Friday, January 6, 2012

If Loving You is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Greetings Friends,

What you're looking at are bacon doughnuts from an establishment called Cafe Dulce in Los Angeles. Any moderately health conscious individual will most likely get a good chuckle out of this sort of culinary indulgence and would be game enough to try one. Assorted warriors for good health which might include vegans, members of PETA and organic food enthusiasts would run swiftly in the opposite direction and call the local health department to protest the amalgamation of doughnut, glaze and bacon. Me? I say bring them on. I posted the above image on the page of a Facebook friend of mine with the suggestion that we split the tray. All this thanks to another Facebook friend who posted it on his page and started the ball rolling.

Bacon is one of those foods that, admittedly, is not good for you, and as such, is loved and revered by millions. Of course, there are those pesky cultural and religious dietary restrictions that prohibit some from ingesting anything that comes from the divine swine, so if you're in one of those camps, you might want to come back next week. If not, I want to talk a little bit about why it is we love bacon so much, in spite of it being a practically verboten food item.

A quick Google of "bacon" yields three possibilities: information about the artist Francis Bacon, actor Kevin Bacon, and countless web sites devoted to the love of this localized section of the pig. One in particular that caught my attention is Bacon Today for two reasons. One, it is cogent, well-written, comprehensive and informative. Two, it is somewhat optimized and appeared third on the first page of my Google query (shameless plug for my occupation!). Plus, you have to love a site that gives a shout-out to another of its brethren that sells Swine Swag to the masses. It just doesn't get any better than that. 

Seriously folks, bacon just tastes good and lends flavour to just about anything you pair it with. Yes, even donuts and, gasp! chocolate. Anyone who's had a Vosges Mo's Bacon Bar knows what I'm talking about. If you're a salty/sweet person like I am, you're willing to try just about anything that combines sweet and savoury. Mind you, that can get a tad freaky - I happen to love putting tuna fish on cinnamon raisin bagels. That might make some of you squeamish, but my feeling is, don't knock it 'til you've tried it. 

Ultimately, this isn't about a pedestrian plate of bacon and eggs, or even the British/Canadian love of peameal, or back bacon, on a bun. This is about expanding your horizons and finding new things to enjoy. Life is too short to endure the same old, same old, and so long as you find reasonable ways to add some fun to your diet, there's nothing wrong with the occasional bacon donut or chocolate bar. Or bacon cheeseburger; or bacon on just about anything. Since we're so hung up on universality and pleasing the masses, maybe bacon is indeed the world's most perfect food. I leave it up to you to decide. 

Come back next week when I'll be waxing rhapsodic about macaroni and cheese.

Have a wonderful weekend. 


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