Friday, May 11, 2018

Baconfest Chicago 2018

Hello bacon lovers! It was another year of bacon awesomeness! Seventh year in a row and hopefully more!

I followed my usual plan of attack (i.e., walk up and down each aisle and try the dishes that looked appealing and limit my bread intake). This year, there were some dishes I wanted to try, but the line was pretty long for them, so I moved on since there were plenty of other dishes I wanted to try. I was on a mission!

I was really excited to see Nosh This at Baconfest this year. Their "Bacon Crack" is awesome!

Here's the bacon deliciousness I had:

Bacaro: Bacon Lasagna
This wasn't a bad dish, but an interesting take on lasagna.

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits: Bacon Fat Grits
This was one of my favorite dishes. You can't go wrong with bacon fat.

Burger Bar Chicago: Belly-Stuffed Chicken Wing
This was a good dish. The glaze was a nice addition.

Carnivale: Maple Bacon Pops
This was an interesting dish because it was cold. I tasted more of the maple syrup than the bacon.

Chop Shop: The Third Little Pig
Smoked chicken/bacon sausage..need I say more.

Community Tavern: Bacon & Apple Kimchi
I've only had kimchi a couple of times, so this was an interesting dish combining kimchi and bacon.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken: Bacon & Fried Chicken Ramen
This dish had a little kick to it, but it was good.

Hutch: Meatballs + Pork Belly Carbonara Style
You can't go wrong with pork meatball in carbonara sauce.

Inspiration Kitchen: Bacon Pistachio Beet Empanada
This dish was okay. The beet wasn't overpowering which was a good thing.

Jerk Modern American Grill: Rum Butterscotch Jerk Candied Bacon
This bacon definitely had some kick, but very good.

Kitty O'Sheas: Bacon Chocolate Creme Brulée Lollipop
This was another one of my favorite dishes. All of the ingredients tasted so good in just one bite.

LOKaL: Candied Bacon & Waffles
I only ate a small piece of the waffle, but the bacon was really good.

Margeaux Brasserie: Braised Bacon Cassoulet
I've never heard of cassoulet before, but when I first saw the dish, I was all in. The meat was pretty tasty.

Rack House Tavern: The Flying Swine
Apart from trying to avoid stabbing myself in the mouth with the toothpick, this was another one of my favorite dishes. Pork belly, plus a pickle, and the sauce made it a good combination.

Sheekar Delights: Bacon and Bourbon Gourmet Baklava
Very good baklava.

Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.: Mom's English Toffee with Applewood Smoked Bacon
You can't go wrong with the following combination: toffee, bacon, and dark chocolate.

Spacca Napoli: Malu Miri Ripieno
This restaurant always has interesting, outside of the box type dishes. Although not my favorite, there were a lot of flavors.

The Heritage: Bacon & Red Floriani Cornmeal Dumplings
This was almost as small as a tic-tac. I thought it was okay considering it was cornmeal with bacon.

The Signature Room at the 95th: Spicy Maple Glazed Nueske's Bacon
This was a good dish with the bacon and grits.

Whirlyball: Baconchetta
This turned out to be a good dish since when I first looked at it, I wasn't sure what to expect. This was good combination of sweet (sauce) and savory (bacon!).

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Baconfest Chicago 2017

Hello fellow bacon lovers! I had another awesome time at Baconfest Chicago. Sixth year in a row! This year, a friend of mine joined me in the annual bacon chowdown. This was her first time going and Baconfest did not disappoint.

I followed my usual plan of attack (i.e., walk up and down each aisle and try the dishes that looked appealing and limit my bread intake).

Here's the bacon deliciousness I had:

Chop Shop: The Butcher's Bacon
This was a nice sweet dish. It was like a fancy candy bar, but light and a little crunchy.

Big Jones: Bacon and Apple Sorghum Cake
This was another sweet dish that was very good. The cake, the bacon-flavored ice cream and caramel tasted great together. This was my second favorite sweet dish.

Pork & Mindy's: Pig Candy Cannoli
This was good. It wasn't heavy and had a decent amount of bacon.

South Water Kitchen: Blue Cheese and Bacon Pierogi
This was my first savory dish. It wasn't my favorite savory dish, but still tasted good.

Kinzie Chophouse: Chocolate Bacon Toffee Gelato
This was my favorite sweet dish. All of the ingredients tasted so great together and it just melted in my mouth. My mouth is watering just thinking about this.

Kaiser Tiger: BBQ Bacon Meatball
Bacon and beef meatball covered in BBQ sauce. Definitely can't go wrong with that.

Whirlyball: Chai BBQ Bacon
I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. I could definitely taste the Chai which wasn't a bag thing. It was a good dish.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken: Loaded Mash
This was my second favorite savory dish. Mashed potatoes with a little chicken, bacon, and hot sauce. I could definitely taste the heat with this dish.

