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The “burger that’s crazier than it needs to be, w/fries” looks like a deal at $19.

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I ate the 227th “Triple Triple” at Jake’s Wayback!

Jake’ Wayback serves a “Triple Triple” which is basically three triple cheeseburgers stuck together. Does that sound too much? Well, became the 227th person to order one at the Bel Air restaurant.

THIS THING WAS THE SIZE OF DAD’S HEAD! Although I was hoping it was going to be bigger. I had a single slice of lettuce and a single slice of tomato (salad!) and a large order of fries.

My awesome Triple Triple burger.

The Triple Triple was awesome in size, but I think you need to add more toppings to make the flavor interesting all the way through. I would choose grilled onions and Jake’s chipolte mayo. It also needed more lettuce and tomato. Honestly, it was bit bland with just a pile of meat and cheese.

But I was still number 227!

It’s official! I ate the 227th “Triple Triple” at Jake’s Wayback Burgers!

I would award this burger a score of 5 out of 10. It was a great size, but it was a bit bland.

I think next time I’ll order three separate triple burgers (extra buns, extra toppings) and invent that as my own challenge.

Mexicali comes to Wilmington

We recently had a family gathering at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware. A whole bunch of cousins!

I had the Mexicali Burger with pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese & chipotle thousand island dressing.

The jalapeños weren’t really that spicy and they didn’t take away from the falvor of the burger patty. (I think it would be a good idea to have a “jalapeño challenge” where you can have extra peppers.) The pico de gallo made a nice change instead of ordinary tomato and onion. I liked the chipotle thousand island dressing because it had a tang and I could dip my fries into it.

Mexicali Burger… yours for $12.50 (plus tip!)

It cost $12.50. I think this is a little too much. It was worth $10.50, but $12.50 is a stretch.

Overall I award this burger 6 ½ points out of 10. That’s at the top end of average. I would give it another ½ point if it was better value for money.

How to make a hamburger like Ernest Hemingway

Here is author Ernest Hemingway’s hamburger recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1lb. ground lean beef
  • 2 cloves of of minced garlic
  • 2 little green onions
  • finely chopped parsley
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of India relish
  • 2 tablespoons of capers
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of Spice Islands Sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Spice Islands Beau Monde Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Spice Islands Mei Yen Pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 egg beaten in a cup with a fork
  • about 1/3 cup dry red or white wine
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

Instructions:

  1. Break up the meat with a fork and scatter the garlic, onion and dry seasonings over it, then mix them into the meat with a fork or your fingers. Let the bowl of meat sit out of the icebox for ten or fifteen minutes while you set the table and make the salad. Add the relish, capers, everything else including wine and let the meat sit, quietly marinating, for another ten minutes if possible.
  2. Now make four fat, juicy patties with your hands. The patties should be an inch thick, and soft in texture but not runny. Have the oil in your frying pan hot but not smoking when you drop the patties and then turn the heat down and fry the burgers about four minutes. Take the pan off the burner and turn the heat high again. Flip the burgers over , put the pan back on the hot fire, then after one minute, turn the heat down again and cook another three minutes. Both sides of the burgers should be crispy brown and the middle pink and juicy.

Is it blasphemy to say In-N-Out is a religious experience?

According to this article on Buzzfeed, In-N-Out is a religious experience.

27 Reasons In-N-Out Is Actually Heaven On Earth

This must be the “Cheeseburger in Paradise” Jimmy Buffett was singing about.

In-N-Out

1. First of all, the burgers, which are handmade by angels.

2. Also, the heavenly, freshly cut-to-order, divine fries.

3. When the burger and fries come together on a tray, you can hear a choir of angels singing in the distance.

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But like the article says, “If you’re not in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, or Texas, you’re out of luck.”

Hmmm… I wonder where I’m going to take my summer vacation this year? Hint: Probably somewhere with In-N-Out.

