Delicious Dozen Links: Brought to You by the Letter ‘B’ for Bacon, Berries, and Big Big Big

delicious dozen links: bacon, bacon, and more bacon
B is for BACON:

1. French Fry-Coated Bacon on a Stick – because French fries on a mere hot dog is for cardiovascular chumps

2. Cheese-stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Beer-Battered Hot Dogs – best line: “grossest part was feeling the hot dog get plumper as it filled” (original concept from Stuff magazine)

3. Whopper with Cheese and 15 Orders of Extra Bacon – that’s an extra nine dollars.

4. Bacon-infused Bourbon and The Scoop on Bacon Vodka – within days of one another, bacons get liquor baths

5. Taco Bell Bacon Club Chalupa – Really? I know you love bacon, but do you really want to get to know a woman who smells like smoked pork?

6. 50 Ways to Use Bacon – if that wasn’t enough, 50 more links to bacon

7. B is for Berry: The Miracle Berry – how powerful (big) sugar can be

8. B is for Breast Cancer: Mexican Food May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk – as if I needed another excuse to eat Benito’s Nachos at 4 am

9. B is for Baking: Get Serious with Surfas – just got cupcake wrappers in size: teeny for upcoming birthdays and Mother’s Day

10. B is for Big Breasted, Bubble-headed Bleached Blonde (o, the alliteration, it is too much!): Food Network Nabs 8 Emmy Nominations – I can’t decide which is worse – that Sandra “Don’t Mistake Me for Asian” Lee was nominated at all, or that her nomination is for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling. Hairstyling! On a separate, but related note, Giada de Laurentiis/Everyday Italian earned 3 nominations, but I will save my jealous hate spewage for a full, dedicated post because if there’s one thing I love to do, it’s to waste an entire blog post on how much I abslutly abwhore the Food Network hostesses (I don’t make typos).

11. B is for Big City: Where to Go Next: Chicago – Food & Wine declares that Chicago is The Next Big City. I am going to Chicago next month. Coincidence? Or proof that I’m just that dialed into foodish trends?! (I’ve been there before, but any hot/cool recommendations are welcome and very much appreciated).

12. B is for Big Bear, BBQ, and Breakfast: I’m on a birthday “retreat” in the mountains and certainly didn’t expect Big Bear restaurants have a presence on Yelp, but apparently, it’s not just Burger King and Carl’s Jr, you know (both of which do make an appearance, as does the Little Caesar’s Pizza Station inside the K-Mart. Awesome).

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  • Maggie’s Farm

    In Chicago you must visit the Spice House (www.thespicehouse.com). I spent half an hour tasting salts last time I was there, and my friend swears by their tomato powder as the secret to her tomato sauce.

  • MetroDad

    Without a doubt, you have to go to Alinea. Not to be morbid but we realy don’t know how much longer Grant Achatz will be cooking. He’s one of my favorite chefs in the country. Be sure to go! It’ll be one of the best meals of your life.

  • sarah j. gim

    maggie’s farm: oh…love those kinds of stores — specialty purveyors, restaurant supply, cake decorating — and spices! thanks so much for the recommendation!

    metrodad: yes, alinea! it’s on the list, but i have a confession to make. while i am impressed by his skill, strength and (dare i say?) stubbornness, i am not all that fond of achatz’s (and others’) style of food. am i horrible?!?!

    so i am sort of torn. i appreciate the philosophy behind the flavors and the artistry, but i am not sure i can appreciate EATING a slice of bacon suspended like a dishcloth on a laundry line.

    still, i am curiously fascinated because, you know.

  • d*

    You’re coming to Chicago next month! :D
    I can’t WAIT to read your reviews on your dining experiences here!

  • MetroDad

    I get your concerns about Alinea but the artistry and philosophy doesn’t come across as obnoxious as you might think. It really does make you re-think everything you previously believed about food.

    Besides, after dinner at Alinea, you can always head over to The Weiner’s Circle for some spicy hot dogs loaded with pickles, raw onion, and relish.

  • Maggie’s Farm

    Oh, and just a few doors down from The Spice House is Old Town Oil. Another fantastic specialty shop with a crazy selection of oils and vinegars with unlimited tastings. It’s so much fun to make up different combos in the little white paper tasting cups.

  • dessertobsessed

    Hi, just wanted to say that I love your blog! Your writing style is really unique and refreshing!

  • Tarie

    All that bacon… yum! I want to eat all that, but with the heart attack on the side. LOL.

  • SunJun

    I feel my arteries hardening just from looking at those pictures…

  • Dee

    If you are forced to take part in tourism at Navy Pier, stop by Fox & Obel (www.fox-obel.com)on the way there. The cafe is lovely for a no-fuss eat with attention to quality ingredients. You can order to take home (I guess this doesn’t apply to you) or want to eat picnic-style near the lakefront. OR You can dine in their cafe (they give you an order number card and bring your order to you as long as you keep that card at the same table as you =D). Great coffee for coffee lovers of course. Also, it is attached to a market where you can spend some time loitering around in. =) Enjoy Chicago for the second time!

  • sarah j. gim

    donut: yes…though i am not sure how exciting food reviews will be from chicago. a lot of my time won’t be, well, my time. the trip is centered around a wedding so you know, “chipper chicken” or “siffit.”

    metrodad: see, i knew there was a reason i like you.

    dee and maggies farm again: thanks for more recs!

    dessertobsessed: thanks for stopping by, and love that you’re obsessed with desserts (and in LA)!

    tarie: on the side? how about not at all!?

    sunjun: no kidding. and you don’t know what this is doing to my MEx diet.

  • Asianmommy

    Wow–french-fried bacon on a stick, huh? I’ve never seen that before!

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