Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Croatian Hamburger

Lepinje is a Croatian yeast raised flatbread. Not just Croatian but, Serbian Bosnian and generally Balkan. Think Pita bread but soft and chewy ciabatta like on the inside. Lepine are most often served with Cevapi, onions and ajvar, which in my humble opinion if done well is worthy of a world heritage designation.

So how do you make a Croatian Hamburger? Use lepinje as the bun of course. This particular version came from a little hole in the wall place on the Split Riva literally in the wall of Diocletians Palace. The lepinje is crazy good so if you could fill this thing with quality burger like ingredients you would have something spectacular. Here something gets lost in the translation; you have a bottom basement burger patty, Cro ketchup, kind of interesting tasting actually, a tomato slice and some lettuce. Totally edible but only because you are on the Riva in Split.

Recommendation: definitely get the Cevapi. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dubh Linn Gate Old Irish Pub. Whistler BC Canada

Markus, downhiller biker extraordinaire and German tourist is today’s guest reviewer. I figure we are in safe hands after all the Germans named a whole city after the lovely hamburger so I figure they should know a few things on this subject.

On the menu:

Buffalo Burger: Free range bison burger, with alder smoked Cheddar, crisp iceberg lettuce, tomato, red onion, and mayonnaise.

Sounds good, free range and all but unfortunately Markus was not impressed a 5/10. I was leaning more in the 6-6.5 direction but the more I eat the more I have to agree with Markus.

Chances are that a free Range Bison patty is factory packed and frozen. Free range good, frozen bad, overcooked to a piece of cardboard even worst. Everything else was overly mediocre.

This is only the second burger I’ve had in Whistler but so far I’m totally unimpressed.

Please, suggestions accepted.

On a side note, The Dubh Linn Gate had in my humble opinion the best wings in Whistler. The jerk wings were phenomenal and worth the drive from Vancouver. Sadly they no longer exist on the menu. There are wings just not “the” wings. Sometimes restaurants make bonehead moves. So sad to say but for me the only reason to continue going to the Linn is the draft. My Blue Buck, the best beer in BC, was very nice thank-you. But then, if I think about it, there are other bars in Whistler.