Impossible Burger Coast To Coast

We were visiting Santa Barbara, CA, in August – it is like one of the most beautiful places in the world! The sunshine, the food is amazing, and the people watching – what can I say! I found myself in search of a great veggie burger and wondered if there was a difference in the Impossible Burger coast to coast.

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I am mostly a vegetarian/pescatarian – once or twice a year I may have a piece of bacon (zoiks). One thing I miss is a really great burger. Even if you order a meatless burger made on site, it still doesn’t have that burger unctuousness. I had been reading a lot about The Impossible Burger and in the early days it was difficult to find on the East Coast.

I was in search of a West Coast pub that served The Impossible Burger. Jackpot! Around the corner of our hotel, The Hotel Milo was Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen. We are always on the lookout for a great pub and I was delighted to find they had The Impossible Burger on the menu. Theirs is served with grilled onions, American cheese, lettuce, tomato and house spread; I ordered it with a fine dark draft. The Impossible Burger did not disappoint. It was “meaty”, juicy, tasty and totally hamburger, you will be asking yourself: Where’s the Beef?

West Coast

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Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen Impossible Burger

East Coast

In February, we went to our local Tavern in the Square. I ordered what I thought was The Impossible Burger with bacon, onion jam, aged cheddar, and a fried egg, sounds great right. Not so much. It was dry, the bacon was hard not crisp (how do you do that?) had no flavor and they overcooked the egg! When I was getting ready to write this review, I revisited the menu at Tavern in the Square. The burger is not an Impossible Burger, but an Impossiburger. A little play on words?

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Not The Impossible Burger

Today I headed out for more research (Yum) and visited the Rail Trail Flatbread Co. to try their Impossible Burger. Which comes with chao cheddar (dairy free), green leaf lettuce, pickle, onion, tomato, vegan aioli, and potato bun. I substituted muenster cheese and added avocado. I ordered a Berkshire Beer Company Halidale Stout to go along. They were both  scrumptious – the beer and the burger.

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The Impossible Burger – Rail Trail Flatbread Co.

The Impossible Burger is made by Impossible Foods . According to their website “We’ve been eating meat since we lived in caves. And today, some of our most magical moments together happen around meat: Weekend barbecues. Midnight fast-food runs. Taco Tuesdays. Hot dogs at the ballpark. Those moments are special, and we never want them to end. But using animals to make meat is a prehistoric and destructive technology. Animal agriculture occupies almost half the land on earth, consumes a quarter of our freshwater and destroys our ecosystems. So we’re doing something about it: We found a way to make meat using plants, so that we never have to use animals again. That way, we can eat all the meat we want, for as long as we want. And save the best planet in the known universe.”

Caveat Emptor – Let the buyer beware! The Impossible Burger is fabulous, the Impossiburger – tastes just like a regular frozen veggie burger – Blah!

It is a lofty promise, and the Impossible Burger totally lives up to expectations!

Eat, Drink and Be Merry,

Sandi

Vail Food Tour

In between the food tastings, Matt regaled us with stories of Vail’s history, how it came to be, who were the major players and what it was like in the beginning. Did you know that Gerald Ford had a residence in Vail?

Does your family love to ski? Snowboard? Do you wonder what the heck you are going to do with two or three days while they are on the slopes? When in Colorado, my favorite thing is the Vail food tour.

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I know, the first day it’s great, right? Peace and quiet, time to read, reflect and relax.  Day two and three can become a little tedious.

We just spent three days in Vail, Colorado. All I can say is gorgeous!

Vail Food Tour

The Stay

We found an Airbnb in Lionsgate which is part of the overall Vail complex comprised of Lionsgate and Vail Village. Both areas are anchored by a gondola. A steady stream of free buses connect all the points of interest and the two villages.

The view from out Airbnb was so cute!

Vail Food Tour

The Food

I was lucky enough to find an amazing Vail Food Tour; a 2 ½ hour food and history tour (with added libations ). Our guide, Matt, was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.  I was on the tour as a single with a friendly group of four women celebrating their annual reunion.

We began our tour at Terra Bistro with Ahi Poke with Fried Rice Tots and Prosecco.  I had never tried poke before – but since this was a tasting, I gave it a go. It was refreshing, light and flavorful. Of course, it was perfect with the Prosecco pairing.

Our dining experience included mouth watering salted caramel chocolates from Fuzziwigs Candy Factory , we had a custom brew at Vail Brewing Company who partners with Bol who delivered ancho chile marinated lamb lollipops for our happy little group, and gnocchi with white truffles paired with a crisp chardonnay at La Botega.

My favorite – a vegetable grilled cheese served with curried roasted cauliflower soup and a beet cocktail. If you want to eat at the White Bison – make reservations – you will certainly enjoy your meal.

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Lunch at the White Bison

In between the food tastings, Matt regaled us with stories of Vail’s history, how it came to be, who were the major players and what it was like in the beginning. Did you know that Gerald Ford had a residence in Vail? That there is a mini “Bellagio fountain”? That the WWII ski rangers had a part in making Vail – well, Vail as we know it today.

If you think it’s busy during the snowy months, you need to check out what’s happening during the other seasons. More tours from Matt’s company, lots of fun festivals and races.

If you want to take this amazing walking food tour, check out the description here.

This tour company also does a Booze, Brews and Bites tour which I am sure is amazing. Next time!

Getting lost in the journey,

Sandi