January 30, 2007

Dear Pret A Manger (with apologies to O. Dear),

Filed under: PolenBabble, Kvetch! Kvetch! Kvetch! — Twin C @ 2:30 pm

I like your sandwiches a lot. I especially like your “sandwiches of the week”, which are usually extra tasty. But there’s one concept you need to pick up on: not everything needs mayonaise.

You had a tuna avocado sandwich years ago without mayonaise that was perhaps the best thing you ever put on your menu, but it’s long gone, probably never to be seen again.

This week’s SOTW is bacon avocado, and it’s pretty tasty, but without the mayo I’d be enjoying it about 1000 times more. (Maybe a little less onion would be good too.)

Twin C

P.S. Now that I know about “To Whom It May Concern”, I feel a little guilty about posting these, but I was doing it long before I found out about O. Dear, and in fact, my first “Dear blah-blah” post was a mere three months after she started. So if I get the urge, I’ll follow each title with apologies to her. I hope I don’t start a blog flame war.


  1. If you keep talking about avocados on sandwiches, you can do whatever you want ;) Delicious. Don’t worry about the attribution; McSweeny’s (there’s a link to it on my blog) has been doing it for years (unbeknownst to me), and really, I should be apologzing to them!

    Comment by O. Dear — January 30, 2007 @ 8:09 pm

  2. Wow, you stopped by again?

    I think I’ve got a little crush now.

    Sorry PSB!!! I guess we’re even for Mike Daisey. ;)

    In the meantime, as a humble token of appreciation I’m putting To Whom It May Concern into the Bestest Sites Ever, about the only reward I can offer. Unless you want poker lessons.

    Comment by Twin C — January 30, 2007 @ 9:48 pm

  3. Whoa, dude. No. _Everything_ needs mayonnaise, and I in fact think Pret’s sandwiches need more! They not only scaled back mayo application from standard UK levels when they opened here in the States, but over the years, they’ve cut back even more. But I guess you’re the customer they’re trying to cater to, because I only go there twice a year, and then complain about it bitterly on my blog afterward.

    Incidentally, another thing they didn’t import from the UK: booze-centric marketing. Peter just came back from London with a little Pret bag that has some recipe for ham-and-cheese croissant on it. At the end it says “Tastes great with or without a hangover!” or something. That just would not fly here. Too bad. And I want those parsnip chips too.

    Comment by Zora — January 30, 2007 @ 11:33 pm

  4. Now, I’m no food expert, but I felt like the crispy meaty bacon and the soft sweet avocado was getting ruined by too much mayo. And I just don’t want mayo on a mozzarella sandwich. Later on in the evening, however, I was munching on deep fried squid legs, with mayo on the side for dipping (not tartar, which also would have been tasty, I’ll bet) - and that was mighty delicious.

    As the Pret I go to is right next door to my office, it’s easy to hit when I miss the corporate cafeteria, which closes at 2 p.m. - I don’t go more than once every two weeks or so, what with Cosi and Chipotle and Daily Soup and Pax and Burritoville and ten delis within three blocks. In such a corporate environment, I’d sure appreciate booze-centric marketing, but I imagine it might not go over so well with the suits. I haven’t seen any parsnip chips either (all their chips are way overpriced).

    Comment by Twin C — January 30, 2007 @ 11:57 pm

  5. Maybe your Pret is just more heavy-handed with the mayo. Maybe I’ll have to check it out. Maybe we can switch? Mine is on 50th between 6th and B’way. And you’re right–mayo and mozz are not suited to each other.

    Comment by Zora — January 31, 2007 @ 7:19 pm

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