5 Guys and Kombucha

I decided to try 5 Guys burgers today for lunch after hearing how great they are. There’s one in Hillcrest which is a San Diego neighborhood not far from me. I don’t eat hamburgers that often as I have gotten pretty jaded and only quality burgers do it for me. Can’t eat most fast food burgers anymore unless there’s nothing else available to eat. After reading about the bogus Monkey Style burger In N Out doesn’t actually sell I decided to finally try my local 5 Guys.

It was worth the trip. 5 Guys has a similar business model to In N Out. Their menu is extremely simple but you can mix and match the many toppings anyway you want. Nothing is frozen and the patties are not factory stamped (unlike In N Out). When I got the burger it was wrapped in foil and bigger than a softball. I asked for a cheese burger with grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo and mustard. It had two patties and two slices of cheese. The meat was very good and the bun fresh. The fries were fresh cut with skin on (which I like). Very good. I can see where to go next time I get in a burger mood.

San Diego is a burger paradise. They also have Hodads and Smash Burger here as well as some other great burger places. If you’re going to San Diego for the Comic Con in a few weeks both of these can be found down in the Gaslamp. Check them out.

Anyway, the 5 Guys in Hillcrest is right across the street from Whole Foods. So I walked over there after lunch to pick up some groceries and saw they have an excellent selection of Kombucha. I’ve gotten into Kombucha lately. It’s becoming a hot new drink. Basically it’s fermented sweet tea. The fermenting process eats up all the sugar and changes the flavor and gives it a fizz. It has a slightly vinegary taste which I don’t mind, and they flavor it with various fruit juices. The advantage of this drink besides the low calories, is that its full of probiotics. These are bacteria very helpful to your immune and digestive systems. A lot of people make it themselves. It involves a very gross looking yeast that grows on the vat that is called a Scoby or Mother by some. Here is an article about it if you are interested. They started selling it at Vons in the produce section with all the Health drinks. My favorite brands are Kevita and GTs. Its not cheap. Around 3.99 a bottle.

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