Author: Marianne

Bacon Pirates: Mystery solved

Way back in aught-nine, I came across an impressive piece of artwork, but could not discover its meaning. Was it the logo for a new band? A bacon-themed apparel company? A sea-faring crew of pork consumers? Today the mystery was solved. Go check out the booster campaign for Karen Green. She’s the survivor of domestic abuse, and using this bitchin’ symbol to help improve her life’s trajectory. Read her story, buy a t-shirt, make a difference. And, you know…also have a rad t-shirt. Sometimes helping others rewards you in more ways than one. Best of luck,...

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More bacon lollipops…and other zany things

  I don’t really know how my husband stumbled upon these delicious-looking bacon lollipops, but here they are in all their wavy glory. I’ve had this type of treat before, like the Man Bait variety. They are typically maple-flavored, because apparently people who make bacon candy have no imagination. There are two things I like about this new product from Vat19: 1) Three flavors! Of course there’s the obligatory maple, but you can also choose honey or bbq, and 2) Cool shape! Of course a bacon-filled lollipop should be wavy like a crispy strip. So, yes, by all means go...

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Bacon Makes It Better

Never truer words were spoken. I mentioned in my Denny’s Baconalia post that Denny’s marketing campaign was both smart and funny. They showed us clips from the coverage they received for Baconalia 2011, and I can see where they got their inspiration. Late night comedy took hold of Baconalia, particularly the maple bacon sundae, and claimed it for their own. From Letterman to Leno to South Park, Baconalia was fodder for highly relatable laughs because of one important truth: America has been having a renewed love affair with bacon for years, and it keeps hitting new heights. For their latest promotions, Denny’s has teamed up with the musical comedy geniuses, Rhett & Link, along with my husband’s favorite website, Failblog, to make videos you definitely want to watch. And part II In order to let you lovely Baconeers enjoy the Baconalia menu before it’s too late, Denny’s is offering four gift cards to our Bacon Ambassadors. Each ambassador is assigned a number based upon the order in which they sign up, and come 10 pm Sunday night, April 21, we’ll use a random number generator to pick four lucky Ambassadors to try out the Baconalia menu with friends. So if you’ve been considering becoming an Ambassador but wondered what was in it for you? Now you know. Join now for your chance to win. UPDATE: Congratulations to Yannick, Hilary,...

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Bacon and Barrels

If you’ve been thinking about a trip to Santa Barbara County’s wine country, now’s the time to start your planning. July 19-21, 2013 is the first annual Bacon & Barrels festival in downtown Los Olivos, in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, and you do not want to miss this one-of-a-kind food and wine event. There will be delicious food from local vendors, many of which I’ve patronized and can highly recommend, and wine from local vintners, some who may be new to you. I hear there’s even a brewery involved, for those of you who prefer the...

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Denny’s Baconalia is back!

Last week Naseem and I had a crazy, whirlwind experience. We were invited by the marketing and advertising team at Denny’s (yes that Denny’s, America’s diner) to visit their headquarters is Spartanburg, South Carolina and learn about the re-launch of their Baconalia menu — coming to a Denny’s near you this week. Many of you may remember that in 2011, they first introduced this bacon-themed menu to much media attention, particularly because of their bold Maple Bacon Sundae. This taste sensation got Baconalia mentioned on Conan, Letterman, Leno, and got major exposure on at least one episode of South...

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Maple Bacon Latte

This may be old hat to a lot of you bacon maniacs – baconiacs? – but I’ve been wanting to try a bacon maple latte since I first heard about the Pirate Cat Radio version from Anthony Bourdain. Alas, it’s not something you see on every cafe menu. But this weekend we hit a new favorite breakfast spot here in Santa Barbara, Scarlett Begonia. I’m a sucker for niceties, and Scarlett Begonia just kills me with their complimentary amuse bouch, their super fresh, everything’s homemade attitude, and their lemon ricotta pancakes. Holy hell. And on Sunday they gave me another...

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Bacon 2012

Tired of all the political noise and talking heads? Bacon Bomb. I believe that says it all. Oh, and stay tuned for the Parry Gripp audio at the end. This video has it all. Thanks Megan, for bringing the...

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Bacon Beer, Part Two

Okay baconeers, here’s something I’m really excited about. I may have mentioned before that I like heavy beers like Guinness and double black or chocolate stouts. Although you can’t drink a lot of it, I love the depth of flavors and the heartiness; they make me think of good bread or dark chocolate or rich coffee. That’s right. I like beer that doesn’t remind me of beer. So when I heard that Rogue had created a new beer in tribute to Voodoo Doughnuts and the Bacon Maple Bar, well…they had me at Voodoo. My husband is a huge Rogue...

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Help Make a Bacon Dream Come True

We were recently contact by Greg Kiesow, the creator of Crystal Bacon (no relation to Crystal Pepsi). Never heard of it? That’s because Crystal Bacon is a project in the works, a project that needs a little help. Greg is an acrylic sculptor who, with the help of his wife and daughter, has been turning ordinary acrylic into beautiful, detailed strips of bacon that can be worn, displayed, or even add adornment to your Christmas Tree. It’s a business in its infancy that could use our support. If you go to kickstarter.com, you can check out Greg’s project. His modest goal is...

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Maple Bacon Granola

My name is Marianne, and I’m a snacker. I’ve been snacking my entire life, and I have no intention to give it up. They’re going to throw me out of Snackers Anonymous. But not before I tell you about a great new product we tried recently. It’s Snackle Mouth’s Bacon Maple Granola Nut Clusters. Naseem and I each had a box of it in our respective offices, and neither of us could leave it alone. Totally addictive. I had originally been hoping it was a crunchy granola I could put in yogurt, which is my morning routine. But I...

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Celebrate Tax Day with Bacon Goodness

Our lovely friends at Baconery are having a Tax Day Sale, just for us bacon lovers! So take those refund dollars and treat yourself to something special. Or, if you’re like me, drown your Tax Day sorrows in salty, chocolately bliss. Go to their website now and check out all the wonderous creations!...

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