april 2013 005

april 2013 007

Hi – it has been awhile, but with all the sad news in Boston last week I felt as if a lighthearted blog about food would have been somewhat inappropriate. That, along with some computer battery problems, has held me up a bit. What you are looking at is a picture of a “TK Burger” from a place called Oak Street B&B in Westerly, RI, that Eric and I found on “Yelp!” (we are eternally grateful to our niece, Celeste, for telling us about this app- Hi Honey!). If you are ever in the Westerly area and would like a good place to go I would encourage you to do so…it is worth seeking out. It is just a small joint, only 9 tables or so, and you can see into the kitchen. You have to order off the board at the cash register but don’t let that deter you. Every burger comes with homemade potato chips that you can get seasoned with salt and pepper, or cajun style, etc. It is very clear that the owner really loves what he does because you can see the care with which he makes these burgers – always perfectly cooked (medium, of course you can ask for medium rare) and the way each burger is perfectly seasoned so it is savory, just the right amount of saltiness, and a mild sweetness from the sweet roll, the onions that the burger is sauteed on, and their own homemade secret sauce. Positively addicting.

The top burger was Eric’s choice today. It had bacon, lettuce, tomato and a fried egg on top. Sounds crazy, but he inhaled it. Mine was a standard “American Burger” which is a classic cheeseburger. The second picture is only of half of it as the other half was already in my big maw. I just disgust myself sometimes, honestly.

It is no wonder to me why we Americians love a burger. It is deeply satisfying. We even eat the really crappy fast food ones and enjoy them. But best of all are the ones that are made to order, and will drip down your arms and chin with all that juice. Wow. Really nothing like it.

Oh, did I start this blog on the premise of finding healthy, no additive food? Well, I didn’t mean that this was a health food blog. I firmly believe that life is short and you should partake of wonderful things while you are here. As we sat down Eric said to me “Did you ever think years ago that you could have dragged me out for burgers?” To which I said “No, but I would rather die a few years earlier and enjoy myself rather than live to be 100 eating twigs and nuts. Where is the fun in that?” So, I say, eat, drink, laugh and be merry. Life is short. And thank God for Lipitor.


About joyfulg1

I have been an obsessed cook for the last twenty seven years. My infatuation started slowly, gradually widening my cookbook collection - and my hips, unfortunately! It all started with a new boyfriend who was interested in all natural, preservative and additive -free whole foods. After a few too many disasterous tempeh burgers and tofu pups, I was determined to find a way to make meals that he would eat that actually tasted good. It must have worked, because we are still happily married after all these years. It has been great to watch the evolution of cooking in America since that time, and the products that are now easy to pick up in your local supermarkets and farmer's markets. Now we have become more interested in travel and are finding inspiration everywhere we go.

2 responses to “Burgers”

  1. Rich says :

    Love a good burger Joy — I will have to try this place. When u r trekking up to the north country (north of Warwick 🙂 ) I recommend burgers at Blackie’s in Smithfield and Avenue N in East Providence! Now i want to go fire up the grill!

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