Monday, 27 April 2015

PEI Burger Love: Brew Buddy at the Gahan House

Let me introduce you to someone...
Brew Buddy, this is Blog Reader. Blog Reader, meet Brew Buddy...your new best friend!

That's right, this PEI Burger Love creation from the Gahan House is the kind of beefy creation that you'll want to get very friendly with. With a balance of sweet and savory personalities, this burger's flavor profile blends into one unique and impressive taste that's as rare as a perfect friend.

So heading out on the 25th, which was PEI Burger Love's Guinness World Record attempt day, I wanted to commemorate it with my new burger friend, the Brew Buddy. Entering the Gahan, it's warm atmosphere enveloped my senses, the place buzzing with people enjoying themselves and I felt right at home in a cozy booth. Of course, there was beer, beer, everywhere and as usual when it comes to the Gahan, I just can't get enough of the unique variety. Which was good news, since the Brew Buddy provides just that! As a refined Burger, it's sophisticated flavors are awesome in a way that just about anyone can enjoy!

On the topic of beer, there's a brand new feature of Burger Love this year which has introduced Beer and Wine pairings to the beefy creations we all know and love. Which in my opinion can be experienced in no better place than the Gahan House. Having released a brand new APA just in time for the month of April, this new Gahan Angus Ale is once again an outstanding achievement for the award winning Brewery. Lending itself to the Brew Buddy's flavors, this single hop beer seems to jive best with the dijon slaw.

Honestly though, Angus Ale, could a beer feel more at home with a burger if it tried?

Speaking with Executive Chef Cody, we chatted about his excitement over Burger Love, how the Gahan had sold nearly 5,000 Burgers this April and that the creative jumping off point for his creation was an awesome Jalapeño Bacon Jam he makes! Oh, and some personal burger favorites.

I'm pretty sure those numbers speak for themelves, but let me elaborate on what makes the Brew Buddy the success that it has been so far.

8oz of pure Island Beef joins forced with Glasgow Glen Smoked Gouda, Mustard Pickle Slaw, Iron Bridge Ale™ Jalapeno Bacon Jam and Maple Stout BBQ Pulled Pork on a Buttered and Toasted Brioche style bun

Colorful and aromatic, it hits your senses before even reaching the table and once it's in front of you...

One word; irresistible.

And on first bite it truly is just that. A single harmonious flavor with the undertones of beer, sweet maple and the tang of mustard pickles. Creamy with it's smooth gouda and slaw sauce, you don't want to put down this burger.

Breaking it down piece by piece, unique Brioche Bun is accented by unique Spen Malt which gives it another hint towards beer-like awesomeness. I'm excited to say that this airy brioche with it's malt looks like it will be becoming a Gahan tradition. Which is good news for me, because I don't want to wait til next April for another bun like this.

And I've got to give credit to the always exceptional gouda from Jeff  McCourt's Glasgow Glen. This smoked gouda pairs perfectly with the Jalapeño Bacon Jam, the two of them sharing thay subtle smokiness.

The jam itself is a favorite of Chef Cody's,  a creation of his which as I mentioned was the starting place for the Brew Buddy. It's sweet, smoky and slightly spicy nature is really what ties each piece of this burger puzzle together. From the savory slaw to the sweet and tender pulled pork, this jam is the mutual friend they all have and makes them all play nicely together.

All of this comes together to compliment 8oz of fresh and juicy MacPhee's Meats Island Beef. Always the celebrity of April on PEI, this delicious beef is rich and hearty, taking on the flavors of the Brew Buddy perfectly!

To complete my Gahan experience, I added their super crunch panko crusted onion rings to go along with the crunch of the Buddy's slaw!

Remember kiddies, there's all kinds of buddies in live, but not all of them will be your burger buddy and only one can be the Brew Buddy!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

PEI Burger Love: Fireball at the Prince Edward Restaurant

"I was born in a flame
Mama said that everyone would know my name
I'm the best you've ever had
If you think I'm burning out, I never am
I'm on fire"
- Fireball, Pitbull

Fireball, indeed! Heading out on PEI Burger Love's sure to be historic Guinness World Record making day, I wanted to start things off with a real bang! And from the first bite, an explosion of flavor is exactly what I discovered at the Prince Edward Restaurant. After all, with a name like Fireball, you know things are going to be intensely awesome, start to finish.

With a Prince Edward Restaurant style welcome, I knew my beefy desires were in the best of hands and could hardly wait to sink my teeth into owner Paul's creation. In order to fully respect the Fireball and all it had to offer though, I needed to get the story first. And I'm very glad I did.

Like a bolt of lightning, the idea for the Fireball was set aflame with inspiration! Paul Haddad, the owner and creative mind behind the Prince Edward Restaurant let his perfectionist nature show when designing this 2015 burger. After many attempts at creating something so tempting and ideal that it was irresistible, Paul's imagination conjured up a burger fit for Rap Royalty.

I always knew music was a good inspiration, but I never knew it could be such a delicious one!

It's dedication to the theme and taste paired with a labor of love and dash of culinary genius that makes the Fireball such an impactful burger! It's the kind of thing that makes your tastebuds want to get down and dance.

See what I mean? Its sheer presence is a call to action for your good taste.

From bun to beef, you'll gladly surrender to the Fireball.
Specially ordered, the bun holding all this flavor together is a custom job by Buns & Things. A touch of artisty, the poppy seeds are like the gunpowder that sets off this Fireball!

The first thing you'll notice about this burger is that it's untraditional in all the best ways! Carving it's own path, the Fireball is too cool, er, hot, for those typical burger topping suspects! Fire roasted sweet peppers, spicy maple bacon, ADL cheddar cheese and jalapeño poppers all accompany 7oz of pure Island beef!

Not only that...hours of preparation go into this creation!

Even the sweet peppers spend days soaking in pure PEI maple syrup just to prepare themselves for your burger eating pleausre. Just the first part of this sweet, spicy, savory creation, they're a perfect balance with with the rest of the flavors and textures that make up the Fireball.

Speaking of spice and texture, those jalapeño poppers? Both! Creamy and crunchy with a kick, they're definitely one with the burger. The cream cheese filling and cheddar blend together tastefully and with their playful addition all is perfect in the land of burger love.

Continuing the seamless theme of sweet and spicy, is a ceamy, spicy pesto sauce of Paul's own creation.  And...the BACON! Yes, this is no ordinary bacon. It's thick cut, maple, heavenly, bacon! With true patriot love, I've never been prouder to have maple syrup infused with anything! A touch of spice gives this perfect bacon all it needs to be hailed Canada's new national food.

All of these perfect ingredients come together on the stage of 7oz PEI's April Celebrity...pure, fresh delicious beef! Juicy and incredibly fresh tasting, there's nothing quite like making a Guinness World Record by sinking your teeth into a burger so perfect.

There's really no such thing as too much of a good thing with the Fireball. It's pure awesomeness and then some.

My and then some just happened to be the Prince Edward Restaurant's sweet potato fries, onion rings and juicy deep fried mushrooms with creamy ranch dipping sauce...Always a classic!

Passion for Burger Love, PEI and of course...Burger Love is what created the Fireball and will make you fall in love with it! I said Burger Love twice? Obviously! It's just that important.

Really though, after this burger love there's only one thing left to say...

I'm a Fireball!