It’s not just for breakfast anymore. New Yorkers go hog wild for new bacon products. I wonder when CAIR will come out to protest them for being ‘offensive to Muslims?’
Everybody’s favorite pork product has hit the dining room in a whole new array of delicious guises from sticky-sweet bar snacks to smoky bourbons to decadent butterscotch-filled doughnuts. And ba-connoisseurs not to mention the blogs, clubs and societies that cater to them are salivating for more.
The latest entry in the bacon bonanza: this Sunday’s Bacon Takedown at Radegast Hall (113 N. Third St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn) in which 30 contestants will “ride the bacon war pig” by each whipping up a bacon-based dish. For $10, attendees will get to sample them all, then vote on their favorite.
But not all contestants are going the savory route. “Bacon is fatty, salty and tastes good on anything including cupcakes,” says Keavy Landreth, the 26-year-old owner of Kumquat Cupcakery, who is creating a maple pecan and bacon cupcake for the competition. Indeed, Landreth likens bacon’s popularity to that of the cupcake both have always been considered delicious, even if they seem to be capturing an inordinate amount of the public imagination lately.
The Bacon Explosion is just the latest example of bacon gone berserk you can now buy bacon-flavored mints and bacon-print suits prompting a bacon backlash of sorts in the media. Last year, Salon published an article that asked, “Will hype and gimmickry (bacon cocktails, anyone?) spoil the great salty meat?” Local food blog Grub Street has also been critical of the bacon juggernaut, boldly declaring it had “jumped the shark” meaning the craze has gotten so over-the-top, it’s become a parody of itself. Of course, bacon aficionados are quick to challenge the haters.
“What is more annoying than an overexposed trend? How about people who think it’s trendy to declare a trend dead?” wrote Heather Lauer in Bacon Unwrapped earlier this month. Bacon Takedown’s Timms agrees. “All it will ever be is delicious . . . I don’t see people getting sick of bacon anytime soon.”
Muslims working at Target, protest and refuse to handle any pork products, even packaged ones.
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