Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Food Hoods: Get your favourite burger featured on this beautifully illustrated Food Map

We're pretty spoilt, you know, in London, with all our great burgers. (Hi again, by the way, I haven't posted for a while as I've had a busy couple of months but hopefully a few more posts coming down the pipe shortly).

I would say we've got a pretty established set of great burger slingers, and so it would seem that now is the time to institutionalise them into something beautiful. This is what I'm talking about:

A couple of weeks ago a fellow burger enthusiast (let's call him a bit of a foodie), had a chat with me about a food map he was creating - codenamed "Food Hoods". The intention is that the map will be hand-illustrated and cover the crème de la crème of the city's best food and drink neighbourhoods. This obviously appeals to me because it means that as well as being able to plan to get my burger fix around the capital, I can explore other foods in the area - recommended by peers.

Hoods that have been confirmed already are:

  • Soho
  • Covent Garden
  • Fitzrovia
  • Marylebone
  • Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, Hoxton
  • Hackney (London Fields, Dalston mainly)
  • Whitechapel & Spitalfields
  • Brixton
  • Clerkenwell
  • Bermondsey

Food Hoods is the creation of Will Moody and he wants to make sure your favourite burger joints are included on the map, which is where you lovely lot come in.

All you have to do is plug your favourite burger into the comments section below, or tweet me and Will (@HamburgerMe @FoodHoods) with your top burger restaurant in London.

Now, and this is important, you need to make sure you share your absolute number one. The place you'd go if it was your last burger in London. And Will will make sure the best ten make it onto his new illustrated map.

If you want to get your hands on a copy of Food Hoods you can pre-order your copy here - it comes as a fold-out map for sticking up on your wall or a small booklet (better for burger fans on the go). As great maps take time to produce, the first copies will be ready in early 2016. 

Monday, 31 August 2015

New York Burger Tour in 36 hours

It’s not every day you get to play in New York and eat great burgers. But I had that chance very recently when I was travelliong to Washington D.C. with work and took the opportunity to spend a day and a half, a mere 36 hours, in NYC. I hopped onto AirBnB and booked myself into a flat in the heart of Greenwich Village (right on MacDougal Street, and a stone’s throw from Bleecker St.) arriving around midnight on Friday.

Inevitably I was stoked about being able to try out some of the New York burgers on my bucket list and with a host of recommendations from Fred Smith, Zan Kaufman, and Will Leigh (not to mention numerous others) I had a hard job picking and choosing.

This is where my recommendations took me:

Monday, 24 August 2015

National Burger Day UK - 27 August 2015

National Burger Day is my wet dream. It's the UK's celebration of burgers that happens every year on 27 August, first launching in 2013.

For a burger blogger everyday is celebration of burgers, but National Burger Day brings a nation together over everyone's favourite comfort food and it's really kicking off at Dalston Yard where 18 burger joints are selling their wares for your pleasure.

Here they are:

Tickets sold out pretty quickly, but the good news for the rest of you is that Mr Hyde have negotiated a 20% discount with some serious burger slingers across the UK on the day in question - check out a restaurant near you and download a voucher to get involved:

Here's last year's video to get excited about.

I wrote about National Burger Day in 2013 here, and in 2014 here. Careful, there's burger porn involved.

Monday, 10 August 2015

[Recipe] The Big Brunch Burger

I was up late the other day, it was about 10am so too late for breakfast, but I was hungry. The weather was nice. I had an urge to get a grill on but it wasn't time for lunch. So the Big Brunch Burger happened.
I've also submitted it in the Ladbrokes BBQ Bingo Challenge - so you can vote for my recipe here.

This recipe serves four. Or two really hungover people.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

[Competition] Win two breakfast burgers from Burger & Lobster

Burger & Lobster, the Goodman sister brand that pairs luxury with comfort, has launched a new range of breakfast burgers at Threadneedle Street in the city. And yours truly gets to give two away as part of Great Little Place, London's Burger Week.
Here's the official line from Burger & Lobster

"Burger & Lobster DOES MORNINGS!

We travelled the world to find great farmers and what we consider to be some of the best beef in the world. Our 6oz Baby Burgers are 100% Nebraskan Angus Steak made from 3 cuts; Chuck, Tri Tip & Brisket. We also use our own recipe for the brioche bun. Comes with cheese and a soft poached egg. Dish served with beans and hash browns!

Exclusive to our Threadneedle Street restaurant as part of our Breakfast Menu."

So what do you have to do to be in with a chance of winning?

It's pretty simple. Just tweet "#BurgerWeekBreakfastBurgerBonanza" and mention @glpLondon and @burger_lobster on Twitter. Simples.

Winner drawn first thing on Sunday 26 July. G'luck.

COMP NOW CLOSED - congratulations to the winners!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

[Special] The Freddar Dawg Burger from Byron Hamburgers

Unless you've been under a stone for the last week or so, you can't have helped but hear about the latest special from Byron Hamburgers. The Freddar Dawg.
Simply put, it's the usual 6oz Byron hamburger, chopped in half and stuffed into a big demi-brioche hot dog bun. Topped with crispy bacon, mustard mayo, and pickles. There's melted American cheese on top and underneath there's an iceberg, Byron sauce, chopped onion 'slaw. It reminds me of the Uncle Sam, but with a greater depth of flavour. And bacon.

It's the first burger in a while that's put a smile on my face. The custom-made (more on that in a minute) American cheese is Fred Smith at his oh-so-very best, and the classic flavour combination of bacon, pickles, mustard mayonnaise and iceberg lettuce is a delight.
The cheese is actually a custom made job, combining Italian Parmesan (Grana Padano), mature cheddar, and Red Leicester (for colour), and it melts in festoons over the patties. As you can imagine, the flavours are deeply moreish and it has a pleasing stickiness on the palate, too. And so the Freddar in the Freddar Dawg is obviously a play on cheddar....
All I can say is that this burger is tried, tested, and Hamburger Me! recommended so make sure you get your chops around one in the next couple of months. Available at all Byron restaurants and priced at £10.95.

Read about the other Byron specials I've reviewed below:

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Burgers at Shake Shack, Covent Garden: The Definitive Guide

Shake Shack is one of the world’s most prestigious fast food chains, and it’s location in Covent Garden’s Jubilee Market is in one of London’s highest footfall locations. Founded by famous American restaurateur Danny Meyer, it slow, inexorable expansion from NY hot dog cart to global upmarket burger and hot dog chain has been carefully planned and deliberately executed. I wrote previously about Shake Shack's opening in July 2013 here.

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