Sandwich Mondays

Sandwich Monday: 'The (Sandwich That Helped Kill) Elvis'

The Elvis sandwich, open-faced.

SPOILER ALERT: Elvis Presley did not live the the healthiest life. He may have tried illicit drugs at some point, and he was partial to a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. Now brave souls call that sandwich "The Elvis," and they wash it down with gravy.

There's some debate over whether Elvis also put bacon on his creation. There is also debate about whether he's still alive.

The first bite:

Mike eats the Elvis sandwich.

Mike: Wow, this is gross. The flavors don't blend. It's like N'SYNC. They're great together, but as solo acts not so much.

Eva: Yes, they're competing.

Ian: If we're talking about N'SYNC, this sandwich is definitely Joey Fatone.

Eva with the sandwich.

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Ian: I'd prefer my bacon on the side.

Eva: Elvis never had anything on the side. He just had another one of these sandwiches beside his sandwich.

Mike: I just don't see what the fuss is about.

Ian: Maybe Elvis liked his so much because he also put pills on his sandwich. Peanut butter, banana, bacon, and quaaludes.

The inside of the "Elvis" sandwich.

Ian: I think when you're a baby banana, you never think this is where you're gonna end up. I mean, you know you're going to get eaten, probably by a monkey, but not this.

Eva: Yeah, you at least think you're going to be healthy.

Mike: This is the being-found-passed-out-in-a-pile-of-garbage of bananas.

The Elvis sandwich, pre-grilling.

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Mike: The problem, really, is it's not gluttonous enough, by today's standards.

Eva: Back then it was probably shocking, but the Elvis of today would be eating much worse.

Mike: Yeah, this is probably served somewhere now as a healthy snack for kindergartners.



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