As part of the Foodbuzz publisher program, I recently was selected to sample Sargento’s Natural Cheese slices and see how they compare with processed cheeses. We were given a $25 giftcard to buy a pack of Sargento cheese slices, a processed cheese for comparison, and an accompaniment for the cheeses.

I’ve purchased Sargento cheese in the past whenever it is on sale, but I never really paid attention to it enough to determine whether I like it better than other cheese brands.  After much debating, I decided to try a mozzarella cheese.  One of the reasons was that I was able to find a processed version that was sliced similarly, so that we could do a blind taste test.

A few weeks ago I got to attend the opening party for Smashburger in Kearny Mesa, the 6th Smashburger location to open in San Diego this year.

Like previous preview parties, guests were invited to try out the entire menu for free. The only thing we couldn’t order were the Haagen Daaz shakes, as samples of the shakes were being passed out.

After learning about the secret menu “Sin City” burger, I was set on ordering that.

Sin City Burger: egg bun, topped with a fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, melted American cheese, grilled and haystack onions, and the signature smash sauce.

When I make something I like, I tend to make it several times in a row, trying out different variations. After making the bacon egg cups, I tried several variations including ones sprinkled with cheese.

I don’t really like melted cheese on my food (I always order regular burgers and not cheeseburgers), but FH loves melted cheese on everything so he really liked this variation.