Say it with bacon! If only this would work with women… but in reality, it would likely result in disasterousness (which may not be an actual word, but it would be bad). Ironically, this would impress guys. A girl could give cooked bacon to a guy and he would think she must really like him. (Who ever said men and women are the same? Maybe someone should write a book similar to “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” but include a chapter about food. Men can relate to that, and would be more interested in reading the book. Well, since most men don’t read, maybe it should come with bacon…)
I just heard about a 105-year-old woman in Texas who says her secret is that she eats bacon every day. I don’t know if that will stand up to medical scrutiny, but it’s worth something.
The article reveals her bacon “secret”, which should be enough for the whole article. But then it talks about her birthday party, which featured over 200 guests, which is okay, I guess. But then it goes into explaining why bacon has gotten a bad rap lately. It’s somewhat ironic, given the subject of the article. Apparently some research study linked processed meat to a premature death. But check out their results — they claim that eating less than 20g per day (which is 0.7 ounces) could prevent an estimated 3% of premature deaths each year. So if you eat only a bite or two of meat per day, you have a 3% chance of living longer. For people who follow that advice, I wonder what the odds are on premature death due to not enjoying life as much… (To each their own, but that advice wouldn’t work for me.)
The article then references another study saying that even a single serving of processed red meat increased the risk of participants dying by 20%. I may not be a statistician, but I figure the risk of dying is 100%. 🙂 You can eat all the plants you want, but it is appointed for everyone to meet their Maker at some point.
Obviously bacon is somewhat unhealthy — not completely, but in some ways. However, if a single serving of bacon (or any red meat) increases your risk of dying by 20%, and this woman has eaten bacon every day for 105 years so far (which could be up to 38,000 times), what would her risk of dying be? I’d like to see one of those researchers calculate it and go tell her. Maybe she’s like one of those cartoon characters who is invulnerable to the laws of physics because they don’t understand it. 🙂 Either way, whatever she’s doing has worked for her.
I’m not claiming that all this research is bogus, but I think there’s a LOT more to it than just saying eating meat will kill you early. I’ve known quite a few people — including my grandparents — who ate big country meals all the time (which included lots of butter, gravy, and fried foods), yet lived to be 90+ and still had above-average health. I know that’s a small sample, but when you consider how Americans used to eat versus what we now “know” about nutrition, it’s amazing any of them lived past 25. I’m not saying fattening foods are healthy, but I do wonder if natural / organic fattening foods might be healthier than much of the modern stuff with preservatives and additives and chemicals. I can’t prove it, and I’m not convinced either way yet, but I do think there’s a lot more to nutrition and healthiness than we currently know.
Regardless of whether bacon is good for me or not, I’m now hungry for bacon…
The world’s #1 ranked tennis player, Novak Djokovic, has bought the world’s entire supply of donkey cheese. It’s the world’s most expensive cheese, and it’s called pule. It’s made in one farm in the world, and it takes 25 liters of donkey milk to make 1 kilogram of pule. It sometimes sells for over $500 per pound. It supposedly has 60 times more Vitamin C than cheese from cow’s milk.
Djokovic is opening a chain of restaurants which will feature this cheese, so he bought the upcoming year’s supply of it for his own use. Supposedly this cost him millions of dollars, but he can afford it. He’s been a top 3 tennis player in the world for several years now, and last year he made $19.8 million.
The Buffet o’ Blog staff has talked about opening our own restaurant, but we’ve never considered cornering the market on a single ingredient. There’s an obvious reason for that — it takes beaucoups of money. Instead, we’ll just have to create the most awesome restaurant, which I’m confident we could do, given a reasonable amount of investment. Somebody out there has more money than ideas, and we’re still waiting for their people to contact our people. If you know one of these people, give ’em a swift kick or light a fire under ’em (not literally), to push them in the right direction. I know there’s already some great restaurants, but it’s clear that many places just don’t get it. For example, I know of restaurants that don’t use any bacon… for anything. Obviously, you don’t have to, but given the fact that bacon makes almost any dish considerably better, why would you not have bacon in your restaurant? These things seem like common sense to us, but as the saying goes, common sense isn’t.
I saw a commercial the other night for an “Ultimate BLT” from Arby’s. It had my attention because of how often they said bacon (probably 7 times). They used big grandiose terms like “monument to bacon”, etc. So naturally I was expecting good things from this new food of theirs.
Then they actually shows the sandwich, which contains only 5 pieces of bacon. I was suddenly disappointed. And that’s with their commercial depiction. Here’s a picture of one that someone purchased.
So a question arises. For something to be declared the ultimate BLT, how many slices of bacon are required? And should any other ingredients be included? (I realize there may be purists who say a BLT cannot have extra ingredients, but what if it makes it better? Plus, we are talking about a modified title of “Ultimate BLT”, which implies it should be the best possible BLT.)
I’d like to hear your thoughts on this, because you might have ideas I haven’t thought of. To get the discussion started, the Buffet o’ Blog staff talked about it around the virtual water cooler:
* I think anything to be declared the “ultimate” in bacon should have a minimum of 1/4 lbs of bacon… anything less and it just sounds a bit puny. I’d laugh if I saw a commercial touting something like 1/8 a pound of bacon!
* Even if one cares about the other 2/3 of a BLT, you’d still need bacon to be prominent over the LT. I’d say at least 1/4 lbs, but I’d recommend (and like to research) 1/2 lbs.
* To be “ultimate”, they’ve got to take it to the next level. BAM! For starters, add melted cheese to it, and Miracle Whip. Some chipotle sauce would go well with it, too, I think. For the cheese, could probably use cheese dip with Rotel to pour on it, just make it thick enough to stay in the sandwich.
* Add a fried egg to it! Well, if you’re gonna call it ultimate, add several eggs and more bacon. And cheese, of course. Tell me this wouldn’t sell like hotcakes! I would eat this for any meal of the day.