The Piñera Sandwich
On Monday President Sebastián Piñera got together with diplomats at Confitería Torres (Café) to celebrate Chile’s Bicentenary. President Aníbal Pinto had done the same in 1910 at the same café to celebrate Chile’s first 100 years though with only 16 diplomats that were in the country that time. So why do I mention this diplomatic gathering? Well, the freak incident that came out of the event was the Piñera Sandwich. The what? A sandwich created with the President’s name.
Strange as it may seem, he is not the first president to have a sandwich named after him. The most well known one is the Barros Luco which contains grilled cheese and meat on white bread. Its name is in honour of President Ramón Barros Luco (President 1910 – 1915) who used to ask for this combination at the Confitería Torres (Café).
Then there is the Barros Jarpa which contains grilled cheese and ham on bread. Its name is from a Chilean minister called Ernesto Barros Jarpa who used to ask for it at the Club de la Unión de Santiago.
So, what does the Piñera Sandwich contain?
Rúcula = Arugula (US) – Rocket (UK)
Salmón = Salmon
Queso Crema = Cream Cheese
With those ingredients you won’t be able to find the sandwich on any street corner. It is more a Cuico (elitist) sandwich than one that the general populous can indulge in!
Salmon isn’t the cheapest fish to buy and the cream cheese used was Queso Filadelfia (Philadelphia Cheese)… again not the cheapest.
According to the president the Piñera Sandwich has “More taste and less cholesterol!”
I think he meant to say “More taste, less cholesterol, bigger hole in pocket!”
Well, you can always buy one by RedCompra *
(* Chilean Pun – RedCompra is the debit card system in Chile. Piñera is the sole rights owner of the debit/credit card system which he started in Chile years ago and he receives a percentage of every single transaction made by them!)
What do you think of the Piñera Sandwich?