Thursday, January 19, 2006

Another reason to be kosher...

This morning, a handy little eating PSA for those who try to avoid nibbling on things that should be relegated to prehistoric man's "Oh, well then, I know what that tastes like now!!!" palate discrimination.

With work slowing down to a cozy pace, I've slid once more into a comfortable 1 hour lunch routine; this has vastly expanded my options on where to dine and yesterday's adventure featured Hannah's Bretzel (a charming and healthy, but somewhat pricey, artisan sandwich shop) in Chicago's West Loop.

I wavered on which sandwich to order, finally deciding on the Madrange ham & Camembert cheese with watercress - most opportunely it appears, as my other leaning was the Black Forest ham.

Do you know why Black Forest ham is "black"? Nope, neither did I. And now I wish I didn't. Gone are my illusions of sprightly, lederhosen-clad elves herding portly black and white piglets through a forest glen, where they would be charmed to sleep by fairy pipes and expire dreaming of truffles.

The "black" is achieved by coating the ham with beef's blood during the smoking process. Ugh. Even though I hadn't ordered that particular sandwich, my stomach was upset for the remainder of the afternoon for all the times I had consumed this atrocity, now forbidden to pass my lips.

Wanna know more about ham? Here's an excellent summary of the staggering number of ham variants and their substitutions.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eewww.

jln

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Liz :-) said...

You should try their cheddar and cucumber sammitch! I always get mine with extra cress and avocadoes and onions and with the mango chutney it's so yummy...also their veggie and barley soup is un-freakin'-believable!

Hannah's is definitely only something you can do about once or twice a month though...WAY too pricey...good chocolate bars though :-) I was going to go there yesterday and didn't...next time you're downtown, let me know and together we shall eat!

As for the ham...well...I've eaten some pretty wierd stuff in my life. That doesn't scare me so much...it is highly unnatural (couldn't they just use the piggies' blood?) but it's all meat...see, not a good reason to be kosher...just a good reason to be a vegitarian! :-)

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Blogger Boscolicious said...

Yet another reason why us Chosen Ones are known for staying clear of that magical animal. Pork chops, bacon and ham all from the same animal?

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