Weekly Feature: The Grad Lounge – A “Brunch” Sandwich with Egg Salad and Crispy Bacon

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For whatever reason, I am on a huge sandwich kick these days.  I mean, sandwiches were always a staple for lunch during all my years in elementary and high school, and to a lesser extent, university, so it’s surprising to me that I’m not sick of it.  I guess it’s because I’ve become so inspired by different fillings and fresh bakery breads as of late that it has once again become exciting for me.  I think we all go through phases like this.  Sometimes you fall in a rut and you’re inspired again by something new and different.  I’m currently excited to create a tofu scramble sandwich on crusty bread so we’ll see how that works out in the next few weeks! 🙂

I’m quite fond of sandwiches on rye bread so whenever The Grad Lounge has a sammie using rye on the daily specials menu, it’s hard to pass up.  Pastrami, corned beef, tuna salad, tuna melt, I’m all for it.  Especially when it’s a sandwich with egg salad with the option of adding bacon!  Sometimes you just want something smoky, salty, and crispy and bacon fits the bill.  And my oh my did this sandwich ever taste YUMMY with the bacon!  It was like a lunch version of a breakfast sandwich except much fresher in flavour and without all the grease!  Egg salad with chopped celery served with lettuce and crispy strips of bacon on marble rye with a spring mix salad on the side.  It was crunchy and crispy and savoury and all sorts of awesome.  My way of getting in a “breakfast food” fix at lunch time 🙂

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The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York University Keele campus.  Spring and summer hours will most likely begin within the next few weeks, so check back for updated hours of operation.

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Weekly Feature: The Grad Lounge – The Melty, Toasty, Crunchy Tuna Melt

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The tuna melt  is one of my favourite Grad Lounge dishes!  It’s funny, when we were in elementary or high school, sandwiches were one of those things that we often brought because 1) hey, that’s just what our parents used to make and if you didn’t like it you didn’t get lunch, 2) they didn’t need to be microwaved, and 3) they didn’t leak and make a mess all over the place (hopefully).  We brought them so often, day in and day out, that we would get bored of them and the last thing you’d want eating out was a sandwich.  And here I am eating a schooltime staple at the age of 25 and loving it: tuna salad.

Now I know it may seem like your regular sammie, but this ain’t no boring schoolyard lunch in a lunch box.  It’s one of my favourites because it incorporates 2 of my sandwich loves: tuna and cheese!  Served together or separately, I’m quite fond of tuna salad and you all know how dearly I adore cheese.  The tuna melt is fab.  It’s served on 3 slices of  toasty, crusty marble rye bread with tuna salad, slices of cucumber, melted marble cheese, and dried parsley flakes sprinkled on top with a side salad of mixed greens and sun-dried tomato dressing.  I love how toasty and warm and soft everything is and the melt gets brownie points in my book because the tuna salad is made in my favourite way: with chopped celery!  It’s how I make my tuna at home and it makes me all squealy knowing others make it and serve it the same way 😀  The tuna melt is part of the permanent Grad Lounge menu, so you can order it any day of the week and it is all sorts of warm and comforting.  Our schooltime sandwich is all grown up.  Awww.

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The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York University Keele campus and have extended their hours to 9pm in the evening from Monday to Thursday, and until 7pm on Friday.