The Piñera Sandwich

The Piñera Sandwich and what it contains in English and Spanish

The Piñera Sandwich

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?

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13 Responses to “The Piñera Sandwich”

  1. Abby September 10, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    Interesting post. I didn’t know that Piñera owned the RedCompra system! I knew he introduced credit cards. But sheesh. I don’t like knowing that he gets a cut every time I pay with debit!

    • woodward September 13, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

      Yep, and I bet there is a lot more he gets without us knowing. The impersonation by Stefan Kramer did in the Festival de Viña made fun of it too. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-8rMgfv5kc)

  2. Tomás September 13, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    Piranha Sandwich sucks… no one will remember it one month after.. it just doesn’t have the class of the “barros luco” or “barros jarpa” sandwich… it is just an effort of Piranha to increase his popularity

    • woodward September 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

      It always makes me smile when he is called Piranha. There does seem to be a connection there.
      I think I have to agree with you there too Tomás that it was a bit of a publicity stunt.

  3. Laura October 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    It sounds so good! Before the 18th, there were so many Chilean Food segments on the local news and I remember seeing some chef making the Piñera sandwich. I began to salivate. I haven’t tried one yet because I don’t know where to go. Where’s a good place to get one?

    • woodward October 16, 2010 at 12:36 am #

      You can get it at Confiteria Torres (Alameda 1570). Since the Café was founded in 1879, it has a lot of history (in Spanish) and the Piñera Sandwich has become part of it.

  4. Sharron Clemons December 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

    It always makes me smile when he is called Piranha. There does seem to be a connection there. I think I have to agree with you there too Tomás that it was a bit of a publicity stunt.

  5. Latoya Bridges December 22, 2010 at 6:22 am #

    It sounds so good! Before the 18th, there were so many Chilean Food segments on the local news and I remember seeing some chef making the Piñera sandwich. I began to salivate. I haven’t tried one yet because I don’t know where to go. Where’s a good place to get one?

  6. Nona Mills December 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    Piranha Sandwich sucks… no one will remember it one month after.. it just doesn’t have the class of the “barros luco” or “barros jarpa” sandwich… it is just an effort of Piranha to increase his popularity

  7. Janis Workman December 23, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    It always makes me smile when he is called Piranha. There does seem to be a connection there. I think I have to agree with you there too Tomás that it was a bit of a publicity stunt.

  8. Laurie Bailey December 24, 2010 at 4:44 am #

    Interesting post. I didn’t know that Piñera owned the RedCompra system! I knew he introduced credit cards. But sheesh. I don’t like knowing that he gets a cut every time I pay with debit!

  9. Alejandro Lizama May 24, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    A full-lard fatty sandwich, just like the president Piranha (we nicknamed it broken bridge: nobody can pass it LOL)

    • Rob W. May 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

      Broken Bridge… at least in Spanish the joke is funny! 😛

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