Bacon explosion…

Despite being American-Japanese, I have never really felt a need to live in the US.  Certainly, there are things I love about America; primarily the amount of space (anyone who’s lived in Tokyo for any length of time will understand),  English is spoken (sometimes it is simply frustrating not being able to express oneself, and for important matters such as looking for a home, lack of language is a major obstacle), and…food.

Yes, America doesn’t have the best of reputations when it comes to food – roughly 142,000,000 Americans over the age of 20 are considered to be either overweight or obese.  There is just so much food available, and when it tastes good… we eat.  It’s normal and a very natural survival mechanism.  So, I can sympathize.  However, for my own health, it’s just as well that I’m not living there!  (^^;

One of the foods that I LOVE but cannot readily get in Tokyo is bacon.  Real bacon, not the miserly little soggy scraps of paper-thin meat the Japanese call “bacon”.  Real bacon is thick, crunchy, and substantial.  See below for the difference between Japanese bacon, and real bacon.

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Costco is the only place I know of that sells real bacon in Japan, but they are so far away and with individual packs costing over 800 yen, it can get a tad pricey if you want to stock up.

The reason I started this post is because I came across a recipe for what has got to be one of the most artery-clogging dishes ever – but still looks so wrongly good (vegetarians will probably go comatose after reading how to make the bacon explosion).

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I know that this is extremely unhealthy, I KNOW it.  But… I can’t help but want to take one bite of that.  Just one.  Just to see what it’s like… *big sigh*  But I can’t.  I can’t even get a quarter of the amount of bacon needed to create that monstrosity, and living by myself, I wouldn’t do it, even if I could.  But it sure does make me hungry for some real bacon.
I leave you with a link to a place that is unashamedly promoting their extremely unhealthy meals – at least they’re honest about what you’re going to get when you go in there! (and no, these dishes don’t appeal to me – too much beef there.  Just give me a rasher of real bacon and I’ll be happy 🙂


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