Marks and Spencer can’t get its sandwiches out of the spotlight
There was the patent wrongheadedness of the biryani ‘wrap’; there was the whiff of profiteering around the pride sandwich. Whatever Marks and Spencer’s food product development team have been mindmapping, it’s causing a stir, and now a new poll for a “street food-inspired” sandwich range has gone awry. The ‘kebab shop’ sandwich — because all kebab shops are the same, and also called kebab shops — features lamb doner meat, chilli sauce, salad, and the by-now-familiar habit of large supermarkets cherrypicking elements of cuisines and cultures before mashing them together. It has launched a thousand comments, views ranging through nostalgia-tinged / Brexit-invoking laments for “good old cheese and pickle,” people, amazingly, confused by the idea of doner meat with bread, and this gif.
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- Good tweet: