North American Culture.What is it exactly?
apple pie? sports?entertainment? Hollywood? fast food? albeit an appropriation of food from other cultures,ie:pizza and without argument,hands down…burgers.
Why are North Americans obsessed with food? with celebrities? And why do we like to see celebrities eating? especially burgers? and WHY must we insist on taking pictures?!
I looked around the web and this is what I found.
If you have found a picture of a celebrity eating a burger please post in the comments!
and who can forget the Hoff! remember this video? that went viral after his daughter video taped him while he was drunk eating a burger.
It was funny.sad.pathetic and just one example of North American Culture at it’s worst.
I still love burgers.
Ms.D-Madame of The Broadhouse.
This year proves yet again to be a tough call for the best of the best when it comes to the Oscars and as a 40 something year old woman myself, I am glad to see older women being represented in film in all their Goddess glory so but of course I will only be focusing on those actresses whom I consider “Broads”
Sally Field has had a long and rewarding career first starting out as Gidget in the TV series of the same name in the 60′s. 52 years later she has become and is a fine example for other gracefully aging women..proving that women are much more interesting and dynamic with layers and layers of emotion that comes with experience and loving the skin you’re in..and not afraid to show it or their laugh lines..This year she is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal as Mary Todd Lincoln,the First Lady of the United States, to Daniel Day- Lewis’ President Abraham Lincoln. She dominates every scene and even when she ‘s not on the screen her presence can be felt.
Go Sally! and keep going!
Then there is Naomi Watts. ok.. she hasn’t been on the planet for as long as Sally but she still embodies what it means to be a Broad.She’s always chose very diverse roles from one extreme to the other,from dramatic to comedy.I’ve always been a big fan of her work.Recently,I saw her in J.Edgar Hoover and didn’t know it was her until the end.She’s a chameleon and in my opinion underrated..so this year, at the age of 44, for her to be nominated for Best Actress for The Impossible, well I say, it’s about damned time! Look for her this coming year in Two Mothers playing with another of my favorite actresses,Robin Wright who have love affairs with each others sons.
Talk about being fearless and pushing boundaries! Like I said she’s a Broad.
And then there is Emma Stone,at the age of 25 yrs she’s the youngest of the Broad bunch who is co-hosting the award show with Seth MacFarlane.
If it’s possible,I would like to nominate Seth as an Honorary Burger Broad.
Emma has mostly done comedies in her short life/career and even though I haven’t seen it yet,I’m sure her role as Grace Faraday in Gangster Squad will show that she is much more than a comedy gal. She also likes cheeseburgers:) her favorite place to munch in L.A is Apple Pan, a legendary eat-in restaurant that has been around since 1947 that is known for its apple pies but it also serves up meals like the Hickory Burger and the Steak Burger.
So that pretty much sums up this years Broads at The Oscars but it goes without saying, always Meryl Streep <see this link where she is Seussified!)
So what exactly is a Broad? This is how We define it.
On a wet, dull and dreary winter Sunday in January a couple of Broads joined in on a burger eating contest that we were invited to and hosted by BQM Burger here in Toronto at Queen and Spadina. This intersection is becoming burger central with a McDonald’s on one corner,Hero on another, A&W and of course, BQM Burger since 2008. It doesn’t stop there.Burger’s Priest,a classic American cheeseburger joint, will be opening up a 3rd location in the area in May.
Regardless of how much is in your wallet or on your debit card that’s a good variety of burgers to choose from within doorsteps of each other for Torontonian burger lovers! However, when it comes to so called competition there isn’t any. BQM Burger burgers are premium quality.The beef is family farmed in Ontario and raised without any added hormones or antibiotics.Every single patty is in house grinded-brisket,chuck and sirloin and served up medium rare and they also have a large selection of craft beers to compliment any burger of your choosing.
Ok..on with the BURGER EATING CONTEST!
