May is National Burger Month! Looking to go somewhere special for a burger? Look no further…
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Words cannot be expressed. My first cookbook, American Burger Revival, is now available wherever books are sold. I couldn’t be prouder and I hope you all like it too. Please consider picking up a copy, spreading the love and cooking some delicious burgers straight from the pages. Your undying support ever since I started this little blog some eight years ago has led to this exciting moment in my life, and I’m glad you could all be there to share it with me. Cheers to you all!
My first cookbook, American Burger Revival, is now available for pre-order!! So what are you waiting for, reserve your copy now and be the first to receive the book when it comes out in May. Thanks for all the support!!
Yes, almost a year in the making, but my first cookbook (co-written with the incredible Sammy Monsour) will be on the shelves this May. American Burger Revival will be just that: an irreverent look at America’s most precious handheld pastime food item, with some modern twists and our completely unique and (hopefully) original outlook on a classic. It was an incredible journey, those of who have written a cookbook before know what I’m talking about. Each deliberation, creative brainstorming session and tweaks and re-tweaks in the kitchen made it all worthwhile and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in all of this. Sammy is a master in the kitchen and his ideas and passion made this book what it is. We got the book we always envisioned thanks to the incredible team at Union Park Press and we can’t wait to spread our burger love (take that however you want) into your home and kitchen in just a few months. Here are a couple of teaser pics I wanted to share. Thanks as always for all the support and love along the way, I couldn’t have done it without all of my dear readers throughout the years.
Sometimes, a quick detour away from the burger game might need to be in order. I don’t need to delve too far into the review game aside from burgers, nor do I intend to. But every now and then I have some opinions on things (shocking) that have nothing to do with our dear burger (even more shocking).
I haven’t gone out quite as much lately, but a quick thumbs up, thumbs down:
Thumbs Up: Rialto. I’d only been once, and had a ho-hum burger experience years ago. But a few weeks ago with my sister in town, we sat at the bar, had a few stellar bites and solid cocktails, and were on our way. For a mere $15 we enjoyed Arancini, Duck Pate and Stuffed Fried Olives. Jody was in the house which was nice to see, and it was the perfect, laid-back setting we needed and the food was as delicious as can be.
Thumbs Down: La Brasa. The menu reads so well but it fell very short for me. Even though it looks like every other restaurant nowadays, I still dig the look. On a recent Saturday night we sampled a number of dishes, all missing the same ingredient across the board: salt. It’s amazing how often this seemingly simple aspect trips up major restaurants constantly. Two carrots split in half and served with a watery, one-note mole´ain’t gonna cut it. Neither will $17 for one piece of over-cooked fried chicken, or $8 for about a cup of uninspired and greasy fried rice. But apparently I’m on the outside looking in, because media darlings, bloggers and the like seem to love it.
I don’t believe in off-nights, I believe in the power of consistency. Not the easiest feat to achieve I realize, is one visit fair to write something off? Maybe, maybe not.