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‘Hamberder Bird Box Challenge’

  • The "Hamberder" is a President Trump-inspired burger special at Harlow's Pub. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The "Hamberder" is a President Trump-inspired burger special at Harlow's Pub. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The "Hamberder" is a President Trump-inspired burger special at Harlow's Pub. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Editor Ben Conant tried the “Hamberder Bird Box Challenge” at Harlow’s Pub in Peterborough on Friday. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce

  • Editor Ben Conant tried the “Hamberder Bird Box Challenge” at Harlow’s Pub in Peterborough on Friday. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce

  • Editor Ben Conant tried the “Hamberder Bird Box Challenge” at Harlow’s Pub in Peterborough on Friday. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce

  • Editor Ben Conant tried the “ Hamberder Bird Box Challenge” at Harlow’s Pub in Peterborough on Friday. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, January 21, 2019 7:28PM

Last week, the NCAA champion Clemson football team visited the White House, where President Trump greeted them with a silver-platter spread of McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King. Later, Trump would tweet that he purchased “1000 hamberders” for the team, adding to the growing list of typos tweeted from Trump’s account.

I walked into Harlow’s on Friday and was immediately greeted by the dinner special board, which boasted a “hamberder” special with chipotle mayo, bacon onion jam, pepper jack, lettuce, tomato and onion. I knew I had to have it — finally, my chance to feel like a national champion, like I’d rubbed elbows with the President.

Ever since Netflix released the new film “Bird Box,” it’s been on my mind. Starring Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich, “Bird Box” is a post-apocalyptic horror flick in which the conceit is that if you see the monster, it makes you kill yourself. So, the protagonists are blindfolded for the majority of the movie, going about their survival stumbling and bumbling about.

The movie spawned a rash of “Bird Box Challenge” videos, where viewers inspired by the film record themselves doing their own everyday activities while blindfolded. Some are pretty funny, others — like those who attempt to drive their cars blindfolded -- are downright dangerous. For something as innocuous as eating a burger, I thought the “Bird Box Challenge” would be pretty safe. So I enlisted local videographer Carter Hammond to film me while I took on the Hamberder Bird Box Challenge.

The burger came out of the kitchen fresh, on a silver platter with chips and, I’d later discover, a pickle. I got a glimpse of the food and then tied on my blindfold.

As someone who has had a beard for about 15 years, I know the perils and pitfalls of eating anything — especially a juicy burger. After I removed the elongated toothpick holding the lettuce and bun together, a faceful of meat juice was likely the biggest danger of eating the burger blindfolded. Luckily, my 15 years of beard experience allowed me to avoid any sort of “Hambearder” or “Beard Box” situation, and my facial hair remained relatively unscathed for the majority of the meal.

The burger itself didn’t stray from the norm too much. I’ve always maintained that Harlow’s has the best burger in town, though there is some good competition and I’m happy for any restaurant to try and prove me wrong.

Perhaps my sense of taste was improved with the removal of my ability to see, because this was an absolutely delicious burger. The bacon onion jam seemed to make it even juicier than normal, and gave it that extra bacon flavor without stacking another pile of meat on top of the patty.

I got through the “hamberder” without incident and removed my blindfold to find only minimal spillage on my beard and nothing on my shirt. Compared to the body count in “Bird Box,” it was a walk in the park.

I came away thinking that I may want to blindfold myself for future meals to allow the sense of taste to take control. After all, it’s never steered me wrong before!