Normally, Doing burger eating contests is not our style.We like to bite.chew.swallow and savor every bite very slowly.And in general, food eating contests of any kind are the epitome of food gluttony in the Western World.When I was approached by BQM to join in and attend the contest,I had to think about it.Was it something we, The Burger Broads,wanted to be a part of ? promote? Well, I decided to wrangle a couple of Broads to do it afterall because as much as we like to showcase burgers and interview owners I thought this could be a fun thing to do, just once and a good way to break up the monotony of these dreary weeks of winter in January while also giving myself a break from the homework at hand of the ideas i have in store for this coming year.
The Burgers were kept simple.
No toppings of any sort.Only ketchup,mustard and aioli if you chose to…..it was just meat and bun..and OMB! (oh, my Burger!) The meat! The Bun! both so good individually so imagine how burgasmic they were together.To me, the true test of a deliciously made burger is eating it with out all the accoutrements and BQM is The Truth! The meat was void of fillers and seasoned ever so lightly with kosher sea salt and black pepper. Perfect.The bun was an egg bun and it too was perfect.And perfect for the meat.
There were seven contestants in total and 2 of them were the only females,My Broads,Sharon and Krista.Seems to me these food eating contests are mostly attended by males so I was proud to have The Burger Broads represent the female contingency.
So as you can figure we didn’t win the contest,which by the way was a case of Sleeman’s Draught, but because we ‘took on the boys‘ so to speak, we were awarded a 6pack:) Not a bad day at all for saying yes….free burgers and beer! and lotsa laughs….
…….and that’s how We Broads eat’n'roll!
In Burgers We Trust,
Ms.D-Madame of The BroadHouse
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On request from a few of our facebook fans who wanted to know who some of the Burger Broads were they had been seeing in previous burger eating videos I thought it time to do a little showcase and give them each a spotlight about who each of them are when they are Not eating a burger.
Afterall, this burger eating business is more than just about burgers;)
These Broads are talented,creative,funny,smart,witty and definitely not camera shy but definitely raw.organic.fresh and messy.They love the skin they’re in. They are not Babes. They are not Barbies. They are Broads. Broads with a healthy sense of humor who can be free, sassy,cheeky,bawdy ..even cheesy;) and they like to EAT! and did I mention? They love Burgers and everything about Burgers.
Welcome to the tenth showcase feature in our Monthly Sunday Series of
*BROADS BEHIND THE BURGERS*
Signed,Ms D-Madame of The BroadHouse
Meet Nicole Dean-Burger Fiend
She is wry, dry and witty and a one woman show waiting to happen.She writes, sings and plays the guitar too.
The Winner of the Mother’s Day 2011 Burger Broads T-shirt contest. We bent the rules when it came to the contest rules because We loved her story so much,so much that we decided to make her a Burger Broad too. This was her submission.
“Good afternoon lovely ladies of Burgerland!
I am writing to you after just consuming my very own delicious, home made hamburger. It was nothing fancy, just a solid quarter pounder with some carmelized onions, tomato, lettuce topped with Jalapeno havarti. I like simple burgers from time to time you know? Like mom used to make on hot summer days. My girlfriend rather enjoyed it but between you and I, I’m excited to make it better the next time we make burgs (which, who’s kidding who? Will be tomorrow..)
Ahhh, burgers. I would consider a good burger to me my one true love. If I were a cartoon character I’d definitely be Jughead Jones because they are literally on my mind, ALL THE TIME. I like em all shapes and sizes, fat and sassy too! Well, as you know my name is Nicole and I’ve just come back to the city for the second time round, from my home province of New Brunswick. I come from a long line of burger loving lumberjacks and have been on the search for my perfect burg ever since I realized there IS life outside of a canteen truck that parks outside the rink during hockey games. See, burgers have always been there for me when times were rough. All those times I never picked up at the bar and who was there waiting for me at last call? A burger. You’re really hungry & on your way to a Bea Arthur impersonation contest, but you forgot your lunch! You’re starving but you’re already wearing the wig and rouge and you need something tasty and FAST: A burger. Last summer, I almost got arrested for passing out on someone’s front lawn because of a kareoke night that got away from me. When I was hanging my head in shame the next morning, wondering if anyone still loved me, you know who did? A burger.
