Bacon LIVE: Modernage is Like Hormel Bacon

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Sean and I love the feedback we are getting about the show. We are happy to hear you are enjoying the show and bacon. We would also like to thank Joey for wiping up an opening song for us this week.

On this show Sean and I reviewed Mountain Products Smokehouse Chipotle Southwestern Bacon. We thought it was just as good as the other bacon from this producer. Watch the show to see our full review and to know what our favorite flavor was.

Also on the show I added a new music feature, every week Sean and I will review a band/song live on air. This week’s band was Modernage, a band out of Miami. We played their single Creatures from their latest EP “Sirhan Sirhan”. You can click here to see what we thought about it.

Bacon LIVE 030:
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Scott Kveton, the Man that Spells Bacon, Bacn

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In my journeys blogging about bacon I meet a lot of interesting people with big ideas about bacon. So when I stumbled in to Scott Kveton and his Bacn store I was not surprised. I knew someone was going to do it and in fact, I was thinking about doing it myself. Scott’s big idea is to sell that best bacon to the messes.

I recently wrote a post about my first impressions of Scott and his store. This time around I thought it would be nice to let Scott tell the story of bacn.com. In the following interview, you learn a lot about the man, the myth, and the bacon lover.

Mr. Baconpants: Why did your start blogging about bacon?

Scott Kveton: For obvious reasons, I love bacon. I started talking more and more about it in my personal blog, during talks I’d give at conferences and then on Twitter and Facebook. Pretty soon people started sending me links, pictures, etc about it and I figured, “Geez, this is my hobby now.” I decided to break out a separate blog sometime in the Summer of ’08 called bacongeek.com and the rest is history.

MBp: Where has bacon blogging taken you?

SK: While blogging I started to realize, along with a few close friends, that there was a lot of “really” really good bacon out there that people didn’t know about. We took bacongeek.com and built bacn.com which has become the place where we sell bacon, bacon t-shirts and other bacon-related food and trinket items. Its been an absolute blast and we were even able to launch it in 21 days.

MBp: Tell me and funny/interesting story invoicing you and bacon.

SK: Hmm. I think it was when Ford came to us at Bacn.com and asked us to drive one of their cars around (a Lincoln MKS) delivering our bacon. Jury is still out on that one; we get the car in a few weeks. :-)

MBp: What is your favorite bacon recipe?

SK: I’m pretty simple. I love a Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado sandwich. That’s hard to beat with the right bacon and ingredients.

MBp: What are your future goals for your blog and bacon?

SK: I just love bacon and I love the entire culture that has built up around it. I’d love to see more and more successful blogs and people doing bacon-related things. The sky’s the limit and we just hope to be a big part of all of it.

As I am sure many of you know Bacn.com is a supporter of our Bacon LIVE podcast. Be sure to check out the past and future shows to get live reviews of the bacon they sell. So far it’s been “really” really good.

Interview with Cindy Yep, Creator of the Baconfish

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On last weeks Bacon LIVE you might have noticed that I was wearing the second coolest shirt ever, the Baconfish shirt (the first coolest shirt is my Enjoy Bacon shirt). The creator of this shirt is Cindy Yep of Hamburger Panda. She was nice enough to let me interview her today.

MrBaconpants: Tell me a little about yourself.

Cindy Yep: I’m Cindy Yep and I create characters of animals and food, and in the case of Baconfish, both. I’m a one-woman operation based in San Francisco. My newest design is called “Stinky Tofu”. It’s a Taiwanese dish that smells amazingly bad but tastes amazingly good. In terms of diet, I’m a strict omnivore. I’m Chinese, and my mom likes to say we eat everything with legs but the table, and everything with wings but the airplane.

MBp: Why did you create the baconfish?

CY: My boyfriend is a pescatarian — that is, a vegetarian that also eats fish. In preparing for a dinner party, a friend of ours asked him, “Is there any way you consider bacon to be a fish?” And lo, the Baconfish was born.

MBp: If bacon fish were real how many could you eat in one sitting?

CY: I think of him as being 9 or so inches long — like a small trout. However, I also think he’s flat like thick-cut bacon. So I think I could manage to eat 4 of them, 6 if no one’s looking.

MBp: How did you choose the green t-shirt color?

CY: I saw some old scientific illustrations that had the animal on a green background like that, and that’s what the artwork is supposed to resemble. Possibly he’s one of those creatures that went extinct due to being too delicious.

MBp: Are you planning to create more bacon creatures?

CY: I remember my friends and I having a tipsy discussion about a Bacon Dragon, but I’m open to suggestions.

Feel free to leave your bacon creature suggestions in the comments bellow. I think a bacon crab or bacon whale would be a good idea to keep the ocean theme going.

Bacon LIVE: Heather Lauer Talks Bacon

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On this weeks show Sean and I talk with Heather Lauer about her love of bacon. We also tossed in a few plugs about her new book too. We then review Mountain Products Smokehouse Maple Cinnamon Bacon. Which Sean and I both thought was better then the Hickery Smoked bacon. Also I would like to thank Hamburger Panda for sending me the amazing Bacon Fish shirt!

