the coast, but it really was that Naylor owned a chain of restaurants in the 1940s and 1950s and word got out.


3. The Dagwood


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Even if you’ve never been a regular reader of the comic Blondie, there’s a chance you’ve seen the world’s hungriest cartoon father dashing around a newspaper over the years. The long-running strip (starting in 1930) features a family with a patriarch who keeps up the habit of snagging what seems to be the entire contents of the Bumstead family refrigerator and pinning the goods together between two slices of bread. And that’s essentially what the real-life comic-inspired sandwich calls for — pretty much just any kind of leftovers, though the rule tends to be “the more, the merrier” or “the goofier, the greater.” I mean, it’s as much for dinner time as it is arts-and-crafts hour.


4. The Cuban


Though the timeframe for the sandwich’s first creation can at least be somewhat nailed down to the mid-late 1800s, the actual origin tale is a lot more slippery to catch. It’s largely believed the sandwich became a go-to lunch for the workers of Cuba’s cigar factories and sugar mills (and later Key West’s cigar factories), though who exactly created it and when remains a mystery, lost to a community of hungry employees. The cigar industry eventually made its way to Tampa in the 1880s, where the sandwich more or less scored an influence from Italian immigrants, causing it to flourish. In fact, Tampa laid notable claim to the sandwich — their incarnation at least — in 2012.


5. The Sub/Hoagie/Hero/Grinder


Here’s the thing, this exact origin story is impossible to track. Instead, the name is the changing wonder.

“The Sub(marine)” found its way into the Oxford English Dictionary sometime around the start of World War II, with the legend going that it was thanks to an Italian shopkeeper near a Navy shipyard in New London, Connecticut.

“The Hoagie” keeps up a similar story, with the Philadelphia Navy Yard once being called Hog Island. However, the better sandwich tale from the City of Brotherly Love is that a 1920s jazz musician named Al De Palma saw one of his beboppin’ buddies snacking down on the thing and laughed, “You have to be a hog to eat one of those.” When the Depression hit, music wasn’t exactly paying, so he opted to open a sandwich shop that sold “hoggies,” which later led to De Palma’s altered nickname “King of the Hoagies.”

“The Hero” has a background that’s based in a slight riff of the last one, but out of New York City, when food columnist Clementine Paddleworth reportedly remarked, “You had to be a hero to eat it.” Meanwhile, the Oxford English Dictionary actually attributes the name to armored car guards.

“The Grinder” keeps it in line and brings it all back with the shipyard backing, as it was supposedly named in New England for the dockworkers who did up the day-to-day grinding repair of the ships.

And that’s how the sage-like comfort of notable sandwiches came to be, though you have to wonder how much some kind of supernatural marvel played a role in giving these masterful geniuses the initial pop of a brilliant idea.