Wednesday, 16 April 2014

PEI Burger Love: The Prohibition at St. James' Gate

Happy Burger Love Day, Everyone! Toady, April 16th, 2014 marks our annual Burger Day that takes place each April when our whole Province celebrates the amazingness of Beef! I personally have been so inspired by the culinary creations that brilliant chefs have come up with that it's become my, as PEI Burger Love says "Beefy Muse". And oh, what a tasty muse it is! So today, of course, I couldn't miss celebrating the official day for Burger Lovers!

Which left me wondering, which Burger should I eat on these beefiest of beeftastic days? Well, as soon as I read the tantalizing ingredients in The Prohibition from St. James' Gate, my course of action became very clear! "To the Gate!" I cried. And then ran like the dickens!
Welcomed in by a sunny smile from Lydia, I knew that the Burger Love glow was radiating off of everyone. A big huzzah to Lydia for being super sweet and totally excited about Burger Love, just like me!

Now, I feel like I should give readers a little history lesson and it's not about the liquor-banned years of the real Prohibition, this is about St. James' Gate and their Burger Love creations from years past. Each one has always had every single ingredient infused with some sort of alcohol, a delicious prospect to be sure. But this year they decided to do something a little different and gave it a very apt and ironically cute name. The Prohibition, as you may have guessed by now, includes no alcohol infused ingredients.

And let me just say, that with the creative minds of Chefs Mikolai Lykow and Corey Johnson, this criminally good burger is just bursting at the seams with deliciousness! And even though there's no alcohol in The Prohibition, I'm punch drunk in love!

It's no wonder, with 7oz of Seasoned Island Beef, Mild Italian Sausage Slices, Charnwood English Smoked Cheddar, Sweet Onion and Goat Cheese Relish, a haystack of Crisp Red Beet Strings, Roasted Red Peppers, Tomato Chutney and Romaine Lettuce on a House Made Corn Bread Bun garnished with a toasted Pita Chip Heart with Red Pepper Jam.

A truly beautiful Burger Love creation and it's got presence galore! Picture perfect with all of it's colorful ingredients and intoxicatingly alluring with the harmony of flavors that conjure up a lovely scent so good it should be illegal!

Of course one of the things that make this Burger the perfect tribute to PEI Burger Love Day is that absolutely adorable heart shaped pita chip topper with red pepper jam. It was almost too cute to eat. Almost. Honestly, when something smells that good I'm not going to restrain myself. So I dove right in and took a bite of the warm and crispy pita that kissed me with it's sweet and spicy roasted red pepper jam.

From my very first bite, The Prohibition lays down the laws of delectability! It's southwest flavors meets Prince Edward Island all with an appeal that leads from one bite to another and to, well, another! It's warmth embraces you in a flawless combination of sweet, spicy and savory.

The moist and juicy melt in your mouth beef is another reason this Burger is perfect for PEI BL's Offical Day! It's fine ground and perfectly tender with each bite and becomes the amazing flavors around it. Pair that with the Mild Italian Sausage slices, it gives a unique edge of yum to the two meats, which leads me to say. "I love sausage on burgers!" I mean I'm a sausage lover but to be honest it was even better than I could have imagined.

Next comes the smoky Charnwood English Cheddar in all of it's thoroughly pleasing meltyness. Yes, that was a long sentence of emotionally driven love, but hey, the cheese was just that good! It's a delicious presence on the Prohibition and adds to it's blend of epic flavors. Paired with the crunch and sweet beets, the two accentuate each other's uniqueness. The caramelized and creamy goat cheese sweet onion jam is another lay of heaven on this burger stacked high with pleasure.

All of these way too good ingredients are tucked between an incredible corn bread bun that's sweet and crispy; the perfect compliment to The Prohibition! An unexpected twist, it gives the burger even more pizzazz! Those heavenly crunchy edges, ideal texture and unmatchable flavor cinched this as some of the best corn bread I've ever had!