Next week we are planing to review Mountain Products Smokehouse Chipotle Southwestern Bacon. I have high hopes for this one.

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Interview with Bacon Lover Heather Lauer

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Heather Lauer is the author of Bacon: A Love Story and creator of the Bacon Unwrapped blog. Since this was the week her book came out I thought it would be a good idea to interview her. Heather thought it was such a good idea she asked me the same questions for her blog, so be sure to check out my interview too.

How/why did you start blogging about bacon?
I went out and got drunk with my brothers one night about 4 years ago, and for whatever reason, we started talking about bacon. Because we’d had enough to drink, it was a very passionate conversation. By the end of the night we were all determined to write a book or start a website or do something dedicated to the Best Meat Ever. The next day, when I was sober, I still thought it was a good idea (perhaps the first time that has ever happened after a night of drinking). I fired up blogger.com and thus began BaconUnwrapped.com.

Where has bacon blogging taken you?
What started out as a casual creative outlet for me has suddenly turned into something quite serious now that I’ve written a book! Although when it comes to bacon, you can never really be THAT serious. The last four years have been an incredible experience and a ton of fun, especially because of all the amazing people in the Bacon Nation who I’ve had the opportunity to meet. And I really look forward to the bacon-related fun continuing well into the future!

Tell me a funny/interesting story involving you and bacon.
When I was on vacation in Bora Bora in 2006, we were staying in one of those overwater huts that have doors in the floor so you can feed the fish swimming in the ocean below. One morning we ordered breakfast room service, and of course we asked for bacon. Needless to say, there are now some fish swimming around the South Pacific with a taste for swine.

What is your favorite bacon recipe?
I get asked this all the time and I honestly don’t have just one favorite. But the most common way I eat bacon is either on its own for breakfast, in a breakfast sandwich, or on a BLT. I’m old school like that.

What are your future goals for your blog and bacon?
I have absolutely no idea! If you would have told me 4 years ago that I’d not only still be blogging about bacon, but that I’d have written a book about bacon, I would have told you you’re insane. The unpredictability of the last four years has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of my bacon blogging experience, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Soft Drink Tax Will Lead to Bacon Tax

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It has begun. The government is talking about giving health care to every US citizen. Now you might be sitting back in your chair and thinking, “good everyone should have health care”, and “yes in a perfect world it would be nice.” We don’t live in a perfect world, and just because it seem s nice doesn’t mean we should do it.

There is going to be a lot of debate on this subject in the coming weeks, and you will hear many different arguments for and against it. Like its basic human rights or why should my tax dollars pay for someone else? No matter what your stance may be there is one thing that we can’t ignore, and that is this thing is going to cost us $1.2 trillion dollars.

Now you might be asking yourself, “Where is that money going to come from?” and that’s where the biggest problem with this comes into to play. The government has no way of paying for this at its current state so there solution is to raise taxes, and their target is so called unhealthy food.

Right now congress is looking into a possible tax on soft drinks. The argument is that those drinks have large amounts of sugar and if a person drinks to much of them, it could cause health complications. So any product that helps contribute to health problems must also provide part of the solution, and that comes in the form of tax.

The tax is being proposed on soda, certain fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, and ready to drink teas, but excludes most diet sodas. It is said to cost consumers around 3 cents for every 12 oz drink and is estimated to bring in $24 billion a year. That still leaves $1.176 trillion that we need.

It doesn’t take a genius to see where this is going. Since any food eaten in excess can cause health issues that means all food is fair game. Red meat, candy bars, butter, salt, cheese, and the most devastating of all bacon are at risk of taxation.

If this passes through it won’t be long before big brother starts to say that we should just eliminate these foods to cut down on health care expenses. It has already started with the Trans fat ban in New York.

I’m not a huge fan of some of the governments’ policies but for the most part I accept them, but if they try to take away my bacon I will personally lead the charge to Washington. Bacon lovers mount up!

By Sean Brett

Bacon: A Love Story is for Sale

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Heather Lauer’s new book, Bacon: A Love Story is out today May 12th, 2009! Head on over to Amazon and buy a copy. I was mentioned in the book THREE TIMES, which I think is the greatest thing ever. I am so happy that Heather made sure the stars of the Bacon Nation made it in to this book.

Here is what the publisher has to say about this book:

It’s salty, smoky, and sweet. It’s experiencing a culinary renaissance. It can make almost any dish better. It’s bacon, and it’s the best meat ever. And now, here’s the book that celebrates that deliciously sinful strip of cured pork belly.

In Bacon: A Love Story, popular bacon blogger Heather Lauer serves up a piping hot dish of fun and facts with this definitive love letter to what she calls meat candy. Heather explores the ins and outs of how bacon finds its way to your skillet and what to do with it when it gets there.

Later this week (Thursday) I am going to post an interview I did with Heather that I think everyone is going to enjoy. You find out why she started blogging about bacon and where she sees it taking her in the future.

Sean and I will be talking about the book Wednesday on Bacon LIVE!