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“Jonesing” for a Big, Fat ‘n Juicy Burger

It’s been about a month now since starting my self-proclaimed and prescribed “Revolution 2012” health improvement program, having since completely eliminated beef, pork and chicken – or any other type of red, pink or white meat related to animals or poultry – out of my diet. And with that, along with lots of Japanese Green Tea and a SWEAT-LOAD in EXERCISE, I’ve since lost an admittedly respectable 15.6 pounds of body weight to date.

Yes, I know, the term “diet” – sometimes thought of as an “F-word” in the nutrition and fitness community – often conjures up thoughts of hardcore, struggling sacrifice, causing people who aren’t disciplined or really ready to commit, to fall off the wagon, ending up on a BINGE, going back to the bad eating habits routine they’re so used to after a given amount of time being restricted from it.

However, to be honest, I really don’t miss meat at all, except – EXCEPT being the key word – when I pass by the neighborhood bar ‘n grill or burger joint and get hit in the nose with what seems like a WALL of beef-seared smokey aroma wafting out of the kitchen from burgers gettin’ flame-grilled. GOD does that smell so ONO!  Saying it real slow in a “suave” Barry White-like voice, “BIG,……… FAT……… ‘N JUICY,…….. DRIPPIN’,…….. BEEFY……… BURGER GOODNESS.”  lol TEASERS! lol

But Good Lord, YES, that’s the one decadent “meatful sin” I so very miss ‘n crave.

Big, fat ‘n juicy beef ribeye steaks too, but not as much as the ever-so-tangible, cheese ‘n grease drippin’ over the fingers, in-your-face BURGER. Prior to my “R-’12” program, one of them big ‘ole fat ‘n juicy burgers – particularly a Swiss ‘n Shroom – was my go-to weekend warrior comfort food. What I looked forward to on a Friday or Saturday night. Did someone mention Teddy’s BBB?

Actually, with my current vegetarian lifestyle status, I can still enjoy Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, as like you know, most burger joints and/or restaurants offer a Veggie Burger option, where at Teddy’s I have yet to try.

So here I was this past week at the Iwilei Costco, browsing every aisle in the food area, on the hunt/bent quest to find all the meatless/vegetarian options they carry in the form of the beloved all-American burger patty.

The following is what I found…

Morning Star Garden Veggie Patties source.

Morning Star Chipotle Black Bean Burger source.

Ocean Eclipse Salmon Burgers nutrition facts.

Tribe Mediterranean Veggie Patch Mediterranean Spinach And Chickpea Patties (a Felafel, actually) blog post.

Don Lee Farms Veggie Patties product info’.

Meatless Ground blog post.

This isn’t in the form of a burger patty, but I SO LOVE Dolmades!!!…

Frankly Fresh Stuffed Grape Leaves nutrition facts.

Finally from Costco, you can’t have all them good eats without something good for you to wash it down with…

Kirkland Ito En Japanese Green Tea product view and user reviews on Amazon.

Of all those “meatless” burger patties Costco currently offers, the Morning Star Garden Veggie Patties were the only one I got to sample in the store, thanks always to the folks we all love, Costco’s “Sample Lady”, or “Sample Man” for that matter. To which I was very delighted with it! It was certainly very “garden-ee”, where it really tasted like a somewhat “meaty” protein-based patty that’s been “dragged through the garden”. Then again, don’t samples always taste better IN Costco, as compared to when you buy it and take it home to eat, where there it doesn’t have quite the same appeal? lol Famous last Costco words, my friends. lol

With that, all I have to suggest are two key toppinz’: SWISS ‘n ‘SHROOM. Add a melted slice of ooey-gooey, creamy-rich Swiss Cheese, along with oh-so-earthy “meat-like” Sauteed Mushrooms, and surely any one of them admittedly processed, high-in-sodium packaged “meatless” burger patty products would make one mighty fine substitute for a “Big, Fat ‘n Juicy Burger”!!!

Sing it Barry!…

Pomai’s “Revolution 2012″ weight log**
5.05.12 – 207.0 lbs.
5.27.12 – 195.8 lbs.
6.02.12 – 194.6 lbs.
6.03.12 – 194.0 lbs.
6.09.12 – 191.4 lbs. (BMI score – 28.3)
Target weight for 6.30.12 – 187 lbs.
Final target weight – 160 lbs.
**5’9″ height, male.

