Bacon Sighting in SB

Here in Santa Barbara many restaurants come and go as it is a small town with loads of restaurants, but I feel optimistic for the newest one: State & Fig. Why? Because there’s bacon. I recently tried their Mac’n’cheese and their Fig Burger, both of which include our beloved bacon.

BaconMacnCheeseThe Mac’n’cheese is made with fontina, provolone, parmesan, applewood bacon, breadcrumbs and sure is rich! The bacon really stands up to the medley of cheeses bringing a lovely smokiness to the dish.

The Fig Burger includes fig jam, bacon, caramelized onions, arugula, and blue cheese. This fantastic combo makes each bite a delight. The bacon was perfectly cooked – a perfect crunch yet still with some chew to it. The saltiness of the bacon paired with the fig jam was wonderful and an idea that has inspired me to create some sort of flatbread with these ingredients at home. Hurray for bacon!

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Want to read the full restaurant review? Check out my food loving blog at www.bluemoon-eve.blogspot.com.

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Originally posted 2012-11-05 17:49:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Chick-N Bacon Tater Melt Munchie Meal Review

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Night owls, rejoice! Jack in the Box’s new Munchie Meal items and Munchie Peel instant-win game were designed with you in mind. The Munchie Meal is only available after 9:00 PM, and includes 2 items with DELICIOUS BACON!

I sampled the Chick-N-Tater Melt Munchie Meal. This includes the new Chick-n-Tater Melt: crispy chicken, hash browns, bacon, Ranch dressing and an ooey gooey three cheese sauce, all on a buttery croissant. At first I was a bit baffled at the concept. Is it a breakfast sandwich? Is it lunch sandwich? Is it both??

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I ordered mine with no Ranch, and was surprised at how tasty it was! The cheese sauce really made the sandwich, and the chicken and hash browns were extra crispy. And you can’t really go wrong when bacon and a croissant bun are involved. The Munchie Meal also came with 2 tacos, a soda and “halfise” fries, a 50/50 french fry/curly fry mix. It’s a ton of calories for a tiny price. You know, for people who have really worked up an appetite.

The cutesy box made it a little more apparent who the target market for the “munchies” meal is… “Couch Bingo” lets you play bingo from the comfort of your own sofa, which is apparently where the Munchie Meal is meant to be devoured!

Another bacony M.M option is the Loaded Nuggets meal. This item includes chicken nuggets covered in cheese sauce and bacon. If only the Hella-peno Burger and the Stacked Grilled Cheese Burger included BACON!!

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This is late night food that includes a side of WINNING! With Jack’s #munchiepeel instant win game, Jack in the Box is giving away over $1,000,000 in food and other prizes, with one in four entries being a winner. Peel off the sticker from the iconic purple box to see if you’re an instant winner! Alas, I was not a winner.

For us non-winners, Jack is giving away a second chance to win the ultimate prize at JacksMunchiePeel.com: a VIP experience for four in Las Vegas kicking back at the MTV Real World Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Money can’t buy it and only Jack in the Box can provide it.

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Available on Jack’s Late Night Menu exclusively from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., you can enjoy your Munchie Meal combo complete with 2 tacos, halfsie fries (half regular, half seasoned curly) and a 20 oz. drink. Click Here to find a location near you!

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Denny’s Baconalia is back!

Last week Naseem and I had a crazy, whirlwind experience. We were invited by the marketing and advertising team at Denny’s (yes that Denny’s, America’s diner) to visit their headquarters is Spartanburg, South Carolina and learn about the re-launch of their Baconalia menu — coming to a Denny’s near you this week. Many of you may remember that in 2011, they first introduced this bacon-themed menu to much media attention, particularly because of their bold Maple Bacon Sundae. This taste sensation got Baconalia mentioned on Conan, Letterman, Leno, and got major exposure on at least one episode of South Park. As far as I’m concerned, if Matt & Trey have noticed you, you have most definitely arrived. A number of restaurant chains have thrown in a token bacon-themed dessert item since, but none has committed in the way that Denny’s has.

IMG_20130307_124615_339The morning of the event was filled with anticipation on my part. Prior to being shuttled to the 16-story Denny’s Headquarters building, we didn’t actually know which promotion we were there to cover. What would we be tasting? And who else would share this experience with us? Turned out we were in very good company, with bloggers from Foodbeast, Burgerbeast, GrubGrade, and Mr. Baconpants himself. Perhaps most awesome was meeting the lovely Megan and Jason Day of BBQAddicts, inventors of the legendary and much-imitated Bacon Explosion.

We spent about an hour whetting our appetite on fruit and cinnamon-sugar pancake puppies (which I heart) while the VP of Marketing John Dillon and his team shared some information and stats about Baconalia past and present. They showed us their upcoming advertising campaign and I have to say it was smart and very funny. A song and video by Rhett & Link. A partnership with FailBlog. Commemorative melamine plates! The links are almost endless and the presentation was an experience that I’d like to talk about further, but I’ll save that for another post because I really want to get to the menu. Which is exactly what I was thinking while we talked about and looked at images of the food to come.

