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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Burger Queen

My legs are not this long, it's  the angle of my cheval  mirror 


Croon it: 'Blue jean baby, LA lady, seamstress for the band' - remember those flares I was binning a few months back? Well I stuffed them back in my wardrobe and in one of those rare, God,  I love my ripply  hair today, it's 1972, I'm living in Topanga Canyon and I'm going out with a guy called Tom Petty tonight, he says he's in a band, moments -  I fished them out, 
 flared it up and went  out on the town. 
To dinner no less.
Constant Readers will know that I'm not one for fine dining. For me a formica counter top will always trump silver service. 




I headed west to Glasgow on my ideal dinner date.


I bow to the great American burger wherever he finds safe home. 
If it's amid  subterranean Stygian gloom all the better.





I knew it was a match made in heaven when they sat down a roll of paper towel and a tin can of knives on the table. No plates. I rubbed my eyes, I must truly be in hog heaven. 




Just in case you were thinking of ordering the seared tofu, Burger Meats Bun indicates its culinary style using subtle semiotics. 
(I was the only adult to start fiddling with the animals - I loved Fuzzy Felt Farm.)




An Old Fashioned whetted my appetite.




Did I ever tell you that I played the burger in  the school orchestra?





I've been to Johnny Rockets, In-Out-Burger,  Meat liquor, Burger & Lobster, White Castle, Father's Office, Fatburger, Umami Burger but Burger Meats Bun was a pleasure of the flesh which I  will never forget  and cannot wait to repeat. "The Fiery" was a spurting symphony  of toma raschera, jalapenos, chipotle mayo and a hunk of Scotch beef cradled in a brioche bun.


A cumulus nimbus of paper towel brought down the curtain; my work here is done.




87 comments:

  1. Aw, you took the burger diaper completely off...you novice :). My fav is BBQ, cheddar cheese, crispy onion straws....also love The Fat Elvis Burger at Stock & Barrel. They do burgers (stock) and bourbon(barrel). Nothing like cow. Ooh, I'll take flares over skinnies any day.

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    1. Oh BB - is that why half of it fell out and I had to repack it? I should have asked a Southern girl. Fat Elvis burger sounds amazing.

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  2. Now I want to go for a burger. Honestly this whole outing seems really glamourous to me! Loved your outfit it was perfect.

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    1. I'm laughing Dani, I am rarely out, I was like a chatty parrot realised from its cage.

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  3. A bracelet like that, mixed with flares, seems to me the ultimate LA outfit. Maybe Scottish burgers could be the next California foodie craze?

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    1. The beef would go down a treat there, that's for sure.

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  4. yum. I want to go there!
    Love the flares and hair!

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  5. Make mine a Smokin' Bacon. 'Love the Farrah outfit.

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    1. Sheree - I want that one next time.

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  6. Droooooling darling. Oh, now how can I ever be content with the kale salad and garbanzo salad I had planned for lunch??

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  7. Hi Tabitha,
    This is OT but I had to share: I work in the at the Capitol of a notoriously non-chic state, so it was a pleasant surprise during a recent snowfall when I spotted your KS "chocolate orange" coat on a passer-by. I let out a little squee of recognition. Funny how a little thing like that can brighten the day!

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  8. Oh what make are your jeans? Thanks in advance!

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  9. Hexicon - so funny, I wish it had been me. Trying to work out your non chic state now...

    anon - J Brand Love Story.

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  10. Okay this is really not helping, I have been craving a burger for a few days now. Must go for one shortly, I love a good burger!

    Love those flares, wouldn't be great if you ran into Tom Petty on your next trip to LA? Or at least blare Free Fallin' and Learning to Fly while driving around Mulholland.

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  11. Your hair looks extra fluffy and nice and the cdc dresses up nicely. Don't mind a burger so will pay this joint a visit! Ps didn't get the hype about fathers office and their ban on condiments wound me up! But love that roll of kitchen towel!

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  12. Naomi - what pretentious nonsense that was, if you go here, I'm coming with you.
    LR - I met TP a few years back through friends, it's Kid Rock or Robert Evans that I want to bump into - someone has to know someone that can make one of those happen.

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  13. There is nothing like a pair of flares over a high heeled or western boot. Some marriages just shouldn't be broken up. And that brioche bun...oh my. I would book a plane to Scotland for that combo. Divine.

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  14. Oh I 'd love a bite of that burger, and you know they are going to be great if they have a roll of kitchen toweling on the table! It's either that or they supply you with a bib!
    Looking long and lean in those flared jeans...are you happy that you kept them after all?

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  15. Loving everything here...hair, flares, jacket,bracelet,burger,booze...all of the ingredients for a great night out! Burgers have just not been the same since I went topless( gluten free now)! But, oh that brioche is enough to tempt a girl back!