On the side I got St. James' Gate's House Cut Fries with Cajun Garlic Butter on them. I mean, I know butter is good on everything but it's definitely best with fries! The spiced butter not only takes their flavor to a new level but also gives them this awesome crunch. These thick cut, hearty fries are perfect along side The Prohibition!

During the true Prohibition women used to campaign with this statement: "Lips That Touch Liquor Shall Never Touch Ours." Well, this woman has something quite different to say! Lips that touch this burger can certainly touch time! Bring it on, St. James Gate, because I'm in love with what you're dishing out!

They used to say "Lips that Touch Liquor Will Never Touch Ours". Well lips that touch this burger can certainly touch mine! Bring it on St. James' Gate, because I'm in love with what you're dishing out!

And a big shout out to Troy at the Gate! I had a great time chatting about local food and hearing your perspective on our incredible Island and all the potential we have as a foodie's playground! You're an all around awesome guy!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

PEI Burger Love: The Eastie Boy at Terre Rouge Bistro Marche

There is a Burger in Downtown Charlottetown that I am irrevocably in love with, it is perfection embodied and truly takes on the deliciously beefy spirit that is what Burger Love represents. Created by the Owner of Terre Rouge, Chef John Pritchard, the Eastie Boy has got me wrapped around it's beefy little finger.

Walking into Terre Rouge, the hip atmosphere and friendly faces were a precursor to this amazing Burger Love visit. Everyone is so inspired by local food and the concept of eating everything and pure and local as possible, especially Courtney who recommended the stellar side that I had with my Burger. But even just reading the awesome looking chalk sign board menu was making me hungry, not to mention the wafting scents of local fare that filled the restaurant. I was on my way to Heaven just one foot in the door!

And as the incredible Eastie Boy made it's way over to me with it's creator, I caught of whiff of the Burger and immediately swooned! If that's what Heaven smells like, take me here, take me now! ...Then again, Heaven couldn't possibly smell this could, could it? Surely only Terre Rouge could conjure up such an alluring burger!

I'll be honest with you, I know Chef John Pritchard's cuisine. I've had his inspiring dishes and have learnt that you can only expect above and beyond the best. So I went into Terre Rouge with the highest expectations I could. And with that first bite...I was completely blown out of the water! It was refreshing in both it's flavor and John's innovative perspective on Burger Love. He treats this burger like royalty and the result is a creation that's the combination of every amazing word in the dictionary!

Check that out! The Eastie Boy is so beautiful he's admiring himself. (And rightfully so, I'd have a mirror plastered to my face if I looked as good as that Burger.)

With 8oz of succulent House Ground Brisket and House Smoked Ground Bacon, a Farmhouse Gouda Fritter, Sweet Bacon Jam, Crisp Leeks, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Green Leaf Lettuce all on an outstanding house made Kaiser toasted in Beef Fat and garnished with a Balsamic Onion Pearl.

Yeah, this is totally the Adonis of Burgers.

The very epitome of moist and tender beef, the Eastie Boy takes the meaning of luscious to a new level with all of it's refined qualities. It's steak like qualities and terrific seasoning makes it taste entirely immaculate. I cannot really explain to you with words how much this beef wowed me. In this month dedicated to Island Beef, Chef John was completely true to the concept of Burger Love by displaying Island Beef in, what I feel is it's truly highest form of deliciousness.

The sweet bacon jam made with Terre Rouge's own house smoked bacon is like nothing I've ever tastes before. Sweet and smoky, it was the freshest bacon I've ever had, which is easy to imagine since it comes from directly inside the same building as the restaurant. Terre Rouge's respect for the best of the best when it comes to food is definitely awe inspiring and should be emulated by as many local Chefs and even us at home. We've got a bounty on the Island and Chef John really highlights that with everything served at his restaurant.

The Farmhouse Gouda Fritter is by far my new favorite way to each cheese! So crunchy it's flavors paired perfectly with the beef and especially with the crispy leeks! This perfectly cheesy fritter should be a side all on it's own, it's got a commanding presence and me, being the cheesivore that I am, just melted at the very first taste. With the pickled mustard seed, the whole thing landed this perfect poise of tastes.

