Just over a week ago, I entered to be a judge for the “Best Burger in Qingdao” competition. All I had to do was share a post on my We Chat moments. I have to admit, I didn’t think anything would come of it. Luckily, I was wrong, and the following day my friend messaged me and said, “Congrats… You are one of the burger judges!” I hadn’t been contacted yet so I didn’t even know that I had been chosen. Woohooo… I couldn’t think of a yummier way to spend a Friday afternoon that tasting some of Qingdao’s finest burgers. I absolutely LOVE burgers, and here in Qingdao it’s either a salad or a burger that I will normally order when we eat out. In fact, when I was pregnant, burgers were all that I ever wanted to eat!! Being chosen to be a judge for a competition is great, but to be chosen as a judge in a burger competition… Ummm, YES PLEASE!
Hungry and excited, Elijah and I made our way downtown to find the Redstar office and get our burger-tasting on! Redstar is the expat magazine for the foreigners living in Qingdao, and they cover all sorts of events and news on what’s happening around our city.
A taxi got us to the Redstar office with no problems at all. Thank goodness for We Chat and it’s awesome translation and mapping capabilities. This is one of the best chat apps that I have ever used! Elijah and I met another foreigner outside the Redstar building, and we all went upstairs together.
Quite a few of the restaurants had already arrived and begun setting up their burgers. My mouth starting watering the minute that I entered the studio! The next hour was a little tormenting because a number of the entrants were late, so setting up took F.O.R.E.V.E.R!! Elijah was in the Ergo carrier and there was nowhere for me to put him down, so I had to stand around with him attached to me for about an hour. The judges were getting hungry (hmm… I wonder if that was part of the plan?! Make us wait so long that we were starving by the time we started tasting) and unfortunately the entrants who had made it there on time had the odds stacked against them. Everyone knows that a burger is only really good when it is fresh and hot! Needless to say, we were thrilled when the time for tasting FINALLY arrived!
|Elijah’s first french fry|