I would like to take a moment to point out that I’m not an aspiring food photographer (nor budding, but I really wish I was a budding, non-aspiring food photographer because that would be awfully convenient). I’ve managed to get by and sometimes I have a really awesome picture. Sadly, this is not one of them, but I promise it doesn’t make it any less delicious.
The story behind this sandwich is a good one.
At my last office job, I almost always used my lunch hour to do freelance work. My co-worker, Crystal, soon discovered that I would go to wifi locations at lunch and asked if she could come along because she had a few freelance projects as well. She was really just using me because she carpooled and didn’t always have a car. All those lunch hours spent together made us really great friends and after that it was always assumed that we would spend our lunch hour together.
Most days, we would pack our lunches, eat at our desks and go to a local coffee shop to work. There were of course times we wouldn’t work at all and we’d actually go out to eat. We had a few dishes that we both loved, but this chicken avocado sandwich at a local cafe was by far one of our favorites. Crystal and I would often say “I need the sandwich today.” It became a staple in our diet and gave us a will to live on Fridays where time seemed to stop.
This story is about to get a little sad, but stick with it. It gets better.
One day, Crystal and I went to the cafe. Crystal goes first and of course, orders the sandwich. The cashier says “I’m sorry, but we are out of ciabatta, what would you like instead?” When I think back to that moment I can see Crystal turning around to me in slow motion giving me the look of the death. I can’t remember what option she chose, but when it was my turn, I chose to go with a wrap.
Here comes the happy part…
As I bit into the wrap for the first time I realized that the universe was on my side. That the ciabatta wasn’t meant for that sandwich, the tortilla wrap was. At that moment, everything in the world made sense. Crystal was unimpressed with her bread selection and the whole time (in-between bites) I just talked about how good it was and next time, ciabatta or not, she needed to order it in a wrap.
She did and the rest is history. The thing about the wrap and the ingredients in the sandwich are that it keeps it all together so when bite into nothing squeezes out. You know what I’m talking about.
This was of course, one of my last meals before leaving my full-time job with Crystal. I think there are a lot of sandwiches and people that come into your life, but this sandwich will always hold a special place in my heart and I can say with certainty that Crystal and I will be friends forever.
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 2 oz of sliced roasted red peppers
- 2 marinated artichoke hearts, quartered
- 4 oz of goat cheese
- 4 oz cooked chicken breast
- ¼ cup of sun-dried tomato pesto (it’s with the regular pesto in the pasta sauce aisle)
- 4 whole wheat tortillas
- Place ¼ of the avocado, 2 oz of chicken, ½ an ounce of the red peppers, 2 artichoke quarters, 1 oz of goat cheese and a tablespoon of the pesto on one tortilla wrap.
- Wrap it tightly, heat on a grill pan or warm in the microwave so the goat cheese melts slightly.