Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Food News: Hard Rock Cafe Announces World Burger Tour Menu

"You know how you say that there is no exotic or international food you can't find in Chicago?" Brandy said to Bunny over the phone as Bunny sat in a terminal at O'Hare.  "Yes?" Bunny responded.  "What if I told you that you not only didn't have to leave Chicago, you would only have to go to a single restaurant to travel around the world?"  "I'm listening."  "Good.  Then I have three words for you.  Hard.  Rock.  Cafe."

What Brandy was talking about was that Hard Rock Cafes across the nation are currently hosting an event called the World Burger Tour from May 1st through June 30th.  Chefs from 160 locations all across the world competed to represent their cities on the featured menu, and the winners show a diverse and exciting variety of options:

· English Breakfast Burger (London, England) – a Certified Angus Beef® patty topped with sliced ham, a sausage patty, a fried egg, a portobello mushroom, arugula and garlic aioli and served with a side of baked beans

· Java Lava Burger (Seattle, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty grilled and dressed in a house-made espresso rub and topped with lava sauce, crunchy java onions, bacon, melted Cheddar cheese and garnished with a fried jalapeño

· Tandoori Chicken Burger (Mumbai, India) – a dark meat chicken patty seasoned with aromatic spices and fresh herbs, topped with mint mayonnaise and served with a side of cucumber

· Jamaican Jerk Burger (Montego Bay, Jamaica) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with banana pepper rings, mango jalapeño cream cheese and jerk mayonnaise

· ATOMIC! Burger (Las Vegas, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with Atomic beer-battered peppers, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, garlic chipotle ketchup and chipotle mayonnaise

· Tango Salsa Burger (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with andouille sausage, Monterey Jack cheese, chips de batata, a fried egg, salsa criolla and garlic aioli

· Greek Burger (Athens, Greece) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with arugula, feta cheese and a tomato slice

·Aloha Burger (Honolulu, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with SPAM, Monterey Jack cheese, a grilled pineapple ring with sweet soy glaze, guacamole and pico de gallo

Along with the burgers, Hard Rock Cafe is featuring a host of accompanying cocktails to take along on the tour.  Served in Hard Rock’s iconic mason jars, adult guests can order with the suggested pairing or mix it up with any other burger from the limited-time menu. New cocktails include:

All Jacked Up – created to balance the Jamaican Jerk Burger’s spicy flair, this cocktail features a mix of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, PJ, Orgeat and lime juice, garnished with orange and pineapple wedges and a cherry

· Crisp Sipper – inspired by the Aloha Burger’s sweet and savory taste, this cocktail features a mix of Hendrick’s gin, Monin Cucumber, lemon, orange and raspberry, topped with tonic and garnished with rosemary and thyme

· MelonPalooza
– designed to complement the fresh flavors of the Greek Burger, this cocktail features a mix of Midori Melon Liqueur, Malibu Rum, Hard Rock’s house-made sour mix and PJ, garnished with slices of pineapple and strawberry

· Sweet & Fiery
– inspired by the ATOMIC! Burger’s spicy flavor, this cocktail features a mix of Absolut Peppar Vodka, Canton Ginger Liquor, Blue Curacao, lemonade and ginger beer, garnished with a red pepper

· Black Cherry Melonade (non-alcoholic) –
created to complement the rich espresso of the Java Lava Burger, this mocktail features a mix of Black Cherry Real and Monin Cucumber, topped with ginger beer, garnished with a cucumber slice and a cherry

"Alright, alright!" Bunny interrupted Brandy, "You had me at English Breakfast Burger!"  And with that, she picked up her bags and left the airport for an extended stay in Chicago.  Stay turned to find out which burger Bunny and Brandy determine to be the best in the world!

To Be Continued...

The writers of this blog have been provided by Hard Rock International with information as well as any meals featured in order to facilitate the writing of this post.

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