When I left Fredericton last month, we had a going away party. Nothing fancy, just me in my banana suit and beers all around. My roomie knew how much I was going to miss our post hangover burger runs and how much they really mean to me, so she secretly started collecting money from everyone at the party, snuck away with some other party goers (I didn’t even notice) and came back with that glorious platter, consisting of 48 bacon cheeseburgers from McDonald’s. Now, I understand you don’t review chains and I think that’s great, and I would also like to point out that McDick’s is my least favorite choice if I were to make a fast food run, HOWEVER, no one can really deny a giant pyramid of burgs being waved in front of your face especially when your room mate knows you don’t really like McDonald’s, but had to go quantity over quality and THAT my friends, is why she made a separate trip to a Burger King and put a Whopper Jr on top, just for me. Gosh, I must’ve eaten at least 10 burgers that day. You see, before the party we went to a gourmet Burger place in Fredericton called Relish. (I’ll send you a link cause you should check it out even though it’s far. Wonderful wonderful expressions of burgers!) I tried a gourmet turkey patty with goat cheese, guacomole, a little pesto and their signature beet relish. Divine.
SO! To answer your question, that day I consumed 11 burgers. And you know what? I woke up the next day, realized I had hoarded 4 burgs in a drawer in the fridge, and I heated them up and ate those too!
I want to be a Burger Broad. I can send you more pictures of burgers and me eating them or whatever you want really. I could talk about Burgers all day and I love to write about them too. I’m an aspiring singer songwriter of the comedy variety and I currently don’t have a real job so anything you need help with or simply would like to chat about burgers, I’m down.
Thanks for taking the time to read this! I love what you’re doing for women out there. WOMEN LOVE BURGERS TOO. (And we’re probably better at making them so SUCK ITTT)
HAVE A GREAT DAY BURGER BROADS!
Nicole Banana Suit Dean
the picture of the long line of hamburgers, is from the young 18 year old who rang the order in. Everyone was in such excitement because no one had ever made that many, ALL AT ONCE! hahahah They asked him to take a picture then tag me in it so I could see it. What a great gift!
Relish —- check it out! Relish Me.ca “
She has also contributed to this blog a couple of times.
ok.. around here I don’t talk about fast food chain burgers or frozen patty burgers let alone EAT them BUT I was in the grocery store the other day and saw this ready made bacon cheeseburger in a box in the frozen food section.
Curiosity always gets the better of me. For the most part I will try anything once. Otherwise you can’t make an informed opinion.And again.. curiosity rules!
For blog vanity sake I also thought this would make an interesting blog post;)
A microwave burger?! wtf?! and in less than 1 minute?! Surely, it possibly COULD NOT taste good. Surely, my stomach, my bowels and my butt would pay for it the next day and I would be ever so sorry that I let curiosity rule….especially for this ready made frozen bacon cheeseburger that you microwave and it’s ready in 1 minute. BUT I HAD TO FIND OUT.Just HOW BAD COULD IT REALLY BE?
Open one end of the plastic bag and put it in the microwave for exactly
This is how it came out of the microwave.a sloppy slice of American Cheese with 2 strips of that fake bacon stuff.
The bun was somewhat soggy but of course. It was afterall in the microwave.
To help make it hopefully a tastier burger than it was promising to look I added a slice of tomato and a squirt of Heinz.
(There is no other kind,when it comes to Ketchup/Catsup)
It tasted pretty much like it advertised itself to be. A burger that you would get at a fast food chain burger joint….but in my now informed opinion, worse.
But I did eat the entire thing.Like I said.I was hungry.
Would I do it again? NO.
