The Good Burger Project

Irie Gastropubliko's March Burger of the Month: Umami Burger

Irie Gastropubliko’s March Burger of the Month: Umami Burger

“Welcome to Good Burger, Home of the Good Burger! Can I take your order?”

Burgers cover all three food groups in handy, handheld conveniences. Go in the bun, Grow in the patty, other meats & cheeses and, Glow in the vegetables. I often get asked what my favorite burger is, or, the more difficult question, what I would say is the best. While I clearly have my preferences, I would be hard pressed to make an ultimate declaration for The One. Versus just enjoying the entirety, I am in the habit of breaking each experience down to the visuals, the aromas, each individual component tastes and textures before having the entire sensory orchestra come together to give me a concerted feel.

As with men, and their tastes, not all burgers are created equal. These run the entire line from the P25 Buy-One-Take-Ones to the premiums, franchise chain’s and your local homegrown, the all-beef to the specialty beef, the non-beef to the exotic, the singles to the multi-stack, sliders to the gargantuan, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera — each one with a different appeal to the next person. With considerations for end-point reception, it would be equally unfair to shove all burgers into a single category.

So what makes a great burger? What makes a good one at its most basic?

Your thoughts in the comments field below.



Play Chicken

Mini Stop's Hot Chix Pornografeed Best Cebu Blogs Awards Best Cebu Food Blog 2014

“Why did the chicken cross the road? *pregnant pause* To get to the other side.” So goes an old joke. I never found that funny. I probably never will.

I was laughing with The PussyKat about how, for no clear reason other than its strange appeal to the taste buds, we liked Mini Stop’s take on chicken nuggets: Hot Chix. Chicken nuggets, to begin with, are pretty low excuses for protein presentations using chicken trimmings cut to shape and/or (mostly) molded meat slurry, battered then deep-fried to the golden crisps we all love. Just like wood composite modular furniture in blonde wood surface sticker finish. Hot Chix takes the nugget marvel to a whole new level with the built-in, edible game of Spot-The-Real-Chicken-Meat-Pieces-In-This-One underneath layers of flavored carbohydrate fillers. That gravy, too. Like everyone else,  I also fall under the spell of starch, fat and flavorings.

I crossed the six-laner of three each way separated by an island worth two. When not held up by the light at either intersections, these present a steady stream of cars breaching speed limits that there might as well have been the Cha-cha-cha playing for pedestrians on the curb. While this calls to question my option not to use the pedestrian lanes at the ends of the rather long block, I’d like to point out that these ends are at proximities where chances of meeting one’s end by the human, rather the inhuman, are greater than that of and the convenience of the straight line between A and B. Aaand, yes, because shortcuts are hardwired into our racial DNA.

B is the Mini Stop inside the funeral one-stop shop of St. Peter’s. Convenience for the grateful undead tending to the grateful dead, convenience for me. I’ve always been morbidly fascinated by the funeral business since HBO’s runaway hit series, Six Feet Under. Sometimes I get a vanilla Giant Cone and watch people at these funeral parties. I love seeing raw emotions against the backdrop of what, when, where, why, who’s getting what and how much. Yesterday, a banshee broke mid-wail to give her preference for juice with her meat roll. The wheelies popped open the lid of this mid-level all-white to marvel at the excellent mortuary make-up while waiting to load it up into the lift. Some grandkids just had to take wefies at the lobby. I took it all in with a lot of Joe Black cool behind oversized sunnies while the soft-serve quickly melted into the waffle cone.

At any crossing, The Chicken is sometimes tempted to go against his Peter Parker and gun for gaps too tight from the next oncoming chunk of Asian surplus. The adrenalin rush makes him feel alive. What are the things The Chicken really wants in his life? Are these all ultimately worth it? What if the headlights his view tunnels into are not the lights at the end but only the bright flash before sudden nothingness? With the sum of his insurance coverages, he understands he is worth so much more dead. Maslow programming ultimately holds him back.

“Why did the chicken cross the road? *pregnant pause* To get to the other side.” So went the Old Joke. I never found that funny. I probably never will.