The Best Burgers of 2015
Jan12

The Best Burgers of 2015

The Best Burgers of 2015 I could give you my excuses as to where I have been, but instead I’ll just say: “I’m back!” Yes, I took a break that was only partly not by choice. You all know that life is crazy and don’t need me to remind you, so suffice it to say that my life has also been insane. But now that everything seems to have slowed I can finally breathe and not a moment to soon. It’s time that I give you all my highly anticipated annual ‘Best of’ list. 2015 was a good year for burgers, which is kind of surprising considering that 2014 was also a very good year. I did a lot of traveling this year but in the end I only included one burger place that was out of state simply because the burger was THAT good. But other than that one burger the other four are all Utah made. Let me know if you agree with my choices   #5 – Main Street Cafe: Located in Hurricane, Utah (pronounced Hurkin for those of you who don’t know) this little cafe cooks all their burgers on an outside grill and they’re big and juicy. #4 – Penny’s: Why go to Stockton Utah? I really have no idea, UNLESS you want a great big homemade tasting burger. I recommend the Blue Explosion if you like lots of tangy blue cheese dressing. Big portions of real ingredients that just work. Their location isn’t. . . great, but trust me it’s worth the drive. #3 – From Scratch: In downtown Salt Lake there is a place that makes pizzas and burgers and they make all their food, you guessed it, from scratch. Yes, that is also their name but that is because they mean it. Everything they make is from scratch and you can taste it and it tastes like pure Joy. #2 – Hub and Spoke: Just off the beaten path of Sugar House is a great and hip restaurant that really makes great flavor combinations. Hub and Spoke takes chances and I have yet to taste one of their creations that didn’t hit the nail on the head. That aioli sauce that was on my burger. . . I could eat it like soup. And I have to mention the fries, they make my very favorite fries, EVER. Truly delicious food for those of you that like something different with great flavor combinations. #1 – Bootleggers: In Phoenix Arizona we found a rustic BBQ joint that makes a super amazing, delicious and glorious burger. I’m not a BBQ sauce guy but I will make exception when it’s done right and Bootleggers does it...

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My Tick Costume
Sep02

My Tick Costume

Today’s post has nothing to do with burgers. Why? Because this is my blog and I can do what I want. Also I just want to share with you my latest project. For about the last year or so I have been working on a costume simply because I love super heroes, particularly The Tick, and wanted to see if I could make something of quality. Turns out I’m not half bad at it, especially for never attempting anything like this before. Anyway, I hope you can indulge me a little by going and looking at my Imgur album where I walk through my whole creative process of making my Tick costume. And while you’re there, give it +1. How to make a Tick...

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Burgers For Brittany
Apr01

Burgers For Brittany

Burgers For Brittany Where: Scaddy’s, 5430 S. 900 E. SLC, UT   Firstly I want to publicly thank all those who participated in Burgers For Brittany this last weekend. THANK YOU! You truly proved your worth and I could not be more grateful for your selfless support. For those of you who perhaps don’t follow me on Facebook or otherwise are not familiar with what I am talking about, I’ll explain. Last week I organized an event to mob-support a family who owns a local business. I did this after hearing a heartbreaking news story about their daughter, Brittany Scadlock, who was serving as a missionary for her church in Argentina, far from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah, when she got an E. coli infection and died. Most tragically of all, she died before her parents could even get on the plane to see her. I heard this story and was affected by it for many reasons. First, I empathize with those that have lost loved ones tragically, I lost my brother 20 years ago (I can’t believe it’s been so long) when he was only 15 years old. Also, my wife’s sister just happens to be serving a mission in Argentina right now as well and is also 19 years old. And lastly, I was once I 19 year old missionary myself and I know what it’s like to be far away from home doing good for others in a strange place (Sure, I was only in Connecticut. . . But still). After hearing this story I then saw a post on Facebook from one of my favorite burger places, Scaddy’s. The post stated that Brittany was a member of the owner’s family. After making this connection I thought, “wouldn’t it be great if a big group of people went to Scaddy’s all at once and ordered something off the menu to show their support? Someone should do that.” I then thought,  “why not me? I do write a burger blog after all, so it wouldn’t be entirely off base”. The last few years I have been working on being more assertive and less hesitant so I immediately went to Facebook with my idea as a way of gauging interest. Not surprisingly, everyone thought this was a great idea, so I made a public Facebook event scheduled for that Saturday and begged everyone to spread the word. Honestly I was afraid that I would fail, that the event would be ‘liked’ by all and then forgotten by most. I was nervous that I would show up alone, and potentially embarrass the Scadlock family. I wasn’t even sure my event  would spread very far at all,...

