Pressed Sandwiches at Government Center

July 2, 2009 at 2:26 AM (Happenings) (, , , , , , )

One of the many delightful aspects of my internship is its location in Government Center, which features history, scenery, tourists, shopping, and of course, good eats.  Er, at least one good eat: I visited Pressed Sandwiches on Oliver St. after my interview with 451 Marketing and I haven’t ventured elsewhere yet.

Pressed boasts delicious, healthy paninis made with fresh ingredients – most notably, their artichokes.  While I’m no artichoke fanatic, I’ve got to admit: those sandwiches are pretty darned amazing.  My goal is to eventually try each menu option at least once, which is only encouraged by my possession of another tally card: purchase 10 salads or sandwiches and the next purchase is free (another score for the poor starving college grad!).  I’ve made decent progress, but the going is slow since I’m only around for lunch at 451 once or twice a week.  Below are some of the small delights of Pressed that I’ve sampled, and what I’ve thought.

Cuban – marinated pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, chipotle mayo, slaw, on ciabatta. As far as I’ve encountered, the perfect Cuban. I really can’t handle overly spicy foods, and I’m wary of chipotle after more than a couple unpleasant encounters.  Pickles in mass quantities aren’t really my deal either, and by now you’re probably wondering, “Geez, why’d she bother ordering it!?” Because I’m a wild and crazy risk-taker, that’s why.  As you may have guessed, the payoff was worth it: the Cuban is just zingy enough, and the pickles are sliced nearly paper-thin, offering a subtle suggestion of flavour. It was my wonderous gateway sandwich.

Italian Chickenmarinated grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, oregano, roasted red peppers, on ciabatta. As far as Italian chicken sandwiches go, not bad at all.  Perhaps a bit much mozzarella, though.

Chicken Pesto – marinated grilled chicken, fontina, roasted artichokes, pesto, on parmesan focaccia. Pretty flippin’ delicious.  No complaints about this one.

There’s more, but it’s late and I have a job interview in the morning.  Wish me luck, and to be continued!

Tonight’s Tunes
The Mating Game, Bitter:Sweet
“The Mating Game (Blackjoy Remix),” Bitter:Sweet

Tonight’s Distraction
Empire Records

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Tossed Salads at the Prudential Center

July 1, 2009 at 3:35 AM (Happenings) (, , , , )

I have a new culinary love in life: the salad creations of Tossed in the Prudential Center.  This comes as a surprise to me.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy salads, but I’ve never really considered them an outstanding food personality, and under no circumstances would I ever have chosen one over, say, a porterhouse steak when it came to filling the black hole that is sometimes known as my stomach.

Until now.

Once upon a time, our blogger was frolicking through the Pru for some reason or other (after a moment’s thought, I recalled that I had been taking advantage of a sale elsewhere in the vicinity) when she suddenly realised that she was a touch on the ravenous side.  She considered visiting the Cheesecake Factory to take advantage of the bar menu until remembering that she’d need to wait an hour to do so, so she instead meandered through another arcade in the shopping center, vaguely recalling the existence of a decent salad joint that may be worth her patronage.

Tossed salad logoSuffice to say, the patronage was well earned.  Not only are the salads scrump-diddly-uptious, but they’re filling!  The first salad I ordered was a cobb (baby field greens, crisp hearts of romaine, freshly roasted chicken, grape tomatoes, avocado, smoked bacon, roasted onions and crumbled blue cheese with blue cheese dressing).  My plan had been to have a light, early dinner so that I wouldn’t feel lethargic later on when I wanted to swim.  A salad would be perfect.

Oh, how wrong I was.  Perhaps it had to do with the mass quantities of blue cheese, but not only was the salad filling – I couldn’t finish it.  People who’ve known me for more than one meal know that I could probably polish off an entire goat, yet, I had discovered the David to the Goliath of my stomach.  I tried to finish that salad.  I really did.  It was delicious, and I absolutely hate not cleaning my plate when it’s decorated with good eats.  While humbling, the experience was also surprisingly satisfying: after all, since when have I considered salads to be acceptable meals?  Oh, that’s right: never.

My second visit to Tossed took place less than a week later, and I arrived prepared (read: starving and eager to merit wearing my fat pants).  This time I ordered the apple walnut salad: crisp hearts of romaine, freshly roasted chicken, apples, crumbled blue cheese, walnuts, golden raisins and honey balsamic vinaigrette.  I had more success with this attempt, only leaving a few large crumbles of blue cheese and perhaps a golden raisin or two, but I still have yet to finish an entire Tossed salad.  Luckily, the nice people who work there have given me a nifty little card that receives a hole-punch with each salad I purchase: after six, my next salad is free.

What’s not to like?

Tonight’s Tunes
“B.O.B.,” OutKast
“Ms. Jackson,” OutKast
“Morris Brown,” OutKast featuring Scar & Sleepy Brown
“Hey Ya!” OutKast
“The Way You Move,” OutKast

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