I shall return, I'll be back, and konnichiwa! Burger King returns to Japan after a five-year absence. Travel blog Gridskipper says the lines for a Whopper, Whaler, or what-have-you were running abut 1.5 hours recently.
Recipes Our friends in the Great White North (that'd be Canada) offer some burger recipes for grilling season, including an outré Cheese-Stuffed Burger Dog concoction: Split a smokie lengthwise like a book, stuff it with a mozzarella cheese string, fold it back over the cheese, then mold ground beef around it. Crazy? Or crazy like a fox?
Speaking of stuffed burgers, here's Stuffed Burgers 101 from Maine's Bangor Daily News
Gluttony At Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a new recordfour ten-patty burgers in three hours: "The first one just flew by," [James] Rocker said. "It was like not even an effort. The second one was pretty much the same. By the third one, things got kind of blurry. After that I became really cautious, really aware that my bite rate was slowing down."
Friend of AHT Tien Mao loves Krazy Jim's: "It's excellent! If you're ever in Ann Arbor, you should go."
Discoveries At Kubo Radio in Toronto, an interesting meat combo I've not encountered before:
My friend and I both opted for the Yummy Burger ($15) – a Peking duck and beef chuck burger, topped with a panko onion ring and wasabi slaw on a sesame bun. It was tremendously rich, perfectly prepared and mouth-wateringly delicious. And it really looked good on the plate – great presentation. Actually, everything coming out of the kitchen was looking really appetizing.
The Chain Gang Under pressure from investors, burger chain Wendy's may consider sale.
Applebee's wants your blueprint for a "burger masterpiece." You can win $5,000. Good luck. That's like giving Bush-Era FEMA the plans to build the Taj Mahal in New Orleans.
Wendy's (see above) is getting in on the act, too, with its own create-a-burger contest. The results here might be a little betterat least it starts out with fresh-not-frozen beef, even though it's cooked within an inch of its life.
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