Bacon (which is just cured strips of pork belly) while hardly a vegetarian favorite (see fakin bacon) holds an undeniable appeal for just about anyone looking for an unapologetic fatty indulgence. It is relatively cheap, and intensely flavorful, bringing a smoky depth to whatever it comes in contact with. The general thinking is that everything is better wrapped in, or at least infused with, bacon. There is now bacon vodka on the market, bacon cologne, and something called “Baconalia” which is being “celebrated” at Denny’s and is punctuated by a Maple-Bacon Sundae. Whether it is a case of collective entitlement or just a further yearning for the consummate comfort food, bacon is one thing people fell is worth dying over.
Whether this is a prolonged food trend, or a carnivorous compulsion, it is painfully clear that bacon’s appeal will be stretched beyond the limits of good taste. While the intrepid vegetarian will still be able to easily avoid these strips of flesh, it will be more and more difficult to avoid seeing fellow diners ply themselves with every conceivable form of bacon in a veritable orgy of fatty pork products (at least until a good percentage of them collapse due to arterial blockages).
What is your feeling on bacon as a trend, or a phenomenon? Is it worth all of the excitement?