Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sandwich Monday: The Philly Taco

Sandwich Monday: The Philly Taco

November 1, 2010
Ian Chillag

Like the Devil, today's sandwich goes by many names: the Philly Taco, South Street Sushi, the Lorenzo's-Jim's Challenge. Whatever you call it, you have to agree it's a great idea. A Philly Taco just like a regular taco, except instead of the usual fillings, there's a cheesesteak, and instead of a shell, you use a giant slice of pizza. After our show in Philadelphia, I was joined by some friends to take it on.

First, you go to Lorenzo's Pizza, and buy a slice of pizza. Then, you rush to Jim's Steaks, a block away. It's important to be fast, so the pizza is still hot when you add the cheesesteak. Also, the exercise of a brisk one-block walk helps work off 1/28th the calories of the first bite you take.

Once you have the raw ingredients, there are two schools of thought on how best to execute this terrible idea. I assembled mine so that the cheesesteak was perpendicular to the crust of the pizza, like a taco. Lily did hers sushi-style, with the pizza wrapped around the steak like a pig-in-a-blanket.

Lily: This is Halloween-appropriate: the cheesesteak is wearing a slice-of-pizza costume.

Ian cannot open his mouth big enough for the Philly Taco and keep his eyes open at the same time.
Ian: I feel like I'm doing that thing where you're reading a comic book but you cover it in the jacket of your math book.

Leo: Except way worse.

Ian: Healthwise, can I expect the pizza to protect my stomach from the cheesesteak?

Nora: Yeah, it's like a gelcap.

Lily: That would be true if you swallowed it whole, like a snake.

Ian: I don't think a snake would eat something this gross. They're cool with live rats though.

Leo: Cheesesteak plus pizza would be a great option if this were my last meal, so I wouldn't have to decide.

Joel: I think even if you didn't plan on it being your last meal, it's your last meal.

Ann Marie [after finishing the challenge]: This is great! I'm not hurting.

Ian: You need to take that statement and wrap a slice of "yet" around it.

[Featured gastronauts: Lily Hawkins, Joel Rose, Leo Voloshin, Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado, and Nora Gully.]

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