Tuesday, November 22, 2005

i eat a boca burger

and find it worth talking about. i consider boca burgers (and garden burgers, which are slightly less disturbing) in the same class as vitamin pills and energy bars. fuel, but not food really. and, price-wise, they fall in with chicken, fish and green gourmet indian dinners, at the expensive end of our price/meal shopping list. we buy whichever is cheaper.

but every once in a while there are no leftovers and i want a hot, quick lunch.

today i sauteed mushrooms and onions in olive oil and melted some aging dry mozzerella on the burger. i ate this on a wheat roll, with fresh tomato and horseradish on one side, and the mushrooms, onions and cheese on the other, burger wedged in between. lots of salt and pepper.

and it was actually good.

i remember eating something that looked more like a garden burger years ago that tasted honestly like the chickpea from which it was made, sort of like a mild falafel. does anyone know what this product was or is . . . ?

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9 Comments:

Blogger gone said...

Trader Joe's has what is called a "Nirvana Burger, but I'm not sure if you have TJ's in Pittsburgh.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

Maybe it was a Morningstar Chik Patty?

3:27 PM  
Blogger zp said...

Julie, you know, I think that was it! And it's been there, right in front of me (as a matter of fact, right next to the other products), low these many years since. I have a little bit of a shopping disorder. I am easily overwhelmed.

As for you, Oak Park, I believe I have visited this place of which you speak, but no, we don't have any here. But they do let us out of Pittsburgh now and then on good behavior. And I think I remember eating before I moved here, too.

Ack. Back to work.

3:44 PM  
Blogger gone said...

Having been born and bred in Pittsburgh, but having escaped due to a paternal job transfer, I know this prison of which you speak, and I love it like a cousin. A second cousin from my step-mom's side, but a cousin nonetheless.

10:28 AM  
Blogger zp said...

boca burger update: "violent indigestion" and a salt thirst and headache that would slay a water buffalo. shame on me for eating this processed food garbage.

2:21 PM  
Blogger juniper pearl said...

the new garden burgers (homestyle, i think) taste better than all of their alternatives, but that's because they've been oiled up like tiny soy sunbathers. i like the amy's veggie burgers best, they're always yummy and never greasy, and they crisp up nicely in the toaster oven.

are you absolutely positive no part of your indigestion is the fault of your aging cheese?

3:48 PM  
Blogger zp said...

I surveyed the "Chik Patty" from a safe distance this afternoon. NO. NO. NO. Not faux breaded chicken. Something that tasted like a chick pea, a garbanzo bean, a ceci bean and looked like all the other multi-ingrediant patty things with no breading or faux breading or whatever that was.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I eat the Nirvana Burgers too from Trader Joe's - unfortunately, they discontinued them :-(

11:01 AM  
Blogger zp said...

My partner in crime has voted consistantly for the old faux beefy boca burger, for health reasons (more protein, less carbs) so that's the what we'll be buying around here until he changes his fickle, fickle mind . . .

9:51 PM  

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