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Bacon Tasting at Tim Horton’s + My Favorite Way to Make Bacon

Tim Horton's Bacon Tasting Event 3/14/13

Ahh, the perks of being a food blogger. Sure, I’ve received products to review, hosted giveaways, and met some amazing food blogger friends throughout my 2+ years blogging here, but I gotta say, being invited to a BACON TASTING PARTY has got to be up there in my top 10 food blogging experiences.

That’s right, a Bacon. Tasting. Party!!

Tim Horton's Bacon Tasting Event 3/14/13

Tim Horton’s (which holds a very fond place in my heart from my years spent in Canada) was generous enough to invite me and a few other food bloggers to their new location on Houston St. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan for an event celebrating their new, thick-cut, Hickory, double-smoked bacon. And let me tell you, get all your thoughts of sad little fast-food chain bacon strips out of your mind. This stuff is not only something I consider very much edible (and I do NOT eat at fast food chains often), but it’s actually delicious!

Tim Horton's Bacon Tasting Event 3/14/13

They had an awesome setup in the store- beautiful staging, with a gorgeous wooden table laden with flowers, fabrics and of course, bacon paraphernalia. Apologies in advance, but all I had on hand with me at the event was my iPhone, which hopefully explains away some of the picture quality issues here!

We got to sample a bunch of different items, including their breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg and cheese on maple bread, a grilled cheese with bacon and tomato, their delicious BLT, and the piece de resistance: a maple bacon donut! This is apparently a secret item on their menu- but if you go to the counter, you can ask them to make one special for you. Shhh… you didn’t hear it from me!

Tim Horton's Bacon Tasting Event 3/14/13

I will admit I was very skeptical of the whole bacon from a donut shop idea… but Karen Gold, Manager of Product Development for Breakfast and Lunch over at Tim Horton’s explained how the process to revamp their bacon line took eight months of sampling, trying new flavors, and working with suppliers. I repeat, eight months of trying bacon for the sake of your job. Rough life, huh?!

But just look at that bacon! It’s meaty, and chewy, it’s thick cut… and it’s flavorful. Another awesome thing they did for us was bring in a “sensory expert” who explained to us the three components of flavor: taste, aromatics, and chemical feeling factors. I did not expect a science lesson, but it was really interesting understanding how all of those aspects factor into our brain understanding the flavor of a particular food. In the case of bacon, it combines so many different tastes… salty, sweet, and umami- the fifth (and my favorite) taste!

Overall this was an awesome event, and I really appreciate the invite from the Tim Horton’s team. Wait, did I mention there were bacon-covered Timbits (donut holes)? Because there were. So many of them. So many delicious bacon-covered Timbits. These are NOT on the menu, secret or otherwise… but they were AWESOME!

Tim Horton's Bacon Tasting Event 3/14/13

 

Since I just showed you so much bacon awesomeness, I wanted to share with you my favorite way to prepare perfectly crispy, delicious bacon strips. I first saw Alex Guarnaschelli cook bacon this way on her show Alex’s Day Off, and it’s the only way I make my bacon now. Don’t get turned off by adding water to the bacon while it’s frying- it actually leads to exteremely crispy yet chewy strips.

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My Favorite Way to Make Bacon
 
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Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 8 slices bacon
  • ½ cup water

Instructions
  1. In a medium skillet, lay out the bacon strips, then add the water.
  2. Bring the water to a simmer and allow all of the water to reduce and cook until the bacon strips are nice and crispy.

Thanks again to Tim Horton’s for the invite to this great event. Check out more photos on my Flickr page… and here’s hoping your weekend is filled with bacon 🙂

Happy Eating 🙂
mally

PS. I was not compensated in any way for attending this event or writing this post. I sincerely enjoyed the event and product and wanted to share with you all!

Review: Murray’s Cheese Bar + Food Bloggers in NYC Meetup!

Murray's Cheese Bar + Food Bloggers in NYC Meetup

I have a lot on my plate.

This is not commentary on my actual plate, although at any given time there is a lot on it. Girl’s gotta eat.

No, this is more a comment about my life. I’ve always been a do-er, someone who can’t sit still for too long without trying something new or starting and running some project or another. Between my full-time day job as a project manager, my part-time passion blogging here, and co-running an online bakery, I barely have time to catch up with friends, go to the gym (ha) or just unwind every so often.

And while I do very much value my free time, I am pretty much always dreaming about what I can do next. I wouldn’t trade my lifestyle for anything, and I’ve always maintained having a busy life leads to higher productivity than hanging around all day waiting for opportunities to come to you (That said, I do love me a lazy Sunday every so often…).

Murray's Cheese Bar + Food Bloggers in NYC Meetup

Anyways, like I said, I got a lot going on. But lately, I’ve been wanting to meet and network with other food bloggers and learn from them, share our experiences, etc. I am always trying to grow Total Noms, and make it as useful and fun to read as possible for you all- and with so much great inspiration everywhere, I want to learn and improve as much as I possibly can!

I had an absolutely lovely casual catch-up with Kayle from The Cooking Actress and Susan from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen a few weeks back, where we chatted a bit about our blogs (but mostly concentrated on devouring waffles from the Wafels & Dinges truck!), but it got me thinking- there’s gotta be more NYC-based food bloggers who have the same interests!

So, last week, I started a group on Meetup.com. I’ve been to a few meetups before, mostly for technology or UX design folks, but this is my very first time starting and organizing one on my own. We are the Food Bloggers in NYC group, and we’re over 80 bloggers strong already!

Murray's Cheese Bar + Food Bloggers in NYC Meetup

Our very first meetup took place this Tuesday at Murray’s Cheese Bar on Bleecker St. in NYC. I had never been to the Cheese Bar before, although I have stopped in the shop that is also on Bleecker a few times. And oh my goodness…. was it awesome.

Murray's Cheese Bar + Food Bloggers in NYC Meetup

Do you like cheese? Do you live anywhere within 50 miles of New York? Then get your butt down here. Seriously, check out this menu!

I ordered the mac ‘n cheese (picture up top), which was an absolutely decadent and perfectly portioned piping hot plate of PERFECTION. Made with a combination of cheddar, gruyere, and bufala mozzarella, and garnished with tasso ham and crispy onions, this was unbeatable.

Murray's Cheese Bar + Food Bloggers in NYC Meetup

Many people went with some combination of the cheese plate, which was pretty awesome. You can select specific cheeses you’d like to try, or allow the cheese mongers to prepare you a selection based on your general preferences!

Murray's Cheese Bar + Food Bloggers in NYC Meetup

Many thanks to the folks at Murray’s Cheese for hosting us- it was an absolutely amazing venue and such a fun time. What a great way to kick off our new group!

If you live in NYC and are interested in joining the meetup, check us out! I’ll be scheduling our next event soon- and I’m definitely open to suggestions. Events will run the gamut from tastings, to market outings, to cooking, photography and blogging workshops. I’m so excited about the group and can’t wait to meet more bloggers and food enthusiasts!

Happy Eating 🙂
mally