Uncle Oinker’s Bacon Mints

When I first heard about Uncle Oinker’s Bacon Mints I knew I had to try one. The thought of the smoky flavor of bacon and the hint of mint made my mouth water. But sadly when I finely tasted this combination I was disappointed.

Bacon Mints

At first the bacon flavor hits you, followed quickly with the mint flavor. This part is not bad, but then after the mint is gone you are left with a strange bacon after taste. If they could only make the mint flavor last longer than the bacon flavor, these mints would be refreshing.

There is a bright side to this review. Since the bacon flavor lasts so long, this might be a good option to use when you’re eating and need a little bacon flavor. For example, if you’re at a restaurant and they don’t offer a burger with bacon (which is blasphemy). You could eat a bacon mint first, so while you’re eating the burger you can enjoy the sweet taste of bacon.

Here is what a few other people said after I talked them into trying a Bacon Mint:

Alexis – “Wow, they’re definitely bacony”!
Rich – “Man, that’s strange… where did you get those”?
Jen – “Looks aren’t everything, particularly when it comes to meat-flavored mints. I was lured in by the cheerful pig on the front of the Savory Bacon Mints tin. My anticipation quickly turned to dismay upon biting into a mint. The smoky-minty-plastic-like taste made me run for an Altoid.”
Lisa – “Upon opening the decorative tin (which could be repurposed into a snazzy paperclip holder), I was greeted by the vaguely minty yet smoky aroma. Kind of like if you threw Tic-Tacs into a campfire. And then I popped a single mint into my mouth.
My taste buds erupted with the strong smoky flavor, which then gave way to hints of mint. And then it just tasted like pig basted with a Scope marinade. Not bad, but not exactly refreshing. “

If you tried these before, feel free to comment with your thought about them. If you want to buy a tin, support my sponsors by buying them from Merch-Bot.com. Thanks!

Sonic has a XL Bacon Cheddar Cheesesteak

The Sonic Drive-In has only been open for a few weeks in Pittsburgh and I already found a good reason to go. It seems that Sonic has a limited time menu item called, the Extra-Long Bacon Cheddar Cheesesteak, wow that’s a mouth full. The sandwich is a meat-lover’s dream with steak and crispy bacon, smothered in cheddar cheese with grilled onions and mayonnaise.


I bet this will be amazing with tots and one of their many fruity drink options. I have not been to the Pittsburgh location yet, I figured I would wait until the rush was over. I hope they have this, if not I will just have to get one of their other bacontastic items.

Halo 3 Gives the Xbox 360 a Shot in the Arm

nurd.jpgThe Xbox 360 has been out for about two years now and it took Halo 3 to come out for people to want one. I read an article that called the game, “the godsend the Xbox needed”. I couldn’t agree more. It wasn’t until this game came out that I really thought about getting one. Sadly, I really don’t have the money to spend, maybe after the Holidays.

Anyway, this got me thinking. Microsoft loves to make money and since Halo proved that it alone could sell the consoles they might try something sneaky. The Xbox 360 came out in 2005 so I have a sinking feeling that they’re going to come out with a new one in late 2008 or 2009. Think about it, they tell the world they’re going to make Halo 4, but only for their new Xbox 1080. Then when it comes out they will be confidant that people will buy the new console to play it. This would make their new system an instant hit.

I may be wrong about this and the 360 will still be around until 2010. But I bet they thought about it once or twice. You can read the full article I referred to on thestreet.com.

I Need the Bacon Cookbook

baconcookbook.jpgSo I was reading Bacon Unwrapped and saw that Heather interviewed James Villas, renowned author of numerous cookbooks and food-related essays. It seems that this guy wrote a whole cook book about bacon called The Bacon Cookbook. The book contains over 150 recipes for enjoying bacon!

I wish I would have found this guy first, but Heather beat me too it. Go to her website to read the short interview she did with him. My favorite question was, “When eating a piece of bacon on its own, which do you prefer – crispy or chewy”?

Online Only Adobe in Ten Years

adobe.jpgAt the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Bruce Chizen the Adobe Chief Executive answered few questions about their new web endeavors. I feel the questions were brought up because Adobe recently acquired Buzzword, an online word processor. They are also planning to release web versions of Photoshop and Premier. Chizen said that the transition will take 10 years to complete.

This seems to be the growing trend with software companies, but none of them can figure out how to make money. Some say that they’re going to use ad revenue and others will charge a monthly fee. I am not sure how I feel about using an online only application to do work. What if I don’t have internet, or what if my service provider bottle necks? These are things that I can’t control, but when I run software on my own machine I have a greater control over it working or not.

I think the desktop app is going to stay around a lot longer the then ten years. I do like that there will be online version of the desktop apps, which would mean I could use Photoshop on any computer. I think the direction it should go is you have online and desktop versions that sync together. That way when you are in the office or at home you can use it locally. Then when you’re at an airport and the boss says, “Make the logo bigger”, you can fire up your laptop and open the online version and edit it. That would streamline how people do business.

[You can read more about this story at Reuters.]

The New Mac OSX Leopard has Gone Gold!

Next week October 26, 2007 Apple will release a leopard on to the world with over 300 new features. It will cost only $129 for the single user license. Check out this link to see a list of all the hot new features and innovations. A few of them I really don’t care about, but there are some I can’t wait for.


Photo Booth can now shoot videos. With the popularity of video blogging this might be helpful for newbie’s to get started. YouTube is going to be flooded with Britney Rant videos.
You can now Stack your files. This is going to be interesting to see in actions, but the ideas sounds amazing.
Boot Camp is going to come with it so now everyone will be able to duel both the Macs. I still don’t think I would want to do this. The reason I got a Mac was so I wouldn’t have to deal with Windows.
Quick Look is going to be fun to use. You can browse through your files and see previews of them without even opening them. I hope this runs smooth and doesn’t lag up like Front Row does sometimes.
The last thing I can’t wait for is Time Machine; it’s a program that backs up your Mac so if you trash something you can resurrect it back from the grave. I would need to see this in action before I can say if I will use it or not.

I am sure once I get the new OS (if I can afford $129) that there will be even more features that I’m going to realize I can’t live without. But this is all I have at the moment. I might have to wait to after the holidays before I get new OSX. This might be a good idea anyway, since I am sure there are going to be a few bugs that will need to be killed. It seems Apple always has to patch their product as soon as they come out, but once patched they’re amazingly stable.

Music and Bacon: Things I Can Not Live Without

Every payday (15th and 30th) I am going to start doing a blog recap. I will pick out three posts that happened in the past two weeks and also one that happened last month. I will also dig deep into the archives and pull out an oldie but goodie. I think this will be a good way to bring some more attention to posts I write that get lost in the sea of updates.

Three posts that posted in the last two weeks:
Bacon Chicken Cheese Wrap – This is a recipe I created using bacon, chicken and cheese. If you haven’t tried it yet you’re missing out. It’s about the easiest thing to make.

Websites I Can Not Live Without – This is a list of the websites I use just about every day. If I were to make this list again I would have to add Facebook and Clearcheckbook.com.

The Only True Indie Band – This has been a big month in music so far. Radiohead was the first big act to drop their label, then more quickly followed.

A post from last month:
eMusic and Amazon: A Match Made in Heaven – With all these bands dropping their labels I hope we start seeing more DRM free music. In the meantime I will stick with eMusic and Amazon Mp3.

An oldie but goodie:
Top Five CDs in my Car – This was a fun post to write and it was one the first posts that got more than two comments. Also feel free to leave a comment to share the 5 CDs that you listen to in your car.

Well that’s it for this recap, look for the next one on the 30th.