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Nary a decent hamburger August 10, 2009

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.

On my now five trips to the Arabian countries of the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, I have found that they offer many types of food. There is Arabian food, of course, which in the US is most likely served in Restaurants that call themselves Egyptian or Lebanese. There is the similar Persian foods and Indian, as well. Those are the most common.

But menu offer American and European dishes, as well as a few places that specialize in Italian, Greek, and other European cuisines. They have pizza places, but these specialize in vegetarian and chicken version of pizza – but since pizza is so varied, these are not alien. In the areas where foreign visitors work or stay, you might even find a Japanese or Chinese place.

One item I crave and have yet found an acceptabvle version of is a hamburger. I do not know if it is that much of the beef comes from Argentina and other places, where it is grass-fed beef. The US has a lot of grain-fed beef or beef fed on corn and sorghum silage (the husks and stalks parts), which are sweeter greenery. It might be that the buns are not buns made for hamburgers (or their hot dog sandwiches also lack good tasting  buns).

I don’t know, but they just are not as richly flavorful as one from a good place here. Maybe that’s it. They have no good yardstick, knowing only McDonald’s and Burger King. No matter why, I crave a decent burger whenever I get back.



1. The Chemist - August 10, 2009

I wish I could help you there, but I have no idea where to get a decent hamburger there. I’ve almost forgotten that I was used to the burgers over there. Chili’s or Fuddrucker’s is as close as you’re going to get. You’re not going to get the kind of sandwich you’d find at the more independent hamburger places in the States, though. You can thank McDonald’s and Chili’s/TGIF for setting the standard with their business models.

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