My wife and I recently went on a drive to Hamilton Ontario to go shopping and also to my favorite restaurant to get some delicious chicken shawarma. I’ve been visiting this place for ten years now and I have ordered the same thing every single time. Every other place I’ve gone to makes a good shawarma, but this place is by far the best I’ve ever had. There’s just something about this dish that makes it such a perfect meal. The perfectly spiced chicken, the massive amount of sauce they use, the onion bits that are cooked just long enough to still be crunchy, and the lettuce and tomatoes with just a hint of vinegar. Add all that together and put it in a pita and you can never go wrong.
(If you haven’t seen the Avengers movie and you don’t want one of the humorous scenes ruined, I suggest not reading further. Although it doesn’t reveal any important plot info)
That night, we went to see the Avengers movie. Towards the end, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) asks Captain America (Chris Evans) if he has ever had shawarma before, and that he has never had it but would like to try it. Immediately my wife and I began laughing at the weird coincidence that we had just eaten some shawarma ourselves.
As in most Marvel Movies, they added a few minutes of footage after the end credits. Usually it’s useful info leading into a future film or at least something that gets you thinking about what’s gonna happen next. Not this time though. It’s just 40 seconds or so of the Avengers sitting at a table in a thrashed up Lebonese restaurant while mowing down on shawarma. Not a single word is uttered, just chewing. I have no idea why they decided to reference shawarma the way they did, or why they ended the film that way, but it was pure genius. I felt as though if I were a film maker, it’s how I would have added my favorite food into a movie for no other reason than to persuade people to go out and try it for themselves.
I have chosen not to add a link to a recipe for shawarma because there are to many different ways to make one. They are all good, but the only way to try the best is to go to Safin Grill on Mall Road in Hamilton Ontario. It will change your life.
Since then, my wife made a homemade shawarma recipe and we plan to keep tweaking it and getting it as close to our favorite as we can. I can honestly say its the second best shawarma I’ve ever had. The key is in the sauce. The more the better. Once we feel we have reached our goal of shawarma perfection, we will post the recipe for all to enjoy. Until then, please visit your local shawarma restaurant and enjoy the goodness. If you live in or near Hamilton, good for you.
When I woke up today I started getting ready for work. I’m getting dressed and I hear my wife – Kat in the other room. “BRENT, Holy, Brent, Oh My God, What.” At first I thought I had broken something, spilled something, left the balcony door unlocked maybe. She went on to tell me I’d been Freshly Pressed. At first I didn’t really get it until she told me how many hits I had so far.
I wanted to say thank you so much to WordPress and to everyone who has read my blog. It has really made me excited to continue on with writing. I will work as fast as I can to respond to every one of the comments I’ve gotten. I’m still a bit overwhelmed that this got the response it did, and clearly so was my wife. Honestly, I’ve only seen her get this excited for when I proposed, our wedding day, last Christmas, and now for my hamburger blog. Lol.
Last month, my wife encouraged me to blog. She started her own a bit before I did. A big thanks goes out to her. In fact, when we started dating, her online profile said she could make a wicked hamburger. So I dedicate this post to her. Check out her blog here. It’s very good, and it’s why I started my own. She sometimes writes about nail art she creates herself. This is not her pic but I thought it was a good way to mesh our styles together.
Another funny story, we were in the drive through at a local fast food restaurant last week, we both ordered hamburgers, and the lady working the drive through told my wife her nails were amazing. True story. So the glue that keeps she and I together must be made from hamburgers and nails. How sweet.
Thanks again to everybody, I’ll be responding to all comments as fast as I can. See you all in hamburger heaven.
Photos courtesy of google pictures.
Have you ever been watching a fast food commercial and wondered why paid actors can’t hold hamburgers like normal people. It’s makes me laugh every time I see it. Holding a hamburger can be considered a science, and the directors of these commercials must have failed science in school. When you consider how many different burgers are available, technique may vary from one to another, but should never resemble what I see in these ads. So I have decided to give a few pointers on the do’s and dont’s of how to properly hold a hamburger, without looking like a paid actor.
