Joel and I had to go out and about the big city of Washington, D.C.. He had taken his camera into the shop for repairs. It’s been months and months to get it repaired and returned, but finally it was ready for pick up. On the way home we stopped by the grocery store to pick up a couple items for lunch. And sure enough, there was a politician on hand soliciting votes. I think I have finally found a candidate that I can support; Tony For President.
A G-R-R-R-E-E-A-T Candidate
We discovered that a Trader Joe’s lives just down the road from Bull Run Regional Park so on our way home we stopped by to pick up some items. One of the items that just happened to jump into the shopping cart was a package of Trader Joe’s provolone cheese; it’s a Grrreeat Cheese.
Way back when I was in “junior high”, Ronnie and Vi Knight came into our lives. Ronnie was hired as editor for the Republican Journal. At that time my dad was the Advertising Manager. Ronnie and dad hit it off right from the start.
Ronnie had a Journalism degree from the University of Maine so he was quite familiar with the Orono/Bangor area and knew about all the local “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives”. There was a bar situated under the bridge that led from Bangor to Brewer called the Baltimore. Along with beer they also served some really great sandwiches one of which was a favorite of Ronnie and Vi. So they introduced the Patterson family to the Big M sandwich; it was a Grrreeat Sandwich.
The Big M was made up of ham, salami, provolone cheese and mustard on a Kaiser roll. Now, it doesn’t sound all that spectacular, however, I’ve never had a sandwich that came close to it in taste. You see, it’s the quality of the ingredients that made the sandwich. The combination of the roll, I’ve never found anything like it, the right ham and salami, and the right provolone cheese gave the sandwich its unique taste.
Well, all of that leads to this. Trader Joe’s provolone cheese is closest in flavor to any provolone cheese that I have had since the Big M sandwich. It is a quality cheese with lots of flavor and it is yummy. We sure wish that “they” would build a Trader Joe’s right next door to Joe Patti’s fish market in Pensacola, Florida; that would be “one stop shopping” for sure.
Oh, by the way, The Baltimore restaurant was torn down due to an Urban Renewal Project in Bangor back in the late 60’s. A new restaurant was opened on Broadway which was named Mama Baldacci’s. The restaurant is being relocated once again and will be called Baldacci’s, however, I don’t know if the Big M sandwich is still on the menu.
There You Have It. A Grrreeat Candidate, A Grrreeat Cheese, and A Grrreeat Sandwich.
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