Friday, March 24, 2006

mmm ... lunch

Wow ... pretty boring stuff on the blog of late.

It's official ... I've been sucking it big time! LOL

Actually, I've had some very cool, really deep, very revealing in an openly honest, soul-searing kind of way posts ... I just haven't posted them.

It's not that I don't trust you, the loyal readers of DZER's Diatribe (population 10.5), it's that I don't trust myself. I'm sure I'll get around to posting them.

And don't try to hack into me looking for "saved as draft" posts. They're all in Microsoft Word document format on my desktop. :P

On with the trite and banal!!
This is, hands-down, the best iced tea on Guam, at least to me. It's served at a small, cozy little restaurant in the Agana Shopping Center called PTC. It's a calamansi-flavored, pre-sweetened iced tea. When I go to this restaurant, I drink a lot of it. During a one-hour lunch, I think I had the first glass plus four refills. And almost had a fifth, but the bill came back for me to sign about the same time, and we had to get back to the office.

I tend to prefer my iced teas to be pre-sweetened. You can never get the sugar mix right or completely dissolved; it all sinks to the bottom of the glass. Non-calorie sweeteners such as Sweet-N-Low, Equal or Splenda just don't give you the right taste, and the sugar syrup can sometimes just taste off.

This is what I had for lunch — the PTC burger with garlic French fries. Damn I love me some garlic, and it's really, really, REALLY good on these fries, which are cooked perfectly crispy on the outside without being all hard and crunchy. The burgers here are good, though they did overcook mine a bit. I asked for medium and got medium well. Guess I should have went with medium rare. It's served on a toasted onion roll, with a healthy serving of Swiss cheese, a tomato slice, mustard and mayo. Delish.

A burger is usually my "safety" lunch. When I'm not sure what I'm in the mood for, or what I'm hungry for, or how a restaurant will serve another type of dish, I go with the burger. Because really, how hard is it to screw up a hamburger? Grill a patty, slap in on a bun. A little overcooked is still good, just not perfect. A little undercooked is good too, as long as it's not raw. The burger is the Goldilocks choice of lunches — it's almost always just right ... or at least the best choice among other options.

In fact ... I'm going to make myself uber-burgers tomorrow for lunch at home. One pound of ground beef ... minced onions and garlic mixed in with the meat. Seasoned with salt, pepper and a bit of donne' — hot chiles minced fine. Grilled on the George Forman Grill in one big giant square block to get the outside crisp and brown, then into the toaster oven for finishing. Cut in half to form two burgers, then topped with muenster cheese, mustard and mayo, tomatoes and crispy bacon. Served on toasted onion rolls.

I'd invite you guys over ... but I really only have enough for me. Heh.

Random Guam Fact Of The Day:
• I'm gonna have burgers for lunch and you can't have none! Na-na-na-na-na-naaaaa!

20 comments:

Suze said...

Dzer, I just knew I shouldn't have read this post before dinner.

I like the healthy touch with the George Forman grill. LOL.

Have you considered being the Good Food Guide writer for Guam? I could be your assistant and we could eat out every day. :)

DZER said...

suze: have I gone and gotten you hungry again? heh.

also ... I'm all for that ... but whatever will we do about alex? I guess we could get him to take the photos of us dining out daily. ;)

Hubris said...

mmmmm hungry

DZER said...

I'm watching you, hubris ... to make sure you don't sneak on over and try to steal my burgers! LOL

sassinak said...

fuck me, now i want a burger... and here i was thinking eggs...

DZER said...

sass: oooh! you know what's good? egg-burgers!! Nice fried egg on top of a burger patty, between a bun ... yummy-most!

Kristen said...

I had a cheeseburger last night

idobcool said...

I don't think that their is a restaurant in the entire universe that can cook a burger the way we order it.

Burgers always just get murdered.

I think I'm gonna have to go get some garlic fries.
Dems is goood eatin'

ArtfulDodger said...

For a second there I thought you said CALAMARI flavored iced tea! Now that would be interesting. And what the hell is wrong with banal and tirvial occassionally? Not a dern thing. You should stop over for COMMENT LIKE A PIRATE Day! Right up your alley I would think. Keep it real D!

Natalia said...

Damn, Deezey honey! I am stuck in the classroom waiting for the kids to arrive and take their final and now I am mega hungry. Too bad you can't just reach out into the screen and grab the food...well...come to think of it, the people could grab far more than a bit of food...I have reconsidered. ROTFL

-N

Bill Jones, Jr said...

Okay, I'm sure I misread that, being old and senile. Did I read you are making burgers with a pound of meat? And, you only have enough for you? I guess quarter pounders are for pussies. :)

Chrissie said...

MMm that looks yummy... Danny had an ultimate bacon cheeseburger at Jack n the crack the other day... the smell got me and I ended up eating a few bites myself *L* sans bun. the meat was puuurrfect.

Pre sweetened tea is TOO sweet... you might as well have a soda they are usually about = in empty calories and sugar.
:oP Not that i'm nagging or anything lol

Strumpet said...

Thank God for fucking Google, dude. I always learn about new shit when I visit the Diatribe of Deezy.

Calamansi?

Now, I know.

I would dig on this iced tea.

And I SO think you should bring these deep posts out from under the rock. I bet you feel really fucking good after you post them!

You can never have too much garlic...I'm Italian. Garlic is also very good for you.

Of course, I have a VERY strong fondness of Altoids....

I eat my burgers rare.

But, this stems from me being vegan for far too long and denying myself the pleasure of meat. Now that I eat it....I really enjoy the taste of meat the most when it's rare. Yum.

Thank God I just got back from sushi or I would be starving after that post. Only thing I DON'T like that you mentioned....mayo.

Yucky.

Also, best Guam fact yet. Hilarious.

AlwaysArousedGirl said...

So you taunt us with your burger description, burger picture and promise of "deep" posts, and that's not enough?

You gotta throw in MORE taunting in the random fact?

Dude, that so cold.

DZER said...

kristen: cheeseburger in paradise? heh

idobcool: garlic fries rock the casbah ...

art: squid in tea? blech!! As for the commenting ... are you asking me to give you an angry pirate? LOL

natalia: it sucks to be hungry and not be able to do anything about it for a while ... and go ahead .. reach out and touch ... LOL

sable: true dat ... half-pounders is what it's all about! heh

chrissie: there you go again, teasing me about Jack in the Box again ... wench! LOL ... and I'm all about the empty calories! (you nagger) .. LOL

strumpet: calamansi is some good stuff ... and I like a woman who can eat a burger rare ... keep on keeping on not being a vegan ... ;)

AAG: I'm a born taunter, darlin' ... and am a master of the na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, hey-hey-hey school ... LOL

terry said...

garlic.
fries.
burgers.

mmmmmmm.

terry said...

oh, and i was just wondering -- do people look at you strangely when you take pictures of your lunch?

DZER said...

terry: it was tasty ...

and no ... why should they? ;)

Shay said...

great, now I want a milkshake!

DZER said...

shay: are you saying that my milkshake brings you to my yard? LOL