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The Great Burger Taste-Off of 2009: Elevation Burger

My internet was down for nearly 4 days recently. While most people might just deal with that, it was very hard for me. For one thing, I work from home, so it’s kind of necessary. For another thing, I have a business account, and one would think they would give a crap about a business account being down. So yeah, Verizon Fios Internet, you can officially suck it. At one point, it pissed me off so much that I went and ate a burger. Yep, it drove me to a burger. Not that I wouldn’t just go eat a burger, but it’s just not something that I do regularly. It has nothing to do with health. I just only want burgers when I want them.

Elevation Burger has been open right near my house for only a short while now. It’s a chain that serves only organic, grass-fed, free-range beef. And their fries are cooked in olive oil. What’s good is that despite these better ingredients, it’s not at all more expensive than the other burger chains (think Five guys). I just got a cheeseburger. You can pick any topping for free, except blue cheese, that’s extra. I loaded mine with caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Nothing too exciting. I would have loved sweet peppers but they didn’t have any. They offered me their hot pepper relish to try. It was really spicy and not very good. The burger comes on a potato roll.

So what was the verdict? I liked it. I wasn’t blown away or anything, but it is a good burger. The meat isn’t obviously better tasting to me (I can’t tell the difference between this patty and a five guys patty), but it is a good burger. The caramelized onions are amazing, but they need to put more of them on! The portion was a bit puny. The fries? I wasn’t a big fan. The olive oil makes the fries soggy. And gives them a slightly strange flavor. I prefer a crispier fry. And a less greasy fry. For a local burger spot for me, this is now my go-to spot.
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So He Does Eat! Like Real People!

There’s been lots of talk about Obama’s food finickiness. That he’s a picky eater, overly concerned with health, abstemious, etc. So I was pleasantly surprised to find this little video gem where he orders a burger with fries, and a little salad/veggie… on Air Force One! Something we’ll never get to do ourselves. Now, he orders this stuff, but we don’t get to see him eat it. So I’ll believe it when I see it!

Hot Dogs On The Slopes

Oh Blue Mountain cafeteria…. how I dislike you more and more each time I visit. What sucks is that you really don’t have any other choice. After swooshing down some mountains, you get famished, and you need nourishment. But the food is so not pleasant. I mean I guess it could be worse, but it could be so much better! And it wouldn’t take that much effort to kick it up a tiny little notch. They have plenty of candy, that’s for damn sure.
We both ended up getting a coupla hot dogs. They were quite blah. I’m not a huge hot dog fan, but I know a good hot dog when I eat one, and these weren’t them. And seeing as how the food here has amusement park / sports complex prices, they were hardly a bargain. Oh how I wished I could have a couple of 50 cent hot dogs from Ikea! My fries were cold. And let’s not forget that I literally stood there waiting for these for 15 minutes. They said to me “the fries aren’t made yet”. And I told them fine, I’ll wait. So I waited. And waited. And waited some more. Turns out that while I was standing there, they forgot that I wanted fries. So when I finally got them, they were cold. Beyond freaking annoying. I nearly wanted to just get my money back, but I just didn’t want to talk to those idiots again. At least conditions on the mountain were good and I thoroughly enjoyed snowboarding and the bananas and gatorade that I brought with me.

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