Thursday, August 28, 2008

International Bacon Day is almost here

As I am sure you all know Saturday is International Bacon Day.

You know the popular image of waking up to the smell of frying bacon, well that is to IBD as the image of kids creeping down the stairs on Christmas morning is to that holiday. Family gathers around the table for a great meal, much in the way families gather around a roasted turkey on Thanksgiving. My sister is traveling out from her crappy state to the beautiful location I live so we can celebrate IBD as a family. Its one of those special holidays that creates cherished memories... gimme a minute I am all choked up. OK

Hallmark doesn't appear to have any cards, I am guessing they are working on the technology to be able to have actual bacon inside the card when you open it. Man that would be great.

We will post some pictures from this years celebration next week, feel free to comment with what your plans are for International Bacon Day.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"Bitches better have my bacon!"

I imagine a bacon pimp would say something like that. I am sure I don't want to know what they are doing for or with the bacon... but that's just me. Speaking of pimps, last week we pimp'd our cheeseburger. For today, we are going to take a cue from the folks at We are not gonna dress up our taco with queso fresco or habaneros, we are the lords of bacon.... you know whats coming.

First we needed some tacos. For this I chose Jack in the Box "meat paste" 2 for 99¢ TVP tacos. They aren't on the menu like that, but buying them late at night, possibly after drinking.. they tend to get a longer name with age. I am not sure there is any actual meat in these babys but there soon will be.

First a taco:

mmmm spicy TVP

These aren't your Del Taco tacos:

now for the pimpage...

Suprise!! we are using BACON!

Only 2 strips these aren't Monster Tacos


We have taco pimpage.

Yes it was very tasty, and I will do it again.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Pimp My Cheeseburger

There are a lot of bacon cheeseburgers out there in fast food land. Let's face it they all pretty much suck (Yes you Baconator). But they are convenient, probably why they call it 'fast food'. Well I found myself at home the other day with a Carl's Jr Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger, which by itself is pretty average at best. Having recently read and being impressed by the great stuff the kids over at are doing, I was inspired to pimp MY cheeseburger.

Here it is in 'standard' or delivered configuration:

Nothing to write home about for sure.

Now we add to that a little of the ole 'instant bacon'.. (review coming soon)

mmm bacon!

I folded the instant bacon to give a little double thick bacony layer:

now that's is a TBL (Tasty Bacon Layer)

and voila!! Pimped out cheeseburger in the house!

that's how we roll... LoB style!

International Bacon Day

Just a reminder that International Bacon Day is fast approaching. You can read about it over here. This year the date is Aug 30th. There are T-Shirts available here, but even if you don't have one of those, be sure to plan your bacon meals and snacks and share the bacon goodness with family and friends. Bacon Jason and I will be celebrating and posting our I.B.D. stories in September.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Better not lay a finger on my Butterfinger!

Bacon Jason and I as well as the honorary Bacon Fred love us that bacon chocolate but lets face it $7.50 is a lot of money for some chocolate, EVEN if it has bacon in it. With our recent discovery that the local Cost Plus has it for under $6 its like getting a free bar when we buy five (yes we could eat five in an afternoon if we were rich) it's still an expensive treat. So we are always on the lookout for some tasty bacony chocolate goodness. Today I was prepping some instant bacon (review coming soon) and as if by fate my tummy says "Butterfinger". I thought to myself, someone should try those together....I should try those together, so I did. I didn't have any fancy preparation, just a plate of hot bacon and a Butterfinger bar. I simply did the bite of this and a bite of that mixing method. Damn it was tasty! I think I could get some of those mini Halloween sized Butterfinger bites and wrap them in bacon, make it more of a presentation; if I do I'll post photos. In the mean time, I give the BacoButterfinger three strips.

Monday, August 18, 2008

I'd vacation there.....

Over at IBD they have a picture of a magical bacon world.....

International Bacon Day: New favorite photo

August 30th is coming soon, look for some more posts/links as the best tasting holiday of all approaches.

