Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Best Hamburger in Southern California!

It promises to be a very busy week. With Thieves!—Vicky Hill’s fourth adventure—out in the world, I have a ton of events coming up which I really love to do. On Saturday afternoon, I signed at the Mystery Bookstore in Westwood. On Sunday, my husband and I drove the 120 miles to San Diego for a book signing with the hugely talented and lovely Wendy Corsi Staub at Mysterious Galaxy.

It’s always exciting when a new book comes out but it does make me very hungry.

On our drive home we stopped at California’s famous In and Out Burger – one of the very few privately owned hamburger joints. Founded in 1948, it was the first drive-thru hamburger stand ever—well before McDonalds. In-and-Out have THE best hamburgers in the world. Even my English friend Giles keeps a photo of a Double-Double with fries on his iPhone “to remind him” since he now lives in Colorado. Jason and I tucked into hamburger’s “animal style” which is a burger wrapped in iceberg lettuce minus the bun. We then devoured a mound of French Fries and finished off with delicious strawberry milkshakes … …And this is where my husband’s obsession with chemicals is puzzling. 

Like Coca-Cola, the In-and-Out milkshake ingredients are a deadly secret (as well as the special sauce they use on their burgers) but it’s definitely loaded with something unnatural. (Probably the same chemical that covers Pringles and M & M’s – the “hard to stop eating” chemical).

 Somehow, this doesn’t seem to matter. He says that sometimes, life is too short ... 


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