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Cuisines You Just Don't Get


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Tuna melts.  Why would you take a cold sandwich filling that's just fine the way it it, top it with something that doesn't belong (quasi-cheese), and heat the whole thing just enough to make it neither cold nor hot?  Please, what is the attraction?

In Chicago there's this yuppie sandwich place called Kitsch'n on Roscoe where they do a tuna melt where they basically melt the cheese till it's brown, like a cheese wafer sort of. I guess they do it on the grill or in a pan. The tuna salad comes out pretty warm, the cheese (asiago, maybe? I can't remember) has that great browned cheese flavor--it's one of the best tuna melts I've had. Washed down with a chipotle-spiked bloody mary, it was an excellent brunch before a Cubs game when we visited last summer.

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Hm. I agree that deeply-browned cheese is delicious. And that chipotle Bloody Mary would be a great accompaniment. But was the tuna relevant to the sandwich?

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Serving fine and fresh gratuitous comments since Oct 5 2001, 09:53 PM

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I don't get meatloaf or tuna casserole or marshmallows on perfectly good- sweet potatoes. I think that "ground beef" is good for only one thing- hamburgers.

I get Mexican, (yum) I grew up in California and now live in Hawaii. There are some days when I wish I could go straight to the SF Mission district for a Mexican food fix. Taco Bell is NOT Mexican food!!!

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