Monthly Archives: August 2011

Cow & Apple

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I love burgers and I love apple pies which is why I was excited to pass by Cow & Apple in Hamra today. It wasn’t hard finding the place since they’re located right in front of Crepaway so I didn’t get lost although I was expecting to. The place is located inside the entrance of a building and it’s pretty spacious with a bit of a school cafeteria meets burger joint look going for it. I thought the benches were pretty tight and claustrophobic but I really liked their lights and the menu scribbled on the kitchen window.

I got the menu and went through it and kinda got lost so I asked the waiter which burger was popular and he told me the #5 which included cheese, mayo, grilled onions, home made bbq sauce, lettuce, mustard and a 250 gram beef patty. He asked me if I wanted it cooked medium or well done, I chose medium.

The burger took around 15 to 20 minutes to arrive and I thought the presentation was good. The bun looked delicious and the patty was pretty thick so I couldn’t wait to devour it. I took my first bite and realized my burger was more well done than medium which was disappointing. Why do places bother to ask you how you want your burger if they’re going to cook it their way? The bun as I had assumed was really good, it managed to soak up the bbq and mayo/mustard sauce without getting soaked and it also had a slightly sweet flavor to it. The beef patty definitely wasn’t as good as Brgr Co nor as juicy but it was better than the very thin patty I had at CBJ two days back.

Now there is a slight twist with the ending since I ran into a bit of an issue with my burger. I was around 80% through my burger when I spotted what looked like a small hair. I decided to pull it out with my fork when I realized the small hair was actually not that small so I called the waiter and the manager came as well. They apologized and offered to make me another burger but I told them not to since I already had eaten practically all of it and I was pretty full. They told me then they wouldn’t charge me for it which I also refused since mistakes do happen and an apology was all I needed. They then insisted dessert would be on the house which I thought was ok since I wanted to try their apple pie anyway. I kinda felt bad for them since from all the people that could have gotten a hair in the burger it had to be me while I’m on my burger quest!

Over all though I was kinda disappointed and not because I found a hair in my burger but because I was expecting their burger to be better than this. If you’re in the neighborhood it’s not a bad burger to have but it’s not one I would crave or one that’s worth getting stuck in traffic for. One thing I think local burger joints should invest in is a good meat thermometer. Seriously if you can’t get that right then you should really hire a new cook.

Brgr Co

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I passed by Brgr Co today for lunch since it was another burger place that came highly recommended. When we first sat down the waiter asked if it was our first time and then proceeded to explain the different burger cuts and gave his recommendation based on how we like our burgers cooked. That’s a good sign. I originally wanted to go for the 8oz burger but based on the waiters recommendation I ended up with the 6oz patty and added aged English cheddar to it. I asked for the burger to be cooked medium since with the 6oz they recommend either medium rare or medium.

The burger arrived pretty quickly, I would say less than 10 minutes after we had placed the order. At first glance it looked pretty good, the bun was the perfect size with the patty sticking out every so slightly. The patty also looked juicy and the cheese decently proportioned. I noticed they had placed the condiments on the side which I appreciate. I personally believe condiments like lettuce and tomato take away from the flavor of the burger plus I don’t like the combination of cold condiments mixed with a hot juicy patty. I quickly took out my camera and snapped my shots before I dug into the burger.

First thing I noticed is the fact the burger was medium rare. I don’t mind eating a medium rare burger or even a rare one but I had originally ordered mine medium and if it was anyone else they might have been upset at a site of a bloody burger and would have had it sent back to the kitchen. With just 3 patty sizes it shouldn’t be hard for them to get the temperature right. I enjoyed my burger with my only comment being that I found the outside of the patty hard with the inside very soft. I prefer my burgers soft all over since I like biting into one and having the meat crumble in my mouth. It’s not the best burger I’ve had and probably not in my top 10 list either but, when I was done with mine I felt like having another one and that’s a good thing.

I’d definitely go back to Brgr co again. The next time I’d probably go with the 8oz patty since I’d love to see how that thick patty would look with the bun. On a side note I thought the interior was very cozy and the service was really friendly. Right now this is my favorite burger in Lebanon but I still have a few more places I need to try.

No 3G in Lebanon Before 2012

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Internet will NOT change drastically within few weeks and we will NOT be getting 3G technology before 2012. That’s what the miniter of telecommunications claimed today correcting rumors that were alleged to him in Assafir.[Link]

The article states that there are three phases for the 3G switch:
– First Phase in September 2011: Testing.
– Second Phase in October 2011: 3G in Beirut & Mount Lebanon.
– Third & Final Phase: 3G all over Lebanon start of 2012.

I thought they already did the necessary tests few months back?

I have a feeling we’re gonna be hearing about more delays as we get closer to the deadline.

Quote of the day

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I was just saying in my previous post that the government should not be proud of having one of the the highest cost of living in the region, and then I read this. [Source]

More than 90% of Lebanese cannot afford an apartment in Beirut nowadays, and are running away from Beirut and its surroundings because of the real estate prices leaving our capital to Arabs and foreigners.

Our country is for sale and we think that’s a positive thing. I only wish we knew who that “private sector source close to major government telecom projects” is.

Beirut ahead of L.A, Munich & Montreal in cost of living

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According to the cost of living survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Beirut ranked as the 75th most expensive city worldwide in 2011, out of 214 cities included in the survey, while it ranked 80th last year. Beirut ranked 3rd most expensive across 18 surveyed MENA cities, while it ranked in 4th position last year. [Link]

I truly hope our government doesn’t take this ranking as a compliment as such a high cost of living, with so few services offered, a weak infrastructure and ridiculous minimum wages, is not something to be proud of.

What real burgers look like

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I know there are a lot of Classic Burger Joint fans out there and I figured it would be proper of me to share with you some of my favorite burgers so that you guys could better understand why I didn’t like the CBJ burger. So click on (more) below to see “some” pictures I’ve taken of some of my favorite burgers around the world. Make sure you’re not fasting when you see them!

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