Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy Birthday, Blog!

YumVeggieBurger just turned three years old!  
...two days ago, that is.  But I was working on a film shoot and got distracted and didn't remember until today. Oops. Happy Belated Birthday, anyway!

This has been a big milestone month for my blog - first my 100th post, and now celebrating 3 years of blogging about veggie burgers!

Yup, three years ago I posted my first review - of Sparrow Tavern's veggie burger

I recently ate that same veggie burger at Sparrow Tavern again, and I can happily say three years later it is still delicious!
(read my original review of it here.)

Friday, June 21, 2013

How do you follow blogs?

With the imminent demise of Google Reader, which I had used for the past I-don't-even-know-how-many years, I've been giving a lot of thought to how people follow blogs and how they find out about new updates on blogs they enjoy reading - and, of course, how I can make it easier for readers of my blog to see my latest posts (which is why I finally gave in and made a facebook page for YumVeggieBurger).

I loved Google Reader, but I don't know how many other people used it (I guess not enough?) At first I was nervous about finding a replacement for it, but I've been trying out Feedly for the past month or so, and now I'm completely converted. I actually like it better than Google Reader in some ways, which surprised me.

But I'm curious - how do you follow your favorite blogs? 
RSS feeds?

Any other options I've missed?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Maimonide of Brooklyn

This is it! I've finally reached 100 reviews of veggie burgers on this blog!
Thank you for all the support, many more to come! <3


I’ve been looking forward to trying Mainoide of Brooklyn since they first opened – but it’s not often that I end up in that part of Brooklyn, and previous plans to go there with a friend specifically to try the restaurant had fallen through. But last weekend I took my sister out for brunch for her birthday, and she lives nearby, and although she is an omnivore she very much enjoys vegetarian and vegan food... So we finally went to M.O.B.


The decorations on the inside of the restaurant are really cool, there is a lot to look at – but it was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, and the patio was open, so we sat outside for brunch.


Of course, I ordered the MOB Burger Deluxe (vegan, as is everything on their menu).


Wow. Where to begin? I just loved this burger! The sweet potato bun was soft and sweet, the perfect ratio of bread to patty and toppings – although some toppings still fell out while I ate it, because there were just SO MANY things stuffed inside! “Secret Sauce” (which was tangy and tasty), pickles, charred onion, smoked eggplant, and fresh lettuce and tomatoes. The eggplant in particular was a really nice addition of flavor.


And the patty itself – delicious, chewy, and held together perfectly (kudos to M.O.B. for that accomplishment!). It kind of tore apart between my teeth like, well… meat! (or what I remember of meat, at least. It’s been awhile, obviously). I don’t know how to describe the texture other than that! The flavor was delicious and savory – and I am not even a huge mushroom fan, so if you aren’t either, don’t be dissuaded by the fact that the menu says “crimini mushroom burger”. There were some small pieces of mushrooms visible but it was not enough to scare away a mushroom-avoider like myself at all.

My sister and Emily really enjoyed their food as well – my sister got a gluten free Bright Eyes MOB, and Emily had the Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich.

Me and my sis – Happy Birthday!

“That was a lot of flavor,” said my sister, “For a bunch of Vegetables!”

Cost: $16 (includes side salad or fries)
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Burger patty: 4       Bun: 5      Toppings: 5

Maimonide of Brooklyn
525 Atlantic Ave
between 4th Ave & 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

YumVeggieBurger review #100

Monday, June 17, 2013

Veggie Burgers in Advertising

Has anyone else heard about or seen chain restaurant Red Robin's video advertisement for their new veggie burger?

Here's a link to a news article about it: "Red Robin's Garden Burger Ad Says Vegetarians Are Like Teen Girls 'Going Through A Phase'"

What do you think? Is it patronizing to vegetarians/vegans, or should we be grateful that they could be bothered to add a veggie burger to their menu?

Not that I was planning to travel to Long Island or New Jersey just to eat at a chain restaurant anyway... and from the brief look I got at that burger in the advertisement, I imagine it's nothing that I can't buy in the frozen food section of the grocery store... but I do find it disheartening that a national chain seems to think vegetarianism is nothing more than teenage angst and rebellion. Talk about missing the point entirely! For the record, Red Robin, I think my decade of eating veggie burgers qualifies as more than a "phase" by now, don't you agree?


By the way - I am one veggie burger review away from my 100th VEGGIE BURGER REVIEW!
Wow, I can't believe I've eaten that many veggie burgers for the blog by now! I've got a great review coming up tomorrow to mark this special occasion.

And hey, if you haven't already - please like my page on facebook, especially if you prefer to get updates that way! :)