I was at work when I got the email from my friend Sarah. She was coming down to my neck of the woods during the week and wanted to know if I wanted to get together for lunch. Did I?! Does she know me at all?! Aside from going out for breakfast and going out for dinner, getting together for lunch ranks up right about…here on my list of favorite things to do; I just tend to not be able to do it that much because the magic beans that I bought and planted and are supposed to turn into a money tree don’t seem to want to sprout. Until they do, I will continue to savor the special occasions that lunches out with friends happen to be.
So, after responding to her email with an all-caps YES!, I did as much of a happy dance as I could get away with doing in my cubicle without eliciting stares from my co-workers who would no doubt be questioning my sanity (more so than they do now, that is).
We decided to meet at the café attached to the Bristol Farms next door to my office building, both for convenience and because the food there happens to be quite good. We ordered and then settled in for an hour’s worth of gab and gossip. Our food arrived, and then Sarah said this:
“This is so good! I would love to know how to make this.”
Let me just say this: you should never say anything “off the record” in front of a reporter, you should never tell a secret to a 7-year-old, and you should never say the words “I’d really love to know how to make this!” in front of a food blogger. At least, not without expecting a subsequent post, like this one. Sarah is one smart cookie, though, so I expect she knew exactly what she was doing.
You know this sandwich, you really do. Marinated Portobello sandwiches are ubiquitous, and rightly so; they are so good. I’m surprised it took me this long to try my hand at making them myself. Thank goodness for lunch out with good friends.