The wrap. A sandwich variant now considered to be just as good as a sandwich, but with less carbs. This wrap, from Blue Platein Santa Monica, was good, but nothing to write home about. The California wrap was stuffed with chicken breast, avocado, jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and buttermilk ranch. This wrap looks good on paper, but in practice was rather boring. I thought about not including this sandwich for that reason, but figured it would be a good introduction to the wrap construct.
As seen before in the last sushi post, the wrap fits legitimately into the sandwich category. Using the California wrap above as an example, it is apparent that all of the sandwich components are present: main meat, fixings such as lettuce, tomatoes, and avocados, the all-important cheese, and condiments. Put all together in a tortilla or other similar casing, the wrap takes the convenience of the sandwich to a whole new level. Wraps can be eaten on the go more easily, as often only one hand is necessary, and there is little fear of ingredients falling apart or out the bottom. Though many Americans choose the wrap for health reasons, eliminating carbs, this “convenience construct” as I will call it from now on, is a truly American value. Our culture esteems convenience and ease, resulting in the etic idea that Americans are lazy (sorry everyone). The wrap, therefore, takes the sandwich and transforms it to embody our culture’s values, while taking the concept to a new level.