Bottlefork: Bacon Churro
A piece of bacon wrapped and coated with brown sugar and cinnamon. The coating was just right and the bacon wasn't super greasy.

Jerk Modern Jamaican Grill: Chocolate Candied Jerk Bacon Pop
The rub or marinade on the bacon wasn't overpowering or spicy.

Sheekar Delights: Maple Bacon and Bourbon Baklava
Baklava with bacon. Need I say more??

Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits: Green Chile Bacon Meatball
This was okay. I was expecting more flavor.

Hutch: Meatballs and Pork Belly
This was my favorite savory dish. The carbonara sauce with the meat is so good.

Orso's Restaurant: Mama Orso's Meatball
Bacon-wrapped meatball with a flavorful marinara sauce. This tied for the spot of my second favorite savory dish.

Le Bouchen & La Sardine: Maple-Bacon Macaron
I wasn't sure if this was really a macaron. If so, it's a different take on a macaron. It tasted like a thin pancake with cream and oats coated with maple on top. It was a good dish.

Bacaro: Bacon Noodle Soup
This dish had a good bacon flavor.

The Duck Inn: Frankenduckie
I only ate a small piece of the bun. This was okay. I wasn't really a fan of the cheddar sauce, but the meat was good.

Cantina Laredo: Bacon Jam Tostada
This was my last dish. The jam was good and tasted better than the bacon jam I've tried from the store.

This is the t-shirt I wore. I didn't get any grease stains on it like I did last time.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Baconfest Chicago 2016

Hello fellow bacon lovers! For the fifth year in a row, I have attended Baconfest. My plan of attack for 2016 was the same as 2015 (i.e., walk up and down each aisle and try the dishes that looked appealing and didn't have a lot of bread). 

Here's the bacon deliciousness I had:

Burger Bar Chicago
Bacon Steak and Eggs: Applewood smoked bacon steak, cured egg yolk, pork glaze

Bacon Cheddar Cheesecake: Iberico bacon cheddar cheesecake, Iberico bacon jam, petit wasabi

Flo and Santos
Roasted Red Pepper & Bacon Gnocchi: Gnocchi made with potatoes, roasted red peppers and bacon, finished with a spicy arrabbiata sauce

Unwrapped Bacon Date: Bacon sausage wrapped in bacon with red wine-bacon date puree

Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Bacon Chicken and Grits

Hutch American Bistro
Meatball + Porkbelly with a carbonara sauce

Karikaribekon Maki: Crispy applewood bacon, marinated sundried tomatoes, lettuce, jalapenos, avocado inside coated with cherrywood bacon and togarashi mayo

Jerk. Modern Jamaican Grill
Chocolate Covered Jerk Candied Bacon: Bacon marinated in Rude Boy Jerk marinade and candied with brown sugar then bathed in chocolate

Kitty O'Sheas
BBQ Pork Pie: Bacon lingonberry jam, spiced onions, petit celery

Mastro's Steakhouse
Bacon Adovado
Note: Adovado is pork simmered in a chili-based stew. 

Mity Nice Bar & Grill
Pigskin Wings: Bacon-skinned chicken wings dusted with peppered bacon spice, accompanied with assorted sauces.

Pearl's Southern Comfort
Tasso Bacon Pimento Cheese on a Cracklin

Sheekar Delights
Bacon and Bourbon Gourmet Baklava: Paper thin phyllo hand buttered and rolled with freshly chopped walnuts mixed with applewood smoked bacon, drizzled with a house made syrup with a splash of bourbon

Sociale Chicago
Bacon & Lamb Merguez Sausage
Note: Merguez is a traditional North African spicy lamb sausage

Stout Barrel House & Gallery
Sweet & Sour Braised Bacon with Bacon and Sweet Potato Farro Risotto: Braised bacon glazed with sweet and sour sauce on top of a bacon and sweet potato farro risotto. Topped with a crispy bacon and pickled onion salad.

The Cotton Duck
BLT Scrapple: Bacon scrapple, romaine butter, pickled tomatoes, candied beef tongue bacon vinaigrette
Note: Scrapple is essentially a loaf formed out of pork and cornmeal and possibly certain herbs and spices.

Troquet River North
Bacon Bourguignon
Note: Bourguignon is a red wine sauce with mushrooms and onions. 

West Town Bakery
Bacon Cinnamon Rolls: Brioche cinnamon rolls studded with bacon, topped with frosting and candied bacon

Wollensky's Grill
Beef Bacon with Blue Cheese Dip

World of Whirlpool
Bacoron (macaron)

Deep Fried Bacon on a stick