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Manhattan Beach: Simmzy’s

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The Skinny:  Simmzy’s is a small crowded American style gastropub in Manhattan beach that serves over 20 kinds of beers on tap, wine, burgers, and salads.  The place was recommended by my brother who said that their burgers was 2nd to none, especially the Bacon Blue Deluxe which is stacked with wood-fired grilled Sterling Beef, Bleu Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Garlic Aioli, fried Shallots, and Candied Bacon.

So I went with that, along with some Shoestring Fries and 15 Minute Wings.   As for beers, I ordered the Monkey Knife Fight Pale Ale and a Dogfish Head Punkin Ale.  I also had to finish my brother’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout since he later remembered that he was on antibiotics.

 The Good:  The medium well done Bacon Blue Deluxe was juicy and delicious.  I usually don’t like Bleu Cheese but it wasn’t too overwhelming in the burger.  But what I really liked about the burger overall was how the bun managed to soak up all the juices flowing from the beef patty and still maintained it’s form.  It was just a tasty and well built burger.

The 15 Minute Wings were also good.  They were crispy, messy, salty, sour, sweet, and had a nice heat that crept up on you later.

 The Bad:  The chopped up Candied Bacon didn’t seem candied at all, it was just salty.

 Would you come back again?  Yeah, I think I would, but parking is a bitch.

 More Info:  229 Manhattan Beach Blvd | Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 | www.simmzys.com 

– MJ

Dinner in a Bottle: MeatWater!

The Skinny: The future is here but in liquid form and not pills!  Made with the “finest protein, an organic compound composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen.” MeatWater boasts over 64 flavors like Shrimp Salad, Dirty Hot Dog, Peking Duck, Venison Confit, Pigs with Wings, Italian Meatballs, Brunch Omelette, Liverwurst Sandwich, Mountain Oysters, Carpaccio, Sushi, Cheese Burger, and Haggis.  It serves as a substitution for protein shakes that taste like faux Oreos or pina colada.

Seems pretty disgusting, but on the bright side, when the world ends in 2012 all you need to do is stock up on Meat Water and remanence when farm animals used to be around.  mmm…. Escargot water!

Also, you can make some nice meaty cocktail drinks with it!

“Liverwurst Limousine” cocktail recipe

•    2/3 oz Lemon flavored Vodka
•     1/3 oz lime juice
•     2 oz MeatWater™ Liverwurst Sandwich
•     3 lime wedges
•    1 slice of cucumber

Fill Vodka into glass, add lime juice, add ice and lime wedges and top with MeatWater™ Liverwurst Sandwich, stir until smooth, garnish with a slice of cucumber and serve.

VARIATION: Substitute a chili pepper for the cucumber slice. Hold the chili pepper in a lighted match over the drink and then drop it in. The heat really zips up the MeatWater flavor.

For more info visit their website.

– MJ

Song: MeatWater Song