March 24th, 2014
05:00 PM ET
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One beeeeeelion years ago (okay, 13), chef Daniel Boulud's DB Bistro Moderne unleashed the Original db Burger uponst the New York dining public. Yea and verily, they quaked and drooled in the face of the "monster burger's" lavish short rib, foie gras and truffle-stuffed extravagance - and its then-unparalleled $27 price tag.

Boulud's seasonally-available Double Truffle Burger variant was, for a time, Guinness World Records-certified as the world's most expensive burger. Its $120-$150 cost has since been topped by others including Serendipity 3's limited-time $295 "Le Burger Extravagant," made from white truffle butter-infused Japanese Wagyu beef, topped with James Montgomery cheddar cheese, black truffles and a fried quail egg and served on a gold-dusted campagna roll spread with white truffle butter.

Blini, creme fraiche and caviar added to the beefy tally, but this might make the whole thing a little easier to swallow: Bowery Mission, which serves homeless and hungry New Yorkers, was the beneficiary of the profits.
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Obsessions: Trinidadian doubles
March 5th, 2014
10:45 AM ET
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Cara Reedy is an Executive Assistant at CNN. She previously wrote for Eatocracy on being a small cook in a big kitchen, St. Louis' Provel cheese and her family's soul food traditions. She caveats that doubles aren't pretty (as pictured above) but they sure are delicious.

The Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn has been home to a vibrant Caribbean and African American community since the great migration of the twentieth century. African American people moved to northern states to escape the racial segregation of Jim Crow laws, while at the same time Caribbean people moved to New York for better employment opportunities. The slow Southern charm mixed with the warmth of the Caribbean people make it a neighborhood unlike any other.

When I arrived five years ago, I was a Caribbean food novice. I soon caught up and caught on to the wonderful flavors. My favorite discovery is doubles, a Trinidadian street food that is a Bed Stuy breakfast tradition.

Despite its plural name, a double is a singular sandwich made of two pieces of fried bread (bara) filled with curried chickpea stew (channa) and then topped with tamarind chutney, kuchela (chutney made of green mangoes) and pepper (a vinegary sauce made from scotch bonnet peppers).
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6 veggie burgers so good you won't miss the meat
February 7th, 2014
02:00 PM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

Recently, a friend unearthed this 2010 tweet from Kim Kardashian.
“I had no idea a pickle was really a cucumber! U guys totally confirmed it!”

There’s a lot that can be said here. Let’s start with how much has changed in just a few years. With the recent pickling obsession, the Kardashians are probably about to launch their own line of dills and half sours.

It’s also gratifying to see how much the world of vegetables has blown up during that time. Even McDonald’s is taking note: When activist Kathy Freston started a petition to get the chain to offer veggie burgers, she collected more than 90,000 signatures (including Mark Bittman, Alicia Silverstone, Pamela Anderson and our hero Andrew Zimmern). 

While we wait for McDonald’s to listen up and add a veggie burger to its menu, let’s round up six places that have great ones available now.
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Our readers' favorite burgers
September 2nd, 2013
11:00 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

Burgers have dominated the conversation this summer, but don’t they always? Burger titan Josh Ozersky weighed in with two separate top 10 lists. One was dedicated to American cheeseburgers served on squishy buns, such as Keller’s Drive-In, in Dallas; the other list celebrated more unorthodox burgers.

No surprise, you loyal Eatocracy readers have strong opinions on burgers. Also about Josh’s list. “Do you eat with your ***? This list needs to be printed, shredded, burned, and served to you. it might taste better than the swill listed,” wrote commenter "anna mousse." 

So let’s talk about the seven burger places you shouted out the most. Read carefully, Josh Ozersky.
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July 3rd, 2013
02:30 PM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

A couple of weeks ago, I asked burger kingpin Josh Ozersky for his top 10 burger spots around the country. Josh focused like a laser on places that served up American cheeseburgers on squishy buns, from Keller’s Drive-In in Dallas to Mar’sel in California.

In honor of Independence Day, Josh is making an exception to his ironclad rules about buns and cheese and broadening his - and everyone’s - burger horizons.

Tell it, Josh.
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National hamburger month
May 31st, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

May - also known as National Hamburger Month - might be coming to an end, but grilling season is just firing up. Sure, you could buy your patties preformed, but why not impress your charcoal-loving chums with freshly ground patties of your own? Not only are freshly ground burgers delicious, it's a heck of a lot easier to control what goes in them.

The trickiest part about grinding meat at home is that you need special equipment, not to mention some forethought. Most stand mixers have optional meat grinding attachments, and some larger food processors have meat grinding blades. There are also hand-crank versions if you want to go old-school.

As for the forethought, the key to good ground meat is that everything involved has to be very, very cold - including the equipment. You can achieve this a few different ways: Freeze the meat you’re going to grind, whole and in its original packaging, for at least three hours. Or, you can cut up the meat, arrange it on a metal baking sheet, cover that with plastic wrap and put that in the freezer. (The second option only takes about an hour to freeze.)
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May 24th, 2013
10:00 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

As the weather warms up, burger eating is pretty much mandatory. If you’re not working a grill, you’ll probably be standing near someone wielding some patties and a metal spatula. But, I generally look to the professionals for my burgers. I asked the top burger judge I know, Josh Ozersky, for his top 10 burgers around the country. (For a list of the 25 best burgers around the country, look out for Food & Wine magazine’s August issue, which features picks from Josh, among others.)

A little about Josh: He’s the author of the phenomenal book, "The Hamburger: A History." His website, Ozersky.tv, frequently includes entries like “The Burger That Made Me Whole.”

And he only likes hamburgers with squishy, unseeded white buns and American cheese.

Take it away, Mr. Ozersky.
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National grilled cheese month
April 1st, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Being April 1, we could tell you that today is "National Snake on Toast Day" or "National Chug Fryer Grease Day," but we like you so we’ll be nice.

April celebrates the grilled cheese sandwich. There’s something so perfectly comforting about this simple and humble dish.

Grilled cheese can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They can be devoured on their own or paired with soup; jazzed up or dressed down - it really doesn’t matter, they taste just as good.

Here are some tips for making the perfect grilled cheese:
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November 13th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Five Harvard students launched a burger and a camera into space with a balloon. It may be the most soothing and delightful thing you see all day.

Previously – Please enjoy gazing uponst this exceptionally large and record-breaking cheeseburger

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