Hallowe’en is less than a week away! As for me,the festivities begin Friday evening all through the weekend with parties to attend.
We’ve had such a busy, delicious and fun summer interviewing Ted Reader, Pete Sanagan Of Sanagan’s Meat Locker, Windy Field Farm and Landman Gardens and Bakery as well as a handful of burger showcase/interviews.
On behalf of the motley crew of Broads and myself THANK YOU for joining us here at The BroadHouse. We love what we do and sure are glad to be able to have the opportunity to share a piece of the web with you.
Wishing you and yours a delicious Hallowe’en
What do you do with your pumpkin after Halloweèn?
Why turn it into a Burger of course! Yes! a Pumpkin Burger recipe!
I first discovered The Beet at Burger Day held at Wychwood Barns back in June.They were one of many burger vendors sampling their burger bites.I had the lamb burger and was smitten. I just had to do a showcase about this burger,specifically,the Organic,lamb burger! Hold on Vegetarian burger lovers because as much as we went for the lamb burger the film shoot became all about the Tofu/Veggie burger.
Veggie Burger Heaven.. I didn’t think it existed but I found it here at The Beet.
The Beet-Organic Cafe is in the slow but surely,up and and coming neighbourhood called The Junction,in Toronto, located roughly in the area of Bloor St., Dupont St., Lansdowne Ave, and Dundas St. West. The “triangle” shape of the neighbourhood is formed by the three sets of railroad tracks on the north, west, and east sides. Like any neighbourhood before becoming gentrified it has had a dubious and rough reputation. However,when artists move into a neighbourhood it is inevitable that cafe’s,art galleries and unique,interesting restaurants open up creating a desirable place to hang out for the locals and lures people from other parts of the city to come find out what all the buzz is about.
We also recruited a new Burger Broad for this showcase/interview.Helen,one of the owners of the husband and wife team of The Food Cabbie food truck.A few weeks ago we did The Food Cabbie and Helen was hooked after seeing us do our thing. She wanted to be a Burger Broad too and an amazing job she did! She was so excited, she stayed up until 4am the night before for our burger breakfast at 10:30 am researching and finding everything out she could before the shoot.So, without further ado come inside and watch The Burger Broads gush over the burgers,especially the tofu burger.
Burgers are cooked in the oven!
Hello fellow burger lovers,Life Lovers and Love lovers,
We are winding down around here at The BrOadHouSe and this will be one of our last few blog posts to share with you before we hunker down and make bigger plans for next year.
We wish ( I wish) we could divulge because we (I) are (am)over the moon as to what is to come but alas cannot.It makes me crazy! I like to share asap.
I remember the days before internet when I would write my grandma a letter telling her everything that was going on in my life and then no sooner had I put a stamp on the envelope and put it in the mailbox I would phone her and tell her everything I just wrote in the letter.
(Hi Gram!,I know you’re listening/watching:)
Gotta love instant gratification! especially in this day and age, but I am also learning and mastering the lesson of patience and not to blow my load all at once,so to speak.
Before I go on about the burger and b&b in Bewdly,Ontario let’ just say before the year is out we are throwing a party! a fundraiser for a Vegetarian food bank.-Yes.. a Vegetarian food bank!
If you live in Toronto(GTA) mark November 22cnd on your calendar!
Details will come soon and we hope to meet you in person.Finally!
As you may or may not know,I have been pretty discreet and mysterious as to my identity since I started this blog back in Dec 2011.
I didn’t want this project to be about me or look like it was a burger hobby blog but rather an avenue for everyone involved who have contributed in front of the camera and behind the scenes.As I like to toot….They are a Motley Crew Collective..lucky me!….and it was just as important to me that the owners and their independent establishments Shine under One umbrella..in this case.. Burger Love and Burger Culture.
We have never advertised, so to speak..meaning I have never charged money to showcase/interview. As Producer/Director it is important to me to seek out not only delicious burgers but independent establishments whom I think have a unique,interesting and inspiring story to share as well. I have an insatiable curiosity about life and people.And I like to share.It’s what I do.