On an almost sinfully delicious bun, toasted in beef fat to once again unify the theme of how incredible Island beef can be, this Burger needs to be tied up with a bow. Why? Because it's a gift to all Islanders! Anything this incredible has to be a gift, just like the talent that stands behind each and every burger that comes from Terre Rouge.

Topped with a sweet and savory balsamic onion pearl, this Burger is the complete Burger Love package, ready to be loved by the masses. On the side was a touch of house made chow (Mustard Pickles for all those From Awayers). A classic accompaniment to any meal on PEI, this version brought that Island staple into 2014 with bold flavors and modern flair.

My side was Smoked Potatoes with house made Crème Fraiche. And let me just say this to start with. These are what every single potato wants to be when it grows up! Smoky, warm and smooth the crème fraiche creates perfectly harmonious flavors with it's creamy coolness. Lightly seasoned to perfection with a touch of chives, these potatoes have a delicate crunch to their edges with a silky inside. Honestly, this is what I want to be when I grow up. Seriously.

I think that my whole review speaks for itself (or for me, anyways), but in case the previous 846 words didn't quite make my point...Go to Terre Rouge! Yes, that's all. Go and eat the best burger of your life, it will blow your mind and leave you begging for more of Chef John Pritchard's incredible creations.

Yeah, sorry,  I couldn't help tempting you just one last time.

Monday, 14 April 2014

PEI Burger Love: Bludacris at the Daniel Brennan Brickhouse

The Bludacris has flavors, that as the cool kids say are 'off the hook'. Literally meaning to the rest of us squares that it's outstanding! Created by Chef Andrew Cotton, the Bludacris is the best of savory and sweet all between one incredibly impressive bun! It's no wonder that they've already sold over 929 burgers! That's over nine-hundred really happy people who've have their senses awakened to the amazingness that blue cheese can truly be!

Like the perfect pick up line, this burger is smooth! It's got a collage of flavors that bring something truly unique to the table (quite literally). And since I got to sit at the bar and watch my Burger Love being prepared before my eyes for the very first time not only the flavors were truly one-of-a-kind. The whole experience was!

The Bludacris features 6oz of hand formed Island Beef, Jeff McCourt's Blue Cheese Gouda, Blue Cheese and Maple Aioli, Bacon Jam, Caramelized Onion and Arugula on a Baked Potato Bun with Potato, Cheddar, Chives and Bacon made by Breadworks PEI!

Doesn't that make you want to just run out and get one for yourself? Well, that's a perfectly normal urge, because just reading it makes me one too...and I just had the Bludacris!

My mouth was watering the whole time I watched Chef Andrew and Line Cook Jason Lane prepare this beautiful burger and with the smells wafting up from the grill, I could have just leant over the bar and stole a taste. It took all of my willpower and a little bit of lady like decorum to prevent such a scandalous and potentially hilarious event. In the end, this burger was more than worth the wait!

With that very first bite I realize that flavor truly does become this burger, everything is in one great harmony, each ingredient became one complete and totally harmonious experience for my taste buds. That's part of what makes this burger stand out in a month of beefy revelry!

Juicy and rustic beef is the perfect base for this lyrically designed burger, Chef Andrew clearly takes our proud Island Beef very seriously and it comes through in all of the Bludacris Burger's fresh and powerful flavors! With the Bacon jam, these two meats are warm and smoky and like I've said, truly become one single, overwhelmingly delicious flavor. In and of itself, the bacon jam is rich, with hearty cuts of flavorful bacon.

And then comes Jeff McCourt's Blue Gouda! I've had Jeff's delicious Goudas before both on culinary creations and on their own. His cheese is absolutely amazing, easily my favorite and always taking on a unique edge of flavor. He's kind of a pioneer in artisan cheese, in my opinion. His Blue Gouda was part of the inspiration for the Bludacris and I'm so happy it was! These cheese is cool and unmistakably savory with it's refined flavors. It's been paired with the perfect mates of taste and the maple aioli takes it to a whole new level of yum. These cheese is definitely a crowd pleaser and something that everyone can enjoy. So go out and get the Bludacris and then go get some of Jeff's Cheese! Because your better judgement in flavor is telling you so!