Caramel_Bacon_Stuffed_French_ToastFinally around 11 am we walked across the street to Denny’s test kitchen. I have always wanted to say I went to a test kitchen. I feel like a damn Food Network correspondent. There are 12 bacon-themed items on the new menu, nearly double what there were in 2011. Two of the items were pretty basic egg & bacon plates, which were omitted from the tasting, I assume, in the interest of time and stomach space. My favorite dish was also our first: The Caramel Bacon Stuffed French Toast ($7.99). This consisted of two thick slices of French toast, perfectly cooked without any noticeable egg on the exterior, a peeve of mine. Between the slices was a generous layer of white chocolate cream cheese (yum!) mixed with nice-sized chunks of crisp bacon. Topping it all off was a tasty drizzle of caramel sauce and more bacon chunks. It was delicious, plain and simple. I would order this. Naseem and I both had difficulty keeping our tasting to a couple of bites. But with eight more dishes to come, we really had to pace ourselves. The French toast comes with two eggs, two slices of bacon, and a side of warm maple syrup. I’d say the syrup is totally unnecessary.

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Naseem’s favorite item (and in my top three) was the Spicy Pepper Bacon Jack Burger ($7.99). We had all discussed the spice level that we expected from this burger, and were happy that it actually delivered. With a chipotle sauce, pepper jack cheese, pepper bacon and, most important, pickled jalapeño slices, you’re actually left with some lingering heat on the tongue for several minutes. There was also much discussion about the veggies included on the burger. I’m a fan of lettuce, tomato and pickle, particularly if the lettuce is crisp and shredded, which this was. The bacon obviously couldn’t be the stand-out flavor in this burger, but a decent burger doesn’t use bacon as a crutch. This item is served with fries, and can be ordered with a turkey or veggie burger.

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Naseem and I were both excited about the BBQ Bacon Mac’n Cheese Bites ($4.59). There are six pieces in this appetizer, served atop a pepper jack sauce and drizzled with BBQ sauce. Each ball of cheesy goodness was deep-fried to a crispness that our forks could not penetrate. This is definitely a finger food. As far as being fried mac’n cheese, I liked it. The bacon, unfortunately, wasn’t as prominent as I had hoped. And the sauces weren’t a match for me. Maybe the pepper jack would have been fine on it’s own, but the BBQ sauce dominated the other flavors. It may have even been why I couldn’t taste the bacon. If I ordered this, I’d ask for sauces on the side. But again, I would totally order it.

Other menu items included:

The Ultimate BLT ($6.99): A solid, tasty sandwich with avocado and mixed greens, but I’d need at least two more slices of bacon to call it ultimate.

The Pepper Bacon Avocado Omelette ($7.99): Not terribly interesting. Veggies were nicely sautéed, avocado was ripe but firm, but it also could have used more bacon.

The Bacon Pepper Jack Tilapia ($8.99): Although we were told this item got very high marks in test, I cannot get behind putting cheese and bacon on fish; spinach and pico de gallo? Maybe in a taco situation. The fish itself had a nice texture and mild flavor.

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And now on to the famous bacon desserts. The Salted Caramel Brownie Sundae with Bacon ($3.69) was our favorite, hands down. The brownie was super fudgy with a crushed pretzel crust. The caramel sauce, as stated earlier, was delicious. Denny’s uses a 12% milkfat vanilla ice cream for all of these desserts, so it was nice and rich. And finally the diced bacon was diced large and cooked crisp. A killer mix.

They brought back the famous Maple Bacon Sundae ($2.99) and added a Maple Bacon Milk Shake ($3.69). I may be the only bacon fan out there who doesn’t love maple, so neither of these desserts appealed to me. But if you do love that flavor combo, then I think the shake would blow your mind. The bacon is blended to a fine enough mince to get through the straw, and we were all impressed with the crispy texture, even when blended with ice cream. The key there is that each shake is scooped and blended to order; there is no pre-mixed maple-bacon ice cream on standby.

I was totally impressed with the crispness of the bacon throughout the tasting. I recognize, however, that I was being served by test kitchen chefs and culinary experts; I’m anxious to do a testing at our local Denny’s with a few of our readers to see how the experience holds up in the real world of a franchise owner.

If you want to see what all the hype is about, you have 10 weeks to try out the Baconalia festivities. Yes, this is a limited-time promotion, and we cannot guarantee that any of the items you see here will be available in the future. If you do give this menu a try, let us know what you thought and which items were your favorites. Seriously, I eat that French toast one more time and breakfast may never be the same again.

Maple Bacon Latte

This may be old hat to a lot of you bacon maniacs – baconiacs? – but I’ve been wanting to try a bacon maple latte since I first heard about the Pirate Cat Radio version from Anthony Bourdain. Alas, it’s not something you see on every cafe menu. But this weekend we hit a new favorite breakfast spot here in Santa Barbara, Scarlett Begonia. I’m a sucker for niceties, and Scarlett Begonia just kills me with their complimentary amuse bouch, their super fresh,  everything’s homemade attitude, and their lemon ricotta pancakes. Holy hell. And on Sunday they gave me another reason to love them: a maple bacon latte.

Scarlett Begonia's maple bacon latteI tasted the latte before asking any questions. First, it was topped by crumbles of their perfectly cooked bacon (I love their bacon) and the foam had an immediate flavor of maple. When I asked where the maple came into play, they confirmed that it was drizzed on top, but it was clear 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. I 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 ordering just to drink that half. If I hadn’t had pancakes (yes, and a side of bacon) for breakfast, I probably could have finished it as dessert. I’ll have to remember that next time. Mmm…next time.

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Bacon Beer, Part Two

bacon maple aleOkay 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 review 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.

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Maple Bacon Granola

Bacon Maple Clusters

Snackle Mouth!

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.

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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.