The Burger

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The Burger @ Good Enough to Eat

I met up with an old friend for lunch today and we decided to go to my wife’s favorite brunch spot, Good Enough to Eat. It’s conveniently located in my neighborhood, Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

I usually go to Good Enough to Eat for Sunday brunch and have their superb cinnamon swirl french toast. This was my second time there for lunch and my first lunch since they moved to their new location. After checking out the menu I decided to go with “The Burger”. It’s described as “8 oz. of our blend of ground beef on a pepper roll with French fries, lettuce, tomato and pickle … with jalapeño jack, sharp cheddar, gruyère, mozzarella, blue or goat cheese”. I ordered mine with jalapeño jack cheese cooked medium.

burger

When my order arrived I was pleasantly surprised to see that the burger was even bigger than I expected. The toppings were presented on the side along with the pickle and fries and everything looked very appetizing. I put it all together by adding the ketchup first then layering on the lettuce, tomato and red onion. Biting into the burger my taste buds were met with a prominent and delicious smoky flavor. The beef was juicy and tasty but could have benefited from a bit more seasoning. The perfectly melted jalapeño jack cheese complimented the flavor of the beef well without overpowering it. The pepper roll was the proper size for the beef patty. It was lightly toasted, soft and did not fall apart. Overall a tasty burger that I definitely look forward to enjoying again.

If you’re in the city and find yourself craving a burger you owe it your yourself to try this one.

Rating:  Wonderful   Recommended

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

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Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

As luck would have it I had to travel to Rosslyn, Virginia for work this week …… on Labor Day of all days! The building I work in has a Safeway food store in it. Since my employer dropped the ball and didn’t provide lunch as they promised I stopped in to buy a sandwich for lunch.

Being a life long food junky I can’t seem to stay out of the candy, cookie and ice cream aisles. With autumn right around the corner the tastes of the season are showing up on store shelves now. I have always loved all things pumpkin (except pumpkin pie). When I saw the Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies on the shelf I knew right then that I wasn’t leaving the store without them.

pumpkin cheesecake bag

Pepperidge Farm describes these cookies as “moist, soft cookies made with real pumpkin, cheesecake flavored drops, brown sugar and spices”.

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Upon opening the package I was greeted with the robust and inviting aroma of pumpkin and spice. The cookie has a rich pumpkin orange color with just the right amount of off white cream cheese chunks. As I bit into the cookie I found it to be very soft with a chewy texture, the pumpkin and spices are perfectly balanced.  The cream cheese chunks didn’t seem to impart any cream cheese flavor, however, they do taste like white chocolate. Their sweet taste is the perfect compliment to the spice. These cookies are addictive and it took all the will power I could muster to eat only two at a time.

If you are a pumpkin fan run out and get these now, they are limited edition!

Rating:  Well Done   Highly Recommended