AND I LOVE BURGERS!
Independent operations usually can’t afford to advertise.They rely on great food, great service, 24/7 passion and word of mouth.These establishments and their owners, to me, have the most interesting and relatable stories too and most importantly, a familial face that is inevitably lost in the corporate world of fast food chains no matter how savvy their social media strategies are.
Well.. with that all being said I do hope you will continue to follow our journey at The BrOadHouSe.com so when the time comes and allows I can and will keep you in the loop as to our progress.
I am glad that you love what we do and who we are.
Even if you didn`t I would still do this obsession anyways:)
Your support from the very beginning means more than you know.
It makes me happy to know that you are one of us.. first most….A Lover of Life, a Lover of Love ..and of course burgers …in all their glory;) with a great tasting beer of your wish to wash it down with too:)
Ok.. enough of the sentimentality already!
sheesh! let’s get on with it.
The first week of September I made a roadtrip with my lover,my husband to Bewdley,Ontario on the recommendation of a recently recruited Burger Broad who owns a B&B called AyeLightHouse, a quaint country Scottish flair,3 guest room secluded spot with layered vistas of hills and dales thick with trees and Rice Lake in your view.
The house itself was built around 1845, one of the earliest homes in the Gore’s Landing area and has been featured on `A Haunting`-a t.v Discovery.com series. Rhonda, your Light Keeper, is full of stories and more than happy to share them with guests.
And the breakfast in the morning is to die for! muah ha ha!
The Broad even has a firetruck soon to be turned into a Chip Wagon food truck!
Of course I stayed at the b&b! (see all the pics here) Especially after eating that gorgeous,delicious burger, she insisted i make the trip for…. a burger recipe that hasn’t changed in 25yrs! at Rhino`s RoadHouse.
Ok.. i was hooked but besides that..as much as I was going for the burger I was eager to meet this Broad of a woman who ran the joint.It would be my first encounter with a female proprietor because up until this point in time it had been men of independent establishments that I showcased/interviewed.
“Rhino’s legendary Rice Lake landmark” is on the North East shores of this bustling lake.It has had quite the history from rock’n'roll to folk bands back in its beginnings and still goes strong in any season with boaters,motorbikes, atv’s,planes,helicopters and even hiking groups making it their place of destination for home cooked food..and burgers but of course.
The decor is a mishmash of old wood tables and chairs and 50′s dining sets.One of the dining areas has a grand and glorious working fireplace with a big Rhino head over the mantle where winter travellers can also hang their wet socks and hats to dry while having a bite to eat or imbibe on the stellar bar selection.There’s a great family vibe too where the walls are full of art and everything rhino.
Heather,the owner of Rhino’s was born in India of British decent.However, she grew up in England and left for Australia when she was 18yrs where she lived and worked in the corporate world for 8yrs.Then,she went back to England and a couple of years later made her way to Canada where she continued to be a top sales rep. After a few years of doing that she had had enough.She wanted to do something for herself and that’s when Rhino’s RoadHouse became her love and her baby.
Having such a large personality and a big heart isn’t always easy when you move and make home in a small town.Rumors started to fly that she had set up a bar in her living room and was also a Madame supplying girls to men who needed more than a fix for food.Time proved that it only helped the business and help put Bewdley on the map.
Couples have fallen in love there..have been married there…and then of course brought their kids there.The staff is pretty much family too.Kim, the newest waitress, has been there for 6yrs.
When I asked Heather what’s next on her journey she said that the natural progression would be to be a consultant for up and coming restaurant businesses “If it has happened in the restaurant biz,it has happened to me” but don’t be mislead, she has no intentions of letting go anytime soon.
So come inside and meet Heather and Burger Broad Rockin`Rhonda.
As Heather says” “Sooner or later,Everyone comes to Rhino’s“