The (not so) Common Market

During my blissful day of unplanned meandering, I wandered over to The Common Market in South End for lunch:


How adorable is that little sandwich guy?  The Common Market is one of those places you’d probably just drive by if you hadn’t heard through the twitter grapevine that they had delicious sandwiches.  It looks, at least from the outside, like a standard convenience store, and it wasn’t until I walked along the side of the building that I realized they have this great secluded courtyard to sit in and enjoy your lunch!


Once inside the Market you can spot newbies <aka ME> who are unsure where to go to order… where to pay…  and frankly what the heck is going on inside this quirky store. There’s STUFF everywhere in the store.  Not just stuff to fill space, but stuff that is interesting and unique and fun to look at and drool over.

If your heart is set on getting a sandwich (as it should be), you can head straight to the back of the store where the deli counter is located.  You order your grub there and then pay at the register at the front of the store.


While waiting for my sandwich, I snooped around the store a bit and noted that you can even dine-in at one of the handful of tables perched right in the middle of the store.

You can crab a bottle of wine (or five) from their extensive wine selection to enjoy with your grub.  Or if beer is your thing, they’ve got quite the selection of high-end bottled beers as well.


The sandwiches don’t come with chips or drinks or any sides, but that is A-O-Kay because the market is chock full of yummies.  The shelves are packed with snacks and chips and TONS of homemade baked goods:


I somehow exercised superb self control and did not snag any of the baked goodies.  Though they had these brownie logs that looked to die for, and that I’ve been dreaming about since!

The Market also has a random hodgepodge of fun gadgets and gizmos and cards and signs for sale and some random gluten-free products on the shelves.  I’ll have to bring my friend Tracy here when she comes to visit!

$6.25 for a sandwich ain’t bad in Charlotte.  Especially when it comes with a compliment stamp:


I went with the Turkey Capri sandwich, which had sundried tomato spread, a slathering of goat cheese, a big handful of baby spinach, and red onion between two hearty slices of 9 grain bread:


The sandwich was FABULOUS.  I think i could eat one of these every day and not get tired of them.  Though they also had a pepperjack turkey panini on the menu that looked quite tasty…

The the funkyness of the market carried out to the courtyard area which was full of random odds and ends, crazy signs, and patrons enjoying the nice weather and even nicer food.


The South End location does wine tastings on Wednesday nights and beer tastings on Thursday nights.   They also have live music on the patio on the weekends.


Sadly, my sandwich came to an end.  Too soon.  But isn’t that always the case with a tasty lunch? DSCF7240

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Holy crap, that was a lot of food.

Have you ever been in conversation with a new person and thrown out the obligatory “so, Bill, what do you do for a living?” and had Bill come back with “well Mary, I’m a psychiatrist”?  Confused smile

When a person discovers they’re in the midst of conversation with someone who analyzes people for a living, they are immediately scared.  (What the heck have I said in the last five minutes? …  Does he think I’m a basket case… Why am I suddenly sweating profusely?!)  All of this fear and anxiety is followed by near immediate curiosity.

Oddly enough, that’s a similar reaction to the one I get when I first tell a person I’m a food blogger.  People get oddly weirded out, followed almost instantly with excited curiosity.  I try to explain that I am not a food critic, but a food enjoyer.  I’m not professionally critiquing food, but rather honestly sharing my experiences with the food with friends and fellow foodies.

Isn’t sharing food with others what makes a good meal great, anyway?


Seriously. Make this. Now.

Last weekend, I posted a super simple super quick recipe for the Ahmygawd Breakfast Sandwich.

Today, I made a repeat of that masterpiece with the addition of some Frank’s Red Hot:


I swear to you, this breakfast sandwich is eyes-roll-into-the-back-of-your-head delicious.


If you are a yolk lover like me (and a sausage lover for that matter) do yourself a favor and make this for breakfast.  Immediately! 


Stats on the life changer:  255 calories, 24g carbs, 10g fat, 20g protein, 3g fiber


Healthified Italian Sub

Today, it dawned on me:  I am kitchen appliance dependent. 

Nearly every meal I cook up makes use of my oven, stove top, or George Foreman grill.  If the meal is not something that typically requires one of these appliances I FIND a way to use them.  A sandwich, for example, can go from “meh” to “ohmmmmmmm myyyy gawddd” with just a quick bake in the oven. 

Take a gander at today’s lunch:


Why oh why can’t I put a toaster oven in my cubicle???  Google searches for “cubicle toaster oven” and “George Foreman in my cubicle” turned up with disappointing results…  (Yes, I actually spent 30 minutes looking at this) Alas, at least I get to use my gadgets for weekend lunches!

Today’s delicious healthified Italian sub consisted of:

  • 1 Pepperidge farm 7 grain deli flat
  • 4 ounces lean turkey breast
  • 1/2 a slice Sargento Pepper jack cheese
  • red onion
  • tomato
  • banana peppers
  • 4 slices turkey pepperoni
  • 1 tbsp Ken’s Steakhouse Lite Italian Romano dressing
  • Couple sprinkles of Franks Red Hot
  • dried oregano
  • black pepper

All together nah:


I popped this guy into a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese was nice and melty:


Then sandwiched the two halves together:



Of course I also had a good size salad on the side, which rounded out this lovely Sunday lunch.


Love me some veggies Smile




Stats on the sandwich:  312 calories, 33g carbs, 9g fat, 28g protein, 6g fiber

Cheeseless Quesadilla?

What do you call a cheeseless quesadilla?

Is it just a dilla?  What about a cheeseless quesadilla with beans?  A habadilla? 

Something to ponder…

Quesadillas are one of my favorite fast-fix dinners.  I put a lot of random things in my quesadillas, and I’m convinced that you can sandwich pretty much anything in between a tortilla, throw it on the george foreman grille, and have near instant glory in your mouth.

Take this dinner for example.  I started off with 1 Tumaro’s low carb tortilla topped, 1/4 cup fat-free refried beans and 2 ounces grilled chicken:


Plus 1/2 a cup of frozen calabacita mixed veggies that I defrosted in the microwave:


5 minutes of quality time with the george:


Naked quesadilla:


Veggies for toppin’


Add 2 tbsp of fat-free sour cream and you have yourself magnificence on a plate!


Stats on the habadilla:  264 calories, 38g carbs, 3g fat, 33g protein, 12g fiber


 Mmmmmm beans……  Love them.