Weekend Recap.

Cheese fries and burger courtesy of The Counter. If you've never been there, and you love a good burger, THIS is the place to go. They give you a checklist (as seen below) and you get to create the meaty masterpiece of your dreams. They even have a non-meat patty option for you vegetarians. (Vegetarians??? WTF is a vegetarian anyway??? It must be a mythical creature, like Yeti or Falcor the flying dog from The Neverending Story, I'm sure.)

This is my signature item. And by signature item, I mean I've ordered it twice. But trust me friends, it gets exponentially better each time I try it. (Which would make this past visit twice as good as the time before). (TILTE = a wiz with the numbers)

1/3 lb turkey burger, on a bun, imported swiss, organic mixed greens, sprouts, avocado, and tzatziki sauce. (MmmMmMmM.... your mouth and guts are going to thank me for this, I guarantee it.)

Pros for eating at The Counter: They serve beer. They play great music (Ahem... Duran Duran and Billy Idol. I think I've said enough, AMIRIGHT.) The staff is always friendly. Did I mention you CREATE YOUR OWN BURGER???

Cons for eating at the counter: None.


So, despite none of you asking because all of you have been hounding me about Pimm's Cup, here it is, in all it's liquory glory.

Here's the story with Pimm's, according to viewlondon.co.uk:

"Nothing beats a glass of Pimms on a summer’s day. The British beverage is almost as much a tradition as the cup of tea, and the British down the gin-based drink by the gallon during the summer months.

History of Pimms
Rewind back to a London oyster bar in the 1840s where owner James Pimm invented the thirst-quencher. Using gin, quinine and a secret mixture of herbs, good old Pimm served up the brew as an aid to digestion, dishing it out in a small tankard and the No. 1 Cup moniker was born. "
(For more info and recipes, go HERE.)

It's the official drink of Wimbeldon. And since people always mistake me for Pete Sampras Anna Kournikova, it's like it was practically made just for me.

Pimm's #1 can be rather tricky to find (unless you live in the U.K., in which case disregard this part)- I found mine at BevMo. Happy drinking, mates.

And because no entry would be complete without dessert, Piiiiinkberrrrrrry.

I went with the seasonal mango yogurt, topped with mango and blueberries. :::fresh fruit droooool::: Pinkberry is the best frozen yogurt ever invented, FACT. It's not all fucking milked out like Marble Slab or Cold Stone. (I hate those places.) Instead, it's just the right combination of creamy, but light, and a little sweet/ tart. Plus, it has Live and Active Cultures, as recommended by the National Yogurt Association. See??? My doctors are practically TELLING me to eat it.

That's it for now. I will leave you with a parting gift: Bike Cozy, anyone??


Chrystal said...

Umm - I get the veggie burger at the Counter every time I go there and it is friggin' delicious! I'm not a vegetarian at all - but it is fantastic! Oh & mini Falcor lives with Jason's parents - but they call him Coty.

Thank you for the history lesson on Pimms. I'm seriously considering going to BevMo and trying it.

BTW - that's my grandma's bike.

Elizabeth said...

you forgot to say where said Counter is at. I'd like to possibly make a visit if it's in my 20 mile radius.

Erin said...

I'm a swiss and avocado on my burger type of girl too! I could put that on chicken or hamburger and be in delicious food heaven. Those fries are also looking mighty tasty too!

Gemma said...

I do love some Pimms in the summer. It makes the fruit you put in it taste amazing.

I had no idea it was a British thing though. It does explain a lot though...

Jessica said...

Avocados on burgers is like a dream come true.

Siri said...

I love The Counter. But I get overwhelmed when they hand me a clipboard. TOO MANY AMAZING CHOICES!

You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

chrystal- i lolled at coty/ mini falcor. btw, your grandma's bike was hooked up to a rack at 3rd st. how it even got there, i have no idea.

liz- the counter has several locations. i was at the one in el segundo, but the closest one to you would be westlake village. it's TOTALLY worth the visit.

erin- surprisingly, the fries were the least enjoyable part of the meal. the swiss/ avocado combo was like a lovepunch in my mouth.

gemma- what??? how could you not know it was british???

jessica- i agree. if there's any way to maximize the grease intake on a burger, i'll make it happen.

siri- thanks for commenting!! i stalked the hell out of your blog yesterday and printed up a bunch of recipes i want to try. i'm sure you'll know if i actually get around to it when you hear about a blazing kitchen fire in southern california on the channel 4 news.

Junket said...

Ummm yeah. I'd like a date. Let's make it happen.

Sara Louise said...

I love cheese fries, burgers. Billy Idol and Pimms. This post took me to my happy place.

Val said...

Your post made me so hungry. I love your blog. I go on weekend FOOD journeys and it brings me so much joy! = )

MarkP said...

Thanks for stopping by my place. I'll add you to my daily rounds - i've stopped here before, via Nic's place at SleepyJanes, but anyone who shares my love of food has to be on the list... ;)

very married said...

i totally have to disagree: Red Mango is the best ;)

Deborah said...

I still have not had Pimm's. I need it.

Avocado on burger. Numsies!

Ashley, The Accidental Olympian said...

OMG my bike is always complaining about getting too cold when I leave it on the street.

And now I know what to get it for Christmas!

12ontheinside said...

That is a fantastic idea. I bet there's none like this down here - I should open one up and make my fortune.
Mmm, Pimms.

Wombat Central said...

TEA COZY! That is full of the awesome right there.

sheila said...

Good Lord, YUM! Love this post! Also liked your socks in the sick-post, hope you are doing much better now!

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