Shack Burger

Shake Shack, of any burger chain, makes the best basic cheeseburger. The bun is brioche-like, the meat is juicy and savory and the orange cheese is melted evenly.

That is a perfect cheeseburger. 

The fries are good, too. 

I got the cowboy seat in Shake Shack. I don’t know if that makes me a winner or a loser.


Sooo Cali Hot Dog 

On my way to the FYF Festival I stopped off at Dog Haus, a restaurant apparently specializing in hot dogs. 

On this beef hot dog were fried onions, tomato slices, avocados and a spicy basil aioli.

The toasted bun was decent bread. 

It was good, albeit messy. 

I went to the FYF Fest to see MGMT and they put on a good show. I bought a ticket from a scalper for $200. Ouch!

In N Out Cheeseburger

At one time in my life I thought In N Out was the Alpha and Omega of fast food burgers. At one time I guess it has. But the burger Renaissance which began about a decade ago, has left In N Out behind. Don’t get me wrong- it’s much better than Wendy’s or McDonald’s or Burger King. 

But Five Guys is better. 

The bun is light, similar to challah or a brioche. It was not greasy at all and I could have easily eaten two of them. Vegetables are an afterthought and the thin leaf of lettuce was sad. 

The fries were too dry. 

It’s over between me and In N Out. I’ve moved on to better cheeseburgers. 


I don’t remember if I had ever eaten this cheeseburger from Wendy’s long ago or not.

Coming back from a family event with my brother who lives in Hollywood we pulled off somewhere around Huntington Beach to get something to eat.

While I prefer steak to be cooked rare, the charred well doneness of this burger pleased me. The cheese was waxy, the bacon cheesy, but I devoured it. It wasn’t great by any means, but hunger is the best spice, as they say. 

There were no vegetables at all in the burger, not even the idea of iceberg lettuce. 

Charburger with Cheese 

The Habit 

is a new hamburger chain, at least to me. 

It was crowded and as a result of it being a rare rainy day in San Diego, my brother and I had to share a table. 

But how is the burger, you ask?

It was very good. I think the beef is grass-fed and in any case the quality was good. True to the menu, the burger was charred. They use better quality lettuce than In and Out and the bun was warm and slightly chewy. 

I have yet to try Shake Shack’s cheeseburger. However I could be moving up to LA to work and there’s one location up there. 

Spicy Cheesy Core Burrito 

In Singapore I fantasized many times about Taco Bell. I went here a couple of weeks ago. They have a new offering, a burrito with a core of liquid cheese!

When I opened The Big Box, this is what I saw. On the left is the Cheesy Core Burrito (Spicy), in the middle is a Taco Supreme and on the right is a Doritos Taco. Truly food of the gods!

The Cheesy Core Burrito was delicious! Slightly spicy (to my palate hardened by bird’s eye chilies in Southeast Asia) and full of Grade D beef and liquid cheese. There might have been sour cream and lettuce present. 

The Doritos taco was amazing! Savory, crunchy, meaty- unhealthy but tasty. 

I liked the Mexican apple soda.