Bacon Bacon in San Francisco

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When I heard that the Bacon Bacon food truck had a fire, I almost screeched in dismay knowing my upcoming San Francisco trip would be without a meal at a place I have been wanting to go for so long. Luckily for me, the food truck wasn’t a one stop shop. Rather, Bacon Bacon has a kitchen in a prominent Vegan neighborhood near Ashbury and Masonic. Hilarious.

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I stared at their menu for minutes. My friend had enough time to order, sit down, and consume her half croissant before I even decided what I wanted. Let me show you my dilemma:

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What would you do? HONESTLY! After ordering and eating a croissant with bacon jam (yes, I ordered one just to munch on in line and it was amazing), I was torn between ultimate gluttony and something a little less devious. Do I get a Bacon Bouquet or a sandwich? Should I also consume some Hot Chocolate with marshmallows, cinnamon, and chocolate bacon bits (I know… I KNOW!)??

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Bacon is solely the reason I could never become Vegetarian. Just like cheese is the #1 reason you will never see this girl become a Vegan. After small talking the owner and his coffee sidekick, I finally decided upon The Bird: Diestel Free Range Turkey, Chicken Fried Bacon, Provolone, Cole Slaw and Avocado on Soft French Roll.

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It was phenomenal, but mainly for the Chicken Fried Bacon which I have seen no where else. What madman thought up of something so amazingly delicious. I honestly went home and almost bought myself a deep fryer for Christmas just so I could Chicken Fry all my bacon. Imagine a peppery, fried coating encasing already delectable meat. The turkey was a perfect compliment, with everything balanced by the cool coleslaw. Everything was such a perfect compliment to one another. Well done.

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Nicole got the classic grilled cheese, oozing with bacon of course: Melted cheeses, bacon, bacon jam. I tasted hers as well, and the bacon jam really did make everything even that more grand. I mean honestly; imagine a sweet bacony compote just cutting through the salty cheese and bacon strips on this sandwich. Built in palette cleanser.

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Last but not least was my little croissant. It had the same bacon jam that was on Nicole’s grilled cheese. The thing was perfect, with a well made flaky croissant and the sweet bacony compote, that had a little crunch and a lot of flavor. Another thing to mention is the coffee at Bacon Bacon. Both her and I got a mocha, done in the right way with good espresso and good chocolate. I have to admire San Fransisco for usually doing coffee the right way; Los Angeles could learn a thing or two about coffee from our Nor Cal rivals.

All in all, Bacon Bacon you were a joy. I loved the food the most, and in a close second came the atmosphere. Keep it up, because next time I am coming for that Bacon Bouquet!

Weeknight Dinner: Girls Can BBQ Too

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See that meat? Yes… I cooked that.

Just a little note on inspiring the carnivore inside all of you, and the BBQ diva I know we all can be. For a long time I refused to cook red meat because I didn’t know how to do it, or so I thought. Well let me tell you, a few good investments and you will be grilling like the best of them.

First, my grill was $20 at Walmart. I have had it for 4 years and it is the simplest little thing ever, well used for the value I received, and will cook anything you need just the way you want it. For some cheap and useful grills, here are a few:

UniFlame 138 sq inch Portable Charcoal Grill, Black –$15

Backyard Grill Deluxe Portable 15.75″ Charcoal Grill –$20

Ragalta RBQ-004 Regalta 16×11-inch Portable Charcoal Grill- $14

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The point of this post? You can make a delicious BBQ meal for you and your family with just a few simple items. I hope to show you how not intimidating meat can be, even for those of you without a lot of experience. Make your families favortie fixings and you have a MAJOR recipe for deliciousness on your hands.

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When cooking meat on the BBQ, I like to go with something fatty like a pot roast. Distinguish the fattiest side and score the roast all the way across. Make a few shallow cuts on the other side as well. Choose your marinade, and soak that sucker for a few hours, or even up to a day or two. For this dinner, I simply came home, got the meat ready and chilling in the fridge before I went about the rest of my day. That way when it was time to BBQ the meat was good and tenderized. Cook time varies on poundage and desired done-ness (well done, medium well, etc). You can find charts online to help you out.

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Don’t forget the sides! This roast went perfectly with flash fried sweet corn and a baked potato spread with all the fixings. If you are going to make BBQ, then make BBQ sides!

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Baked potatoes are a cinch and only require a few items to be diced and prepared, like the bacon. And flash fried corn? Easy. Melt a stick of butter in a pan. Add a bag of frozen sweet yellow corn and simmer on high. Add salt and pepper to taste, with a little pinch of garlic powder. You will see the corn begin to caramelize. Stir frequently until half the kernels turn a golden brown.

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So don’t be afraid of the BBQ! Bring it back this winter and surprise your family with an awesome homemade dinner.