Friday, February 19, 2010

I Can (Almost) Die a Happy Man

I heard about it yesterday--Coastal Cupcakes was making a bacon cupcake. Could it be true? Could some mad genius really combine cupcakes and bacon, finally bringing together two of man's greatest foods?

Friends, they did. And now I can (almost) die a happy man.

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I thought that Kevin Gillespie was the only one with the love of bacon and the chops in the kitchen to do this, but I was wrong.

The cupcake was a pancake cupcake with maple flavoring and bacon inside (yes, inside). The frosting was cream cheese with generous bites of bacon laid on top by the tender hands of angels. And it was good. Really good. The only things that would push it into greatness are these: more maple flavoring, perhaps in the frosting, perhaps a maple-cured bacon; more bacon. Yeah Tom Colicchio, I said it, more bacon because bacon makes everything better.

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[caption id="attachment_208" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Not only on the top. Bacon inside. INSIDE!"][/caption]

Lauren and I met at Coastal Cupcakes' Wrightsville Beach location this afternoon and procured two of these beautiful bacon cupcakes. We ate one as soon as we got outside. I took the other one home to photograph and eat by myself.

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The bacon cupcake was awesome, but, for me, the ultimate would be the brownie topped with crunchy peanut butter, but the crunch would come from bacon. Then and only then will I be able to die a happy man.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bald Head Island Adventure Series

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My first post as Bald Head Island's Adventure Series blogger is up. Here's the link to their blog, The Island Times.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Birding on Bald Head Island

Exciting news: Bald Head Island has brought me on to be a regular contributor to their blog, The Island Times. I'll be writing a monthly post for their Adventure Series. For February's adventure, I tried birding for the first time. Maureen Dewire from the Bald Head Island Conservancy took me out for the morning and showed me only a fraction of the birds Bald Head Island has to offer; I can't wait to go back out and see the birds in their breeding plumage. The post should be up on their blog in a day or two, but here's one of the birds we saw.

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