Friday, July 27, 2007

Aesthetics > Taste

It's a fact of the food world that food tastes better if it is presented correctly. Presentation was my goal with this meal. Here's the run-down of this meal: double-patty Boca burger on a 7 grain bun with lettuce, onions, tomato, pickle relish, mustard, and ketchup; romaine salad with radishes, yellow bell pepper, tomatoes, and raspberry vinaigrette; organic corn; Wailua passion fruit wheat beer by Kona Brewing.

The Burger

The most important part of making a burger aesthetically pleasing is the layering. You can't just put the patties on the bottom and pile everything else on top. I started with a layer of condiments. Then, I added tomatoes. Next, I put on the patties separating them with the lettuce to give the burger more horizontal definition. I piled onions on top of the second patty, and sealed the deal with Miracle Whip on the top bun.

The Salad

You can't go wrong with salad if you choose a bunch of colorful veggies. I try to avoid eating a salad with green bell peppers. It's just too much green. That's why I chose yellow peppers. Radishes added some white and tomatoes some red to make this salad my most florid yet of the summer. The only con of this salad was that the romaine was a little thin and limper than I would have liked.

Organic Corn

Not much to say here. I boiled a single ear in a big pot for about twenty minutes. The corn was so flavorful on its own that it didn't even need butter.


I discovered this beer about a week ago. It's hints of passion fruit are far more tame than say the Apricot in Pyramid's Apricot Hefeweizen, which make this beer far more quaffable and refreshing on a hot summer evening. The Hawaiian label just happened to compliment the color scheme of the meal. Can't forget your Vitamin Beer!

Prost, Maulzeit,


At Tuesday, September 04, 2007 8:56:00 AM, Blogger Lakaigne said...

the corn should have been more centered on the not in the center, cause the burger needs some of that room, but in the picture its sort of hanging off the side of the plate.

At Monday, October 01, 2007 12:09:00 PM, Blogger Carl said...

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At Monday, October 01, 2007 12:11:00 PM, Blogger carls said...

There are some different theories about the proper way to layer a proper american burger, some being more "different" than others. Throughout my scattered experiments I have come across a number of discoveries about my personal preferences but these discoveries could be debatable when put in the context of someone else's personal preferences. The one thing that is not debatable by anyone ever is that the most important part of layering a burger is that the mayo and the tomatoes are together. Or the Miracle Whip, I GUESS.

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