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OK, not this Chuckwagon (but go ahead, tap your feet):

but the Deli Express Chuckwagon!

It was created in 1961. Back in the day, it came with mustard and two pickles—but otherwise, that yummy ham and melty cheese and soft, pillowy bun make up what is one of Deli Express’ top-selling sandwiches.

Don’t you need one today? Of course you do.

It's Tailgating Season

It’s Tailgating Season!

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6 Tips for Tailgating Season

It’s that time of year—football season! Are you ready to tailgate? Here are some tips to get game day off to a great start!

  1. Plan for the weather. Fall is tricky. Will it be hot? Cold? Sunny? Rainy (or even possibly, snowy)? Check the forecast the day before and prepare: Do you need blankets or sunblock?
  2. Bringing the kids? Then bring kids’ activities. The younger the children, the less likely they’re going to want to trade sports stats for hours before the game begins.
  3. Invest in erasable chalk and markers. And go to town proclaiming your loyalty to your favorite team all over your car windows (the erasable chalk ink markers wash right off).
  4. Decorate everything. Basic terra cotta planters can be painted your team’s colors, and then used to hold everything from munchies to silverware. Use paint or colored duct tape to adorn your coolers. Face paint can decorate—well—faces. And who doesn’t like to decorate cookies?
  5. Bring plenty of trash bags. Not only will they help you be a model citizen by cleaning up after yourself, they can be repurposed into rain ponchos if there’s an unexpected downpour.
  6. Make the cooking easy. Enjoy your tailgating even more by bringing Deli Express sandwiches, so you can sit back, relax, and wait for the game to start. Simply buy the night before, cut them into snack-sized bites and load them on a platter. Bring your favorite condiments so everyone can make their own sandwich masterpieces while you smile, knowing how easy it was.
Ways to Enjoy the End of Summer

Ways to Enjoy the End of Summer!

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5 Tips for the End of Summer

It’s almost the end of summer. Days are getting shorter, stores are offering back-to-school sales. But there’s still time to make the most of this glorious season.

  1. Go where you haven’t been, do what you haven’t done. Where haven’t you explored and what haven’t you tried? Rock climbing at a state park an hour away? New exhibit at a museum or zoo? Outdoor yoga class? End the summer by doing and/or seeing something new.
  2. If it’s been a busy summer, relax. Summer can be crazy, especially if you have kids in summer sports. So if it feels like summer whooshed right by, carve out some time before school starts to just relax. Have a family barbecue in the backyard, complete with card games and a bonfire to toast marshmallows. You could even pitch a tent for some low-stress backyard camping. Pro tip: Make it a digital-free event.
  3. Yard games. Badminton, volleyball, slip ‘n’ slides, even water balloons—what can you do that’s silly and fun and doesn’t take more effort than going out your own door?
  4. Enjoy the sun. Take some time and enjoy the sun, either while it’s rising or setting. In fact, if you don’t normally watch the sun rise, give it a try—it’s a great way to start a day.
  5. Go on a picnic. Outdoor meals always taste better. Go to a local park or nature preserve along with your water bottle, some fruit, and your family’s favorite Deli Express sandwiches to make things easy. Then relax and enjoy your surroundings.
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The History of Hot to Go

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We Came a Long Way to Bring You Hot to Go!

This month on our Facebook page (and if you haven’t already, come over to Facebook and like us!), we’ve been highlighting some of our many Hot-to-Go Sandwiches. Deli Express, along with our parent company E.A. Sween, has a long, fun history with providing hot sandwiches for people on the go.

Did you know:

Earl August Sween started a Stewart Sandwich franchise in Bloomington, MN in 1954. Eventually he left Stewart and created a company bearing his name.

There was a big development in the 1970s that changed the Deli Express future: Microwaves began appearing in gas stations as those stations began to evolve into convenience stores. Now customers could buy a refrigerated sandwich, heat it up immediately and have “hot to go”! (Fun fact—Deli Express also offered microwave popcorn then, followed by the first lite microwave popcorn!)

In 1998, we solidified our vision of being able to provide all Americans “on the go” with a Deli Express sandwich, and to this day, we want to do everything to make sure you’re good to go!


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It’s Winter

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5 Ways to Dodge the Doldrums

The holiday season is past, and winter is upon us, for better or for worse. For many, it’s for worse; the winter doldrums can make this time of year dreary and difficult. Take heart: Though the days are short now, they are getting a little bit longer every day. In the meantime, here are some ways to battle the winter blues.

