The woman who promised to make 300 sandwiches for her boyfriend in exchange for a ring is now engaged, she announced Tuesday.
“The day after I arrived in Barbados, E had a big shocker for me: he asked me to marry him,” Stephanie Smith wrote on her blog chronicling her culinary quest. “I was working on sandwich #257. I guess neither one of us could wait until #300.”
Smith, a reporter for the New York Post's Page Six, has detailed her journey to her boyfriend’s heart by way of his stomach through her “300 Sandwiches” blog, where she painstakingly documents her creations, ranging from lobster rolls to ice cream sandwiches. Smith created the website after making her beau a sandwich he loved so much that he declared: "Honey, you’re 300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring!”
Although that boyfriend, Eric Schulte, made good on his promise while the two were vacationing in Barbados, he made his intentions clear long before the deal they struck. He also confirmed them during a TODAY appearance last September.
"I would have married her without one sandwich,” he said at the time.
He appeared on the show with Smith, who responded to critics offended by the couple's arrangement by pointing out that Schulte actually does most of the cooking at home.
"And second, if he wasn’t the kind of guy that was worth one sandwich, I wouldn’t be making 300 sandwiches," she said. "And plus it was a joke. It was light, it’s funny. Come on, it’s a sandwich. It’s supposed to be just lighthearted."
In case anyone wondered, Smith accepted the proposal.
“Words cannot express how extraordinarily happy I am. Not because I have a engagement ring, but because I’m going to spend the rest of my life having ridiculously amazing adventures with my soul mate,” she said in her blog post. “My mouth hurts from smiling.”
Smith, who according to her Twitter feed is now back in New York will detail her romantic culinary journey in a book she's writing. Last fall, she inked a book deal with Random House imprint Zinc Ink. The book was expected to be released around Valentine’s Day in 2015, now with a happy ending.