Hello to my foodies! In all of my excitement to share the best local restaurants with you, I’ve almost forgotten to talk about a Rutgers traditional food that is older than a lot of us. Two words: Fat Sandwiches. Imagine sandwiches stuffed full with your favorite junk foods. Mozzarella sticks, french fries, cheesesteaks, chicken fingers, and sauces beyond your wildest dreams! Fat sandwiches have moved on from the New Brunswick area, but this is the home of the Fat Sandwich. The Daily Targum, a Rutgers based newspaper, wrote an article on the history of Fat Sandwiches! Existing since the 1970s, the grease trucks at Rutgers are known for their gluttonous food and outrageous food challenge. Participants who eat 5 sandwiches in less than 45 minutes are honored on the trucks wall of fame and are allowed to create their own sandwich! Truck owner Abdo Elfeiki says “Business drops with the temperature, he said. Freezing temperatures keep students inside, away from the trucks and make it difficult to serve the students that do brave the bitter chill.” BUT DO NOT FEAR! As of this years addition to College Ave, an RU Hungry restaurant will be opening up in The Yard, which will make it easier for you to get your Fat Sandwich fix all year long! If you haven’t tried a Fat Sandwich yet, I highly recommend heading to the Grease Trucks right away! You can even split one with a friend to keep your health in mind and avoid wasting food.
On another note, I want to show you an important site that aims to resolve hunger. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is trying to end food waste by donating leftovers to homeless shelters. In one month this organization will be celebrating the donation of 1 million pounds of food! Click the image below to view this organization’s website and learn more about the steps you can take to avoid wasting food. Since New Brunswick is a city with a large homeless/poor population it is really important to try to implement food-resource programs that will not cause waste, but give “wasted” food to those in need. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks to learn more about what you can do to end hunger in New Brunswick! Whether you are taking part in the Fat Sandwich challenge or the challenge to eradicate hunger, you can continue to do your part in the community!
(Image from Rescuing Leftover Cuisine)