Classic Tuna Melt

What better way to enjoy the classic sandwiches than on a panini maker?  If you’re not a tuna person, I get it- I’ve seen the smell of tuna turn people away from trying it. However, I   know of a little trick that masks its’ strong flavor and encourage more people to try it!!  One of my favorite ways to eat tuna is with a little cajun mayo mixed in, on whole wheat toast, and with some Pepper Jack Cheese, and then obviously grilled in the panini maker.  Pepper Jack cheese is the greatest way to minimize the strong tuna taste and gives the sandwich some great flavor.

Ingredients:

2 slices of Whole Wheat bread

1 can of Tuna (packed in water is healthier than packed in oil)

1 slice of Pepper Jack cheese

Mayo (or Cajun Mayo)

Assembling:

1. Mix tuna and mayonnaise together with a fork to break down the big chunks of tuna (sometimes I add in a little crushed red pepper for some extra spice)

2. Add it on to one slice of bread

3. Top it with one slice of pepper jack cheese

4. Add the second piece of bread

5. Grill on panini for 3 minutes

Enjoy,

Sani

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Oasis in a Desert

I found my own little oasis inside the ‘desert’ of Detroit, Michigan at a little place called Russell Street Deli.  Here people line up around the block, even in the dead of winter, just to wait to be seated.  The seating in the Deli is very unique, they have limited seating with only about 8 tables.  Each of these tables sit 6 people and they fill up these tables no matter how big or small your party.  If you go with a group less than 5, then plan on sitting and interacting with complete strangers!  I really loved this concept!  They have a great breakfast and lunch menu, and I was drawn to their vegetarian side.  I like ordering vegetarian sandwiches because I feel that the sandwiches are the most unique, creative and have the most variety of ingredients.  The trick to create that perfect sandwich (restaurant permitting) is to customize, maybe add my own choice of meat to a vegetarian sandwich.  When I was there, I ordered a grilled avocado melt.  The melt was served on grilled pumpernickel with avocado, tomato, provolone, lettuce, red onion, and my addition of smoked turkey, with a garlic mayo spread- all grilled of course!

 

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Contrary to common belief, Detroit is a city on the rebound with a recent infusion of great restaurants just like Russell Street Deli.  It’s full of life and booming restaurants and shops. Russell Street Deli is located right in the middle of the Detroit Eastern Market, where venders come from all over the state of Michigan to sell their homegrown crops and produce from vegetables to meats, and even seasonal goods such as Christmas trees, holly, etc.  There are speciality stores for wines, cheese, seafood, nuts, spices and so much!  If you are ever in the area, I would highly suggest stopping by on a Saturday (be sure to get there early)!