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Old 08-12-2013, 20:15   #46
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Re: Cheeseburger in Paradise

after a long time of no beef i usually go for caña de filete, aka fillet mignon roast.
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:47   #47
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... I believe he was given rights to free drinks and food for life in return for letting the son of the owner of Le Select use "Cheeseburger in Paradise"...
"The myth of the cheeseburger in paradise goes back to a long trip on my first boat, the Euphoria. We had run into some very rough weather crossing the Mona Passage between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico and broke our bow sprit. The ice in our box had melted, and we were doing the canned-food-and-peanut-butter diet. The vision of a piping hot cheeseburger kept popping into my mind. We limped up the Sir Francis Drake Channel and into Roadtown on the island of Tortola, where a brand-new marina and bar sat on the end of the dock, like a mirage. We secured the boat, kissed the ground, and headed for the restaurant. To our amazement, we were offered a menu that featured an American cheeseburger and pina coladas. Now these were the the days when supplies in that part of the world were rather scarce-when horsemeat was more plentiful than ground beef in the tiny stores of the Third World. Anyway, we gave particular instructions to the waiter on how we wanted them cooked and what we wanted on them-to which little attention was paid. It didn't matter. The overdone burgers on the burned, toasted buns tasted like manna from heaven, for they were the realization of my fantasy burgers on the trip. That's the true story. I've heard other people and places claim that I stopped or cooked in their restaurants, but this is the way it happened."
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Buffett says that he sold Marius’ son Eddy rights to the Cheeseburger In Paradise tagline in exchange for free food & drink for life.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:04   #48
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Fat Virgin?
Charcoal grilled.
Making me hungry
That name sounds right/familiar. Would love to be there right now!!!
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Thanks, oh master of Google Fu, for posting the real answer.

Seems that Buffet experiences that same post-crossing-cheeseburger-craving too. Maybe the start of a new syndrome, PCCCS (Post Crossing Cheeseburger Craving Symdrome). Hmmm....we could apply for a reasearch grant! Extensive field research required!
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Re: Cheeseburger in Paradise

well we have been all around the caribbean -- we do not have the funds to eat out a lot BUT the best cheeseburger we ever had was on the west side at Capt Jacks in portobelo panama --
we got good beef all over the caribbean - even in the san blas - had to hunt a bit at times -
what you have to realize that the cattle are raised without cattle feed - it is natural and not a fat in the meat that gives it taste --
in tunisia we wanted some ground beef - called minced here - so he wacked off a great piece of meat that looked like a wonderful roast and ground it up - we made our own cheeseburgers but had to put grease in the pan to fry it as none came from the meat itself -
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Yes, now that you mention it, I do remember Capt Jack's having a good burger too. We should start a list of the best burgers in paradise. Very useful cruising info since they are so hard to find.

Anyway to create such a list on CF?

Same issue with low fat meat in much of Central America...have to add some fat back in.
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Re: Cheeseburger in Paradise

When cruising the Baltic

Cafe Alma's in Copenhagen. Fries are pretty good too. Beers cold
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I'm a Key Wester and my take on the "cheeseburger in paradise" thing is that it was a slap in the face at tourists being down here and eating what they are used to eating (cheesburgers) as they stick to what's in their comfort zone. I'm not sure if that is what was intended by Jimmy Buffet of whoever started that saying but in real life there is alot of truth to my take on the phrase regardless. Cheeseburgers and many types of food suck here in Key West. Now Conch salads and fish sandwiches on the otherhand are amazing here but they suck in Buffalo, NY. endoftheroad
I agree if you're going to travel then travel. When in Mexico eat as the Mexicans would etc etc. the best part of travelling for me is experiencing something that is not familiar, from the people to the food.
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Re: Cheeseburger in Paradise

Have some perspective on this. We are talking an occasional hankering for a specific food item, not intentionally seeking out places that allow one to exclusively immerse themselves and hide in nothing but US chain restaurants.

I bet Mexicans visiting the US sometimes crave a good fish taco, or English in the US sometimes crave a good beer.

Besides, hamburgers are a world-wide universal foodstuff and we are only discussing finding a good one, not finding one at all. Drawing a hard line is sanctimonious.

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Re: Cheeseburger in Paradise

The difference there is that you CAN get a good fish taco in the USA in areas populated by Mexicans. you CAN get a warm English beer if you want one. Heck, you can get both in Houston no problem.

You can't say the same thing about areas in the Carib populated by North Americans.

Of course, if you haven't eaten in three days, even a conch burger on a cold tortilla tastes delicious. Don't ask.
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I dunno, MacDs is psuedofood and certainly not a great burger. I would not even eat them when I lived on the States...no way I would eat one now unless literally starving. Fuddruckers OTOH....wow...now that's a real burger.

I've had some good "alternative" meat burgers (emu, goat, buffalo, who knows what unknowingly) that were all quite good. Some good veggie options out there too like Portobello mushrooms.
I wrote software for Micky Ds food producers this side of the pond and Ive been in the factories making the patties, nothing wrong the meat at all.

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, not if you buy it from them first colemj.

I'm not badmouthing horse meat; I just personally wouldn't eat it because they've been my friends & I wouldn't want to eat them. I was saying if I thought I was buying beef I'd be ticked to find out I was eating something else..
Actually in Europe the horsemeat scandal was confined to very low grade ultra cheap burgers , You know, the £2 for a dozen stuff. The high end gourmet burgers etc never got contaminated.

You don't eat meat cause the animal is your friend ? , you friends with millions of old horses then. Lol. I'd prefer to eat it then watch it used in dog food. It has a nice flavour in my experience.

Personally the wife makes great burgers from round streak ground , grass fed Angus. No hormones , GM feed etc. just pure honest to goodness beef.

Ps; I prefer a piece of filet steak ( or even bbq ribeye ) any day to ground beef anything. !!! , then a Roquefort sauce over that , nicely cooked French fries ( thin for me , chunky for SWMBO) mmmmmmmmm.

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Re: Cheeseburger in Paradise

Only eat ugly animals?

But horse, monkey, and dog taste so GOOD!!!
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But, BO's used to be one of my favorite stops when making landfall in KW. Great burgers I think. http://www.bosfishwagon.com/
BO's is the nastiest food in key west.
Known very well by the locals as a tourist trap.

I think maybe the food was okay years ago.
That place is undeniably the worst place in town for a fish sandwich. All Cuban bread and the thinnest mashed down piece of fish in between.
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Re: Cheeseburger in Paradise

Jaguar Reef Resort in Hopkins Belize... Hands down the best cheeseburger in paradise!
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