When I first came to Austria I got extremely excited by the prospect of ordering a sandwich at the deli. Yes, yes, I know… the bubble I live in is a strange and wonderful one. But back to the story – at most supermarkets, you can grab yourself a roll (be it white, round, long, or if you’re like me, a Kornspitz), then ask the staff behind the counter to fill it with ham, cheese and gherkins.
I love checking out the selection of rolls (even though I now always stick with my Kornspitz, kind of like how I always order a Big Mac). I love considering the different ham and salami options – but here I’m a creature of habit too, and I can’t move past the garlic-salami. Cheese and gherkins are added, and then my instant sandwich is packaged up at a ridiculously low cost. We often resort to these for quick lunches on the go and we buy one every time we are about to get on a plane in Austria.
I made a goal to myself when I first discovered these sandwiches. One day, I told myself, I would order my own. Instead of standing behind my husband as he recited our orders, I would step forth and do it myself. And I finally did. I was flying out of Graz alone, and I rocked up at the Spar and politely requested a Kornspitz mit Knoblauch Salami, Käse und Gherkins.
And voila – they made one for me.
I am a legend. A Kornspitz-loving legend.