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    1. Trudye, they have gluten free buns here too I love 'since I went topless"

      Hostess: still loathe them in the last pic, it was that too tight jumper that put me off, much better with a baggy one.

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  16. I am considering a pair of dark wash, flared jeans as none of my current collection fit and I need something to tide me over until summer. You look fab - what else is new? The burger looks perfect-I have not had one in ages-it is a treat for me and I only indulge when I'm craving one-which could be soon thanks to your photos.
    BTW-working on a trip to LA next month to see the DVF dress exhibit- will be thinking of you.

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    1. Oh Julie, you will have a ball in LA. It's treat for me too, I rarely go out to eat, though I'd go to this place once a week.

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  17. What a great burger eating outfit really liking the flared jeans I have been living in skinny jeans for too long. You have just made me so hungry down to the fridge I go.

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  18. The only thing keeping me from becoming a vegetarian again (I was one in high school and college) are burgers. My husband makes one that will rival any burger joint. Yum! Love the jeans and hair

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    1. I was vegan for about 20 years, I still struggle to eat anything bar rice and veggies but once in a while a notion comes along.

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  19. Love this! We have an amazing burger joint and now I am jones ing for one! Well done - just my speed too!

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  20. I want everything you're wearing. That is all.

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  21. Oh God. It's lunch time here, I've just been to the gym and now I'm craving a burger.
    Looks yummy... and a bit of a hipster hangout with the roll of paper towel and lack of plate...! xx

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    1. Yes, I was the youngest there by many decades!

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  22. I've been pulling out my flares again too - sometimes I just don't want to stuff jeans into boots (and that bracelet is lovely).

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  23. And just as I had you all figured out as this super-elegant no-junk food type, you throw me for a loop. Well done! That burger looks fab. It is a tad unfair, however, that you can consume such fare and have those legs, mirror or no mirror...

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    1. I never eat junk food, that's a great slab of Scottish beef in a brioche bun.

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  24. Ah, you are a funny girl - played the burger in the high school orchestra! Love it, and don't tell me you don't have long legs...

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    1. Patricia, I really don't, I'm tiny, this mirror is so deceiving, it makes me look long and skinny. And I know, look at my fingers on that bun, must learn how to grasp a burger firmly.

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  25. And just the other day I was eyeing Gwyneth's latest cookbook and thinking about eating healthy...!! That looks utterly sinful - burgers and french fries are my favourite meal. Your outfit is beyond chic!

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    1. Am I the only one who doesn't think of a burger as junk food? The chips weren't mine, I am that oddity who doesn't like chips.

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    2. Not if it's made with high quality meat! I love a good burger!

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  26. Oh it looks like heaven on a bun. There's nothing like a good burger.

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  27. you look stunning and that burger must have been amazing. :)

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  28. Have flair's ever good so good?!?! I like a good burger from time to time, with some lettuce and blue cheese on it!!! Heaven.

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  29. Yummy. Looks like a real burger.

    Must say, went to a Johnny Rockets once - they would only do the burgers Medium (meaning Well), and the chocolate shake was made with pallid imitation chocolate. When I asked if the shake could be spiked with an extra shot of chocolate syrup or fudge sauce, I learned that the shakes arrive at the place as a premade mix, and there are no separate ingredients on the premises. Yechhh.

    You look delicious, too.

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    1. A shake, wow I haven't tasted one since I was about 12, I used to love them.

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  30. As a Pescatarian,the burger does nothing for me, but I need a cheval mirror!! My legs are positively short and yours look a mile long in this picture!!

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    1. Oh Jen, these mirrors will break your heart, you will always think you are taller and thinner than you really are.

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  31. I loved Fuzzy Felt Farm too! And the ballet one..

    You look great, flares and boots never go out of fashion for me. I'm also craving a burger now thanks to this!

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    1. Oh I didn't have the ballet one, something else to cast up to mum!

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  32. Such a classy joint - you'd love Oklahoma!

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  33. If only we could get a cocktail at our burger joints here in the American South! Surrounded by distilleries, and not a drop to drink....Lucy

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  34. Oh that life was a cheval angled mirror! Love a flair me although i am seriously a sausage in a bap girl - may have to give a burger a go - broaden my horizons?? x

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    1. Well, that's got me rolling around the floor Claire...'I am seriously a sausage in a bap girl'! Brilliant.

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  35. You ran the table today Tabs! Hair, flares, burger, & budget all much to GSL's liking. There's hope for you yet.

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    1. Just curious...what does GSL stand for? I know, I know. Non of my nonsense.

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    2. Excellence & Honour and any lady that approaches my table.

