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    Thin-sliced cheese

    I really do love where I live, but the Boston area suffers from a deli ineptitude and I want to see if it's a national thing or if I'm just unlucky.

    I originally hail from Philadelphia. Say what you will about Philly, and believe me I do, but they know their way around a sandwich in that city.

    And, in that area, whether it's on a prepared sandwich or it comes from your local market (Wa-Wa I love you), deli meats and cheeses come thin-sliced. You don't have to ask for thin-sliced down there because there's no other way to get it. Why? Because any Philadelphian will tell you that the flavor improves as the surface area to mass ratio increases. Though they'll phrase it as "Because it tastes better, you dope."

    In Boston they aren't so bad with the meats, but there seems to regional mania for slab cheese. Perhaps that's why the call them grinders instead of subs, since you've got to grind through a foundation of cheese that melds with none of the rest of the sandwich because it's cut as thick as floor tiling.

    Even worse is when you go to the market and actually ask for thin-sliced cheese. They'll slice it and ask you if the cut's all right. Invariably they've cut it extra thick. When I insist that, no, that's not even sort of thin, I get this, "Well, that's just crazy" look from the counter person. Well, I'm not crazy. I'm just from Philadelphia and I know something about sandwiches.

    I don't remember it being this bad when I lived in Virginia. They didn't do made-to-order sandwiches all that well (Subway was the best you were going to get), but they didn't cut thick as a bed sheet at the supermarket.

    Anyway, I need to know, is this just a New England thing? Because if it is, I might have to buy my own slicer.
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    Re: Thin-sliced cheese

    Hi... I live on the west coast.

    What's a deli?

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    Re: Thin-sliced cheese

    Real deli's are few and far between here in beautuful Ohio, but the deli counter at my local Kroger will slice stuff anyway you want it without any of those looks.

    Back when I lived in Chicago they had some great deli's. Don't know if that's still the case.
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    Re: Thin-sliced cheese

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou
    Hi... I live on the west coast.

    What's a deli?
    Amen brother man

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    Re: Thin-sliced cheese

    I always seem to get it sliced the way I request. We don't have any real delis around here though.

    My pet peeve is what they call sharp cheddar cheese around here. I'm from New York ..... I want some aged, extra sharp cheddar cheese ...... not that orange stuff. I want a slice of cheese that bites back.

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    Re: Thin-sliced cheese

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamCasey
    My pet peeve is what they call sharp cheddar cheese around here. I'm from New York ..... I want some aged, extra sharp cheddar cheese ...... not that orange stuff. I want a slice of cheese that bites back.
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    Re: Thin-sliced cheese

    or Trader Joe's. There is now one in Cincinnati thank goodness.
    teach tolerance.

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    Re: Thin-sliced cheese

    Trader Joes is the one stop cheese shop in this house.

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    Re: Thin-sliced cheese

    Katzingers Deli here in Columbus is the best in the area.. had it for lunch today actually.

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    Re: Thin-sliced cheese

    Wow, Cincy has Trader Joe's now?

    I thought it was a West coast thing.

    Sure wish we had one here. We do have a very good New York style deli, run by actual transplanted New Yorkers. You can get any type cut you want there.

    Boston has a few local customs that are different than anywhere else I've been. Automatically loading up coffee with sugar and cream is one of them.

    And I've never seen so many Dunkin Doughnuts in my life.

    Maybe now that the curse is broken they can get with the program.

    M2, there's a chain of restuarants in Texas called "Texadelphia", and they make the best philly style cheese steaks I've had outside of Philly.
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    Re: Thin-sliced cheese

    The Trader Joe's in Cincinnati (on Montgomery Ave.) just opened in the last couple of months I guess. In the past I've had to go to the one up Dayton way or in Chicago when I visit my daughter.
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    Re: Thin-sliced cheese

    Automatically loading up coffee with sugar and cream is one of them.
    Freaking "Coffe Regular" what a folly.

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    Re: Thin-sliced cheese

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou
    Freaking "Coffe Regular" what a folly.

    Exactly. The first time I was asked that, I just figured it meant black.

    They looked at me like I was crazy when I complained.
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    Re: Thin-sliced cheese

    I worked a breakfast counter in NY during high school. When someone ordered a regular coffee, it meant one cream, one sugar.

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    Re: Thin-sliced cheese

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou
    Freaking "Coffe Regular" what a folly.

    :MandJ: That is no joke. My wife likes coffee black, no cream, no sugar. Actually hates cream and sugar in her coffee. I thought there was going to be a throw-down brawl when she got her coffee.
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