The Blue Cheese and Maple Aioli mingle playfully with each other and makes you fall in love with it from the first bite. Charming you with it's creamy coolness and the warmth of the caramelized onions and soft spice of the arugula; it's magnificent!

And I just can't over the delicious baked potato bun! I could have easily left with a whole tray full of these super buns! They're beyond flavor packed and loaded with all of the things that make baked potatoes a classic side. (It's also a really cool tribute to our PEI Potatoes.) This rustic bun is so hearty, it completely supports and joins in on this burger's eloquent flavors. Props to Breadworks PEI for their mad bread making skills!

As my side I had a salad that's amazing and a whole lot more! Tossed greens in a cranberry vinaigrette with goat cheese, beets and...wait for it...pumpkin seed brittle! Yes, there is a crunchy, sweet and delicious brittle on this salad that makes it so yummy I could have one every day at every meal! There's a great balance of sweet, salty and savory with creaminess and crunch. A bit of everything for the discerning palate and for those people who just really want to enjoy a salad.

The Bludacris is a mighty terrific burger that left me singing it's praises as I left the Brickhouse! Join in on this song of beefy glory by going out and trying the Bludacris for yourself, you'll be happy you did! I know I've still got a smile on my face!

P.S. Big shout to the Line Cook Jason Lane for being so friendly and taking the time to chat away and just be the awesome guy that seems to come so naturally to him. Kudos!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

PEI Burger Love: The Knockout at Quality Inn on the Hill

If you want a Burger to give thanks for this PEI Burger Love, then look no further than the Knockout at the Quality Inn on the Hill. This creation by Chef Mary Dunn makes each bite another reason to give thanks...after all, it's the best of every Thanksgiving stacked into one overwhelming impressive Burger!

Like a memory that you save to recall around the Holiday table with your family, this burger will fill you with warm fuzzies and you'll be wanting to tell everyone about it. You can taste home with every single bite and that's truly a reflection of Chef Mary's dedication to pure and honest home cooking that soothes the soul. It invites everyone into it's warmth and deliciousness, even Gluten-Free Burger Lovers. With a house made gluten free rustic Kaiser and savory stuffing, Chef Mary's got you covered! Burger Love...For Everyone!

All I know is from day one, I couldn't wait to try out the Knockout and today was my date of destiny with this fantastic Burger! Brought out my Chef Mary, I knew my heart was already conquered by this very handsome, incredibly savory smelling Burger!

With the very first bite all of my senses were awakened! It really is a total Knockout, every flavor grabs your heart's attention and you know that you've gone head over heels in an instance. Warm and savory, fresh and crunchy, sweet and smoky all with an edge of creaminess that proves this creation's worth all the love you've got to give. And I was certainly giving it a lot of love with all that "This is sooooo yummy", I kept saying.

There can't be enough said about this burger's presence in both looks and taste. There are so many aspects, each one equally impressive one it's own and beyond tasty when combined with one another.

Starting with 6oz of Seasoned PEI Beef and adding Larkin Brother's Smoked Turkey, Double Smoked Bacon, Homemade Savory Stuffing, ADL Mozzarella Cheese, Red Onion, Boston Leaf Lettuce, Cranberry Mayo, House Made Gravy all on a Rustic Kaiser Roll toasted with Garlic Butter!

Just imagine all those flavors at once...Tastes good in your imagination, doesn't it? Well your mind can't even do it justice. You've got to go to the Inn on the Hill and experience it!

The way the Island Beef tasted alongside the turkey, it should be inducted into the Thanksgiving Hall of Fame! It was juicy and lightly seasoned to accent all the naturally awesome notes that come along with our favorite meat of the month! The ultimately fresh turkey, delivered fresh daily from the Larkin brothers was so full of flavor and tender that it sent my heart a-flutter. Along with the crispy, smoky bacon these three meats are a trio of yum and as fresh as you can get, just like everything on the Knockout!.