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    3. My, my gsl. That's the kind of talk that makes my shoulder blades touch

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    4. GSL = Grand Slam Loverboy.
      Ahhhhahahahah. Couldn't help myself.
      Queen of the Clean Up Parade.

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  36. pain au chocolat - oh yes, I've never really appreciated that, how odd, so no bourbon with your burger, that's quite bewildering!

    Fashion & Frank - I think I should hold that mirror up to all of my life's woes, it will miraculously solve everything.

    Shelley: I do love American diner food.

    GSL: I bow to you, I may be kept in the harem for a while longer.

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  37. T you are without doubt the first person this side of the millennium to look good in a pair of flares. Do you remember two tone ones?

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  38. This post is great! The flares are very flattering on you - love the entire outfit really. And the burger joint is a real hoot.

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  39. Curator: yes, they were horrendissimo

    Vava: I've had them for ages now but J brand are still selling them!

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  40. NOT THE SAME OLD GRIND Nom! I'm with Pain au Choc, it's a rare burger joint this side of pond where you can get any bevvie other than beer. You will have to cross pond in 2015 and try Wahlburgers (yes those bros of NKOTB & Marky Mark now actor fame, but one of older sibs is chef.) We are getting one literally right next door, in a place where I used to get my fringe snipped.

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  41. I'd take a burger over pizza any day. Serious thigh envy here, you look fab even dressed for burgers. I've tried bell bottoms (do they call them that these days?) in the MIH style, blue velvety which I love but does not flatter me. Gave them to my sister who has better bum tonage. Le sigh...

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  42. I do remember those days. Very flattering on the legs but probably not the second time round for me I will stick to straight legs.

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  43. The Burger places have shot up a notch when a dish like you frequents the joints!

    PS,where can I purchase the magic cheval????

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  44. Everything about that evening was well done-your hair, your outfit, the venue, the drink.
    Except the burger, because they should never be well done.

    I don't really trust anyone that can't, at least on occasion, tuck in to a juicy burger

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    1. Bebe - that one was pink enough for me, I had to ask for it well down or I'd never eat it.

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  45. I just want a loan of that mirror!!!!

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  46. You look fab in those flares! I want to go to burger meats bun, not been yet!
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  47. That mushroom dish (from the menu pic) looks SO good! Also - love how your jeans are either flared or wide-legged. Look really great and elongate the leg (+ the mirror miracle as you noted).
    XO

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  48. This post is truly making me crave a good burger which I usually only indulge in once a year, but my birthday is coming so it's time. My, you are quite experienced in the american burger landscape. I recommend The Girl and the Fig for burgers if you ever make it to Sonoma.

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  49. I had a chicken burger with a gluten free bun topped with avocado last night. How Californian does that sound? It truly wasn't worth it!!!!

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  50. Good to see blog returning to old form...see u more as long cool woman in a black dress even tho prob not 5'9'...

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    1. anon - I actually don't like doing posts like this and would rather not be in the blog as much but I have nowt to say just now, I'm in my wordless phase.

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  51. Tabitha, Loving those flares sister! Just tried some on today, but they weren't soft and blue enough. This look with your sweater and jacket I love! Yes, with those you are an L.A. girl only difference would be a tofu burger, right? :D Sorry I'm behind on my blogs. Missed yours. xx Kim

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    1. Kim, my every day style is very LA, I only dress up when I'm going somewhere.

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  52. You look AMAZING, for some reason I have lost your feed, so lots of reading to catch up on! I thought you were on a break!

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  53. love those bell bottoms tabitha. make sure they are in your suitcase to LA.

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  54. '72, Topanga Canyon & Tom Petty "in a band." What a memory. True, right? You're a very creative with words, but have also had some amazing experiences. I'm going with true.

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  55. Danggone blogger ate my comment. Who knows what the heck I was saying. So I'll just say hi :)

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  56. When I was in college in Texas I worked in a burger van with two brothers. They were the fattiest, greasiest, best burgers there ever were. x

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  57. Hi Tabs. I love your flares but would like to see some creases in them.

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    1. anaon - creases in jeans? never!

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    2. Yes indeed Tabs, that's Estella and we've been volleying insults over her ridiculous notion of creases on flares since this post was hot off the press.

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    3. GSL - that was the wonderful Estella? Well then she must be correct! Someone pass me an iron.

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  58. I don't care what anyone says, I love my flared jeans. The ones like you have, don't go out of style in my opinion, especially if they look good on you (and they do) I LOVE burgers. I'm a wendy's 99c kind of girl, but when I want to class it up I go 5 Guys (but I don't care for their fries). Fine dining is lost on someone like me that had to make my own food since elementary school. I'm a cheap date as long as someone doesn't take me shopping!

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