Monthly Archives: June 2014

Paddy Long’s Irish Breakfast Burger and The Yellow King cocktail

Eggs are up and they’re looking sunny,
Yellow yoke is warm and runny.
Tomato halves are grilled and lying,
Next to the white bread fresh from frying.
Thunderstorms are on the way,
Just another Irish breakfast day!
Gaelic Storm, “Irish Breakfast Day”

IRISH BREAKFAST BURGER

  • Fried egg
  • Irish bacon
  • Irish sausage
  • Black pudding
  • White pudding
  • Aged Irish cheddar cheese
  • 8oz. prime beef patty
  • Lettuce
  • Red onion
  • Tomato
  • Pickle
Paddy Long's The Irish Breakfast Burger

Irish Breakfast Burger from Paddy Long’s

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Hendrick’s Emporium of the Unusual

“Now, using fine leaves picked by pretty maidens,
In a bag knitted by a seamstress who lives in Copenhagen,
Brewed up in a pot made of semi-precious metal,
Let the blessed contents settle in my very special kettle!”
– Professor Elemental, “Cup O Brown Joy”

Hendrick's Gin Emporium of the Unusual

A couple of years ago I found myself in the now closed down Cedar Grill in picturesque Long Grove, IL; in the company of a great friend of mine, a great beer (which escapes my memory), and a plate of delicious beef brisket. While I still fondly recollect this visit to this very day, I’ll remember the Cedar Grill as the place I had my very first encounter with Hendrick’s Gin. Had it been on the menu I probably would have skimmed past it, but it was a lovely Hendrick’s representative that offered me a Hendrick’s and Tonic. How could I have said no? Back then I thought that the cucumber garnish was “a nice touch”, and appreciated the cocktail’s cool, yet heart-warming nature. It was flowery, like drinking  steeped chrysanthemum petals and chewing on the stem of a wild carnation, brought together by the unmistakable flavor of cucumber. I liked it. I loved it. I loved it despite the Dickensian images that gin reminded me of. Gin was dystopian and dreadful; a fog drenched in drab; a rainy nightmare smelling of wet, dusty pavement and soaked wooden crates; a temptress on a Monday morning after a graveyard shift. Sure, the connotation is unfair; there is nothing grim about the contents of gin. It is not born from a heartless factory; it is crafted by blindfolded artists on a tightrope stretched between alchemy and medicine. Drinking that simple cocktail was lovely like living in the moment with your best friend, and felt like falling asleep in your own bed after a humdrum of a day. There was life tapped inside that gin; yarrow, elderflower, juniper, angelica root, orange peel, caraway, coriander, chamomile, cubeb berry, orris root, lemon – an entire bouquet of botanicals from every corner of the world just thriving in their new liquid form. There was something else as well, like the pang of remembering something lost, a melancholic incompleteness; a little something I now recognize as hiraeth. It wasn’t until I got home and did some research when I discovered that one of the key components in Hendrick’s was the Bulgarian Damask rose. Of course. It all made so much sense for a Bulgarian immigrant to take to heart the lingering fragrance and taste of his homeland.
If it is true that we are all made from star dust, then I have no doubt that at one point in time, past or future, I must have been, or will be, in the same constellation with the star stuff of this gin. It was at that precise moment that I stopped loving, and fell in love with Hendrick’s. If gin is your drink or you are curious to hear more about it, and if steampunk, comical anachronism, men wrestling with mustaches, pith-helmeted explorers a la Professor Elemental looking for treasured jungle flowers, the occasional Monty Python non sequitur, or pure, unrefined, thrice-distilled oddity and unusualness are your thing, then you should definitely read about the Mecca for Hendrick’s lovers –
The Emporium of the Unusual!

Hendricks bottles

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Kuma’s Too’s Gallhammer burger

What, if some day or night, a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: ‘This life, as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh… must return to you—all in the same succession and sequence—even this spider and this moonlight between the trees and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned over again and again—and you with it, speck of dust!’ Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: ‘You are a god, and never have I heard anything more divine!
Friedrich Nietzsche, “The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs”

GALLHAMMER
Burger of the Month at Kuma’s Too for June, 2014

  • Sweet soy sauce
  • Grilled scallions
  • Fried glass noodles
  • Sauteed shallots
  • Red bell peppers
  • Serrano peppers
  • 10oz. beef patty
  • Pretzel bun
Kuma's Too Gallhammer burger

Gallhammer burger from Kuma’s Too

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Kuma’s Corner’s High on Fire burger

It’s almost a shame to smoke it. It’s like killing a unicorn… with, like, a bomb.
Saul, “Pineapple Express”

HIGH ON FIRE

  • Grilled pineapple
  • Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Paste
  • Roasted red pepper
  • Proscuitto
  • Sriracha sauce
  • 10oz. beef patty
  • Pretzel bun
Kuma's Corner High on Fire burger

High on Fire burger from Kuma’s Corner

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Kuma’s Corner’s Scorpions burger

“Get over here!”
Scorpion, Mortal Kombat

SCORPIONS
Burger of the Month at Kuma’s Corner for June, 2014

  • Sauteed leek
  • Pancetta
  • Swiss cheese
  • Wiener schnitzel
  • Roasted garlic mayonnaise
  • 10 oz. Beef patty
  • Pretzel bun
Kuma's Corner Scorpions burger

Scorpions burger from Kuma’s Corner

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