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A night in Wendover for under $25
Oct01

A night in Wendover for under $25

A Night in Wendover for Under $25   This week I’ll share with you a fantastic deal I recently found that has nothing to do with burgers and everything to do with me wanting to share such a great bargain with all of you. You often hear that Utah is in its own little bubble. You hear that all the time, especially from the Utah haters (whom, ironically, I kind of hate) and they’re correct in a way, but that doesn’t stop some of us from getting creative when we want to have fun of the more adult variety. And by that I mean gambling of course which us Utahns have to do across state lines. I work with a few compulsive gamblers who recently told me about a bargain for those who want to get out of the Salt Lake valley and sin across the border for cheap. The deal, provided through Le Bus includes the following: Round trip from Salt Lake City to Wendover (there are several departure sites spread throughout the city) Bingo during the trip with money awarded up to $25 (there is one lucky bus a week that gives away $100) $7 in casino money at either the Rainbow, Peppermill, or Montego Bay Casinos Free Buffet dinner at any of the above three casinos (a $23 value) Free cocktail voucher I’m a sucker for a good deal and this steal seemed too good to pass up so after a particularly stressful few weeks I decided to surprise my wife with a much deserved night of free food, fun, games, and hopefully winning lots of money. I told her I was taking her away to Wendover and to brush up on her blackjack skills but I didn’t tell her anything about the bus deal, she assumed we were just driving there. So I watched all the youtube videos on blackjack basic strategy and card counting to prepare, and so should you. On Saturday we packed into the car and I drove from our house as if we were headed to Wendover, Whitney was extremely confused when I pulled into a Village Inn parking lot and waited. I can almost never surprise my wife this well but she was completely bewildered and maybe a bit scared when I led her into a giant tour bus. We had a lot of fun on the trip, it was a nice clean bus and the host was funny. I am infamously unlucky at Bingo and as I always do I lost and lost hard, but it was still fun and a good way to pass the time. The casinos in Wendover are nowhere near...

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The Unholy Root Beer Mugs
Jul02

The Unholy Root Beer Mugs

The Unholy Root Beer Mugs I think I’d like to tell a little story today. As you know I’m a bit obsessed with burgers and root beer. Truthfully, my love of burgers has developed much more recently than my love of root beer. I remember back yard BBQ dinners with my family and seeing a big cooler filled with homemade root beer and dry ice fog seeping from the seams of the lid. I was just a little boy but I’ve always loved root beer. But my love for this seductive soda lead me to a life  crime, yes, crime. I admit to all of you out there, some of whom hold me in high respect, that I am a  thief. To my close friends it probably isn’t an enormous surprise since I’ve always had slight inclinations to kleptomania. I don’t have a basement full of blue ray players or anything but if I see something, usually food, that could in any way be free, I take it. It’s as if I am constantly worried that I will starve to death. My wife thinks it is because I come from a family of 9 children and I had to fight for my food, and she might be onto something. In my household there was a lot of licking your food to announce ownership throughout my childhood, so obviously I have food possession issues. Now this might not seem very criminal or even important to you, but be warned that if I am in your home and there is anything that resembles food that is in a bowl of some kind, I’m going to eat that food, all of it. Be it peanuts, stale chex mix, pretzels, or cough drops; in my mind anything that is touching open air is free game and I now own it. This mindset probably isn’t healthy but that’s how I have always been programmed. But in fairness this doesn’t get me into too much trouble as no one seems to be possessive over their finger food as I am, so it usually doesn’t cause any kind of offense. But this survival technique of mine lead me to my most heinous heist that occurred at an A&W restaurant when I was a Junior in High School. My Drama class took a trip to St. George, Utah for some kind of acting workshop and one night a group of us kids walked to an A&W and ordered food. I had never eaten at an A&W and was told that since it was my first visit that I should order one of their tall frosted mugs of root beer, so I did, and...

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Sorry For Not Drinking
Jun04

Sorry For Not Drinking

Sorry For Not Drinking “just water for me, thanks.” Let me take this moment to apologize to the world for not drinking. I am sorry. Of course I’m not really sorry. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why the waitreses are  frustrated with me when I go to their restaurant and only order water and food. But I’m still not sorry. I understand that restaurants and bars make most of their money from booze but more importantly, I know why they do. You see, as a man who brews his own root beer I understand more than most just how much it costs to brew a beverage. Perhaps it will come as a shock to you to learn that it costs almost nothing, seriously it costs pennies to make soda and brewing beer might even costs less. I don’t know all the numbers because. . .  math, but imagine if I brewed a keg of soda for about $5.00 worth of ingredients and then charged $2.00 for every pint, and that’s being very generous since most soda companies are buying their ingredients by the ton and thus at a much better price, and don’t forget that some mini brews charge $3+ per bottle not to mention that I’ve seen some booze go for $6+ a bottle. Since there are 8 pints in a gallon and 5 gallons in a keg I would end up making $80 per keg, that’s a profit of $75. If my math is sound, that’s a 1,500% return on investment. Now stop and read that last sentence again, that is an insane profit margin! I have no problem with people who choose to drink nor do I have a problem with businesses, even large ones, making money. But there comes a point when a person just feels cheated. Now it should also be noted that not only do I NOT drink because I don’t like being hosed by ‘the man’ but I also don’t drink simply because I choose not to. I was raised religious and I can say with little to no regret that I have never tasted an alcoholic drink. . . on purpose (long story that perhaps I’ll share another time). I just don’t see the point, it has caused heart ache in my family over several generations and I am of the belief that something in my family’s particular brand of DNA makes me predisposed to addictive behavior. So, for my own sake and that of my family I distance myself. So I’m not sorry. I’ll continue NOT ordering drinks at restaurants and NOT overpaying for what is essentially a piece of bread in a bottle. Instead I’ll order...

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