Chilebrown at home

Saturday, January 31, 2009


The Fatted Calf is 30 minutes away from the Chilebrown abode. It is the perfect mini Meat Adventure. They always have some porky delights. Today we will revisit and review the the Fatted Calf's cured pork belly. When you step into the Fatted Calf the first thing you notice is the assault on your nose. They are usually cooking some roast for sampling. The shop reeks of deliciousness. How can you not purchase multiple pork products. Today the bacon looked extra meaty

Back at the Chilebrown food academy the bacon was unwrapped. The wrapper removed revealed a very pronounced smell of smoke. Wow, this might be the real deal. A piece was sliced and thrown in a 90 year old black iron pan. The house filled with an aroma that was so intoxicating that Mojo and Oscar had to be put outside. They were drooling more than me. It was time to taste.

Balance is the name of the game. Ms. Goofy pronounced that it was not to smokey and not to fatty. I thought it was a good balance of sweet, smoke and salt. This bacon had a flavor that was meaty. We did get a hunk of the belly towards the end that had extra meat. Overall Fatted Calf did an excellent job. The last review only scored a 3 star rating out of 5. Today the score will jump to a 3.75 I am not sure if they are getting better with practice are if it is the luck of your purchase. Any way that you look at it you are going to get a quality piece of bacon from Fatted Calf.

Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
Price: 10 $/pound
Where: The Oxbow Public Market 644 C First Street
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 256-3684


cookiecrumb said...

And you cooked it so nicely!

liteluvr said...

Mighty fine slab o bacon there. That was one thick belly. Agree with cookie... it cooked up oh so nice.