Even though I'm a complete Luddite and can barely figure out how to set up my TiVo without taking up roughly 5 hours of their tech department's time, I have managed to figure out Twitter (it only took a few months!) and thanks to this social networking site, I found my second husband!
Ahem, I mean, The Royal Bacon Society.
Swoooon! It's a whole society based on BACON!
Happy fists!! Now if only they put this logo on a bib.
I'd so buy one. Or two... Or twelve.
For those of you who didn't know, this past Saturday, September 5th, was International Bacon Day (or what I've excitedly nicknamed "Second Christmas") and the Royal Bacon Society (located in Santa Barbara, CA) knew that this fabulous occasion needed to be celebrated.
Ergo, they bestowed upon us BACON '09!
Fellow heart attack patients, aka: "Bacon-istas."
Another piece of bacon?
Why, yes I can!
After scoring an invite/+1 (that's right - INVITE ONLY!) my friend, Lauren,
(who helped with Bacon Cupcake Day!) and I ventured out of LA
and made the trip up North. A whole 86 miles. We're bacon pioneers!
Me at the gates of heaven! I mean Bacon '09.
Upon entering, we had to label ourselves.
Which being an avid P-Touch fan, made me very happy
as I enjoy order with my pork products.
Anybody who has eaten with me in a restaurant
knows that my true answer is:
"Crispy, but not burnt."
For $10, we had unlimited access to the bacon spread!
NOM NOM NOM!
Where to start?!
(Head exploding fists!)
ON my plate:
First up, Bacon Squares!
Basically cheesy bread with bacon on top.
How can you miss?
Next... bacon caramels?
I ate a billion of these.
Let's keep eating dessert...
so they were heavenly.
Even if the bacon was chewy.
I'll let it slide. THIS TIME.
The Breakfast Cookie had a lot of potential.
It had oats in it really tasted like cereal (in a good way).
Tasty, but the other cookie was better.
It had chocolate. 'Nuff said.
Next - goat cheese and bacon.
A marriage made in PorkyPig Heaven.
Can I date this dish? Seriously? Can I?
Is that weird? Sigh...
Then on the end of the table, Elvis Bars...
This was my FAVORITE dish of the day.
I ate about a bazillion of these.
(Note to self: Buy larger pants... update HMO...)
I talked to the guy who made them and
he said that it was a Barefoot Contessa recipe for Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
but instead of peanuts, he used bacon.
(PS - HE IS THE SMARTEST MAN EVER.)
Next up, tater tots wrapped in bacon!
There was a tasty quiche...
There was also fruit.
I have no idea what that was all about.
There were also a lot of "bacon flavored" candy products.
So naturally, we had to try them!
Even if they sounded scary.
For instance: Bacon... mints?
It had a kicky (horrible) aftertaste that I'm still trying to wash away.
Lauren tried a Bacon Jellybean... we didn't document this tasting,
but we did document her rating on the tasting menu:
Next up, Bacon Gumballs!
"I love trying new things!"
MAKE IT STOP!"
Now, there were also BACON DRINKS.
So naturally we had to try those too.
(Because we obviously hadn't learned from the candy debacle...
Thank God we're cute...)
Thank God we're cute...)
First up... A Bacon Bloody Mary.
And the verdict...
"Okay, we'll just take two..."
Jennifer: "Of course! We didn't drive 86 miles to punk out now."
Jennifer: "I WANT TO DIE, but daintily..."
Jennifer: "Yes. Yes we are."
In case you can't tell (because you're blind) the Bacon Shot was BRUTAL.
It was made with a home-made bacon infused vodka
(which I don't think turned out so well) and we're both light-weight drinkers.
(Lauren's nickname for me is Weak Knees Applesauce. Don't ask...)
So I'd be interested to see how it would taste with Bakon Vokda.
But I may need to take some time to heal before venturing out on the bacon drinks again...
Despite the candy/drinks, we had a great time!
We concluded the event by losing the raffle.
But we look cute with our tickets:
So that was Bacon '09!
I hope you enjoyed it. We did and can't wait to go back next year!
VIVA LA BACON!
The following images are not for the faint of heart.
It's the amount of grease accumulated making the Bacon '09 treats.
I'm not kidding.
Turn back now.
(OH MAN I WISH!)
That is a VAT OF FAT.
Sometimes... ignorance is bliss.
See you next year!!