December 8, 2011

Mother What?

M.O.A.B which stands for Mother Of All Burgers, is now available for you to try and conquer at B-52's Burgers & Brew in Inver Grove Heights, MN. What does a burger like this consist of you ask? Well... I"ll tell you! But first, if anyone knows Adam Richman of Man vs. Food, could you please pass this on to him...

The M.O.A.B. starts off with a 15" French loaf that by itself would be hard to finish in one sitting. Keep going? Ok! Now we'll add two pounds of ground beef seasoned and cooked just right and broken down to four individual half pound burgers. Throwing in the towel yet? Next, we'll add two fried eggs, bacon and cheddar cheese. Yes I said fried eggs! At this point you're probably thinking... "That's enough." NOPE! Lets continue now by adding some BBQ pulled pork, some more delicious pepper jack cheese and finish this beast off with some onion tanglers for good measure.

When most people are probably thinking this is crazy, others will dive right in to take on the challenge and I wish them all the luck, they'll need it!. I was their inaugural victim, yes victim, because I could only finish half when I started to feel the effects of being full kick in. Besides being eye popping, the flavor was actually really good and in fact I recommended they put it on their menu for good and of course in a more reasonably sized portion.

I almost forget....there's a basket of fries that goes with it as well and it's not a small basket either. Think you can finish the challenge now? For those of you who think you can, I wish you luck and you WILL need it. Competitive eater or not, the M.O.A.B. is no walk in the park and shouldn't be taken lightly. For those of you who actually do finish this monstrosity... you'll not only receive a free shirt for your efforts, you'll also enjoy the bragging rights that you could actually finish. While you're there, check out the buffalo chicken dip and tell them I sent you!


B52 Burgers & Brew 
5639 Bishop Ave.
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

November 29, 2011


Famous Sandwiches? They just might be and since 1949, Cecil's Delicatessen, Bakery and Restaurant has been busy perfecting today's deli shop! This small family restaurant, tucked away in the Highland Park community of Saint Paul is serving up a large assortment of hot and cold sandwiches and only using the finest cuts of  meat. I've been a huge fan of corned beef and pastrami, but often times end up not finding it at other deli's or it just doesn't look appetizing. However, once I saw the menu, I found a place that could please not only my appetite, but my fiance's as well.

"For the serious eater" as Cecil's likes to say, is the Fresser! A sandwich that is loaded with a 1/2 pound of a combination of; corned beef, pastrami, roast beef and turkey between caraway rye, Russian rye and pumpernickel, then finished off with their own zesty house sauce. WOW! or as Cecil's would put it... "What a sandwich!". This was hands down the best deli sandwich my taste buds have experienced and I'm looking forward to going back to try their other 20+ combinations. My fiance on the other hand went with their classic reuben and the only time she wanted to put it down was to take a bite of her cole slaw or take a sip of pop.
Cecil's is definitely one of those small town deli's that should never be over looked when making a decision on where to eat and if what you just had for lunch or dinner hit the spot, then grab some extra's on your way out the door! Cecil's also has an on-site butcher ready to send that extra pound of your favorite meat selection home with you and it doesn't stop there. They also serve up some the tastiest baked goods around as well as burgers, hotdogs, chicken sandwiches, salads and something I would like to stop back to try... is their breakfast.

Need your home or office catered? Boxed lunch to go? Maybe you would rather have it delivered? Cecil's has you covered! While you're there, take a stab at their house made havla. I'll let the butchers explain it to you, but lets just say........ it's different! :)

Cecil's Delicatessen, Bakery and Restaurant
651 South Cleveland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55116

October 24, 2011

Fogo De Chao Experience

RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT - MEAT, MEAT, and MORE MEAT! Do I have your attention yet? The Fogo experience is like none other and one that should be shared with others looking for some guidance. Why Guidance? You may be getting into something you're not prepared for, something your taste buds may thank you for or maybe not depending on the person.

The explosion of flavors you're about to encounter could be a little much and my fiance and I realized that there is actually options to approaching this meat intake extravaganza. One way is to simply accept the slice the specialist is about to give you from a freshly cooked piece of heaven. That's just fine, but another great option we found was to wait for a carving specialist that has already made a few cuts to his meat. Reason being, is that you'll actually get to taste your heaven and not just the amount of seasoning that they use to cook and prepare their delicacy.

The Beef Ancho(rib eye) was by far one of the best cuts of beef we have ever tasted and recommend trying first so that your taste buds are warmed up. Another excellent selection was the house special, Picanha(top sirloin) and ask for a cut from the medium rare - medium for best results. Although I am a fan of lamb, I personally thought that it was over cooked.

Be prepared to enjoy one of the best salad bars in the Metro! Pick from two prepared salad choices, two selections of prosciutto & cheese combinations, several veggie varieties and three pasta dishes. One of our recommendations is the potato salad and a must have if you plan on visiting for the first time.

Finally, the Fogo experience truly is like none other and the concept of a green and red coaster telling the carving specialist whether or not you would like some more goodness is a cleaver idea. For anyone who wants to see what it's like to eat at an all inclusive resort or cruise liner, this is the place to visit. The staff is at all times ready to serve you, see to it that your table is clean at all times, ensure your side dishes are fresh and that you're choice of meat is near your table and readily available if needed. Yes Fogo is on the expensive side, but never-the-less a place to try at least once in your life.