Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Egg Salad Sandwich Nirvana at Euro Pane Bakery

Lunch at Europane

When it comes to a simple egg salad sandwich, I've never found one I've really liked outside of my own homemade version. Egg salad sandwiches I've had elsewhere have been to dry or too wet. The dryness comes from not enough mayo and/or overcooked eggs while the wetness comes from too much mayo and/or undercooked eggs. I've also had egg salad sandwiches that were too under seasoned or had too much of one ingredient like pickle relish where that was all you tasted.

My egg salad sandwich bad luck ended when my friend, Wasima, introduced me to the Open Faced Egg Salad Sandwich at Euro Pane Bakery. Oh my. At first sight, my eyes grew big. It was certainly a generous serving. In fact, it was a mountain of egg salad with arugula on a tomato pesto slathered rosemary currant bread. This egg salad sandwich seriously needed a knife and fork because there was no way I was going to try to eat that with my hands.

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Lunch at Europane

Once I ate my first forkful, I knew I was in egg salad nirvana. What I loved was the egg salad's creamy texture. It was obvious that the eggs were probably medium boiled, which meant that the yolks still retained some of their liquidy yolky goodness, when mixed with the mayonnaise. The addition of the tart tomato pesto and the peppery arugula added some wonderful flavor nuances, but the final kicker for me was copying Wasima, who sprinkled a little sea salt on her egg salad. Just a little sprinkle of that sea salt made my sandwich that much better.

Lunch at Europane

The only thing that didn't add much, at least flavor-wise, to my sandwich was the Rosemary Currant Bread. Maybe, on its own or with other more complementary ingredients, it would have stood out more. In this case, it's purpose was merely to serve as a vessel to hold all that egg salad goodness, but the Espresso Macaron I had for dessert was one of the best macarons I've had in awhile. I can easily seeing myself coming back for Europane's egg salad sandwich and getting a box of macarons to go.

Lunch at Europane

I'm going to end this post by simply saying, "Thank goodness for my foodie friends!" They certainly play a big part in my exploration of Los Angeles' food landscape and I don't know what I'd do without them.

Europane Bakery
345 E Colorado BlvdSte 101
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 844-8804
Euro Pane Bakery & Café on Urbanspoon



Daily Gluttony said...

LOVE Europane's egg salad sandwich! Hmm, I might just have to go get one this week after reading your post! :)

pleasurepalate said...

Haha! I might have to go back this week, too. :)

Marie said...

That is some sandwich! And if you say nirvana, I really must get to Euro Pane!

Diana said...

Cathy is always raving about the egg salad sandwich there too! I've only had one thing from there - their salted caramel macaron (they donated some to Eat My Blog in June). It was heaven from start to finish. Will have to go check out Europane for the egg salad and another macaron some time soon!

Tiffin unBoxed said...

It was a pleasure to share one of my foodie favorites with you. You in turn have introduced a world of food options to me! Thank goodness for our friends.

pleasurepalate said...

Marie: It's definitely one of the best, if not the best, egg salad sandwich I've ever had.

Diana: I'm going to try that salted caramel macaron the next time I'm at Europane.

Wasima: Whoo-hoo, you're using your blog name. :) I can't wait until it's up and running.

dining table said...

I think the place is worth a visit. That would be definitely be very lovely! I can't wait to actually go there.

Andi? said...

Still haven't gone here even though it is super closeby :(

tallnoe said...

That looks awesome. I too think that the bread wouldn't have been the best.
I want to trek across town now (not really) - kinda.

Chef Linny said...

I find that sometimes the simpler foods are the true test to how good a restaurant is!

Denise said...

Good stuff here. Happy holidays to your and all your blog readers!