Creamy and smooth ADL Mozzarella adds to the purely local taste of this burger, you can be sure that you're tasting the bounty of the Island.

And the stuffing! Oh the STUFFING! It fills you with the warmth of home and transports your taste buds to that favorite memory of Thanksgiving in your childhood. It certainly brought a huge smile to my face, perfectly seasoned, soft and buttery. Just perfection. Perfect with the house made gravy, this savory stuffing is extraordinary.

Crisp red onion gives crunch a nice little crunch along with the Boston leaf lettuce, the veggies all crunchy and delicious! And sweet, sweet cranberry mayo! How I love thee and thy warmth and subtle sweetness, how there's cranberries throughout your perfection. I want to smother everything with your creamy goodness and tell the world of how taste fulfilling your beauty is. Chef Mary's Cranberry Mayo needs to be our Provincial condiment!

All on a warm toasty rustic Kaiser with garlic butter, this bun compliments the burger's flavors. Soft with a light crunch and the deep rich butter that I absolutely adore. It's no wonder the Knockout can rule my heart so easily.

As my side I got the Inn's Spicy Fries, just likely spiced so that they're prefect for everyone and I asked for a dish of Chef Mary's delicious house made gravy, because honestly, I can't get enough of the stuff! It's SO good! Together they were lovely and the spices and gravy tied them in with the Knockout ideally.

And on top of everything off, Chef Mary's cheesecake was so tempting that I just couldn't resist a piece! It was calling to me in ways I've never heard dessert call to me before. It was as light as a cloud, rich, creamy and smooth like pure silk. The fresh and sweet strawberry on top was purely refreshing and this dessert created a sweet ending to this perfect love story!

I like to think of myself as something of a Thanksgiving Dinner aficionado and so it's with that self endowed title that I proclaim this is one of the best interpretations of a turkey dinner I've ever tasted! It's generous and filling while having a huge appeal in flavor! You can taste the local in this Burger Love creation and it's definitely got something for everyone to love. You couldn't ask for a better interpretation of a Turkey Dinner. The knockout is a true modern classic, firmly rooted in timeless traditions and ready to take on the future!

P.S. Thanks you Melissa and Sarada for being a totally awesome waitresses, you two rock!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

PEI Burger Love: The Forbidden Donut at the Gahan House

Forbidden fruit, forbidden romance, Forbidden Donut! Why is it that all of the best stuff in the world is forbidden?! Well, fear not, fellow Burger Lovers, because the best of those three forbidden desires, the "Forbidden Donut" is a temptation that you and I can spoil ourselves with in great abandon! Created by Chef Dwayne MacLeod this combination of wickedly delicious ingredients come together for one indulgently epic Burger Love Creation at The Gahan House.

Today was my Ninth Burger Love and I was so excited to venture over to the Gahan, since the idea of a Donut as a burger bun really sparked my curiosity and it just so happens that I chose to visit the Gahan on the perfect day! This Saturday afternoon they were hosting their Home Brewers Challenge. As of two month ago, the Gahan put a call out for home based beer brewers to bring their best to the table and the Gahan House received thirteen entries. Today was the culmination of that event, with the five finalist there and the judges tasting and deciding which beer would reign supreme.

The winner's spoils were great and almost like becoming Beer Royalty. The prize winner is going to be brewing their unique creation with the Masters at the Gahan House and will have their beer on tap! It's no wonder with a prize like that and how popular home brewing has become on the Island that the response was to great to the Gahan's call. Personally I was truly impressed by the description of each entry and couldn't imagine which would come out victorious.

But with a much anticipated announcement, the Winners were Ryan Palmer and Lee Nicholson with their Belgian White titled Cranberry Whit Ale. Now I don't know a lot about the science of how beer is brewed but my taste buds certainly got excited when I heard that Ryan and Lee were using Island cranberries to craft this beer. Congratulations Gentlemen and thank you in advance for the beer I know I'm going to go to the Gahan to try and love.

