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Making In-N-Out Animal-Style Burgers at Home

Making In-N-Out Animal-Style Burgers at Home

Coworker: “Can you go to California in two weeks? We need someone to do a field study for one of our clients and the regular team is booked.” Lisa: “California? Absolutely.” Coworker: “Don’t you need to check with your husband or something?” Lisa: “No, no, …

Introducing: Road Tripping in America, our book

Introducing: Road Tripping in America, our book

We’ve been hinting at this for, well, almost a year, and now we’ve finally done it: we’ve written a book. You should read it. It’s called Road Tripping in America: Short Stories from a Long Road Trip, and we’re thrilled to have it available right now on Amazon. …

La Crosse Oktoberfest: Beer and Car Flipping

La Crosse Oktoberfest: Beer and Car Flipping

La Crosse’s Oktoberfest is a big deal. There’s music, a parade, carnival games, brats, and fried cheese curds along with beer, drinking games, a golden keg, debauchery, and destruction. Destruction? Yes. Cars get flipped. It’s a tradition. There seems to be some agreement that the …

This Is How You Taco

This Is How You Taco

We’ve had an awesome run of Mexican food lately. We even returned to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to get some of our favorite tacos from our trip. All this good food has made us wonder: Why do some places serve terrible tacos when great ones are …

Mr. Coleman Can’t Compete With @momofuku Ramen

Mr. Coleman Can’t Compete With @momofuku Ramen

We recently discovered Mind of a Chef on Netflix. The show is great, but there’s one big downside of watching it — it leaves you wanting to eat food you may not have easy access too. We don’t all have a noodle shop down the street …

Overheard: Moving to Memphis

Overheard: Moving to Memphis

Overheard this exchange in a bar the other day: “Memphis? Didn’t you get the memo?” “I know, I know. I’m supposed to be moving to Portland.” “Everybody that moves away from here moves to Portland!” “There’s no music scene in Portland. It’s much better in …

State of the Union: 1H 2013

State of the Union: 1H 2013

While we’d once wrangled it into near submission, time has really started to roll lately. Here’s what we’ve been up to. Book: Done (almost) We’ve got a few people looking at the last draft of our book. As soon as we go through one more …

National Burger Month Suggestions

National Burger Month Suggestions

Well, according to the internet, it’s National Burger Month. According to me searching on Google, that designation may be a bit dubious, but pretty much every news outlet is ready to play along. Whatever. We’ll play too. Burgers are yummy. Need a burger? Up for …

This is How You Fish Fry: Doug’s To Go

This is How You Fish Fry: Doug’s To Go

The New York fish fry tradition is strong enough to warrant a mention on Wikipedia. Upstate New Yorkers love their breaded and fried haddock sandwiches. Lisa’s favorite? Doug’s in Cortland. Problem is, we’re never in Cortland. Luckily, there’s Doug’s To Go, a traveling fish fry-mobile that sets …

J’s Oyster in Portland, Maine

J’s Oyster in Portland, Maine

Ever since moving out of Chicago (and away from Half Shell and Fish Bar), I’ve been searching for great seafood shacks. My current favorite is in Florida near the Appalachia Bay. I’m also fond of Washington’s  Willapa Bay oysters. I’ve found another spot to add to …

Shake Shack vs. Five Guys (vs. In-N-Out and Culver’s)

Shake Shack vs. Five Guys (vs. In-N-Out and Culver’s)

In New York, we dined at Shake Shack, and when I say ‘dined,’ I mean we fought bitterly for a table to balance our drinks on while we shoved our food into our faces as fast as possible to escape the too-crowded restaurant. But some …

Phantom Travel and Wanderlust

Phantom Travel and Wanderlust

Paul was gone for four days. Driving home from work Sunday night, my head was full of ideas. Ideas about where I could go in four days. I didn’t want to go back to our apartment…I wanted to go somewhere else. Let’s see… I could …