Alright, folks here’s a Public Service Announcement. If you are moving across the country, try and resist the urge to hire a moving company. Seriously, moving companies are added stress you don’t need if you’re trying to transition to another state.
When Kieran got his job in Portland, we had two weeks to pack up and ship out which didn’t leave ample time for researching moving companies. I found one which had a ton of great reviews! I was really excited to find a well-reviewed company since every other company I looked at had rotten reviews. Turns out those good reviews are a scam (I’ll go into more detail in a bit). Smoke and mirrors folks, smoke and mirrors. The company we hired should really get an award for pulling the wool over our eyes. We fell for their shit hook-line-and-sinker. #fuckme
Everything was going mediocre with the company at first…
We scheduled our pickup for one out of two days. I told them I don’t care which day they choose, but we had to be the first pickup first thing in the morning. Kieran and I were beginning our drive to Portland, as soon as the movers left our house and we had an 8-9 hour drive ahead of us, so we had to be the first pickup. They agreed.
The day before our pickup date, they called and said they were coming in the afternoon. I freaked out. Kieran answered the phone, but I was following him around hollering it was not ok they change the pickup time. We were told they would see what they can do.
The next day they arrived a couple hours late but to their credit came 2 hours earlier than what they previously wanted. The movers were nice, very slow, but nice. I think 4 hours later Kieran and I finally hit the road.
Kieran and I arrived safely in Portland, and our belongings stayed in storage with the moving company. Kieran and I promptly looked for housing, and two months later we finally called our moving company with our new address and told them we would like our stuff now.
This is where everything went sour…..dun dun dunnnnnnn.
Long story short, we gave our new address to the moving company on May 18th. It’s now May 28th and our moving company thinks our stuff should arrive by June 12th. We have access to our new apartment now, but we don’t officially move in until May 31st which means we will be living in an empty apartment for 2 weeks since this company has everything we own. At this point, Kieran and I are forced to waste money and buy everyday kitchen, bathroom, and other everyday living essentials that we already own. Sigh.
I also want to mention when you call for an update on your delivery, not only do they not call you back, they send emails saying they have been in contact with us every day which is an outright lie. So my story is not the worst right? Well, here’s the most fucked up part. After I got their email I started digging further into their company. What I found is sickening.
First, their Facebook page says they have a 5 out of 5-star rating from 950 reviews. Upon reading the reviews, you quickly learn 936 are fake, bogus, gibberish, and probably made by the company themselves. The reviews say stuff like, Fhriends are angels wenho rlift yus to oDur feet when our winavgs havied trotuble rememhbering how oto fly.
Second, when you scroll through the fake reviews, you start to see the real, 1 star reviews, and they are terrible.
One particular woman’s story is horrifying. They destroyed 90% of everything she owns. Glass, dishes, heirlooms, and statues were broken. Art and furniture were gouged or torn apart. The list goes on and on. Oh, and company did not deliver some of their expense bit ticket items, like a new water heater and generator, those items were listed as stolen.
And it sounds like the company is not doing a thing to help her. The damage is like 20K and they offered her something like $800.
The damage was so bad when the police came so she could file a police report, they assessed the damage and said no way all the damage was on accident, it looked malicious and on purpose. I believe the woman is pressing criminal charges.
I’ve been following her on Facebook, and she’s contacted the attorney general, the BBB, and the police. From what it sounds like, the FBI is now getting involved and the company is using multiple operating names to avoid prosecution from other botched moving jobs. They have found the moving company has been involved in theft, fraud, ect. Want more bad news? Other customers currently have their stuff being held hostage by the moving company. And these blowhards have everything we own.
Note, I’m not going to say who the company is until I get my stuff back…I don’t want them to see this and screw me over, more than they already have.
So, let’s change the subject and look at the pretty smokey bean burger above. Yes, I’m aware the top bun is ridiculously oversized looking and the onion is ridiculously small looking in the photo but work with me folks, I’ve been under moving distress. Hahaha
But seriously, this smokey bean burger packs a mean, flavorful punch! Since I’m not vegan, I melted smoked gouda on the bean burgers and it was so good. But honestly, your favorite cheese would rock this tasty bean burger of happiness.
And obviously you can add your favorite toppings but you know what worked really well? I photographed the bean burger with baby spinach but ate the leftovers with cilantro. The cilantro added a citrus-y twist, it was rather enjoyable. I also topped the leftovers with avocado (also not shown). I’m kinda in love with avocado. I’ve been craving it like CRAZY these days #NoImNotPregnant. Our tenure in Portland has been packed with all kinds of exercise, so I can only imagine my muscles are craving some healthy fat, or so I tell myself so I gorge on more avocado.
Note, the bean burger is smokey and wonderful, but it will taste better if you add a little “sweet” to it. Salsa, a non-high-fructose ketchup, or cilantro, give the burger a sweet little zang that balances the flavor tremendously.
I asked Kieran just now what he thought of the bean burgers. His response? He goes, “Well, they’re pretty beany.”
Har har har
Seriously though, I can’t even tell you how many recipes I make are not Shock Munch worthy. If both Kieran and I are not in love, I don’t post it. I really want to do my readers sweet, delicious justice.
As you already know, I’m primarily a meat eater but I would eat this bean burger any day of the week. It’s fantastic!
- 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 2, 15 oz cans of cooked kidney beans
- ½ cup cooked quinoa
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
- Black pepper to taste
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 4-8 slices of white cheddar cheese (or your favorite kind of cheese)
- 4-8 hamburger buns
- Your favorite toppings/sauces: lettuce, cilantro, pickle, tomatoes, guacamole, avocado, mustard, ketchup, ect
- Preheat the oven to 375.
- Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and grease it with some olive oil or cooking spray.
- In your food processor, add everything EXCEPT for the breadcrumbs. Pulse the mixture in the food processor until it looks like a paste. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl.
- Now stir in the breadcrumbs. The mixture should be kinda sticky and hold the shape of a ball with ease. If you notice the mixture is not holding shape because it’s too wet, simply add more breadcrumbs.
- Before you shape the mixture into patties, taste it and add more seasonings if necessary.
- Form the mixture into 8 patties and carefully place them on the baking sheet.
- Lightly spray them with cooking spray, and bake for 15 minutes, or until the bottom is crispy and golden brown. Carefully flip the patties and bake for another 15-20 minutes until the other side is crispy and golden brown too.
- minutes before the bean burgers are done, place a slice of cheese on each patty, and finish cooking.
- Take them out of the oven and let cool for a few minutes.
- Serve them on the pretzel rolls (or your favorite kind of buns) and top with your favorite toppings.
You can also serve the bean burger in a single patty, or double them up. Whatever makes you happy!