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Plopping back into the Cleveland Chophouse & Brewery for a quick bite to eat at 824 West Saint Clair in Cleveland.

Didn’t feel like an entire large dinner order…didn’t feel like an app…so burger it is!

ChopHouse Cheese Burger: 10oz fresh ground beef $10.95 / Add hickory smoked bacon $1.00

Personally, I instantly think your food is really bad when you immediately serve it with ketchup on the ready.

ChopHouse Cheese Burger

Bacon looks pretty.

Macro on the hickory bacon

Ordered it medium…so I guess this is medium.

Also with a place called “ChopHouse” you’d figure they’d tell you where there meat comes from…grass fed, corn fed, etc…

*Ahem…In my rompus room, I tell the ladies where my meat is from….ahem.*

Seemed as if my burger was…well leaning…thicker on one side and thinner on the other: Thus the “medium” doneness.

Thin side = well done / thick side = medium #notcool

Macro shot of the lop-sided patty

Thick = good / Thin = not so good.

thick side - medium

Chef Dave Gutfranski – perhaps a little better consistency in your patty smushing.

Good call on the red onion!

The pickle was room temperature warm and very limp (#TWSS).

But I gotta give credit-the fries were hot, crispy, and cooked well and I enjoyed the heavier kosher salt sprinkling.

Pickle limp / fries crispy

Well…how to sum this up…

1. Please tell your patrons where your meat grew up

2. Thickness matters #TWSS

3. Don’t assume everyone likes ketchup

I’ll be back for the occasional work lunch.

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I. Am. So. Awesome Embarassed.

So late night travels with no breakfast, no lunch and of course no dinner….means only one thing – 4th meal.

Cause no one wants a hangry dude.

Hard taco 4 life

On the spot-I decided it was a very collegiate night so I ordered 10 soft tacos. Maybe they’ll give me that neato box #NOT

Awwww yeah #HAWT

Lets think back to college cause at my alma mater, the Taco Bell option was heaven compared to the cafeteria plan.

Perfection in a little wrapper!

I won’t even get into the discussion of “meatlike” vs “meat”

Looks like meat to me...sorta

Just a nice little guy.

Eat me bitches~!

The first 8 slid down fast…the last two were questionable.

I’m not sure if I should mount these wrappers to the wall as a badge of glory or something…

Plethora of wrappers...aka badges of glory

Well, 12:30a and I devoured 10 soft tacos. I am king!

On a related note, I was up at 2:30a showing the toilet who’s boss.

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Has it really been one year since we started this blog?

Happy Blogoversary!

Blogoversary! uncha-uncha-uncha

We started this blog on February 2nd, 2010: so what better way to recap one year in the blog-o-sphere with a list of my favorite posts, sexy time posts, and of course our favorite food porn.

Most favorite posts:

1. Boeuf Bourguignon and guest Chef Fornication Francois : This is one of my favorite posts because I actually write a character evolution piece using food and Julia Child as the vehicle. Brings me back to my creative writing class in college. I am most proud of this post.

 2. Cantankerous Clams – Cause you’re gonna want to lick the bowl clean : Start to finish, step by step, almost all pictures. Keepin it real yo.

3. What is the best part of a McDonalds cheeseburger? : This post/memory drove me back to childhood…like hanabata days kine. Almost like that moment in Ratatouille where one is thrust back into childhood. The post obv not so much about the actual food itself, but the actions around food that drives us to eat.

4. Iron Chef Cat Cora meets a stoned stager and photographer : My attention to gas station details are second to none.

5. Chef Rick Bayless, as an orphan, were you found on the steps of a church wrapped in a tortilla shell? : Did you just picture Chef Bayless IN a tortilla shell? I did.

Sexy time posts:

1. Top Chef Jennifer Carroll in a bikini, Bacon bikini, Padma licking BBQ sauce sweaty-naked or : The first started out as we mocked another Cleveland blogger. But with the popularity of Top Chef and BravoTV, these two posts seem to be very popular thanks to the bikini pictures, Chef Eric Ripert’s je ne sais quoi, and of course Host Padma Lakshmi licking. Grab a kleenex.

2. Wear your bikini for the 120lbs of pig Happy 4th of July – #oinkfest2010 : Cause our foodie friends are way cool esp since the piggy was so. damn. good. and the hot chicks in bikinis were outstanding. Love America on the 4th of July.

3. Symon Fieri QuarryLaneFarms Brown and DeLaurentiis: All in one place – Cleveland : One picture at the end (thanks HD) makes this post worth visiting. You’ll need a moment.

Food porn:

1. The Best Burger in the world is… : This post is still causing plenty of controversy. Food porn indeed as my vote for the best burger in the world.

2. Gigantic smoked turkey leg…Disneyland style. : Lotsa people with large pieces of meat. Nuff said.

3. @Nomnomtruck – The best banh mi sandwich ever #perfection #hotchick : The detail and close up/macro shots we took of this amazing sandwich is enough to get you a “culinary boner”.

Bonus: B-Y-O-Bacon at Mhenry in Chicago #eggslut : Just look at the last picture post. Happens to me all the time. “Don’t move, I’ll get you a towel…”

Entree the proverbial Bourdain phrase: “So what have we learned?” Well, I can easily say we here at QuarryLaneFarms enjoy our successes/failures of cooking, writing, photography, and of course eating. Our belief remains: Sharing your food is really sharing your soul, your thoughts, your imagination, and most importantly, the history of your family.

Thank you to all of our readers.

Special thanks to Joolie, Snoozie, Curtis, Giner, Sneakerhead, KHWattz, Ms. Veggie, Mr. Drenalin and of course all of our families. We’d be lost without you.

A wise friend said to me, “Keep drinking cause it gets better!”


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