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No hipsters were harmed during the eating of this burger

It was a cold but sunny day (no snow, for a change!) and we took a road trip to Burger Bros. in Towson, MD. It’s located on Allegheny Avenue and you can easily walk there from Trader Joe’s or Barnes & Noble. Yeah… we went to Trader Joe’s, but the main reason we were in Towson was for the burgers.

Burger Bros., 14 Allegheny Avenue, Towson, MD.

I ordered a cheeseburger (I chose pepperjack cheese) with basic lettuce & tomato fixins’. The burger patties are 6 oz Angus beef, char grilled to order. They have a lot of flavor and good meaty juices. It was one of the best burger patties I have tasted in a while.

Cheeseburger (pepperjack cheese) from Burger Bros., Towson, MD.

I also ordered a large fries. These were hand cut, freshly fried, “Broadwalk style” fries. They were delicious and you should definitely get an order.The large was big enough to share with Mom & Dad. They also have a “Monster Bucket” size which looked like it was served in a giant popcorn bucket. I think those would last all day. Dad ordered his usual cheeseburger (cheddar) with raw onions and mustard. The raw onions make his breath smell and they give him indigestion. Listening to him hiccup is funny for the first 2 minutes, but then it starts to get boring. I wish he would stop ordering raw onions. Mom should start making him eat salads again. No more burgers for you! A nice bowl of lettuce will stop those hiccups 🙂 Mom had a cheeseburger with A1 sauce. I washed down my burger with a delicious strawberry milkshake. It was made to order and it tasted pretty good. They also sell Boylon’s bottled sodas and I guess that makes the hipsters happy. (There wasn’t one hipster beard in the place while we were there. I was disappointed. Trader Joes was full of hipster beards. Maybe it’s wasn’t hip to eat burgers on that day. Maybe they should put an “artisan burger” on the menu to attract hipsters.)

Strawberry milkshake from Burger Bros., Towson, MD.

Burger Bros. is a family business (run by brothers!) and they seem to be proud that they’re not another Five Guys franchise. You can ever buy a t-shirt.

4 Out of 5 Guys Choose Burger Bros.

I award my burger a score of 8 out 10. It was a good, juicy burger. If you are visiting Towson, and whether you have an official Trader Joe’s hipster beard or not, then you should pay Burger Bros. a visit.

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If you ask nicely they will make you last month’s “burger of the month” anyway

School was cancelled because of a “weather emergency” so I spent the morning at home studying for exams (only joking!) and tidying my room (seriously joking!). The ice storm turned into rain by midday so Dad drove me into Bel Air for a burger. We went to the Bel Air branch of Jake’s Wayback Burgers which I’ve been to several times before and enjoy very much.

I ordered the Brisket Burger which was last month’s (December 2013) “burger of the month.” If you ask really nicely then they’ll still make them for you. Dad says it doesn’t count as a secret menu. He says it’s just because they’re nice folks and I ask politely.

Jakes Brisket Burger

The Brisket Burger has two beef patties, American cheese, slices of smoked brisket, and Wayback Gold Sauce. The “gold sauce” tasted like a smokey mustard barbecue. It was a nice zesty topping. The slices of brisket were also smokey, like a barbecue brisket, not like the brisket my parents cook for Rosh Hashanah. (Dad just that’s a  braised brisket, not a BBQ brisket, so know we all know!) The burger patties were nice and juicy, just like you can always rely on at Jake’s.

I award this burger a score of 7.5 out of 10. It was an interesting taste combination and definitely above average (average score is 4-6 remember?) If you are at Jake’s when they have this as their burger of the month then you should try it. If you are at Jake’s and the month has already passed then you should just ask nicely 🙂

 

You come to Tidewater Grille for the fish, not for the burgers

Mon and Dad wanted to go out for lunch so we drove up to Havre de Grace to eat at the Tidewater Grille where we’d have a view of the Susquehanna River (the Susquehanna doesn’t meet the Chesapeake Bay until Concord Point light house and Tidewater is upriver of that nearer the railroad bridges). Mom and Dad were obviously going to order something fishy (Tidewater is famous for its seafood dishes), but I wanted their Steak Burger.

