Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Bacon Fest

I am going to Des Moines Iowa. I know what your thinking, “Mosley, why in the hell are you going to Iowa”? Well I am going to Iowa for the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. That’s right, a whole day of nothing but bacon and PBR.

WHAT: Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.
WHERE: El Bait Shop and High Life Lounge, 200 S.W. Second St., Des Moines.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 1.
ADMISSION: $30, which includes T-shirt, bacon bracelet, bacon menu and samples, bacon lecture, one drink, $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon draw and bacon-eating contest. Tickets available Friday at El Bait Shop.

I thought $30 was a lot of money, but if you think about wine tasting events cost that much and you don’t even get a free t-shirt. So I think its a good value after you really think about what your getting. Which its a whole day dedicated to enjoying bacon!

Here is the days Agenda:
10:00 Registration and Breakfast, Bacon Egg & Cheese Biscuit
10:30 First Tasting
11:00 All About Bacon lecture from Leo Landis & Second Tasting
11:30 Third Tasting
12:00 Fourth Tasting & Bacon Showcase
1:00 Lunch 7 course Bacon Meal – cheeseburger sliders, bacon wrapped shrimp, bacon wrapped tots, rumaki, armadillo egg (cheese wrapped with a pepper wrapped with chicken that is then wrapped in bacon and fried), candied bacon and Bacon Maple Cheesecake with a Templeton Rye Whiskey Walnut Glaze (A guy from Sara Lee’s test kitchen in Chicago was testing it out last week.)
1:30 Fifth Tasting
2:00 That boy is a P.I.G. eating contest
2:30 Sixth Tasting
3:00 Announcement of Blue Ribbon winners!

The Des Moines Register wrote a nice article about the event. Look near the bottom and see who they mention (ME!). Even the local bloggers are talking about it, check out this article from Pressdog.

While I am at this event I am going to be live blogging it via cellphone (Centro). I will be posting text updates to my Twitter and posting photo updates to my Flickr. I will also be taking my Flip Ultra to shoot some videos to post on YouTube. The Monday after the event I will compile all this information into a nice blog post. Just in case you were not able to follow the updates live.

UPDATE: This event officially sold out in one day. The power of bacon is proven once again.

Harpoon IPA

Harpoon IPA

Harpoon Brewery in located in Massachusetts. It started making beer in 1986 because the owners had a love of great beer. They were inspired after traveling to Europe and seeing how important local breweries are.

Their Harpoon IPA is a take on a classic English style. The IPA (India Pale Ale) style originates from English brewers needing a beer that could handle an unrefrigerated trip from England to India. To do this they took advantage of two natural preservatives, alcohol and hops. This beer has a strong hop smell and finish with a ABV of 5.9%.

Appearance (3.5/5): I really like the label on this bottle. The beer inside is crystal clear and golden amber. The head starts out about half inch thick then fades to a thin layer.

Smell (3/5): The dominate smell is a crisp hop aroma with a hint of something flowery sweet. There might have be something else there but that is what stood out to me.

Taste (4/5): It has a strong hop taste that is surprisingly smooth. It’s not a bitter as other IPAs and these something a little sweet in the after-taste.

Mouth Feel (4/5): This feels very satisfying in my mouth and it’s a tad fuzzy. (Keep your dirty jokes to yourself. ;))

Drinkability (5/5): I usually don’t drink IPAs but this one was very drinkable. If your not an IPA fan this one would be good for you to try. You might be surprised.

Overall, I give this beer 3.75 out of 5 bacon strips. You can read other reviews about this beer at BeerAdvocate.com.

Feel free to comment with your own review of this beer. Also remember to check out my other reviews of Dominion Oak Barrel Stout, Yuengling Traditional Lager, and Pittsburgh’s Penn Pilsner.

Chest Laser: Weapon of Choice for Indie Artists

Chestlaser.com

In the beginning of February I quietly launched a new project call Chest Laser. It’s an online independent clothing and art store. All of the products and designs are made by different artists but share a common theme and/or look.

My goal is to create a place where people can shop for artist-made goods and to be an alternative to shopping at major chain stores. Other places try to profit off the artists; I let the artists profit from me.

I got the idea from Shana Logic. Her store sells mostly cutesy stuff, so I want to create a store that sells edgier things. I also know a few artists that have things to sell but don’t have the internet know-how to sell them online. Since I have the know-how and they have the talent, this should work out great.

I would like to thank Matt Gondek for creating the graphics for the site and the first limited edition shirt. He also helped in the brainstorming for a catchy and edgy name for the store.