Top that all off with entertainment by the always charming Iain McCarvill and you've got exactly what I said, the perfect afternoon! Iain worked magic with his voice and guitar as usual and honestly, put me into acoustic heaven. (I admit it, I was singing along too. But thankfully, I don't think anyone noticed.)

Now of course, the crowning moment of this exciting visit was when the Forbidden Donut was carried out to me by Chef Dwayne MacLeod. I could swear it had little wings and was just flitting over as harps played in the background. It was a total vision of "Mmmm" and had this sort of spicy and sweet scent all mingled in with the always alluring scent of PEI Beef. Sitting still for the photos and not just taking a big bite out of the Forbidden Donut was torture!

But once I got that first bite...Just whoa.

I mean, let's just take a look at the amazing stuff that goes into this Burger Love creation. First up, 9oz of Beef and Chorizo together to make a flavorful burger with kick, green tomato relish, Cows' 2 Year White Cheddar, Bacon, Green Leaf Lettuce, Tomato, Panko Crusted Onion Rings, a Poached Egg, Roasted Red Pepper and Ketchup on a house made Jalapeno and Cheddar Donut. All topped with a Cherry Tomato and Gherkin Pickle.

That's a lot of whoa, my friend. It came together for an enticing combined flavor that made me realize why this is the Forbidden Donut. It's way too good!

The Island Beef was hearty, a generous portion that was rustically delicious when mixed in with a mild Chorizo sausage. It's all about the texture and flavor pairing, the beef being tender and the sausage lean, providing robust flavor and presence on this burger that I swear was created in the Garden of Eden. Or rather the Garden of Eatin'. Oh yeah, and that Cows Cheddar, all melty and yummy; beautiful!

And allow me to say; Egg on a burger. Just take it in and think about it. ...EGG ON A BURGER!
What that honestly translates to on this burger is something so seriously and intensely amazing that I never could have guessed just how freaking cool it would taste. The smooth creaminess of this skillfully poached egg was decadent and smooth, the creamy center giving it's flavor and body to all of the other flavors and somehow managing to make this Burger even more...whoa.

The Green Tomato Relish and Roasted Red Pepper taste like they're garden ripe, like somehow there's a magical garden in the Gahan's kitchen and whenever Chef Dwayne needs to make more, he just picks them right there on the spot. That's how amazingly fresh it tasted. The sweetness of these two were great along with the onion rings and then the crisp lettuce, juicy tomato and always classic ketchup!

And of course, the first thing that intrigued me to the Gahan House this Burger Love...that deliciously convention defying donut! It's house made and is rich with the flavors of cheddar that come through clearly with each bite. Just a little edge of spiciness gives it a true balance with the rest of the flavors on this burger. It's light, fluffy and I'll take one dozen to go please!

On the side I ordered fries and onion rings, because honestly who can get enough of just one? It's like being on the same date with two guys, only better, because you don't have to do any heart breaking. The crisp and light panko crusted onion rings paid homage to the one featured on my burger and made their presence linger even longer. The fries, well, what can I say about Gahan spiced fries? I love them. I always have since I was a kid and nothing's changed. I just basked in their hearty glory.

This beguiling burger will call to you with it's smooth and rich flavors with the strength of your deepest desire. Don't fight it! Just give into the tasty temptation, you will be SO happy that you did.

Oh! And I've got to give a huge shout out to the Gahan's General Manager, Chris for just being a superbly nice guy along with the rest of the fantastic crew at the Gahan. Big kudos to you guys!

Friday, 11 April 2014

PEI Burger Love: HeisenBurger at Water's Edge Resto Bar Grille

Along the Waterfront of Downtown Charlottetown, there's a PEI Burger Love Kingpin of a Chef who's cooking up an addictive Burger creation that'll have you coming back for more. Chef Jeff Malone's the mastermind behind the HeisenBurger, a culinary creation that's got deliciousness down to a science.

