Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hold the Pickle, Hold the Lettuce



In my quest to find the perfect all American meal, burger and fries, I’ve run into a bit of a speed bump. The hamburgers here ……… I’ll let you add in your own adjective that describes what they serve here in The Netherlands as a burger. To me it’s unimaginable that a country that has the French fry perfected down to a culinary art can go so wrong in the meat department. I mean, making a hamburger is really cooking 101, isn’t it? Take ground beef, smash it together into a ball, flatten it, and throw it on the grill and whalaa!



Well, that’s not quite how it turns out. For some reason the hamburgers here all taste like mom’s leftover meatloaf on a bun. Not sure what’s added but it’s like a cake burger. I even went to one place describing their hamburgers as The All American Cheese Burger. They had many burgers named after cities. There was the Chicago Burger, The New Yorker, the Philadelphia… and so on. I think there were at least 15 different kinds. I thought, finally, I found the hidden place with all the good burgers. No, nope, nothing, nada! I took one bite and stopped.


Today I read an article that the first test tube hamburger would be produced at Maastricht University, a Dutch University. Why am I envisioning the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 days? Remember the part when Kate Hudson photo shops the pictures of her and Matthew McConaughey together to show what their kids would look like? It’s funny how sometimes, two rights just make a wrong. I’m thinking test tube and beef… NO

So for now, the search continues.

 I’ll report back if and when I find a good hamburger.

8 comments:

  1. Let me know when you do! We've been on the same exact search!

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  2. They are truly awful. I never thought I would like going to MacDonalds - but sometimes you just need that Quarterpounder. Patrice.

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    1. I know! I've been to McDonald's more here than ever in the States! Plus... they have ice!

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  3. I'm sure just like back here, where international food gets "Americanised" to appeal to a wider group of customers that they do the same thing for there folks. Only solution Lisa... go to one of the folks you've become friends with, I'm sure somebody has a friend who owns a cafe or something. Then teach them how you do it, they get famous, and you become the hero :) Problem is, how many Dutch will truely like the true american classic recipe.

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  4. That's Brilliant Wayne!!! Instead of calling it Wendy's they can call it Lisa's:)

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  5. Ok ... at least u have Mcdonalds there which I had @ yhe airport in Amsterdam and itwas good. But what I am confused on is the statement..."they have ice " is that not the norm there? And what other American franchises do u have there? I would so miss taco bell.....

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    1. Ice is not a standard. You get a cold soda and no ice. I miss Taco Bell and our favorite is Pot Belly... and a few more million places.

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