Boo introduced me to crack in March. AKA skiing.
This blog post by the wife made my day. I was so nervous when we went skiing that she wouldn’t like it. She hates not feeling in control and I was afraid skiing might be a tough go for her. But nope, she nailed it and loved it. As you can tell it lit a fire inside her and we have begun planning a couple different trips for this year. That makes me one happy camper.
So, friend of the Lugnut: TPS came over Saturday for a long night of football, bourbon, burgers, cigars, and a fire. The pic above is the burger result. I got a chuck roast and ground it Saturday evening before cooking. We did smash style with a 30 second smash. This gave a nice crust which you can see in the pic. We were low on cheese, so the cheese to beef ratio is not optimal, but at this point Publix was already closed for the night so we made due. These guys were very tasty and went down real easy. We probably could have put down around a half dozen each, but thankfully we showed some restraint.
Today marks two years married to this guy. Recently I have been having moments where I am reflecting on the fact that I met him when I was 18 and now we’re married, with a dog and a house.
I stole this anniversary post from the wife, but ditto what she said.
In honor of National Cheeseburger Day I’m posting two homemade burgers. The top burger I made after enjoying the bottom burger at a friend’s house. I had eaten a lot of thin patties lately and TPS my fellow burger nut and I decided to do thick patties. These two burgers are the result. Both were home ground beef. Seasoned with some salt and pepper. The cheese on both was nice and gooey as you can see. TPS made some nice shoe string fries to go with his. I really enjoyed it and couldn’t stop thinking about it and ended up making a special run to the grocery store and ground my own beef to make my own thick patty cheeseburger the next day. These two burgers started a run of four burgers in four days. It was quite a run. One for the ages if I may say so.
I haven’t had a burger in a while Hopefully, I will have another one soon and get a post up about it.
New family season tickets. Pumped about it. The wife and I will be breaking them in this weekend for the Florida vs Tennesse game. Should be a blast. GO GATORS!
Came home to this is the mailbox. #xmasinaugust
So, the wife and I were in Connecticut for a wedding. While there, we stopped at the Black Duck Cafe in Westport. Naturally we both stayed true to ourselves she got a lobster roll and I got a burger. I had a cheeseburger with grilled onions. The used a white American cheese which gave the burger a nice flavor. I ordered the burger medium rare and it came a beautiful medium rare. The burger had a nice beefy flavor and was the first thick our pub-style burger I’ve had in a while. It really was packed with flavor and managed to stay nice and juicy. The onions gave a nice sweetness to contrast the beef flavor. The whole thing worked nicely. The bottom bun started to get a little soggy toward the end of the burger, but did not fall apart completely. All in all a quality burger experience and one I would definitely seek out again when in the area.
So, I recently had burgers from Five Guys and Waffle House. I had recently read a review of Waffle House burgers so I thought I’d give it a shot and Five Guys gets praised pretty regularly for being one of the better burger chains out there.
Picture 1 is from Waffle House. All in all I was pretty pleased with the burger. It was a double cheeseburger and bigger than I expected. In the future I may even opt for the single cheeseburger. The patties were thin and had a decent crust from being cooked on the flat top. They were seasoned well and the beef flavor came through as well. My biggest issue with the burger is that the cheese to beef ratio could have been better as they only used one slice of cheese. However, the cheese that was there, was melted and gooey and did provide a great texture and flavor to the burger. I just wish there had been more. Also, the buttered and toasted bun was too greasy. I know, I’m at a diner and shouldn’t complain, but there was so much grease on the bun that it was slippery. For the price and time I found Waffle House to be vastly superior to any of the drive through fast food chains and will definitely keep it in mind when I need a quick bite.
Picture 2 is from Five Guys. I hadn’t been to Five Guys in 3 years or so, but I always see them listed when people talk about their favorite burger chains. My memories of Five Guys were fairly neutral so I came in almost like a first timer. I ordered a double cheeseburger here as well. It came out quicker than I expected. Upon unwrapping my burger I was disappointed to see the cheese was not really melting very well. As I ate the burger, I noted that it seemed under seasoned and the beef flavor wasn’t coming through. There was a significant crust on the burger, but unfortunately it tasted as though it had been left too long and was only tended to just as it was beginning to burn. I had high hopes for my Five Guys experience, but to be honest I was let down. If someone were to suggest going to Five Guys I certainly wouldn’t refuse, but I don’t think I will be going on my own any time soon.
So this ended up being a burger battle, which was not the plan, I just happened to go to two places in a relatively short time span and had similar style burgers. Waffle House ended up pulling the upset in this battle, which I never expected. The burger there will certainly work it’s way into my routine of Waffle House orders going forward.
Bubbles is just a giant ball of stress right now. She needs to calm down obviously