Pigging Out

Bacon, New York City

“[The] Bacon trend will never End, ” according to Food & Wine magazine. Why is the Bacon trend still goes on…can it still be called a “trend” after all this time? Some fads come and go, but bacon is definitely here to stay! As long as I can remember, everyone’s been crazy about bacon. That aroma of bacon sizzling on the stove brings a smile to everyone’s face and them running to the kitchen.

photo: courtesy of Food & Wine magazine

photo: courtesy of Food & Wine magazine

More and more restaurants are promoting items on their menus around our obsession with bacon. The bacon “trend” stems from the food industry making us more aware of our love for the pig! Over the last few years, I’ve seen some interesting combinations and concoctions with bacon as the star ingredient. It’s not just for sandwiches anymore, bacon has been infused into cookies, milkshakes, pies, ice cream, alcohol, mayonnaise, jams and even candied and dipped in chocolate are just a few examples.

For those who just can’t get enough, there are restaurants and bars, in New York City, that have dedicated large part of their menu to bacon! Hell’s Kitchen has the Bar Bacon, offering beer and bacon, even a bacon tasting option on the menu. Swine in the West Village, where pork belly and bacon are staples and Pork Slope in Brooklyn is another favorite. There was even a bakery on the Upper West Side, Baconery, that was solely dedicated to all things bacon, from sweets to soaps to pillows, it was pork heaven. Unfortunately, it’s no longer in business but not forgotten, as bacon surely is when it’s gone from your plate.

Bar Bacon, 836 9th Ave., New York, NY 646-362-0622, BarBacon.com

Swine, 531 Hudson St., New York, NY 212-255-7675, Swinenyc.com

Pork Slope, 247 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 718-768-7657, PorkSlope.com

Month of the FlapJack

Lower East Side, New York City, Pancakes
photo: Clinton St. Baking Co.

photo: Clinton St. Baking Co.

Once in a while, I’ll have breakfast for dinner. And I know I’m not alone, out there! Usually when I do have what I call a “late breakfast” it’s something fast like bacon and eggs. If its anything hearty like waffles, its usually packaged, and honestly, it’s usually because I’m feeling too lazy to cook so I turn to something simple. I love pancakes, but have never found any packaged version of it that is satisfying.

When I was younger, my idea of going out for a great meal was when the family went to IHOP. It didn’t happen too often so on those rare occasions it was a real treat. I looked forward to my favorite thing on the menu, which I ordered every time, pigs-in-a-blanket. Pancakes wrapped around sausage links topped with whipped cream! The saltiness from the sausage and the sweetness from the pancake and syrup; it has my mouth watering, as I think about it. Pancakes have always been my breakfast comfort food, with french toast coming in a close second.

It’s 99₵ Any Way You Slice It

Cheap Eats, New York City, Pizza

889f9d0d-ccf0-4371-8ab0-50875561ea47I’ve noticed the chain of 99₵ Pizza shops growing throughout NYC over the last couple of years. With the economic slump we’ve had since 2007, there’s great need for this iconic NYC meal but on the cheap. And the long lines at lunch made me wonder: just how good can a 99₵ slice of pizza be? It’s not uncommon to go into your local pizzeria and get charged $2.50 for a slice of pizza (and that price doesn’t include toppings…that’s extra).