Ode to the Swine

Loving pork, bacon and pork belly- find out my favorite eats recently if you love pork, too!

Pork Love…

Call it an oxymoron, or just plain sign of the times with a pork popularity insurgence- this Jewish chef  now loves pork! Fatty, crispy end juicy
meat—smoked, slathered with BBQ sauce or Hoisin. The thicker the pork chops on the bone of course, the better.

The fattier the piece the better and ribs-well call me southern and slap my knee silly- love the finger lickin’ tender racks, coleslaw and fries included.

I have been somewhat indifferent to bacon; however, other than in search of a perfect BLT. Occasionally, meaning twice a year I order a BLT, usually someplace in California that will be loaded with avocado and thick slices of juicy red and
yellow tomatoes on some outstanding homemade seven-grain bread with housemade aoili. But then I found a new style of eating bacon –a “Flight of Bacon” at Datz in South Tampa, a deep fried bacon wrapped hot dog at eat here, (Siesta, Main Street Sarasota and Anna Maria Island) and a pork belly “BLT” at the Houstonian Hotel in Houston—which by the way there was a Pierce Morgan sighting—not sure if he was diving into the pork belly or martini)

Seriously, a flight of bacon -- white linen clothed plate arrives with a variety of back bacon, slab, special cured and a dipping of balsamic glaze. Now we are talking pig perfect.

A deep fried “heart attack” hot dog wrapped in bacon and wait for it—béarnaise sauce for dipping.

Thick, juicy and outstandingly crisp skin- the open faced pork belly sandwich with a pile of freshly fried seasoned potatoes... well I near chased back a Kentucky Bourbon just on the high note of perfection! (Instead, I sipped my iced tea and acted like the other ladies lunching, although they were probably picking at the chicken salad plate—losers!)

I have had bacon- maple ice cream and bacon bread pudding-both pretty darn good, (both at Beach Bistro).

There is bacon salt on the rim of the bacon infused vodka specialty bloody Mary at The Table for Sunday brunch. Let me say this again-bacon infused
vodka! Try that one dirty.

Almost makes me want to build my own smoke house and cure my own bacon- but that just wouldn't be half the fun of hunting down the best around.

So, my ode to the pig is simple- Swine when you dine!!

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Kate Perry February 05, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Judi! We are jealous of your job! All of those delicious bacon dishes, mmmmm! So proud our bacon flite made the cut! We are bacon obsessed --that's no secret-- glad you are sharing in the obsession these days :-) Kate Perry Marketing Manager Datz
Judi Gallagher February 07, 2013 at 09:36 PM
well Kate, join me next week at Fleming's for the new pork belly tasting and now you cna see how tough my job is!!
juliet smith February 15, 2013 at 12:36 PM
I've been to Houstonian Hotel but I haven't tried their pork belly sandwich. The next time I will go in there I will make sure to taste it so that I won't miss 1/2 of my life.
riza cnros February 15, 2013 at 03:08 PM
I am a pork lover and I can't for the March issue of "flavors and more".
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