Sunday, October 9, 2011
I Hate Bacon!
My recent encounters with bacon being hidden in restaurant foods has triggered this post. At a work happy hour, I was offered to try a stuffed mushroom appetizer. A few bites later, I realized that the stuffing had bacon in it. Mushroom: eaten. Bacon stuffing: left on plate. At least the menu mentioned bacon as an ingredient.
On vacation in Florida, I ordered a clam chowder at a local restaurant. Simple soup with a broth base, clams, tomatoes, celery, and....BACON! I was appalled. What if I were vegetarian? What if I could not eat bacon for religous reasons? How would I ever know that the clam chowder had bacon in it? I know some recipes include bacon, but at least mention it on the menu (clam and bacon chowder is much more informative). My husband graciously agreed to switch soups with me.
Thank you for listening to my I-hate-bacon rant. If you are going to eat bacon, buy the uncured variety without any preservatives. Whole Foods and Fresh Market have several brands. Restaurants - we appreciate it when you provide details about the ingredients in your dishes.
I will continue to enjoy my bacon-free life.