Thank you, National Pig Association of the United Kingdom, for giving us all a heart attack imagining life with a bacon shortage! InsertÂ squeal… The real blame, however, goes to our hyper crazy global media outlets that took the title of the small press release (â€œA world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidableâ€) and went hog wild. The good news? There is NO bacon shortage.
After reading many an article about the “shortage”, I fell upon this very witty bit of writing and decided this would be a fun one to share. It’s from CNN’s tech weeklyÂ ApparentlyÂ This MattersÂ post on September 29th, click here to go read it. All the hoopla has basically lead to this conclusion: the price of bacon will increase. All this drought in the US has lead to less corn crops, which means corn becomes more expensive, and therefore, feeding the piggies is much pricier. This all equals more expensive bacon (and many other corn eating meats…) I even heard this weekend that some farms are feeding candy to their pigs! Candy is cheaper than corn! I wonder how getting chocolate goodness into bacon from the inside will work out….
Fear not fellow bacon lovers, all is well in the end. We’ll just have to shell out more bacon, for our bacon.
This may be old hat to a lot of you bacon maniacs – baconiacs? – but I’ve been wanting toÂ try a bacon maple latte since I first heard about the Pirate Cat Radio version from AnthonyÂ Bourdain. Alas, it’s not something you see on every cafe menu. But this weekend we hit aÂ new favorite breakfast spot here in Santa Barbara, Scarlett Begonia. I’m a sucker for niceties, andÂ Scarlett Begonia just kills me with their complimentary amuse bouch, their super fresh, Â everything’s homemade attitude, and their lemon ricotta pancakes. Holy hell. And on SundayÂ they gave me another reason to love them: a maple bacon latte.
I tasted the latte before asking any questions. First, it was topped by crumbles of their perfectlyÂ cooked bacon (I love their bacon) and the foam had an immediate flavor of maple. When I askedÂ where the maple came into play, they confirmed that it was drizzed on top, but it was clearÂ that the maple made its way past the foam and into the latte itself, as it was definitely sweet. About halfway through as the foam dissipated, I noticed that there seemed to be some bacon grease floating on top, suggesting that they follow Pirate Cat’s lead in using some grease in the espresso. IÂ found the combination of sweet coffee, maple foam and salty bacon just beautiful. In a full-sized latte cup, it was a bit much…I could only drink half of it. But it was totally worth orderingÂ just to drink that half. If I hadn’t had pancakes (yes, and a side of bacon) for breakfast, IÂ probably could have finished it as dessert. I’ll have to remember that next time. Mmm…next time.
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 fan, and I’ve just joined that bandwagon.
I’m sorry to say that I haven’t actually found a bottle in my local pub or liquor store yet, but while I was keeping a lookout, Paste Magazine was posting a nice reviewÂ that definitely has me anxious to try it. The smoked malts and applewood smoked bacon are highly intriguing. Check out the comments of those who’ve had the pleasure of tasting the new wonder. I will say that upon seeing the photo, my first thought was of Pepto Bismol. I think maybe they were going for pig colored? Or doughnut frosting? I don’t know, but I’m going to need to drink this beer out of a mug, not the reminiscent bottle. If you’re one of the lucky folks who’ve sampled this ale, leave a comment and let us know what you thought! I’ll be sure to report back as soon as I find a 22 of my own.
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, detailedÂ strips of bacon that can be worn, displayed, or even add adornment toÂ your Christmas Tree. It’s a business in its infancy that could useÂ our support.
If you go to kickstarter.com, you can check out Greg’s project. His modest goal is to raise $2000, and he’s more than halfway there. You can help Greg and his family with a donation of any size, and with your pledge of $20 or more you’ll get a slice of the action. From ornaments to the beautiful acrylic and mahogany frying pan featured here, there’s a special premium for each giving level. If you’re so inclined, you can totally help make one man’s bacon dream come true. Good luck, Greg!
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 was in no way disappointed to find it was more like a box of almonds, each coated in a maple-bacon-granola crust. Not so much a cereal as an irresistible, can’t-stop-grabbing-a-handful treat. When you first open the package, you’re wrapped in the warm, comforting aroma of maple syrup. I assume it’s the key to holding the clusters together. This means they don’t have the crunch of, say, a dry-roasted almond, but I’m not complaining. You’d enjoy these if you’re a fan of honey-roasted nuts.
Now to the important question: can you taste the bacon? Not a lot. There are definitely little bacon bits well mixed into the clusters, and if you’re looking for the flavor, it’s there. Someone who didn’t know there was supposed to be bacon might miss it. What I do appreciate here is that they didn’t make the mistake of adding artificial smoke flavor to try to bacon it up. That’s my least favorite gimmick. Like with any maple and bacon combination (including a plate of pancakes and bacon), the maple is the prominent flavor, and that’s okay. More than okay, it’s really how it should be. I can honestly say that we would both recommend this to our friends.
This is a new product and is currently not listed on Snackle Mouth’s website, nor is it available through Abe’s Market yet, but shoot them an email if you’re interested. Once they hear that the bacon community is excited, I’m sure it’ll help get this new flavor up and running.