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Five Guys is Tasty, But Practice Moderation

11 Aug

Goal: “Five Guys goal is to sell the best quality burgers possible. To sell the best burger possible we focus on Quality, Service and Cleanliness.”

The passage above is the mission statement for Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a rapidly expanding chain of eateries based in the Washington, DC area. We have one here in Sarasota and I dropped in for a late lunch today. Pretty cool concept — burgers and fries … and that’s about it. They are all about keeping it simple and doing what they do extremely well. Mission accomplished! The burgers are always fresh (never any frozen beef) and the fries are cut each morning from fresh Idaho spuds. As you can see, the words value or bargain is not to be found in the mission statement … more on that later.

WARNING: This burger is not actual size — but it’s close!

This collossal beast shown above is a Five Guys burger fully loaded. Two beef patties, cheese, bacon, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and pickle slice. Don’t even ask how many calories are in one of these babies — that would surely take all the fun out of ingesting this monster. It is a gooey, satisfying mess. A burger like this will set you back about $6. The fries (Cajun or Five Guys Style) are very good, but they don’t come with your burger order. Fries are sold a la carte here and run $2.49 (regular) and $3.99 (large).

A large drink costs $2, so your basic hungry boy lunch with Five Guys could end up costing you up to $12 plus tax. Hey, don’t get me wrong. The chow is really enjoyable, but that’s a tad pricey for a burger and fries fast food experience. If you’re dining with a friend, I suggest splitting a large order of fries — the portions are generous enough.

Maybe they’ll sell enough Five Guys hats and T-shirts so they can drop the prices just a touch. Wishful thinking, I know. Nevertheless, I will be back … but don’t expect to see me there once or twice a week. More like once or twice a year. My banker and cardiologist will both be pleased to hear that!

Way to Go, USA Swimmers!

11 Aug

Great win for the USA swim team. Defeating the brash French team made the victory all the more sweet — like a chocolate filled croissant! The French squad was running their collective mouth in the days leading up to the big race, but the USA pulled together and won in dramatic fashion. This was indeed one for the ages. Congratulations guys … you made us very proud. GO USA!!!

If Michael Phelps goes on to win eight gold medals in the Olympic swimming competition at the Water Cube, he will owe a huge debt of gratitude to teammate Jason Lezak.

No, make that HUGE.

In one of the greatest anchor legs in swimming history, Lezak reeled in boastful Frenchman Alain Bernard in the final 50 meters to bring the United States home to a breathtaking victory in world-record time in the 4×100 freestyle relay to provide a riveting finish to this morning’s program.

“It was a crazy thing to watch,” said Garrett Weber-Gale, who swam the second leg for the U.S. “If there was anybody in the world who could do this, Jason was the one to pull it off. It was a perfect touch at the finish.”

At the start of the final leg, there appeared to be no way the 32-year-old Lezak could catch Bernard, the world-record holder in the 100 free. Bernard had half a body length on Lezak when he dived into the pool for France and still led by that margin with 50 to go.

“I’m not going to lie,” Lezak said. “When I flipped at the 50 and saw how far ahead he was, I thought, ‘No way.’ Then it changed. It’s the Olympics. It’s for the USA. In five seconds I was thinking all these thoughts. I got a super charge and took it from there.”

Lezak made up some of the deficit on the first 50 but still it looked an impossible task for him to catch the Frenchman. But it’s the 400 freestyle relay, not the 350 and Lezak kept steaming toward the touch pad as the crowd at the Cube roared.

Lezak touched in the astounding world-record time of 3 minutes, 8.24 seconds, lopping more than three seconds off the world record set Sunday night in qualifying by a U.S. “B” team. Bernard touched in 3:08.32 to give France the silver medal after he had predicted a victory for his team.

“Chef Travis”

11 Aug

Here is a cute shot of my #2 son, Travis. He is a foodie just like Dad and is talking about wanting to be a chef one day. Sounds good to me. Maybe he can get his own show on Food Network and feed me & Eileen some tasty grub when we’re old and geezy. Frankly, I’m happy that Travis is thinking about career possibilities at this early age (he’s just 11).

I wanted to work in pro baseball when I was that age and that dream has come true (although my successes are selling big sponsorships and not hitting walk-off home runs for the Cincinnati Reds). In college, I wanted to work as a DJ and Sportscaster and I later accomplished that dream as well (my DJ air name was the Rockin’ Fig; I also worked for the Virginia Tech Sports Network). If you want it bad enough, big dreams can come true.