You'll be Breaking Good with the Water's Edge Restaurant's Burger Love 2014 offering!

Using Burger Alchemy to conjure up this Burger Love creation, Chef Jeff shows a true flair for pop-culture. In homage to the wildly popular television drama, "Breaking Bad", the HeisenBurger's got the top spot on the periodic table of tastiness. With the team at Water's Edge, you not only experience a Burger that'll make you fall in love, but have a terrific time! Everyone is so enthusiastic about Burger Love and are so enthusiastic and passionate about this Burger. There's a lot of proud people behind the HeisenBurger!

 With a host of ingredients, there's a whole cast of flavors to take in on the HeisenBurger. "Tortuga's" 6oz Island Beef and Chorizo Burger, "Pinkman's" Shaved Prime Rib, "Walter White's" Cheddar Cheese, "Skylar's" Siracha Mayao, "Hank's" Onion Jam and topped with slice tomato, green leaf lettuce and a pickle spear, all on "Saul Good's" Pretzel Bun.

Sounds like a dramatic group, doesn't it? Well it is! And in the very best of ways, these powerful flavors come at you in a blend of awesomeness that all boils down to the fact that you're addicted to this skillfully crafted Burger.

Coming to the table looking so totally ready to impress, this Burger lures you in with it's warm and intoxicating scents that promise to make your taste buds completely soak up all of it's essence. As for myself, I was a hooked from the very first bite. The HeisenBurger and I had perfect chemistry. It's warm and edgy flavors left me wanting more and more, each element of this burger came together for a purity of flavor that makes each bite like a cliff-hanger. You just can't get enough...

The lean and full of flavor, the refined tasting Island Beef was mingled with Chorizo sausage to create a truly unique Burger Love experience. PEI Beef certainly does love sausage and you know what? I love sausage with PEI Beef! They're a tasty duo that's brought to beyond perfection by adding superbly tender prime rib. This trinity of meat are a true triple threat that scores a hat trick of flavor!

Warm and smooth cheddar embraces everything with it's savory sharpness. Paired with the cool, creamy and attitude packed Siracha mayo, you've got two distinctively different aspects that collide for a fiercely impressive combination. Enter the bold Onion Jam and you've got another facet to this Burger's personality that adds just a hint of sweetness to achieve perfect balance. All of the veggies were clear, crisp and refreshing, including the yummy pickle spear that lent itself very nicely to the pretzel bun.

Speaking of that pretzel bun. It was so delish! With a slight crunch to it's edges and that pretzel perfect taste and texture. It went along for this burger's ride of yum and was the perfect partner to the scandalously scrumptious HeisenBurger.

This edgy Burger stole my heart from the very beginning and it's still got it!

Ordering this special side, it's one of the Water's Edge Signature Salads, a Honey Beetroot and Spinach Salad. With Balsamic Beet Glazed tossed Spinach, garnished with chunky sweet beetroot, goat's cheese and candied pumpkin seeds  The refreshing and sweet beetroot brought out the warmer notes of the spinach, while the incredibly smooth goat's cheese's savouriness tied in with the candied pumpkin seeds. Each piece brought together by a sweet and tangy balsamic beet glaze. Altogether it's a party of garden fresh flavors in your mouth!

Providing all of the culinary temptations that a person could ever desire, the HeisenBurger is at the perfect location for Burger Lovers from near and far. The Water's Edge Restaurant just happens to be located in the Delta Prince Edward Hotel, PEI Burger Love's official hotel! With a special package for intense Burger fans who want to make a whole day and night's worth of experience; the HeisenBurger is at the heart of everything!

All I can really say is that once when you're finished the HeisenBurger, leaves you having an A1 Day.

(Which means it'll make you so happy, this'll be the best day of your life!)

