Wake-up Call at the Freehouse: This drink of the week stacks up

Start your morning with the breakfast of champions: J├Ągermeister and candied bacon.

Wake-up Call
The Freehouse

Bloodies and Screwdrivers of the Twin Cities, prepare to step up your game. When it comes to morning libations, a new sheriff has blown into town, taken up residency at the Freehouse, and according to one server, tastes "just like a pancake in your mouth." Other brunch cocktails, this is your Wake-up Call, and until we start seeing more candied bacon skewers and inventive use of J├Ągermeister, you're all on notice.

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Bacon Fest at the Lowry tickets on sale now

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Get your pork on nest Saturday at the Lowry
After receiving the sad news that free bacon Wednesdays are over at the Triple Rock, there's another bright, bacon-related event on the horizon that is sure to lift your spirits.

The Lowry's annual Bacon Fest is coming up on Saturday, July 27, and tickets are on sale now at any one of the Blue Plate family of restaurants (The Lowry, Longfellow Grill, Edina Grill, Highland Grill, Groveland Tap, Three Squares, and Scusi). Want to know what you get for your $40?

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The Bacon Coffin--acknowledging what probably killed you

It probably killed you. Why shouldn't your casket be plastered with images of it?
It goes without saying that your funeral is your last public appearance. Why not share with the world your true passion?  And for a lot of pretty shallow people, that passion is bacon.

According to the Seattle Times, Justin Esch and David Lefkow, the brain trust that brought the world Bacconaise, Bacon Salt, Bacon Lip Balm, and Bacon Lube, have taken things to a new level by introducing the bacon coffin.

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White Castle packs 'em in for Valentine's Day

Forget diamonds, flowers and candy. If you didn't take your lover to White Castle on Valentine's Day, you dropped the ball. Either way, you would have had to have planned in advance, because every White Castle in the Twin Cities area was booked for more than two weeks.

Strolling into the North Minneapolis White Castle was like walking into an inside joke that everybody understood. From 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. the hostess, Chiquita Thomas, stood perched behind her trash bin-turned-work station, yelling "welcome!" to incoming customers. A wait staff hustled to tables, carefully balancing trays packed with Diet Coke and Double Jalapeno Cheeseburgers. A waitress walked around lighting and re-lighting candles. The place was full.

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Baconnaise hits Target shelves--should you care?

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Jon Stewart eats pancake-wrapped sausage on a stick dipped in Baconnaise...

So J&D foods, creators of bacon-flavored salt and bacon-flavored lip balm (Gov. Pawlenty just gave a tube of the stuff to CNN's John King when King interviewed him at the fair!) recently introduced bacon-flavored mayonnaise, aka Baconnaise. J&D sent me a sample, as the product was just introduced at local SuperTargets , but, as much as I like both bacon and mayonnaise, I'm not going to tell you to go rush out and buy the stuff. The bacon flavor is awfully synthetic--far more like Bacos than the real thing. In fact, looking at the ingredients list, Baconnaise doesn't actually contain bacon. Interesting...

Even though the J&D folks point out that Baconnaise has less fat than mayonnaise + bacon, my rec would still be to stick to the real thing. (It's not hard to keep cooked bacon on hand for sandwiches--it can store for weeks in the fridge.) And let me know if you want a jar of almost-full Baconnaise.

Bacon Fest at Citizen Cafe


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Bacon Fest
Tues., April 28 to Sun., May 10
Citizen Cafe
2403 East 38th Street, Mpls.

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Bacon tug of war ensues


Bacon lives! The LA Times has chimed in to air its views on The Big Money's recent pronouncement that the pork product's celebrity status has expired.

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Bacon branded a fad, the world moves on


Bacon is sooooo 2008.

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You. Just. Got. BACON'D!!!

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Kevin Bacon seems like a pretty good sport.

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"This is why you're fat" site inducing gag reflexes everywhere


A clearinghouse for photos of disgusting food surfaced this week.

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