Blog: Burger She Wrote
Napkins down! The competition is over!
After two weeks, 33 burgers, (27 tasted or consumed by me, six out-sourced to other food lovers), I managed to hand out five five-star burgers.
But this competition wasn't all about me.
The whole premise of this burger thing was the idea of those who created Wellington on a Plate - hence the Burger Wellington competition.
Diners were invited to consume the burgers, and then txt their rating out of five (five being the best).
As I mentioned in an earlier post, because of sickness and pure numbers of burgers left, I had to resort to outsourcing some of the burgers.
It's fair to say I wasn't short of volunteers.
One such lucky and eager person was my good buddy Amie McCarron - a local Petonian? Petonite? Err, she's from Petone. Anyway I knew loved seafood so would appreciate this burger.
What: The Empire's famous Tunalicious Burger - Meyer lemon marinated tuna loin, finely diced and bound with New Zealand wasabi, soy sauce and local honey, pan seared on to a gourmet Pandoro bun with a wasabi mayo, avocado and melted suluni cheese exclusive to The Empire (a pasta filata cheese from Colchis)
Where: The Empire, Jackson St, Petone
So you know how I said I was a bit sick last week? Well I managed to find some pretty keen helpers to assist in finishing all of the 33 burgers taking part in Burger Wellington. (Three from the Hutt and one in Porirua).
First up is Millie Mirepoix of Gusty Gourmet fame. (Yeah, see she's a pro at this food blogging shizz. I bask in her olive oil-infused glory.) Here's her report:
I'm a bit ashamed to admit that my first reaction when I heard that Greer was sick and needed help eating burgers was one of total excitement. Normally I don't find joy in others' suffering but it had been a particularly long day, I was completely ravenous and a big, juicy burger (or two) was just what I needed. With Mum (conveniently visiting from overseas) in tow, I headed out to Petone.
First up was Gusto Bistro.
What: Lamb Baa'ger: Lamb rump & confit of Wharekauhau lamb shoulder patty with cracked wheat, sumac mayo and hand-cut chips
It had to happen. I've come down sick for the second time this winter with that blasted lurgy that's going around.
Unfortunately it's taken its toll on my tastebuds and all I feel like consuming is Powerade.
Even looking at burgers isn't stirring the most desirable emotions right now. That guts me, as a burger lover, with this plethora of choices that I have in front of me.
Given I've still got a few burgers to go. Will I do it? I don't know.
The ones I haven't made it to so far, but am going to try my darnedest, include: Hutt burger offerings at Burger Wisconsin, Gusto Bistro, The Empire, Mayfair Cafe. And in Wellington I've also got Plum, Monsoon Poon, Peppermill Deli, Elements and Hummingbird to go.
Here's number 21. Yep, the 21st burger to tantalise (or torture) my taste buds.
What: Le Canard Burger - Homemade bread, duck steak, fig chutney, beetroot, salad, walnut and foie gras served with kumara fries
Where: Murphy Street, Thorndon, Wellington
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