The Tasty Island related links:
Revolution 2012″ Going Green
Revolution 2012: The Meal Plan
Revolution 2012: A Typical Meal

P.S. This Monday, June 11th, Hawaii celebrates King Kamehameha Day (a state holiday), when amongst many other festivities, it’s an annual tradition to adorn the King Kamehameha statue fronting the Aliʻiolani Hale (Hawaii Supreme Court Building/Hawaii Five-O headquarters on King Street) with a bounty of beautiful lei. When I drove past there yesterday afternoon, the Honolulu Fire Department crew were busy draping Plumeria and other lei over the King. I wish I could have gotten a shot of that, but I was occupied with the road. So I returned today (6.09.12) to get some photos. Here’s a couple shots, which I’ll share more later from various other angles and zoom distances, perhaps on my Flickr page.

While my ethnic heritage is made-up of three-fourths European extraction (Portuguese/German/English, in that order), the remaining fourth of my being is very proudly HAWAIIAN. With that, I don’t know what it is, but just being there in the image of Hawaii’s greatest King at this time when he’s most celebrated and honored, I could feel the “Mana” or spirit of the Kanaka Ma’oli (indigenous Hawaiian people) and the ‘Aina (land).

Seriously, a very powerful and moving inner-feeling, that to be honest, practically brought me to tears.



12 thoughts on ““Jonesing” for a Big, Fat ‘n Juicy Burger

  • June 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Good luck with the R-12 program! I normally do the healthy diet during the work week (which includes assorted veggie patties, Orowheat Sandwich Thins, Galaxy soy “cheese” and lo-fat “mayo” mixed with a variety of “pestos”. Then I relax a little on the weekends (the Achilles heel is wine and frites… and chips). And of course, gotta do regular cardio since body fat deposition increases rapidly with age…

  • June 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    So far, so good! I think I just might surpass my 187 lbs. goal way before the end of June! Love pesto. Can never get enough of EVOO mixed with CHOKE pine nuts, basil, garlic and Parm’. I could DRINK the stuff like a smoothie if you asked me to!

  • June 10, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Pomai, eating too much meats is not so good for anyone and glad to see in other food. My family is mostly rice and vegetable and some meats and seafood. We like tofu a lot and make lot dishes with it. We even make own soy milk and tofu also. We make tofu fa which a pudding with brown sugar water or honey great dessert.

    • June 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Wow, you folks make your own Soy Milk and Tofu? That sounds like a lot of work!

      Kelike, I think a blog is in the horizon for you, like seriously!

  • June 11, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Pomai, when it time to see what you been eating tell you and everybody to change. I notice it long ago and see eating out for special events only in more meats and other food. Rest of time on diet for healthy reason. Making own tofu is good I made it sometime . I do like sorbet more of course using fruits in it.

    • June 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

      OK, you’re now the second person to say you make your own Tofu. It can’t be that difficult then, now can it? I never did look-up the process, but now I will!

  • June 11, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Let me suggest the Teddy’s Fish Burger, with just a small smear of mayo, no cheese, delux. Really good.

    • June 11, 2012 at 8:17 am

      I’ll take you up on Teddy’s Fish Burger. One thing I always request to NOT put on my burgers there, is their “secret sauce”, which essentially tastes like Barbecue Sauce mixed with Mayo’. Sucks, IMO. I always ask for just Mayo’. Speaking of which, have you ever tried the Japanese “Cupie” brand Mayo’? It’s VERY rich and thick, but goes really great in a California Roll, or on steamed rice with salmon and goma.

  • June 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Been wondering about those veggie burgers in Costco. I don’t have beef burgers very often, and don’t mind substituting turkey or veggie. Tried one of the salmon burgers (forget which brand) and it was surprisingly good — and filling!

    That said, I know what you mean about the real thing. Sometimes you’ve just got to scratch that itch, and when you gots to have a burger, you GOTS to have a burger.

  • June 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    The veggie patties at Subway are Morningstar and I think are the same as the ones you can get at Costco, except their oval-shaped, instead of circular. I like to get it with the chipotle sauce to add a little “kick”.

    • June 20, 2012 at 6:10 am

      I just bought the Morning Star Chipotle Black Bean Veggie Burgers from Costco a few days ago, and tried one (actually a half of one). Winner! Certainly quite “bean-ee” and spicy in a Tex-Mex sort of way from the Chipotle peppers.

      Costco’s Oahu coupon circulation currently has a $3.75 OFF deal on it. I’ll blog it thoroughly in an upcoming post.

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