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Orange County: Freebirds

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The Skinny: I’ve been hearing about this place for years and mostly from all my UCSB friends. Being that we live in the HUB of great Mexican Taquerias you can understand this Angelino’s Skeptical outlook on the hype aurounding the Freebirds burrito.  Walking up to the place you could hear a familiar rock tune and you could smell a familiar smell of Carne Asada and other Grilled Meats.  Walking in you see the Chopper hanging from the ceiling and random foil Sculptures that looked like a two year old went postal on box of Reynolds.  As you walk to the counter to order you realize you’re in something that resembles a Chipotle on Acid.

The High: High is right…I could definitely see stoners, potheads, green fiends, etc…going crazy at this spot and ordering a 15 dollar burrito, and yes it is possible to make your burrito 15 dollars.  I had the Carne Asada and it was pretty tender and there tons of options which may or may not be a good thing.

The Low: The Tomatillo “Hot Sauce”  was ummmm…not hot…especially for a place that looked like Dog the Bounty Hunter rolled his pseudo badassness all over it.  The burritos are decent…but my biggest complaint is that you pay 8 dollars for a burrito and you don’t even get a drink or CHIPS!?  On top of that I don’t really enjoy watching the workers shoot my guac and sour cream all over my burrito with a calking gun (GROSS).

Would I go to again? I’d probably give it a second try at another location to see if it was any different…

More info: www.freebirds.com

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Heart Attack Grill’s Spokesman Blair River…

The spokesman for an unapologetic cartoon-ish grease pit for gluttony, dies standing 6’8 and nearly 600 pounds; from pneumonia at 29 years young.  He leaves behind a Heart Attack Grill of Halloween nurses for adults and lard frying technicians.  While I will never willingly follow in his footsteps and hit up Heart Attack Grill myself, I can at least say that the former state wrestling champion Blair River, lived his life to the fullest and pretty much figured out how he’ll end it.  It’s just unfortunate that his legacy didn’t go exactly the way Heart Attack Grill expected him to.  I mean, come on…pneumonia?  Really?

R.I.P. Blair River (read more…)

– MJ


WTF: Baby GaGa Ice Cream

Human udders ice cream, yummmmmmm!   I first heard about it once on KCRW’s radio show Good Food…and was just reminded of it by a co-worker thanks to this video.  Thanks CC!

I want to say that the idea of eating someone’s breast milk in ice cream form is kind of like eating someone else’s boogers….But I guess it’s pretty natural since we’ve all been breast fed at least once in our lifetime.  Even still….no thank you! (NPR)

– 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