Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Uh oh!

Eat my spicy corn dip. That's what she said.

Prison pose

Sonny says "rip the cup apart. Just go with it bro."

Gentleman's cocktail.

Cracker w cheese ball, swiss bacon dip and mac and cheese. AKA heart attack on a cracker.

Swiss bacon bombs!

"Yo knees and elbows fat kid. Knees and elbows."

Insert racial joke here.

Aint no party like a bacon party because a bacon party don't stop .. anything but your arteries.

This 80s party is gettin cheesy....Mac and Cheesy! Shultz family secret.

Don Hizzoe Y Grande O

Its Electric Youth up in this piece now that Debbie Gibson is here.

Mix this!

There's only one thing to do with this much mixer on NYE!

Thanx to the new clean air act NYPD is crackin down on stupid foreigners who are farting out Apple Bees.

Ohai "that guy" talking on your iphone while working out at gym. Total disregard for the no cell phone sign.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Crunchy's - The Best in Buckets


254 W Grand River Ave
East Lansing, MI 48823

Located in downtown East Lansing, the home of Michigan State University, Crunchy's proudly holds the title of "Best Burger in Town." In the 5 years I attended school there, I can honestly say that I was never served a better burger than the 1/2 pound crunchy burger. In fact, I even had a meal plan at Crunchy's. With great burgers, pizza and other bar related food items and beer available by giant mug or by bucket, it made for the perfect college dining experience.

Since the place was opened by original owner, Paul "Crunchy" Gratarolla in 1982, Crunchy's gone through several changes. New ownership, a patio, weekly karaoke and a beer menu beyond light and dark Stroh's but it has kept one thing -- the moniker "Best Burger in Town." Leave it to Burger Conquest to put it to the test.

We started with a "Bucket O’Pizza Nugs" - deep fried pepperoni and cheese in dough, covered with Parmesan and served with dipping sauces. They were very tasty shoe horn into a heart attack. As always, I went cheese burger served medium rare. They over cooked Cara's and Molly's burgers as well as my own and undercooked Lynette's bucket of "Lion Stout Buddys," Crunchy's take on a sliders that have been marinated in their exclusive Lion Stout beer, which is never a good start. But once they righted the wrong, the feasting began.

The burger choices are plentiful at Crunchy's but for me it could only be one, the Famous Crunchy Burger. A simple white bun, wrapped around a delicious and juicy 1/2 ounce piece of hamburger and cheese entered my mouth. It was just as I remembered, tasty, delicious and wonderful. The burger was bigger than the bun but just right. Oh man, if I only lived closer!

The Famous Crunchy burger proved it's the Best in town.

8 out of 10

The Peanut Barrel - My Alma Meater


The Peanut Barrel
521 E. Grand River
East Lansing, MI 48823

On a recent trip back to East Lansing, Michigan, I decided to stop in and revisit an old friend (read: burger) and catch up on old times. East Lansing is home to Michigan State University which also leads to lot of bars and cheap eats. One of my favorites while attending MSU was The Peanut Barrel. One of the only place in town that not only had a great selection of beers but also an outdoor patio, free peanuts and a well known hamburger, the Papa Joe. MSU providing my formal education and The Peanut Barrel providing part of my burger education, it seems only right that it's featured on Burger Conquest.

With more beers, than food options, it's easy to see that the Barrel is dedicated to a quest. Neither menu has changed much in the 16 years that I have been eating there. I ordered a cheese burger media rare with cheddar and a rye bun (a much tastier option than white.) The rye bun was hearty and delicious, just like I remembered it. But the bread to burger ratio was way more in favor of the former. The burger didn't seem as big as I could recall and it didn't seem as juicy and flavorful as my memory served. Perhaps it's been my worldly burger experience since or maybe the quality has dropped.

If you're in East Lansing, it's a great choice with a great atmosphere and for a low price.

7 out of 10 ounces
- Rev

@bramfilter total nightmare

Took a picture of this lady feeding pigeons and she started smackin her ass! I love NYC but I h8 pigeons!

Took a picture of this lady feeding pigeons and she started smackin her ass! I love NYC.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tis the Season!

I'm at the CVS on a list minute Xmas Eve run for wine. The place is packed because from 9pm today until Noon on the 26th, there's no liquor sales. With 5 minutes to spare, the teller let's me know she's too young to sell to me. I must be in Michigan!