The corporate work day lunch can become quite depressing. The gourmet sandwich - composed of very nice, even organic, things - loses a lot of luster when consumed at your desk as you check emails and try not to dribble aioli onto your keyboard. But buying sandwich ingredients separately and chowing down European style makes the work day feel almost luxurious, like a picnic at Versailles (for someone who had the worst-ever Versailles picnic experience, I suppose). The thing is, it doesn't really take that much longer to eat your sandwich in bits, it just makes you feel a helluva lot better. Porter and I did this today with great success (it helps that I work above a fancy schmancy market): Balthazar baguette, mascarpone (from Murray's Cheese), fig spread, sorpressata, prosciutto, sour dough and artichoke hearts. Corporate gluttony at its finest.
(Another iPhone photo; that little bugger does so well under the fluorescents