Friday, March 17, 2006
John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich
When one requires a moment of zen - the best alternative to the Daily Show with John Stewart is the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena. Specifically the Zen Garden, where you can look at the swirls in gravel made by a spiffy rake.
However, more important than zen is a very simple word. Sandwiches.
If the 4th Earl of Sandwich were alive today (pictured to the left) he would proclaim "The tea sandwiches at the Huntington Tea Room are the best in all of the New World". Of course he'd say it in a British foppish way that makes you jealous you're not Sean Connery. And apparently he invented the sandwich so he could keep gambling at the tables...if that's not James Bond, I don't know what is.
And in locating his photo, I learned that Captain Cook named the 'Sandwich Islands' after him. They got re-named 'Hawaii' but personally...I think that was a mistake.
But those Huntington sandwiches...they're TEA sandwiches, which means that they're little, and you can eat a hundred and not realize you've just eaten the equivalent of the 12 foot party sandwich at Subway.
And as I always say...the world's problems could be solved by a good sandwich. Or is that cheese? All problems can be solved with cheese. Ohh...grilled cheese sandwich. And peace and justice shall reign. My name is John Montagu, you killed my father, prepare to eat.