Thursday, July 02, 2009

8 to 5 Sandwich

You ask. I answer. Here are directions to the famous 8 to 5 Sandwich. And a little background.

Ben Blair and I moved to Greece just weeks after I discovered I was pregnant with my oldest child. I was working as an art director at Ogilvy & Mather and everyday we'd order out for lunch. One of the nearby restaurants was called 8 to 5 — because they were only open during business hours and catered to the working peeps in the area.

I ordered their signature sandwich, also called the 8 to 5, on my first day of work. It was delicious. Maybe even heavenly. And it was one of the first meals that seemed to settle my morning sick digestive system.
I ordered this same sandwich every day I worked at Ogilvy & Mather. Literally every day. It got me through that first pregnancy and has been a favorite sandwich ever since.

8 to 5 Sandwich

French Baguette


Cream Cheese




-Take a section of baguette (about 6-8 inches long) and slice it length wise.

-Mash the avocado and spread one piece of the sliced baguette with it.

-Spread the other slice of baguette with cream cheese.
-Add bacon and lettuce between the slices of bread.

-Enjoy a little bit of heaven.

One note. In Greece, they would mix the mashed avocado with some mayonnaise. It was yummy and salty and creamy. But for whatever reason, I've skipped this step for years.


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Blogger Mariah said...

mmm...that sounds yummy. I thought the post script to this post was going to be an announcement. Hence the reason for eating it again. ha!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 1:49:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Smiling Mama said...

Yum! I definitely have to try that. And, how fun that you were able to recreate it to a satisfying result.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 1:55:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

Avocado on sandwiches is the best. I will have to try this. Sounds like a great way to break out of the lunchtime rut that I always seem stuck in.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 2:16:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Mixing Bowl Mama said...

Oh...I've had something similar while living in must be a Mediterranean thing. Thank you for reminding me...I must make a sandwich like that for my family now...

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 2:25:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Tiffany said...

If this gets me through the remaining weeks of this first trimester, I will have to find you and hug you. For some crazy reason, this sandwhich sounds so yummy even though I can't seem to keep anything down. Now...I just need to send my hubby to the store. :) Thank you!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 2:43:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Mandaleighta said...

Okay, I must make this for tomorrow's picnic! :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 2:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

OK, this sounds amazing! I think I'll try it this weekend!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:13:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Heidi said...

I don't remember eating any avocados in the Mediterranean. Where did I go wrong? I will have to try this delicious-looking sandwich post haste!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 7:23:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Likes Chocolate said...

You made me drool. I love a good BLT and throw a little avacado even better.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 8:11:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Thrifted Treasure said...

Yum! Sounds very like my favourite bagel I used to eat in Ireland, toasted onion bagel, crispy bacon, avocado, slices of mozarella and herb mayonaise, hungry now thinking about it...

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 10:07:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Emily said...

My mouth is in heaven...and I haven't even made the sandwich yet. I think I will add some Greek pepperoncinis to the mix...that would add a little something special.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 10:17:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Rachel said...

Yo lived in Greece?! Why do I not have your awesome life?

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 11:02:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Robin said...

they have this sandwich at our favorite deli. it's called the surfin bird.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 11:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger m e l said...

yum - that sounds so good, and yet so simple. I think I'll give it a whirl!!

Friday, July 3, 2009 at 2:41:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Adventures In Babywearing said...

This sounds divine!


Friday, July 3, 2009 at 10:27:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Kiera said...

oh no! Why? Why did you have to post that!!? I am already 26 weeks and 30 pounds into my pregnancy and... oh! no! Quite sure I'll hit a record high weight because of that sandwich! (ok, ok, who am i kidding? Read oh no's as, THANK YOU) :)

Friday, July 3, 2009 at 1:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love said...

Sound a little strange yet good! Might have to try that!

Friday, July 3, 2009 at 2:14:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Christina said...

I was hoping you would post this. Glad some folks asked!

Friday, July 3, 2009 at 9:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Betsey said...

Lunch tomorrow will be this sandwich. Thanks for the recipe!

Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 11:10:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous sherri said...

Oh my, that looks so delish! I am going to try it with turkey bacon. Thank you for sharing! I just found your blog and I love it.

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 3:09:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Marliese said...

Thanks for sharing! Sounds delish...must be, since you ate it every day during that period.

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 11:45:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous The Bella Cottage said...

Sounds dee-lish, quick and easy to make for my 2 boys too!

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 8:11:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Megan said...

I made this sandwich for dinner last night. It was amazing! My husband is still raving about it! Thanks for the recipe.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 9:39:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Cable Car Couture said...

Now I'm hungry for dinner allllll over again!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 11:13:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Janet said...

I can't believe you worked at Ogilvy & Mather! Several years ago I read 'Ogilvy on Advertising' & that's when I started loving them. I'm not a designer by any stretch but...that rocks.

Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 1:15:00 AM EDT  
Blogger MamaAngel said...

Oh, this sounds so good to my pregnant self! Can't wait to try it.

Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 9:36:00 PM EDT  

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