“I met a guy. I made a sandwich. I started a blog. And I enraged feminists everywhere,” the New York Post editor and 300 Sandwiches blog founder, Stephanie Smith admitted after sharing her story of making 300 sandwiches for her boyfriend, bringing her closer to getting a ring on it.
Stephanie started dating Eric Schultze and wanted to bond with him over something he loved…food. The first sandwich she made, made him say, “Honey, you’re 300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring!” So when Stephanie started her now-infamous blog, she was only chronicling her journey to getting a ring–aka her relationship.
I thought their story was adorable. Many critics on Twitter blasted Stephanie, claiming she’s setting women back or that Eric is sexist. But to let Stephanie tell it, none of that is true. “This project is not about me promoting myself as some gourmet chef, nor a desperate plot to win Eric’s love — or a movie deal or Internet fame,” she wrote in the New York Post.
Since I’ve launched the blog, E and I have learned a lot about each other besides whether or not he likes tomatoes. We’ve laughed at our mistakes, become more patient with each other’s faults and I’ve learned to not be afraid of our stove.
For those who think I’m sacrificing myself for Eric, know that he does most of the cooking, often having dinner ready when I come home late from work. He also suffers through many episodes of “House Hunters” on HGTV. He does things I like, just as I make sandwiches he likes, because that’s what a couple does. These aren’t sacrifices. They are what you do when you enjoy seeing the person you love happy.