Welcome to Beef Aficionado, a Blog dedicated to Beef eating.
When I first envisioned Beef Aficionado I intended to primarily focus on steaks, like the Wolfgang's steak for two pictured above, prime rib, high end restaurants and butchers that specialize in dry aging. I had always planned on eventually featuring burgers but after watching George Motz’ seminal film “Hamburger America,” reading the wonderful A Hamburger Today blog and witnessing a veritable explosion of burger locations in New York City in the last few years I became inspired to focus on the Hamburger. Plus May is National Burger Month so what better way could there be to kick off a blog than by eating a month worth of Burgers. But first a little perspective.
I grew up in England and thus never attended Fourth of July barbecues as a child, nor drive in diners and burgers where not served in my school, so my vision of the hamburger is obviously going to be quite different from that of an average American. To me a hamburger was much more than just lunch or diner, it represented a whole culture, a way of life. The fact that you could eat it with your hands seemed to reflect the freedom that
I always thought that the classic American Hamburger must be what a chain of restaurants called the Great American Disaster that later morphed into the Hard Rock Café served up in 1970’s London. Located throughout some of the cities trendier neighborhoods like Fulham and Knightsbridge they provided an experience that I imagined was what
When I moved to
Please check back soon, I have plenty of burger posts on the grill.