Bacon is the food fad that will never die. It is American charcuterie, the best friend of hamburgers, grilled cheese, eggs and pretty much everything else on earth. There is virtually no dish which can not be improved by the skillful application of bacon, and while, really, if you’re living your best life, every day is bacon day, there’s also an official National Bacon Day: September 3.
The vendors at Reading Terminal Market? They’re celebrating the best way they know how. With lots and lots (and lots) of bacon.
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• Veggie bacon — so, bacon made from fruits and veggies like mushrooms, eggplant and coconut — is all the rage on Philly’s healthier-leaning restaurant menus, from South Philly’s Rachel’s Pantry to Fishtown’s Front Street Cafe. Here, how to make your own veggie bacon at home. (Because we’re pretty sure no dietitian would be cool with you eating real bacon at every meal, but veggie bacon might be another story.) [BuzzFeed] Read more »
B.L.T. Bites | Photo by Becca Boyd
How often do you find a snack free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar that doesn’t make you a little bit sad? It’s not often, right? Well, these recipes are all those things, and they’re delicious to boot. In fact, when eating these, generally big grins ensue with nary a guilt twinge to be found.
As you read the title of this post, the thought “Bacon — again? Really?” might’ve crossed your mind. And I agree: Things got a little crazy there for a while, what with the bacon cookies and bacon chocolate bars at every supermarket. But as it’s a food that is both salty and delicious, it’s safe to say it’s not going anywhere. And as diets like Paleo have hit the scene hard, bacon has actually become a go-to for dinner parties when you need to please guests trying to stick to their diets.
Cue these appetizers: Two recipes — bacon-wrapped dates and B.L.T. bites — full of fiber-filled fruits like dates and veggies and loved by picky eaters and regular will-eat-anything eaters alike. Even toddlers happily get in on the action (after all, dates are nature’s candy). Just a note to make your life easier: Purchase thee a squirt bottle of mayo for the B.L.T. bites – a thousand times easier than spreading it with a knife. Read more »
• It seems, in this day and age, we are all obsessed with the idea of achieving — and flaunting on social media, of course — happiness: Finding a job that will make us happy, or a spouse, or the perfect pair of fall boots — you name it. But research shows, thinking too much about finding happiness and constantly questioning whether or not we are happy can stop us from actually stumbling on actual happiness. [Medium]
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A new report released today by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer labels processed meat — hot dogs, bacon, cold cuts, and so on — a Group 1 carcinogen, in the same group as cigarettes. So what does that mean, you ask? Well, it means that, after lots of research, WHO now considers processed meat carcinogenic to humans. Red meat was placed in Group 2, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Yikes. Read more »
The Philadelphia Bacon and Beer Festival is back for a third year as a fundraiser for Manna. More than 25 restaurants will offer bacon dishes made with 1732 Meats oft-praised bacon. Wash down that bacon with beer samples from dozens of craft breweries.
The event takes place on Saturday, November 14th from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the 23rd Street Armory. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, and will sell out quickly. General admission tickets cost $46.50 per person and include unlimited bacon and beer samples during the two-and-a-half hour event.
A VIP option offers the chance to skip the line to get, a swag bag with a Bacon and Beer t-shirt, a take-home pack of 1732 Meats bacon, and other goodies. Seems kind of like a no-brainer.
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• The perfect excuse to drink a beer later on today: This infographic shows how a beer or two — but not more — is the perfect brain-aid when you’re on the hunt for a good idea, be it for work, remodeling your backyard, or whatever else requires a little creativity in your life. You can thank us for this information come happy hour. [Prevention]
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Bacon Cakes at Grubhouse | Photo by Courtney Apple
Grubhouse, typically a breakfast and lunch spot, is hosting a pop-up dinner tomorrow night (Wednesday June 17). There will be the always underrated, breakfast for dinner, plus selections from the lunch side of the menu, and legitimate dinner options as well. We’ve got the specials below, but before you settle on anything remember that their Bacon cakes won Best of Philly in 2013.
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Each year, Glen Macnow of WIP scours the region to find the best food for his annual Food Hunt. Last year both Rouge and Dog & Bull took home the title for best burger.
This year, Macnow’s Food Hunt is centered around bacon. But he’s not looking for items like a bacon cheeseburger. He’s looking for an innovative, creative bacon dish.
Macnow reviews each dish and scores it out of 100. So far he has reviewed 16 different bacon creations, with Grubhouse‘s bacon cakes tied in first place with Beiler’s Bakery‘s maple bacon doughnut, both with a score of 92.
After about seven weeks of searching, WIP will hold a public event on Saturday, May 16th at the Valley Forge Casino, where you get to try the top contestants and vote on who’s the best.
You can check out all of Macnow’s reviews here.
Glen Macnow’s Best Bacon Creation [94 WIP]
Last year the inaugural Philadelphia Bacon and Beer Festival at the Hotel Monaco sold out in like 6 parsecs (yes, Star Wars nerds, I know a parsec is a unit of distance, but with the artwork and today’s Star Wars news, I’m going with it). This year the festival is back on Saturday, December 6th at the 23rd Street Armory. Tickets for the holy union of bacon and beer go on sale Monday at 10 a.m.
The event will be three times as large this year but the $46.50 tickets are still likely to sell out before you can say “disturbance in the force.”
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