The grilled cheese and tomato sandwich
At the end of last week I had a stomach bug (or that occupational hazard, mild food poisoning). I felt better after not eating anything much for a couple of days, so Friday I went over to Nina's Espresso Bar, which is catty-corner to the Sun.
I hadn't been for awhile because I don't go out for lunch much anymore. To my surprise it's turned into much more of a restaurant. The hours have also expanded.
The owner, Jeanhee, is a native of Korea, and there have always been a few Asian dishes on the menu. In fact, she has the best spicy egg ramen in town. It's my go-to food when I have a bad cold. ...
But now she's got a sushi chef working for her. She says right now she's sticking to mostly cooked and vegetable sushi to see how it goes.
I wasn't up to sushi, but I overheard someone ordering a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich. I immediately craved one. Washed down with a fresh-squeezed lemonade, it tasted better than anything I had eaten in months.
Yesterday I decided to duplicate it at home. Of course, I couldn't bring myself to buy Wonder Bread, "processed cheese food" singles, or margarine, which is what I'm guessing the ingredients were.
I went to the store and got the Pepperidge Farm version of Wonder Bread and a block of cheddar. I placed a large slice of a Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato on it and grilled the sandwich in butter.
You know what? It was good, very good. But not as good as that sandwich at Nina's.
(Photo of Jeanhee by Gene Sweeney Jr./Sun photographer)