January 18, 2006

GOTTA HUNCH WE'D ORDER A HASTERT INSTEAD:

Larry David ‘Curbs’ talk of Cantor connection to show (Under the Dome, 1/18/06, The Hill)

In a profile of ascendant Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in the Jewish Forward newspaper last week, the paper reprised part of a story it broke three years ago on the saga of a sandwich named after Cantor at Stacks, the short-lived kosher deli owned by Jack Abramoff.

At a January 2003 fundraiser for Cantor, who had just become chief deputy whip, Abramoff unveiled the Eric Cantor sandwich, “a tuna-based stacker,” which, lamentably, was “not quite [the] power lunch befitting” the only Jewish Republican in the House.

Hence a request by Cantor, whom Forward recently named to its “Forward 50” list of influential Jewish Americans, to switch his eponymous sandwich to roast beef on challah, “a deli special that exudes Jewish power.”

Which brings us to “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the hit HBO series by Larry David, the co-creator of “Seinfeld.”

In a recent episode, Larry has a sandwich named after him at Leo’s Delicatessen, but he balks at its contents of whitefish, sable, onions, capers and cream cheese.

He says that, although he’ll consider tuna, he’s more of a “pastrami/corned beef kinda guy.”

Despite the show’s often taking its inspiration from real-life events, David, in an e-mail to The Hill this weekend, dispelled any notion that it’s any more than a coincidence.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 18, 2006 1:13 PM
Comments

This is such an easy plot device to think up that the folks at The Hill and elsehwere in Washington flatter themselves way too much if they think Larry David needed their inspiration to create a story line based on second-rate sandwich ingredients.

Posted by: John at January 18, 2006 1:36 PM

"whitefish, sable, onions, capers and cream cheese" Yuch! My cat would turn up her nose at that.

Posted by: Bob at January 18, 2006 2:26 PM

Just asking? Can you order roast beef on challah bread in a Kosher deli?

Posted by: erp at January 18, 2006 3:50 PM

erp -

Challah can be made with or without dairy

Posted by: Shelton at January 18, 2006 4:46 PM
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