I love Turkish Delight. It’s not for everyone, but I always buy a small box when we visit Ogunquit Maine in the summer from the Harbor Candy Store. Last summer I picked up the most delightful book, “Liddabit Sweets Candy … Continue reading
Buttermilk Griddle Cakes! I have a long-time favorite recipe from Allrecipes for Clark Gable Pancakes – I’ll be honest, I mostly chose it for the name originally but it does make good pancakes. I was looking for something different and … Continue reading
I heard about this idea on The Splendid Table and decided it would be a lovely addition to some of my Christmas gifting. I picked up just a couple yards of muslin and finished it with a zigzag, but … Continue reading
There is much written about the history of the term and the food “sugar plums”. In reading most of it, food historians seem to be in two camps – one is the comfit camp and the other is the dried … Continue reading
These are so quick and delightful. I may put a bowlful of these on my Thanksgiving table – but I’m one of those crazy people who will also eat cranberries straight and my family has been snacking on these. Today … Continue reading
When I started packing up my children’s Playmobil figures New Year’s Day I thought to myself “Don’t fret. Nothing is going to Goodwill – I will keep these for later use“. Brightly colored ‘people’ designed with clever German engineering, Playmobil … Continue reading
Tonight’s visit was to the 8oz Burger Bar on Capitol Hill. 8oz Burger Bar is a chain with a few locations – we had never visited before. First impressions: FREE PARKING ON CAPITOL HILL!!!! WOOHOO!! From the outside, 8oz looks … Continue reading
Katsu Burger is tucked into a little strip mall in Georgetown, near S Michigan and East Marginal. Note – if you are driving Southbound on East Marginal, pay special attention or you’ll end up in the rental car lot. At … Continue reading
The inaugural burger of our Great Seattle Family Burger Challenge was consumed at Lil Woody’s on Capitol Hill. Lil Woody’s is West of Broadway on Pine. Parking isn’t a joy anywhere on Capitol Hill but like rock stars, we found … Continue reading
I received our copy of Seattle Met and on the front cover was a ridiculous sized burger, and a cover story about Seattle’s Top Burgers (and dogs…and BBQ). The magazine sat around a few days and I finally opened it and perused the article. After much (OK, very little) discussion, our family decided: We’ll be the judges of that.
So – this summer, approximately once per week we’ll be testing a burger place at which we have not eaten previously. We’ll score the categories, force our middle school aged child to use her summer math in order to crunch some numbers, and post it here. With some juicy burger photos. Don’t fret Seattle peeps, we won’t use reform math for the stats.
We have our own particularly weird family culture. From this we developed criteria:
- Bun – That bun better be worth the drive. None of these hard-arse kaiser rolls which a person can’t bite into. Nothing stale. No weird black seeds to get stuck in our teeth. And, no cheap buns that dissolve.
- Containment – Does the burger remain together while you are eating it? Nothing is worse to us than a burger which ends up in a soupy, crappy, mess and 30 napkins.
- Seasoning – Is the burger appropriately seasoned? Too salty? Not seasoned well enough? Too much garlic? Wait, I’m not sure that’s possible.
- Topping Selection -Are there enough options? One of us likes “everything, pile it on and then double it”. Some of us like it very spicy. One of us (I am not naming names) likes only a hamburger patty, and American cheese.
- Accoutrements – What’s the stuff WITH the stuff? Fries? Shakes? What are the options. Extra points here if you’re serving Full Tilt.
- Cheese – Plain old American? Tillamook? Beecher’s Reserve? Gorgonzola? Cotswald with spring chive and fig? Our people like cheese. I’ll keep it real: for some of us the burger is a delivery mechanism for awesome cheese. It better be cheesetastic, much like this blog post.
- Appropriate Grilling – Self explanatory on this one. Don’t hand me a burger still in the death throes of moo-ing unless I specifically ask for it that way.
- Atmosphere – Is the place so fabulously hipster there is no place for me to sit? While a cool standing burger sounds really amazing, I’m likely to go to email that back to my 27 year old single and childless self, and motor to the next place. And if I witness the guy in back making his own patties from organic free range meat, that’s awesome unless he’s sweating into the bowl.