  1. Let there be light. The long nights and short days of winter are hard for so many people. Add to that stretches of time when the skies are gray, and it’s no wonder you’re feeling blah. You may need more light. Not just any light or lamp, but specially designed light therapy boxes that give you a sense of bright outdoor light.
  2. Move. Not to another city, state or country, but move your body. The doldrums can make you feel tired. But getting up and moving, whether it’s going outside for a brisk walk or skiing, or inside to a swimming pool or even mall walking, will re-energize you. Exercise helps your body release endorphins, which are hormones that can help you feel better.
  3. Change things up. Maybe you have hobbies you usually enjoy, but they’re just not doing it for you right now. It might be time to find some new hobbies, or find ways to change up the current ones. If you love to bake, try a different type of cooking, or take a cooking class that’s not about baking. Instead of crossword puzzles, try jigsaw puzzles. And whatever you choose, invite friends and family to join you. Which leads us to:
  4. Be social. It’s all too easy to hunker down and stay inside. But getting out and seeing close friends and family can do a tremendous amount of good. It’s tempting to cancel that coffee or lunch invite, but don’t. Put on the boots and the coat and enjoy the change of scenery.
  5. Have a winter party. Yell “Fie upon thee, winter!” by inviting friends over for an anti-winter gathering. Or, if you have young children, have a winter camp-out in your family room. Build a tent out of blankets, make hot cocoa and heat up some Chuckwagons in your make-believe campfire (otherwise known as a microwave). If you can’t beat winter, celebrate it.

Note: If your winter blues are making it hard for you to function in your daily life, it would be a good idea to visit your family doctor to check for any physical issues or deeper depression.

Make Breakfast Easy!

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5 Options for Satisfying Breakfasts on Even the Most Hectic Mornings

Mornings are great—if it’s a Saturday morning when you don’t have to be at the ice rink for hockey practice at 7 a.m. Otherwise? Oof—getting kids to school, daycare or sports, adults off to the adult part of the day, dogs to doggie daycare—it’s a rush that often seems crazy-making. Take advantage of our Hot-to-Go Breakfast Sandwiches to make the start of your day a lot easier and a lot more enjoyable, with something for everyone in your household.

  1. Don’t wait in a long line at a bagel shop when you can grab a Deli Express Bacon, Egg & Cheese Bagel. All the deliciousness in a fraction of the time.
  2. Or maybe there’s someone who needs some firing up. Our Chorizo Sausage, Jalapeno Egg, Cheese and Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuit Sandwich will make their eyes pop wide open! Bonus—extra water consumption. (Milk is also known for being a good foil to heat.)
  3. Feeling the need for a lighter bite? Try the Egg White, Ham & Cheese on an English Muffin. All the flavor and protein without the cholesterol of the egg yolk. Pair with some fresh fruit or fruit juice, and feel good.
  4. Go back to basics: The Sausage Biscuit or Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches give you delicious, hearty meat in a flaky pastry. Add some yogurt or fruit juice to round off that first meal of the day.
  5. Some days may feel like there’s just not enough breakfast in the world to get you going. But we’ve got you covered: Our Mega Omelet Sandwich with two sausage patties, cheese and bacon on a giant bun will fill that appetite. Finish that off, and you’re ready for anything the day can throw at you. (But you might have to double the order if you have athletic teenagers in the mix.)
Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year

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Make Promises, Not Resolutions!

It’s the end of 2018, the beginning of 2019, and the time when people make resolutions. Here at Deli Express, we have a recommendation for you: Don’t make a resolution.

Just look at that word: Resolutions. It’s so serious and ominous. And it’s all too easy to think you have to make huge, life-changing commitments that you maybe do or don’t want to make. Which is likely at least part of the reason that as many as 80% of resolutions made aren’t kept.

Instead, try this: Make promises to yourself. What kind of promises?

  1. Be kind with yourself. Does your morning often begin with “I should have, why didn’t I, if only I’d…”? You’re human. Cut yourself some slack.
  2. Be kind to others. You may never know how much that scowling person on the street needed a smile from a stranger. That’s OK. If you gave the smile, you were kind.
  3. Take a hard look at family commitments. Anything you can cut out to build in more down time? Being constantly on the run is stressful. Find moments to stop.
  4. Let go of the “perfect” ideas. Your home doesn’t have to be perfectly clean. You don’t have to serve four-course meals every night (or, actually, any night). It’s OK to be good enough.
  5. If you do have concrete things you want to accomplish in 2019, find ways to break them down into small chunks. “Become a master gardener” is a big, big task. “Cut up a little square in the corner of the yard and plant three kinds of vegetables” is much more manageable.
  6. Take a night off now and then. Bring home Deli Express sandwiches for dinner and spend time with the family, rather than scrambling to make a meal.
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Surviving Finals Week

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6 Tips for Surviving College’s Craziest Week

Whether you’re an undergrad or grad student, finals week can loom heavily in your schedule. It’s easy to become overwhelmed at everything you need to study and learn, and let anxiety drive your response. The more you can manage your stress, the better you’ll be prepared when test day arrives. Here are some tips to help you through the lead-up to finals week.

