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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Facebook Group for Vegetarians Sick of the Roast Veggie Sandwich

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 4:06 PM

The inescapable roast vegetable sandwich. - KARIN_1973/FLICKR
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  • The inescapable roast vegetable sandwich.
We wager that thousands of Facebook groups pop up daily. Some celebrate a specific subject or idea, others vilify one. Legendary punk houses, politicians, unpopular comedians, and the antiquated process of recording music from radio to tape ― they all boast devoted groups of Facebook users and reflect certain values and predilections in their members' profiles.

While we try not to overstock our page with memberships in groups, we're considering joining a newbie. A small (by Facebook standards) collection of presumed vegetarians led by University of Pennsylvania alum Roxy Lonergan have issued a sharply worded broadside against a meatless menu item they claim to face all too often in their pursuit of fleshless fare: the dreaded roast vegetable sandwich.

Since (probably) sometime this morning, Vegetarians United Against the Roast

Vegetable Sandwich (VUARVS, which sounds kind of nasty) has been fighting the good fight, without regard for conventions of capitalization: "please stop offering this as a vegetarian option at various catered functions. no one eats a pile of soggy unseasoned random vegetables on bread/inside a wrap, ever. would YOU eat it? no? then why would we???"

A sound stance to take, we think ― even for non-vegetarian sympathizers. We consider the roast vegetable sandwich (or wrap) to occupy a slightly lower ring on the totem pole of sandwich tastiness than the overgrown cremini (or portobello) sandwich, which so often tastes like the interior of a compost heap and costs upwards of $8.

Will Lonergan's mission meet with success? We hope so, but only time will tell. She's off to a decent start. At 10 this morning, VUARVS had 15 members. At 10:51 a.m., there were 19.

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