Note: No podcast this week: there will be a carryover of the theme on Monday (you'll see on Monday what this means).
This was a particularly busy week for food. Lost in the shuffle was one of our favorite features, Stephen Colbert's Food for Thought. And since Colbert and his compatriot, Jon Stewart, are going on the Easter/Passover break, we wanted to give you a taste.
Personally, I have been eating more chocolate lately, but not in the traditional candy bar form. Apparently, I'm missing a new ingredient in the chocolate bars: air. I like the band Air (way different from Air Supply) and I love breathing air.
Air is being added because of the rising price of chocolate, but you have to ask yourself after awhile how much chocolate you are getting. Sure, the label says chocolate but we live in a land where there is white chocolate, something that is more theoretical than actual.
Colbert's Choxygen, a wonderful parody, is the ultimate candy bar because it gives us life and zero calories. The bad news is that we have to pay for it.
Then, we got Colbert's take on bacon, or at least Denny's tribute to bacon: Baconalia. There was the bacon taster plate and the maple bacon sundae.
As wonderful as bacon can be, most restaurants don't get a basic appreciation of bacon. How often do you see bacon in a restaurant that is lightly cooked? How often do you ask yourself whether if you went back to the kitchen, you could cook it your way and maybe they would give you a discount for cooking your own bacon?
Truthfully, if Denny's cooked bacon to the level that we want to eat it, that would be a celebration of bacon.
Colbert's take on the bacon dessert was "What if we scrape the breakfast dishes into the freezer instead of the garbage?"
The chocolate bars (it gets back to chocolate) with bacon from Vosges: this is a better way to celebrate bacon and dessert, and the bacon is well-cooked.
I had an opportunity to try chocolate-covered bacon when I did my in-depth report of deep-fried butter. And the picture showed bacon that was barely cooked. That wasn't tempting. Well-cooked bacon covered with a dark chocolate sauce: mmmmmm. Barely-cooked bacon with sugar-laden (or HFCS) milk chocolate: not worth it even if you don't have to wait in line.