Bacon Domain Week!

I am a self professed nerd, geek, dork, what have you; I don't think I will get any argument from anyone, after all I write a blog about bacon for christsake. I was bragging to my girlfriend about how I had a lot of domains as that is some sort of nerd mating ritual maneuver ( I think, I may be too much of a geek to know for sure). Well long story short, she pwn'd me and my paltry number of domains. I only bring this up as it was part of the inspiration for (cue trumpet blaring, or better yet the sound of bacon sizzling here) "Bacon Domain Week!!!

The idea being each day I would register a bunch of new bacon related domains, and then down the road develop each of those domains into a multimillion dollar empire of cash and bacon.. mwhhahahaha! (that's my semi-demonic maniacal laugh, its very impressive in person but does not translate well to the written word, but trust me, it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, or at a minimum, gets strange looks).

Now I could stretch this baby out into a weeks worth of posts, one each day, all sorts of witty bacon comentary on each one providing all 3 of our RSS subscribers endless amounts of entertainment. But.... Its all going into this one post, for two reasons. 1) I'm lazy, you saw the post recently about blogging taking up a lot of time, well I got a window tonight, this is it. 2) There is a certain someone perhaps two someones who stated that if the post is more than a couple paragraphs in length they simply will not read it. And who said the MTV generation has a short attention... what was I talking about again? Well this figures to be too long for the friends with a disdain for words, and guys if you did get this far, I intend to ramble further just jump out now. :)

I should mention that our uber-admin extraordinaire was very helpful in taking time out from more important things to register each of these silly domains, or as he calls them the "tocino dominios".

Monday started out full of hope and I think with the intent of spending some of the 10's of thousandths of cents this blog generates on maybe a hundred bacon domains. Then reality set in, a lot of the really good ideas were already taken. In fact one of my first choices was which turns out to be a "baco-blog" already. So I added that to my bacon scented RSS reader and resumed our quest for one hundred bacon domains. I checked my account balance, did some number crunching, projected the ROI from this little whim of internet bacon domain domination, and made the command decision; one domain a day for the work week was probably overkill, but what the heck 5 is a semi round number, as well as the top bacon strip rating here at LoB, so with the goal being set it was into the think tank of bacon grease to come up with the ultimate 5 bacon domains. I would like to say that we achieved success in finding the 5 greatest bacon domains ever thought of, when in reality, we wound up covered in bacon fat and smelling good enough to lick for like 2 weeks. Monday's domain is a pretty good one, possibly one of my favorite from the week; its descriptive, you know what you are getting right from the domain name. I mean, really isn't it all about the bacon? Just saying.

So on Tuesday, it was feeling lonely in the old shop, lots of empty cubes, former spots filled with the friends and comrades that once worked in our department. I thought about 'tipping the 40' for our friends, but since the very presence of alcohol at work would be a cause for immediate dismissal, I decided to toast them with bacon. As I sat there with some fresh hot "instant bacon" (review coming soon) and thinking about all the people that were missing out on its smokey aroma because they are all now employed over at Tom's space, Tuesday's domain came to me, an applewood smoked domain that represents a little love for the homies, One day it too will be the 2nd largest site of its kind; a bacon social network, where bacoterians can meet, post oddly angled pictures of their favorite bacons, and wonder if they are the only person on the site over the age of sixteen.

Wednesday was push day, like there is a schedule that is followed or something, not sure if it was classic or code flavored like water but didnt have a lot of time to think of domains. Fortunately, while working with this drummer that moonlights as a change management engineer, we were discussing bacon..... I know duh! He mentions "Bacon is awesome!" again I know... duh! Would you believe that wasn't registered?!? I didn't...but it is now. Three down and two to go. I was thinking we gotta really nail it on Friday, ya know, save the best for last? Well if my ADD friends by some miracle are still with me, feel free to wander over to /. as its really just more of the same for the next couple of paragraphs.

