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Whoa, The ‘Greenest Man In America’ Doesn’t Shop At Whole Foods

June 26, 2014 Cate Matthews 0

It’s hard to argue that it isn’t cool to be environmentally conscious these days. The words ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ are essential packaging for any upscale grocery store, and bearded, Brooklyn-based hipsters are happy to tell you about their locally so…

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New York Officially Calls Hot Dogs And Burritos ‘Sandwiches’

June 26, 2014 Harry Bradford 0

In France, a sandwich is called “un sandwich.” In Spain, it’s “un sándwich.” Things get weird in Portugal where it’s called “sanduiche”. Even in Greece, the word is “σάντουιτς.” And it turns out that sounds a whole lot like “sandwich.”

But just because inserting meat between two slices of bread is a near-universal concept, that doesn’t mean it’s free from the machinations of the New York Department of Taxation and Finance.

In order to help businesses determine what they should and shouldn’t put a sales tax on, in 2011 the state posted a “bulletin” recently uncovered on Reddit that gets technical in its definition of what our friends in Japan call a “サンドイッチ” (again, sounds just like sandwich).

Here’s what should be included in New York’s so-called “sandwich tax,” according to the state:

“Sandwiches include cold and hot sandwiches of every kind that are prepared and ready to be eaten, whether made on bread, on bagels, on rolls, in pitas, in wraps, or otherwise, and regardless of the filling or number of layers. A sandwich can be as simple as a buttered bagel or roll, or as elaborate as a six-foot, toasted submarine sandwich.”

The bulletin goes on to list examples of what exactly a sandwich is. In case you didn’t know, the items below are all sandwiches:

blt sandwichThis BLT sandwich is what the New York Department of Taxation and Finance refers to as a “common sandwich,” since, well, it’s a sandwich.

burrito rantPeople not familiar with what a sandwich is might call this a burrito. It’s a sandwich.

butter rollMmmm, check out this delicious open face butter sandwich served with roll bread.

hot dogHeaded to the ball game? Be sure to indulge in a classic American past time with one of these hot dog sandwiches.

By defining these “bread-based snacks,” the New York Department of Taxation and Finance defends it’s just trying to help.

“It’s trying to stress the point that all sandwiches are generally subject to sales tax, that’s the message you want to get across,” Cary Ziter, a spokesperson for the Department of Tax and Finance, told Gothamist in response to the new attention the bulletin’s received.

In summation: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a sandwich.

Correction: A previous version of this article implied that the bulletin was posted by the city of New York. The New York Department of Taxation and Finance operates on behalf of the entire state.

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Don’t Miss DC’s Biggest Wine & Music Block Party, VinofestDC, This Weekend at Union Market

June 26, 2014 CP Promotions 0

[sponsored post] On June 28th, Washington DC will be treated to an incomparable wine and music festival. VinoFestDC will bring together wine lovers, chart-topping musicians, art exhibitions, a vast selection of vino—all uniting to give back to two DC born charities – Dreams for Kids DC (DFKDC) and Bike2TheBeach. Union Market’s upstairs and outdoor space […]

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10 Best Mexican Restaurants in the U.S.

June 26, 2014 0

While tacos, tortas, tamales and the like may have originated in Mexico, Americans have been more than happy to embrace these tasty south-of-the-border staples as their own. Once seen as a novelty outside the Southwestern U.S., authentic Mexican cook…

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Hilton Brothers Will Expand to Georgetown with Chez Billy Sud

June 26, 2014 Jessica Sidman 0

Brothers Eric and Ian Hilton have built their restaurant empire around up-and-coming dining neighborhoods like U Street NW and, more recently, Petworth. So it came as a bit of a surprise when the team behind Marvin, The Gibson, The Brixton, and others announced yesterday that their next restaurant will be in… Georgetown? The new spot, located […]

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Rage Against the Latrine: Can Bars Elevate Bathroom Graffiti and Penis Sketches?

June 26, 2014 Ashley Hardaway 0

The assault on the rabbi might have stung the most. The staff of Red Derby discovered the bathroom painting defaced with thick, black marker scrawls one night about two years ago. Not long after, George Washington and the Virgin Mary were hit. Like barroom kudzu, the graffiti had spread slowly throughout the walls of the […]