'Steak Burger' from Tidewater Grill, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

‘Steak Burger’ from Tidewater Grille, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

I am pretty sure that the patty was a Bubba-style burger. It tasted mealy, like it had ground cereal in it. The Tidewater menu only says “half pound burger” and doesn’t mention fresh or hand formed patty. There wasn’t much much and it had a plain flavor. I can only award this burger a score of 4 out of 10.

In my scoring system 4 to 6 is average. So this 4 is a low average.

I would give the fries an 8 or 9 out of 10. Those are worth eating 🙂

Mom and Dad enjoyed their fish. My recommendation is to order fish at Tidewater Grille. That’s what they’re famous for.

Chili’s Southern Smokehouse Burger packs a giant moutful of flavor

I was holiday shopping with Dad (what do you buy for Mom?) and we stopped at Chili’s for lunch. I ordered their Southern Smokehouse Burger. It has “four slices of applewood smoked bacon, hickory-smoked cheddar cheese, ancho-chile BBQ sauce, mayo & freshly made crispy onion strings.” As you can see from the photo it is a monster!

Chili's Southern Smokehouse Burger.

Chili’s Southern Smokehouse Burger.

The burger was HUGE. Dad told me to look up the nutrition info when I got home. So here’s the Chili’s nutritional menu. The Southern Smokehouse Burger is 1610 calories and 96 grams of fat. The fries add another 410 calories and 17 grams of fat.

The first bite of this giant had so much flavor. The onion straws were nice and crispy and it complemented the barbecue sauce. The four slices bacon were crunchy, which I enjoyed. The burger patty itself wasn’t half bad. It wasn’t frozen and it had a dash of salt and pepper, not enough to overpower anything else. I HAD MAYONNAISE! You may be asking why I committed such a stupid act. Well, from the amount of flavors in the burger, I couldn’t taste it at all.

I give this burger a 8 out of 10. It is a great burger for somebody who has been starving since breakfast but not the best burger for somebody who needs a light snack.

Virginia students vote for pink slime burgers, not pure beef

What is wrong with these kids? I suppose if the only burgers that you eat at home are McDonalds and Burger King then you will never appreciate what a good healthy burger tastes like.

Kids’ beef with all-beef burgers prompts school to bring back the processed meat

Virginia school district brings back 26-ingredient burger after students complain about the taste and look of all-beef patties.

Photo: Valeriy Lebedev/Shutterstock

Kids in Fairfax, Va., have demanded their additives and chemicals, and it looks like they are going to get them. According to a recent story in the Washington Post, Fairfax County Public Schools are pulling all-beef burgers from school lunch menus and replacing them with processed meat after heeding complaints from students.

It all started during the 2011-12 school year, when a Fairfax-based advocacy group called Real Food for Kids released a report showing that the school district’s burgers contained 26 ingredients, including a number of additives and preservatives. Parents were outraged, and the processed burgers were replaced with all-beef patties. But at the start of this school year, the school district quietly returned to the processed patty, citing kids’ complaints about the all-beef burger as their reasoning.

In a note to Real Food for Kids, Penny McConnell, Fairfax schools’ food and nutritional service director, wrote that “students are our customers and we listen to them and implement their requests if possible.”

OK, I get that. But what are the schools going to do if the students complain that math is too hard? Or that they don’t want to learn how to spell? Wouldn’t it have been better to try another option — such as switching all-beef burger suppliers or working with the kids to address their concerns, rather than taking a step backward and bringing back the burger that’s chock full of chemicals?

Parents, school officials, and health care providers are supposed to be working together to help kids lead a healthier lifestyle. What does it teach kids when their school officials bring back what is essentially junk food just because the kids say it taste better? Should they switch back to potato chips because those are more popular with students than vegetables?

http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/kids-beef-with-all-beef-burgers-prompts-school-to-bring-back-the-processed

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