Thursday, 10 April 2014

PEI Burger Love: The Navigator at The Merchantman

Like the north star's guiding light brings sailors and wanderers alike home, The Navigator at the Merchantman has brought my heart and taste buds to an oasis of savory deliciousness. This mouth-watering Burger Love creation by Chef Adam Loo will tempt you with it's exquisite flavors and as soon as you take that very first bite--well, let's just say be prepared to fall head over heels. Because it's easy falling in love when The Navigator is the object of your affection!

Like a charming worldly stranger, The Navigator's mystique and depth automatically attracted the attention of my heart. It was a vision of handsomeness of which the likes I have never before seen.

And to be quite honest, this Burger Love creation had me at...7oz of Island Beef with Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Aioli, Cherry Tomato and Bacon Relish, Cajun and Summer Savory Pork Sausage Patty, Sprout and Radish with Basil and Lemon Slaw with crispy Shallots on a grilled Sun-Dried Tomato Summer Savory Bun garnished with a Prosciutto and Date Cheese Bite in Puff Pastry.

Because, let's be honest here. If a girl like me had a choice between candy and flowers or a burger with all those gloriously mind-blowing ingredients... Burger all the way, baby!

As the Navigator made it's way to my table with Chef Adam Loo, I was fully prepared to grab him in a tight, completely Burger Love driven hug! The smell of this burger was so beyond compare that it sent me into a world of beefy beauty and it's appearance was a true vision of loveliness. I just knew The Navigator couldn't wait to be eaten! ...Well, I knew that I couldn't wait one more second to eat it.

Taking that very first bite, I was completely wonderstruck and taken by the superb blend of flavors that was consuming my taste buds and that sheers, unadulterated jubilation that came from that initial bite. And every sensational bite afterwards only increased the experience of The Navigator! You can tell from all angles, every aspect and each taste that Chef Adam Loo put all of his incredibly vast talent and a bounty of local ingredients into this Burger Love creation. All of that translates into a true Burger Love opportunity that has to be tasted to be believed!

The diadem on this treasure of a burger was the prosciutto and date cheese bite wrapped in the flakiest pastry I've ever had. Layer after layer of buttery indulgence turned into a savory heart so smooth, cheesy and toothsome that I savored the precious moment in time that the bite and I spent together. Yup, that's passion invoking food, right there.

The Island Beef that's featured on The Navigator was impressively smooth and the true nature of it's flavor was used to the advantage of every flavor surrounding it. You could tell that the beef which has become the pride of our Island was the integral part of this burger, every flavor branching from it and coming together with it to bring out the crisp and clean notes of pure Island Beef.

The Cajun and Summer Savory Pork Sausage added yet another layer to love, giving even more depth to this Burger Love's ever deepening dynamics. Cozy and soothing flavors met a tiny kick of spice that complimented the aioli and slaw impeccably.

Earthy and exceptionally fresh tasting, the Sprout and Radish with Basil, Lemon Slaw offered a pleasant crunch that came along with yet another depth of flavor that created the refreshing aspect of this burger, making it lift your spirit like a fresh ocean breeze. When matched with the light and savory Crispy Shallots and Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Aioli, there's a fantastic balance that creates an excellent signature flavor that only The Navigator could sport. Add in the sweet smokiness of the Cherry Tomato and Bacon Jam and you've got the dictionary definition of delightful.

Carefully stacked between a Sundried Tomato and Summer Savory Bun that is fragrant and sumptuous. This bun not just adds to the burger but actually becomes it in a very eloquent way, fusing it's flavors with those that make this burger truly amazing. And if you feel like baking an extra batch of those buns, Chef Adam, you can bring them to my place! They're unbelievable!

My side salad, the signature Merchantman Salad was Spinach, Arugula and Carrots, tossed in a black currant and blueberry vinaigrette and completed with date goat's cheese and candied pecans. And while I realize all that put together in already calling your name, let me just say that it's just as tasty as it sounds! Refreshing with a savory edge, it's a unique salad that will make you love it from the very first bite.

All in all The Navigator is my lighthouse, my harbor of tastiness, my guide on the path of yum. You too should go forth and make it yours as well, this phenomenal creation become your compass on this Burger Love journey!