For dinner we’re eating grilled turkey burgers seasoned with fresh oregano, basil, and sage. The burgers were stuffed with chaumes cheese and sundried tomatoes and served on a whole wheat bun with confit tomatoes, lemon balsamic marinated grilled mushrooms, pea shoots, and fresh pesto. Chunks of marinated grilled zucchini were plated along side the burgers.
T: Those burgers were freaking awesome, duder.
A: well thanks, mista T! i don’t think they were my favorite, but hey! can a girl be tops every time?
T: Nope, a girl can’t be on top every time.
A: hehehe… now, woah there doggy. don’t forget grannies read this too.
T: Grannies know what i’m talking about! They’ve been around longer than any of us!
A: youse a silly man, mister. a silly man.
T: I thought these burgers were great. What didn’t you like about them?
A: i dunno. i think maybe it’s just that i burned them initially on a slightly too-hot fire and my burger just tasted burnt. at least in some spots. i also don’t know if i like the specific brand of sundried tomatoes i used in the middle.
T: you must have given me a less-burnt patty. How nice Mine didn’t taste burnt at all.
A: … i taste burning…
T: you might want to get that checked out. I also enjoyed the sundried tomatoes and everything else in/on the burger. It was great, and it got better the deeper into it I got.
A: stuffing burgers really is the secret to my burger happiness. it breaks up the heaviness of the solid chunck of meat and it gives you ooey gooey flavor all through out the meal
T: I’m with you a 100% on that one. Burger need to be stuffed. Otherwise they are ordinary. I don’t care what kind of sauce you put on top, the patty needs some innards.
A: fo sho, you know. i’ve only eaten one stuffed burger out at a restaurant and i was kind of disappointed. It was a brie stuffed burger at the Wild Note Cafe in Solana Beach. I’m a fan of the cafe for lunch, usually. good food at a moderately cheap price (although dinner can get expensive). but this burger just didn’t have any flavor. i think maybe the brie had all melted out before it even got to me.
T: That’s lame. I’ve never had a stuffed burger other than yours that I can think of. It would be interesting to have another, but I’m doing ok just having yours.
A: i would just like to find a good burger in san diego. i have yet to eat a burger here that has made me want to go back to the restaurant and eat another one. and another one. and another one.
T: I liked the burger I had at South Beach Bar and Grill (5059 Newport Ave. San Diego, CA 92107). It was a “Santa Fe” burger with a roasted ortega chile and a creamy Santa Fe sauce. It wasn’t stuffed, but I liked it. It was the best burger I’ve eaten in a restaurant here- much better than the burger I had at the famed Hodad’s.
A: yeah, maybe i went into Hodad’s with high expectations, but when we got our food, i was definately underwhelmed. i hate to say it, but my mini burger just reminded me of wendy’s. and that’s just wrong. i would like to try a burger from south beach though.
T: Yeah, and we should try Hodad’s again just to see if we were having an off day or something. Maybe the Volkswagen Bus that we were eating in (inside the restaurant) threw off our taste buds. eh?
A: uh…um… anything’s possible, right? i am willing to give it another try. i will try to erase the thought of wendy’s from my mind when we go back.
T: Well, back to your burgers. I give em a 4.6/5. They were super, so much better than most burgers out there. I’ll leave you with a little room for ratings improvement since I know you weren’t too happy with these.
A: you’re right. but i’m glad you really enjoyed them. I give these burgers a 3.8/5. They were good. they just weren’t the bomb. and frankly, they were amongst my worst burgers. i dig burgers, and the digability is what inspires me to make good ones. for this reason, when i make an average (or burnt) burger, i’m disappointed in myself and in the burger.
T: wow, that’s a lower score than I expected you to give. I think you’re being a touch hard on yourself. Hell, my burger was the bomb!
A: maybe so. i just have a long list of good burgers beneath my belt and this was just alright for me. kinda like jesus you know?
* amanda breaks in to a bad version of “jesus is just alright” *
T: enough! silence! What does that mean, anyway? Is Jesus just ok, not that great? Or is Jesus nothing but alright with him? I just don’t know.
A: i never could figure that out. i guess i never really paid much attention to the rest of the lyrics to see if they would clue me in. what it comes down to is i just don’t care, ooooohhhh yeah!
T: Mochis are just alright with me, mochis are just alright, oh yeah! And by that I mean I’m going to eat a mochi right now.
* time elapses *
T: that was a good coconut mochi.
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