Thursday, I am not sure what was on my mind. I dunno if it was the Adam Sandler sketch about weight lifting or the fact I was trying to figure out what makes my saliva glands kick into over drive more, bacon or my girlfriend. But I envision either some sort of advice page or perhaps funny situations where the answers to the issue boil down to either bacon or sex. Not sure on the presentation yet, but really are there any two greater forces that can drive ones decisions? Like the old angel on one shoulder and devil on the other, except on one its smokey delicious bacon, and the other, your significant other calling you to bed, or the couch or kitchen counter...... hey I don't judge, whatever your thing is...rock on! Anyway becomes Thursday's domain, and I can literally hear the uber-admin's eyes rolling right through the gtalk window.

Thank Bacon It's Friday! This one seemed a little anti-climactic, but it is very simple. In math when you factor a number several times you say x the nth power, well what if you took bacon to the power of bacon. Yes I realize that bacon is not your normal math or algebraic type of equation, ya know since its not a number and all, and even though you can spell it with some letters, I am not sure there is a mathematical symbol that represents bacon, although I am still not sure that the ~ tilde is not secretly a bacon symbol in disguise. What with math all up in my head on Friday, I know, you all get all mathy on Fridays too right?? No?? Anyway, I was thinking of bacon equations and ways to turn those into domain names and well, they were all long and they sucked. I simply started thinking of bacon dotcom type names a single bacon was of course taken and parked waiting for someone to come along and snatch it up at what I am sure is a fair price...yeah right. Two bacons or baconbacon, also parked. Three bacons or baconbaconbacon redirects to a microwave bacon tray, wow. (Maybe we should review that here? hmmm.) So next up was thats right 4!!!! bacons, or as I like to think of it as bacon times bacon times bacon to the power of bacon. Damn thats alot of bacon, give me a sec, I need to grab a quick bite of bacon.......... ahhhhh much better! Well that was the last of the domains for (cue trumpet blaring, or better yet the sound of bacon sizzling here) "Bacon Domain Week"!!! I like em all, they make me happy. I barely find time to blog, but I am sure I will find time to develop these babies into some righteous bacon domain website goodness.

Have a suggestion for what would make these tasty bacon domains cool? Leave a comment and let us know, I doubt we will do anything with the suggestions, but we might toast the best ones with some bacon. And I know a few people will be making a certain suggestion, and trust me you can NOT place a domain name into any orifice of ones body.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Bacon Cheesecake......

This beautiful Bacon creation made its debut on May 15th, 2008. It was so delectable that I was nearly speechless and typeless until this very day. I had visions of this for quite some time and one fateful night I happened to have the one known only as 'Fred' over for dinner.

We had finger food for an appetizer. Freshly cooked Bacon that was perfectly prepared - firm, yet tender, just shy of crispy.
I grilled some tri-tip and Bacon and my wife prepared a crispy, tasty salad - of course with Bacon.
Now this was all delicious and Very satisfying, but we all knew that the desert would be the 'coup de grace'.
Now, at first I attempted to make the dish with a 1 to 1 ratio of Bacon slices to cheesecake slices. With the strawberries, blueberries, chocolate syrup and the cheesecake, there was just not enough Bacon flavor coming through.
Fred jumped in and aided in the crumbling of the bacon and we each used a minimum of 2 slices of Bacon per slice of cheesecake ( this will vary by individual - Bacon to taste ).
THIS was the critical factor that made even non-Bacoterians like my wife ( Fred is an honorary Bacoterian when he visits - 100 mile rule ) fall in love with the irresistible combination of smoky, salty Bacon with rich cheesecake, fresh fruit and a hint of chocolate!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Bibbity Bobbity Bacon

Jim Gaffigan is friggin awesome!

He's baaaaaaaaack

Jim Gaffigan's management company has removed all copyright infringing youtube videos. There is however an official Jim Gaffigan channel on youtube, but sans bacon skit. You could go see him live I guess.

Update 2: There is video on the web in places OTHER than youtube.