This past weekend, Mr. Lickle Tickle and I turned 26. Closer to 30 than 20. Adults. Men. Fiscal responsibility. Old. Balls.
But we went out Friday night. Black River Sound show. Partied our sagging asses off. We pounded beers. Ripped shots. Danced to the hip hop music those kids seem to like so much nowadays. We had a great time.
And boy did we pay for it. Neither of us got out of bed until 4 PM the next day. It felt like I had pre-Subway Jared sitting on my head and 13 drunk children throwing an all night rave in my stomach. It was one of those hangovers that makes you want to quit drinking altogether. At 26, I felt like my time as a legitimate party animal was finished.
At burgers that night (In the Buff Burger stay tuned...) we were trying to come up with a name for the previous week's baked potato style burger, when from God's brain to the Revolutionary Man's lips, a burger name and an epiphany were uttered all at once:
Spuds Mackenzie: The original party animal.
Capturing potatoes with his first name, and the true essence of Sexy Burger with his attitude, Spuds Mackenzie (who is really a girl dog named Honey Tree Evil Eye, which is equally awesome) was the perfect fit for this burger.
He was also the perfect fit for my Phoenix like rise out of the partied out old man ashes. Not only was he a schill for my favorite beer brand, but he was a beacon of hope for all of us old party animals out there. No matter how tough times can be, we all must take a cue from Spuds: ignore the aches and pains of old age, always look your best, and let the good times roll.
So we salute you, Spuds Mackenzie: This burger's for you.
- Bison patty: This is going to be used a lot more, especially when the option is between this badass animal and it's more docile cousin, the cow. There is a lot more flavor with this meat, it's just as cheap as beef, and, as I'm sure Spuds could attest to, has a lot more cache.
- Potato bread buns: Just like the bison meat, this is going to be featured a lot more often on Sexy Burgers that call for standard buns. These golden burger tops and bottoms are a favorite of the Sexy Burger Six and have pretty much kicked standard sesame seed buns back to the dirty curbs they came from. Also made with potatoes, so it fits the Spuds burger just right.
- Potato skins: Homemade is the only way to go here. I baked potatoes with salt and olive oil on the skin for about an hour. Then I cut the potatoes in half and scooped out most of the insides, but left a decent coating of potato. Then I returned to the oven for 10 minutes on each side to crisp the shit out of them. Then I topped with cheese and bacon bits and broiled just for a couple minutes to melt the cheese. Then we added sour cream and chives to complete the baked potato effect and threw those bad boys right on top of the burgers. Now for the bombshell: the Revolutionary Man discarded the potato bread buns and used 2 POTATO SKINS AS HIS BUNS!!! What a visionary. What a genius. What a party animal. I know how I'll be serving this burger in the future.
See you next burger, you party animals.