December 21, 2012

National Hamburger Day

“I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” - Wimpy

It's National Hamburger Day!

Sponsored bySol Cuisine

The McDonald's Incident of 1984
"In 1984, McDonald's partnered with the U.S. Olympics in Los Angeles to increase and engage viewership. Folks collected game pieces from their McDonald's items that listed an Olympic event on them, like 'Polo' or '4x400 Relay.' If the U.S. won gold in the event you had a piece for, you would win a Big Mac. If the U.S. won silver, you would win a french fry; a bronze, and you would win a Coke. Because of some political bullshit, in the eleventh hour - far too late for McDonald's to pull the plug on their game - Russia, and others, boycotted the Olympics. All of a sudden, the U.S. won more medals than ever before [side note: that year, the U.S. won 83 gold medals, 61 silver medals, and 30 bronze medals for a total of 174 medals]. McDonald's was losing their shirt because there were so many events the Russians should have walked away with, but the U.S. was now sweeping. So, I would have a piece that could be worth a Big Mac, a french fry, AND a Coke! And actually - the very first piece I got was the Greco Roman Wrestling. And I almost threw it away, because I assumed McDonald's had printed like eleventy billion of them because they knew the U.S. could never win that event. But then Steve Fraser came through and got me my first Big Mac. In the end, I won 28 Big Macs. And I ate 28 Big Macs. Do not laugh. Do not cast judgement. I ate them. It was not pretty. Steve Fraser got me a Big Mac. Carl Lewis [track] got me a Big Mac. Greg Louganis [diving] got me a Big Mac. Mary Lou Retten [gymnastics] got me a Big Mac. Rowdy Gains [swimming] got me a Big Mac... and, I tried to spread the Big Macs out. Some weeks I ate three... some weeks I ate six. I was ginormously pregnant and you loved them. You would roll around in my belly and do your Big Mac dance and say 'Go Team USA!' and we would enjoy Big Macs. And I never had heartburn despite the gross special sauce or the fact that they're the most disgusting things in the history of mankind. I was really good throughout my whole pregnancy - ate well, drank well, but when that game came? I won 28 Big Macs and I wouldn't let your father eat a single one."

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.


I've been able to celebrate all of my hamburger-based food holidays with Sol Cuisine, makers of delicious, fun vegetarian foods since 1980. According to creator Dror Balshine and the Sol Cuisine team, "We share in their delight and feel the greater purpose of the work that we do. We’re grateful for our emotional attachment to our customers, because food is emotional. Our work gives us hope for our planet and makes us all feel as though we’re making a difference."

They've definitely made a difference in my culinary world with their awesome veggie burgers. Today, I got to try the Sol Cuisine Mushroom Rice burger. Made with portobello mushrooms, brown rice, and black olives (olives are one of my FAVORITE foods)... they're absolutely delicious (and sturdy - don't you hate veggie burgers that just crumble at the slightest touch?). I wasn't sure what "dressing" to use on this particular kind of veggie burger, so I went with a light layer of Vegenaise on one side of my toasted onion roll, and a spicy mustard on the other side - and it was actually pretty awesome. Visually, you could see the rice speckling the burger, so I assumed there'd be a strong rice-y flavor to it, but I didn't get that at all. Neither did I get overwhelmed my that earthy, mushroom flavor that can sometimes override all other flavors. It was really well balanced, and really well seasoned which I so appreciate - I sometimes find vegetarian/vegan foods to be either completely under-seasoned (especially with basics like salt and pepper) or tremendously over-seasoned (usually by spices that leave a weird aftertaste). AND, each burger provides 6.8g of soy protein... PROTEIN?! WHAT'S THIS? HERBIVORES ACTUALLY GET PROTEIN?! Shocking, I know.

I encourage you to check out Sol Cuisine on Twitter, or better yet: go buy a box and enjoy some seriously good eats.

Happy National Hamburger 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.