Happy National Hoagie Day If That Is What You Call It
Cinco De Mayo is what May 5th is best known for. But I am much more likely to celebrate another May 5th highlight. It is National Hoagie Day and I will gladly participate but I won't be ordering a hoagie. I will be ordering a sub! That brings up the question, what do you call this hero of a sandwich?
Since growing up in Mohawk, New York I was raised to enjoy the deliciousness of subs or submarine sandwiches, also an acceptable name. This is all I knew and it stayed this way when I attended school at Syracuse University. Then my submarine sandwich world was turned upside down when I took my first radio job in Western Massachusetts. I still remember one Saturday afternoon, I walked into a pizza/sub place and I ordered a sub. The person working there quizzically stared at me and said do you mean a grinder? A grinder? I didn't want them to grind anything! I just wanted my sub.
That eye-opening experience was part of a chapter that is long gone in my life as I accepted a job in Oneonta and was once again living large in a sub City. All was good with the world until I entered a relationship with a woman that called New Jersey her home state. Thru visits to the Princeton area I once again was out of my comfort zone and started craving something called a hoagie. Call it what you will but I will stick with sub and have a turkey, provolone, banana peppers and mayo submarine sandwich on National Hoagie Day.