Good Food Blog
Swindled by a sandwichPosted at 12:31PM, 08 October 2008 by Andrea McGinniss - Editor, bbcgoodfood.com
I'm sick of being ripped off. And now that we're having our credit crunched it hurts even more. That toasted cheese Panini that isn't melted in the middle; the £4 fruit smoothie that is more froth than fruit; overly packaged supermarket fruit at more than a pound per pop; a chain-shop coffee that is milky and weak. And that's just from the handful of shops beneath our office.
Look around and you can see we're surrounded by overhyped, disappointing food products. I fully appreciate the power of good copywriting but quite frankly, it's getting ridiculous.
A ham and egg sandwich from Pret A Manger, in their words, becomes: 'Wiltshire cured ham, free-range egg slices, fresh tomatoes, red onion, Italian matured cheese, English mustard mayo and salad leaves on our seedy bread (with no less than 7 different types of seeds and grains!)'. No less indeed! Though tasty, it's still just a ham and egg sandwich, and comes in at a hefty 582 calories. And it's not cheap either. Whinge.
Look around and you can see we're surrounded by overhyped, disappointing food products...
I like to think of myself as quite an easygoing kind of person, reluctant to kick up a fuss. But things are changing. Last year I was pushed that bit too far by a lunchtime wrap. It had the nerve to call itself 'Full o beans'. But as my photo proves , it was anything but. Feeling particularly ranty, I wrote in and complained. I got a voucher back, but that wasn't the point. I didn't want another 'Empty o beans' wrap for free, I just wanted what it promised on the packet. Is that too much to ask?
I know I'm not alone in my frustration as these (rather disturbing) images prove . Sadly, it's not just fast food which is failing to live up to its promise. I think all the healthy, organic, local, ethical, sustainable claims of the more noble-intentioned (and pricey) chains can distract us from the fact that chain lunch bars just aren't very good.
If it gets any worse, God forbid, I'm going to have to bring my own lunch in, and get out of bed five minutes earlier on these cold wintry mornings. We need better value and we need it now!
Have you been left feeling ripped off by sub standard sandwich bars? And what can we do about it?