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Meatless best Brands of Veggie Burgers

The world of veggie burgers is as diverse as the streets of New York City.  Each brand comes with its own “style” and flavor and like each neighborhood in New York (the Village, Chinatown, Soho etc…) the sum of its veggie burger parts can incite excitement or avoidance. But which brand offers the best in taste, texture, flavor and options?

Having been a fauxgitarian (someone who tries to eat only vegetarian, but has a love of meat) for many years, the veggie burger was a natural option as it allowed for that “meaty” taste, but still had the benefits of a vegetarian diet.  There are several brands including Boca, Morningstar Farms and Garden Burger and with two conclusions:  There are two types of veggie burger consumers. 

Consumer 1 is like an Upper West Side socialite who, after years of wearing real fur, is looking for a fake-fur option.  They are usually meat-eaters looking for a healthy alternative.  Many want the real burger experience and are looking for veggie options that mimic the meaty texture and taste of a real burger.

Consumer 2 is like a Williamsburg hipster whose well-honed fashion recipe is a mixture of trendy, vintage and high fashion.  They usually are looking for a veggie burger option that is nutritious, filled with natural ingredients and is a quick alternative to cooking.

For Consumer 1, Boca is probably the best option.  They have seven different varieties of veggie burger including two vegan options.  The closest in flavor to a real burger is the 10 oz All-American Flame Grilled.  It is very reminiscent of an actual burger and can be prepared in the skillet, in the oven or on the grill.  The main ingredient in all of their burgers is soy and they even offer a vegan option that is made with non-genetically engineered soybeans.  In addition, Boca offers several recipe options and cooking instructions on how the prepare their product

-Great taste

-Good source of protein

-Has a good “meat” flavor and texture

For Consumer 2, the Gardenburger brand is  the best option.  Epicurious.com named the Gardenburger Original Veggie Burger as its best tasting veggie burger.  Gardenburger’s base for all of its burgers is brown rice and they load up on the veggies, great for vegetarian-minded folks looking to get protein, nutrition, flavor and “style”.  Like those who find inspiration in a variety of places, Gardenburger’s five veggie burger options (two that are vegan) don’t try and mimic the flavor of a real burger, but to create a taste experience that is delicious, unique and good enough to be a healthier option to the real thing.

-Unique flavor

-Loaded with brown rice and veggies

-2 vegan options

Whether you are a person looking for a real meat-like veggie burger or a veggie burger that is tasty, filled with good items and good for you, the variety of veggie burgers on the market run the gamut.  With a defined taste palette, knowledge of ingredients and a little bit of adventure you can purchase a great veggie burger right in your local supermarket.

Sources:

www.epicurious.com

www.bocaburger.com

www.gardenburger.com

Cuban Cocktail

The closest thing to experience with Cuba I have is being involved in a high school production of “Guys and Dolls”. At one point in the play, a straightlaced girl named Sarah from a missionary is lured to Havana with the smooth-talking Sky Masterson, a slick guy who runs an illegal craps game. While there, Sky plies Sarah with drinks, and hilarity ensues. 

Well, the “Guys and Dolls” representation of Cuba may not be altogether accurate. And the drink that Sky keeps pushing on Sarah is actually a Dulce de Leche, so it is a far cry from the Cuban cocktail I am about to present. The Cuban cocktail is not a creamy, milky concoction like the drink in “Guys and Dolls”. Instead, this drink is a light and delicious mixture of brandy, apricot brandy, fresh lime juice, and white rum – certainly a much better choice than a Dulce de Leche for those looking to avoid feeling ill from the tropical heat!

These cocktails make great party drinks, and they are especially great for a poolside occasion or a late-night dance party. Sip one of these, and you will feel transported to the exotic streets of Cuba in an instant!

CUBAN COCKTAIL RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

2 measures brandy
1 measure apricot brandy
1 measure fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon white rum

DIRECTIONS

1. Chill a cocktail glass by filling it with ice cubes and cold water. Set it aside while you prepare the cocktail.

2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Pour in the brandy, apricot brandy, fresh lime juice, and white rum, then shake the mixture vigorously until it is well frosted. 

3. Empty the ice cubes and cold water from the cocktail glass.

4. Strain the drink from the cocktail shaker into the chilled cocktail glass. Serve and enjoy.