This guy above has it all wrong. Poking at the bun with his weak little fingers. Giving no support at all to the contents inside. This hamburger doesn’t stand a chance. And look at his face, he looks like he’s reminiscing about an old girlfriend, maybe Wendy was her name.
A few tips I could give him would be: 1. They make burgers to fit in the palm of your hand, so use your palms, not just the fingertips. It’ll help keep your burger from sliding and shifting, and less things will fall out of it. 2. Use your fingers to stop the patty from sliding to the opposite end of the side you are eating. 3. Concentrate. Pay attention, no daydreaming about a world where we all hold burgers like a-holes.
This guy here knows a bit better. He still has a lot to learn about hand position, but I really admire his aggression and complete disregard for table manners and the opinions of others. He’s getting awfully close to the desired u shape that your hands should be in. When your hands are c shaped, it’s not natural. Just try it now without a burger. U shaped I could keep my hands like that all day, C shaped my hands cramp up and get tired. Most people would say his girlfriend is looking disgusted because he’s being a slob. I disagree, she’s probly thinking either that she can’t enjoy her salad as much as he’s enjoying his burger, or why the hell is he holding it like that, what am I doing with him, will our kids hold burgers like an a-hole too.
I looked on google for a half hour looking for one picture of a proper burger holding technique, this is the best I could find. Folks, an infant can do it right. Why can’t we. This kids got all the right ideas. Full contact with the hand. Fingers, palms, the whole thing. The use of both hands is a must, but at least this kid has one hand right, which is more than I can say about the others.
So I guess I didn’t give as many pointers as I thought. The only thing I ask is that the next time you grab a burger, ask yourself a few times while you are eating “do I look like a moron?” if you answer yes, put the burger down and order something else. God put napkins here for a reason. Get your hands dirty you nancy boy. Think of it as a sport. You get points if nothing falls out and the coach doesn’t care if your uniform gets dirty. Do you remember the saying to dance like nobody is watching. Same thing applies here. Eat like you just don’t give a damn.
Pictures all courtesy of google images.
Almost every time I read a book, watch a tv show or movie, or discover a new band, I end up looking deeper. Without fail, I manage to find something even better out there. When I was a kid I loved Transformers, so a friend suggested I watch Voltron. It was way better in my opinion. Later in life when I was in grade 9 I started listening to EDM (electronic dance music). All I ever heard was the radio type stuff and mix CDs with more commercial friendly genres, until I met the right people who showed me true EDM. And even now, I find new websites and software, until after further research I realize the ones I just swore where so amazing are now dwarfed compared to the other versions of the same thing.
After reading a book a few years ago I swore I would read the authors other books. After reading the other books, I started reading books pertaining to the same subjects written by different authors. The result was that I read more books in that six months than all the required reading I had from grades 1-12. And I ended up not really liking the author anymore who got me started on that journey.
This got me thinking. “Do all of us research what we like, or are we happy with what we have in front of us?” I’m sad to say the answer is NO. Just ask a Twilight fan if they know who Bram Stoker is. They may tell you it’s the guy from Sharron, Lois, and Bram.
Finding inspiration in someone else’s ideas is perfectly healthy. I don’t dare start a war with twilight fans. I’m sure they have just as many reasons to poke fun at the things I like. What I’m trying to say is don’t just scratch the surface. Don’t just take what the media gives you and not look beyond the pretty gift wrapping. Although I have loved some of the blockbusters, and fan favorites, and New York Times best sellers, most of my true favorites of all time where because I took the time to find what I like and made the decision on my own. It’s also a rewarding feeling to discover a gem without seeing a single ad, commercial, or trailer about it.
Some gems I’ll share with you are:
Chromeo- great Canadian music duo I heard about when researching the group Justice.
Neil Strauss- very entertaining author who shares my habit of exhausting research of subjects that spark his interest. Discovered while reading an article in Mclean’s Magazine.
It’s all gone Pete Tong- Fantastic movie about a DJ who loses his hearing. First watched it after reading a review of a different movie (human traffic). The website said people who liked this movie also like these movies. I took their word for it and I’ve been happy I did ever since.
Picture courtesy of boomtron.com and meme generator app from apple app store. Picture from the motion picture Bram Stokers Dracula.