  1. Get some sleep. It seems counterintuitive—sleep, when you have so much studying and writing to do, when people around you are pulling all-nighters? But yes—build sleep into your prep schedule. A good night’s sleep has advantages that are important during finals week: When we don’t get enough sleep, we have trouble concentrating, and may even have difficulty remembering things. Since remembering things is key to finals week, adding sleep to the equation isn’t just a luxury—it’s a necessity.
  2. Break it down and set a schedule. Don’t look at that European history textbook and think, “I have to read 300 pages!” Instead, break it into smaller sections, and put them on your calendar on your phone or tablet, with reminders. Bit by bit, you’ll work through them with less anxiety.
  3. Take a break. Another item to schedule: Breaks. Every person is different; some people need short, frequent breaks, while others need fewer, but longer, distractions. But no matter which is best for you, don’t skip them. Taking a break gives your brain a much-needed rest, and you’ll return with more energy and focus.
  4. But when you’re not on break, turn off the social. It’s an easy temptation: “I’ll just send a quick Snapchat or spend a minute on Instagram.” But a minute or two can quickly spin out of control, and before you know it, you’re way behind on the schedule you carefully set. Better plan: Schedule plenty of down time to happen as soon as finals week is done.
  5. Four-legged therapy.  An increasing number of universities and colleges are bringing in therapy dogs during finals week. Take a break from cramming for a calc final and cuddle a pug or a golden doodle. It will do wonders for your mental health, and it only takes a few minutes. Life is always better with puppy kisses.
  6. Eat.  Don’t skip meals to study. Your body—and your brain—need nourishment. Skipping meals deprives them of what they need most to keep you going. Grab a Deli Express sandwich, a piece of fruit, and a big glass of water. Your body and brain will thank you and be better able to help you during finals week.
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Managing the Busy Holiday Season

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5 Tips to Help Lessen Holiday Stress

Thanksgiving came and went, and now we’re heading straight into that crazy-making month: December. No matter which holidays you celebrate, the pressure is on. We have some suggestions to help you manage this season and hopefully make it cheery and bright.

  1. Cut back. Will the holiday be miserable if you don’t serve an 8-course dinner? What if the adults in your family draw names and just buy one gift, rather than gifts for everyone? Instead of decorating the house until it’s something Clark Griswold would envy, go low-key: a smaller tree, lights just around the front door rather than across the whole exterior of the house. Do you have someone in your life telling you that “everyone” must attend certain events? Let them go on your behalf.
  2. Make sure everyone gets some “me” time. Mom, Dad, kids—everyone needs a bit of down time. Instead of saying yes to every holiday invitation that comes along, set a maximum—no more than one event per weekend. Then carve out time for everyone to relax.
  3. Ask for help. You don’t have to do everything yourself. Ask your spouse, your parents, your kids as they get old enough to pitch in. Holiday gifts don’t have to be perfectly wrapped; let your kids help, even if it’s messy. Your parents might be more than willing to take on side dishes for the holiday meal. And when dinner is over, everyone needs to help clean up. It’ll go much faster, be less stressful—and it might even be fun.
  4. Let go of the idea that things must be perfect. Every smiling family on holiday commercials on TV seem to say: “Be perfect!” But in the end, people aren’t going to remember if your house was spotless or your table perfectly set. They’re going to remember laughter, togetherness and joy. No amount of dust bunnies can disrupt that.
  5. Take shortcuts. You’ve got the next 11 months out of the year to put homemade meals on the table, show up for every piano lesson, or make homemade outfits for the kids to wear in holiday photos. In December? Order outfits online, cancel a few piano lessons (your piano teacher will likely thank you), and don’t hesitate to bring home the family’s favorite Deli Express sandwiches for dinner. Put some carrots and dip on the side, and you’re good to go.
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Add Extras to Your Favorite Sandwich

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5 Ways to Customize Your Deli Express Sandwich

Deli Express sandwiches are great as they are. But it can also be great to try some additions to change this up a little. We recently asked our customers how they customize their Deli Express. Of course, we were delighted when people said they’re perfect as they are, we were also delighted to learn some options for changing things up.

  1. You can never go wrong with the basics of ketchup, mustard and mayo. There’s a reason these three have been sandwich favorites for generations.
  2. Take a step from basic condiments to specialty items, like sriracha mayo, flavored mustards, horseradish sauce, oil and vinegar, hummus, guacamole or tapenade.
  3. Rethink how you heat the sandwich. One customer prefers to put the whole sandwich in a toaster oven, while another toasts only the buns and heats the meat and cheese in a microwave. That will give the bun a crisper, toastier texture.
  4. Veggies are always a great addition to a sandwich. Try pickles, or even raw cucumbers; lettuce, tomato, onion, sprouts, avocado, spinach, sweet bell peppers, even sauerkraut or cole slaw.
  5. Like a little heat? Our sandwiches pair wonderfully with jalapenos (raw or pickled), chipotles, poblanos and banana peppers. Or if you really like the fire, try habanero, ghost or—gasp—the Carolina Reaper. Remember: Dairy products help put out these kinds of fires better than plain water.