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.
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.
Is anyone using a Netgear DSL modem with their IDM account? I bought a new Netgear model to replace the Thomson one I got from IDM but I can’t seem to get the Netgear modem to connect. I called up support but they don’t have details on all the settings. I know it’s PPPoE and the VPI/VCI is 0/35 but that’s the only information I’ve gotten from them and it doesn’t seem to be enough since my modem isn’t connecting. Any help would be appreciated!
I tried Lebanese Brew awhile ago and I didn’t like it. If you’re a fan of Laziza you’ll probably like this. Personally, I’m sticking to my Almaza.
Seriously what’s with the hold up? Is it money? In Kuwait where I am currently living for example we had a power shortage last year. Kuwait was producing around 10,000 megawatts of electricity but we were using around 9,800. So this year they increased the production by by 2,000 so that we have 12,000 megawatts and they will keep increasing it until by 2015 we would be producing 20,000 megawatts.
From what I previously read Lebanon produces 1,500 megawatts of power. Why haven’t we doubled that or tripled that? Can’t we all pitch in like $10 and solve our electricity problem? The war has been over for over 20 years!
It is reasonable for artists in pubs or night clubs to start singing at 11 or 12 pm as the party would not have kicked in yet, but why is it becoming a trend in most restaurants nowadays?
I went to “Mon General” in Zouk Mikail yesterday for a birthday dinner and Aline Lahoud was performing there. I arrived there around 9:30 pm and left at midnight (had to leave early) and Aline had not shown up yet. This is the third restaurant I go to this year with very late performances.
Not that I mind late performances, but it doesn’t make sense to have dinner at 9 and drink and eat until midnight, or wait until 11pm to go out and dine.
What’s she doing until midnight anyways? rehearsing?
Also, food was not that bad even though they didn’t have much on the menu, but what made my night was the 1 Liter Almaza Draught Beer I had.
Maybe I should send the municipality the bill for the new tyre I bought. That’s what people do everywhere else in the civilized world. [Link]
After getting sick of NRJ’s same old songs playing again & again, I gave Light FM another chance after the numerous positive feedbacks I read on the station.
Truth is I haven’t had time to fix my cd box again or install some new audio device for my car, so I am still obliged to listen to radio stations.
Anyway, after two weeks of listening to Light FM, I must say that it is relatively decent and does put a lot of ads but considerably less than Radio ones & Mix FM. “La Bonne humeur” show with Tangui is fun to listen to from time to time but can also be annoying specially when they are advertising for some product and keep repeating the same thing over and over.
Added to that, the show gives away some cool prizes, but obviously not the one I won today when I called and figured out the name of the song playing (It was Neh Nah nah nah by Vaya Con Dios). I never thought they’ll pick up but they did and I won some Cafe Maatouk goodies.
I don’t drink coffee at all, so the gift is useless to me but it still feels good to win. I am either gonna give it to the folks or make everyone at work coffee tomorrow.
PS: Funnily enough, you can only pick up your prize from Light FM at Sin el Fil from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. Maybe Light FM missed out on the fact that not all of us work “3ala dawemet el dawoule?”
I finally found out a decent garage to take my car to but that’s after watched how they were working on my car and other ones for 3 to 4 hours. The dealers’ garages are not an option for me as they are ridiculously overpriced. Nevertheless, after checking out many garages, I’ve noticed some common trends among them:
1- All garage owners are very religious. Huge posters of Jesus, Virgin Mary or Saints’ pictures are found all over the walls.
2- There’s always a second floor inside the garage usually with tinted glass where the boss does business. You feel like you are going up to meet with a mafia’s boss.
3- Most of those running garages are brothers or father and son.
4- Whenever you tell the garage owner you’ve been to that other garage, it turns out the guy used to work for them before “wou ne7na m3almeeno”.
5- There’s always a bird in the garage. Cool garages like the one I go to even have parrots. It’s quite barbaric though to trap the bird in such an environment.
I’ve eaten a ton of crepes in and outside Lebanon but yet I’ve always preferred my mum’s crepes over everything else. I don’t know how she does them but they are just awesome and I could easily eat up to five crepes and still want more.
Too bad I have to wait a few more weeks before I can have some since I’ve been watching what I eat and I can barely cheat except on special occasions.
PS: Just remembered I promised Mark to give him the recipe few months back. Sorry man!