September 18, 2012

National Cheeseburger Day

"Sometimes I thank God... for cheeseburgers." - Garth Brooks

It's National Cheeseburger Day!

Sponsored bySol Cuisine

Such a simple creation, right? Take a hamburger. Take some cheese. Put them together. But apparently the cheeseburger - like other foods we've celebrated this year - has an interesting origin, because no one's really sure what it is.

Potentially, it was created in the mid-1920's after a homeless man eating at chef Lionel Sternbeger's restaurant in Pasadena, California asked for a slice of cheese on his hamburger. Sternberger liked the idea so much, he added it to his menu. But wait! The variation to this story is that Sternberger was actually only 16 years old and it was his father's sandwich shop called "The Rite Spot." He dropped some cheese on a sizzling burger as an experiment, and when folks tried it - it was love at first bite.

Or, maybe it was Kaelin's Restaurant in Louisville, KY who created the first cheeseburger in 1934. Although, one year later, a trademark for the name "cheeseburger" was attempted by Louis Ballast of the Denver, Colorado Humpty Dumpty Drive-in. And if you ask Steak 'n Shake, they'll tell you that their founder, Gus Belt, applied for a trademark on the word much earlier in the 1930's, so the name is rightfully his.

Someone had to have been "the first," we just don't know who. Sometimes when greatness happens/is happening the people involved have no idea until years and years (and sometimes generations) later.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

Thankfully, I can still enjoy today's food holiday without worrying about compromising my values as an herbivore, because of Sol Cuisine and their delicious and impressive variety of veggie burgers. Sol Cuisine believes in creating food that represents four different principles:

"SOLar: Born under the predominant influence of the sun, like our tofu - handmade by certified organic soybeans.

SOLve: To answer the protein dilemma by offering a wide assortment of nutrient-rich, versatile alternative products.

SOLidarity: Moral soundness; validity; truth; certainty in the quality of their products.

SOLace: The sweet relief you feel as you sink your teeth into one of their burgers. Topped with your favorite condiments, loaded with vegetarian protein, their veggie burgers are the quintessential comfort food."

I was fortunate to have celebrated National Hamburger Day with them (the Almond Grain burgers were so good, I had two... no, seriously) and now National Cheeseburger Day. I topped their Spicy Black Bean veggie burger (which had the perfect flavor and textural balance of spices and legumes) with locally-grown arugula, beets, and goat cheese. Slathered with a balsamic mayo and served with chips and a beer? Even I'm continually amazed at how well I eat on plant-based diet. Better, to be honest, than when I wasn't.

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Happy National Cheeseburger Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.