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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Emphasis on Bacon

View of the night sky from Des Moines, Iowa

 No, not Kevin Bacon—savory, salty, porktastic bacon. If you are a fan of bacon, Des Moines may be your mecca. I did not go there looking for bacon, but it seemed to hold great sway over the town. Restaurants featured various bacon-wrapped appetizers, and one restaurant in particular dedicated serious square-footage to celebrating bacon in its boundless greasy variety.

anon. at the entrance to The Machine Shed

 The Machine Shed, a farm-themed restaurant on the outskirts of Des Moines, gives bacon its due. "Bacon is Meat Candy" t-shirts lead the way into a small shop's worth of bacon memorabilia and worship. In this place, one gets the idea that bacon does indeed have a world headquarters/command center, and that one is standing in it. Here are just a few of many bacon products you never knew existed.

the author demonstrates the use of the bacon band-aid

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