I am working out contracts with two more artists. I hope to have their products up sometime next week. Keep checking the site for more details as they become available.

I am always looking for artists to partner with to sell their creations. If you are an established artist or just starting out, I would love to hear from you. Contact me at jmosley at chestlaser dot com for more details.

Standards for Eating Dropped Bacon

Dropped Bacon

At work today after I heated up my pasta leftovers in the microwave I spilled them on the floor. It was a tragedy because I was hungry for the rest of the day. A bag of chips and some apple sauce just doesn’t cut it.

Anyway, while I was cleaning up my mess the thought crossed my mind, if this was bacon I would still eat it. So this got me thinking, what are my standards for eating bacon off the floor?

My standards for eating dropped bacon:
Tiled surfaces that look clean are safe to eat bacon off of.
Carpeted areas in people homes without pets are safe. Just remember to pick off any fuzz you may find. If they do have pets eat at your own risk.
Carpeted areas in public places are nasty so just leave your drop bacon behind and keep walking.
Pavement or Sidewalks are tricky, if it looks like a clean area and that’s enough for you then eat it. But I may have second thoughts because outside animals can urinate anywhere they want.
Grass or dirt is the worst place to drop bacon, but if there is a dog nearby you may make a new friend.

This is what I could come up with, but I bet there are more standards that I missed. If you think of any feel free to share them.

UPDATE: Matt Gondek from Echoflip.com made a few place suggestions.
Dropped bacon in the tub – If its your tub eat it, if its someone else leave it.
Dropped bacon in a car (under the seat) – Would you eat a French fry you found under the seat?
Dropped bacon in a bowl of cereal – Eat up, you might just invented a new flavor of Lucky Charms.

Bacon Bandages Video Review

Bacon Bandages

This is my first video review and it’s on Bacon Bandages from Merch-Bot.com. Ever since I got my new toy (Flip Video Ultra), I started making some poorly produced videos (this is one of them). I think it’s because I just got it and I really want to use it. I am sure once the newness wears off, I will start taking more time with my videos. I will start adding titles, background music, and other nifty stuff like that. Just like it took me time (about 6 months) to get better at creating graphics for the site, it will take me time to create better videos. Practice make perfect.

If you have ideas on how I can better incorporate video in this blog please share. I don’t want this to be something I overuse, but I also don’t want it to be something I underuse. So I need your help in figuring out how to better entertain you with this new toy.

UPDATE: After watching this a few more times and talking to some people, I have a few things I need to work on. I need to relax, talk slower, move my arms less, add music, and use cuts. I will post a new video every week, so lets see if I improve.

Mr. Bacon(pants) vs. Monsieur Tofu

Bacon Fight

Archie McPhee emailed me to let me know they have a new bacon product called, Mr. Bacon vs. Monsieur Tofu. It’s a play set where you act out the constant battle between vegetarians and bacontarians. Mr. Bacon is fighting for everything crispy and yummy and the evil Mr. Tofu is fighting for everything spongy and nasty.

Since we are talking about battles, this will be a good time for me to inform everyone that I am having a real life battle with PETA. I am not the aggressor, they are. Every day I get spam email and comments telling me how evil my blog is. I never post them because I don’t want to the give them satisfaction by letting them think that I take their threats seriously. I would just like to let them know that they are wasting their time with me. I will never post or read anything they send me.

My friend Gondek recently did a post about them on his site echoflip talking about how dogmatic they are. He is basically just explaining why he personally dislikes the organization. If you are looking for something a little deeper then check out this article, Animal “Rights” and the New Man Haters. It explains why it is imposable for animals to share the same rights as humans.

To end this post on a lighter note, Mr. Bacon vs. Monsieur Tofu would make a great birthday (March 1st) gift for me. 😉

Bacon for the Big Game

Football Hormel

The Big Game is only a few days way. I am sure a few of you out there are planning your traditional party and are in need of recipe ideas.

Well you’re in luck, Hormel Foods is offering an easy how-to video to show you how to make three delicious bacon dishes. It’s available on Hormelrecipes.com. The three dishes are Onion Bacon Dip, Bacon Cheese Dogs and Monterey Ranch Ham Sandwiches and they all feature bacon.

After watching the video I instantly got hungry and I was amazed how easy some of them were to make. So you have no reason not to make them. Remember everything is better with bacon, even parties. Also, if you looking for a tasty desserts for your party you can also try Bacon Cookies and Bacon Brownies.

Feel free to comment with your favorite bacon recipes you will indulging on Sunday.