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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-10-02 05:43
Subject: [food] My brief career as a French fry tester
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Tags:food, funny, personal, photos, portland
Yesterday, I participated in a French fry test for Burgerville. This is a small area burger chain that specializes in whole, fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Jay Lake, French fry tester

They sat me down with three small baskets of fries and a bottle of water as a palate cleanser. A laptop displayed a 14-point survey that required me to rate the fries on appearance, taste, texture and so forth. As you can see from the photo, this was serious business. Afterwards, I did a roughly fifteen minute interview with a Burgerville store manager.

Really, it was both pretty fun and pretty funny. Plus French fries. What's not to like?

Photo © 2013 Elise Matthesen, reproduced with permission.

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Kevin Standlee: Kevin and Lisa
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2013-10-02 14:33 (UTC)
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Keyword:Kevin and Lisa
Although Lisa is vastly better off in the Nevada desert than she was mildewing on her father's property in Mehama, Burgerville is one of the things we miss about that part of the country. The next time we're passing through those parts and get a burger and fries, we'll be thinking of how you helped influence them.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-10-02 20:31 (UTC)
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Now if I was taste-testing something for Burgerville, it would be Walla Walla onion rings. But I suspect they've perfected those already (they sure taste like they have [g]).

I wish we had Burgerville up here. The closest one to my house is in Centralia, about an hour's drive away.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-10-02 20:34 (UTC)
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I had a long talk about the onion rings with the interviewer. Mmm yes.
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User: shandralyn
Date: 2013-10-02 21:49 (UTC)
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Ooh, does that mean there's a possibility they may start adding a lite more crunch to their fries? I love Burgerville in general, but have always thought their fries were a bit floppy. I sometimes even ask them to cook them a little longer, and then they are perfect!
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User: fledgist
Date: 2013-10-03 00:28 (UTC)
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That, as Hamlet said, is the question.
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