Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Isaly's Sold and Bacon Jam

As you recall I did a review of Isaly's in West View not too long ago (View HERE ). The bad news is that it appears the owners are selling Isaly's. The good news is that appears that only the name will be changing. Due to franchise fees and other BS problems, the new owners will have to change the name. The current owners claim that the new ownership will be keeping the menu and interior the same as it is now. So lets keep are fingers crossed and hope the new ownership doesn't screw up one of the real hidden gems here in the North Hills.

Skillet Street Food Bacon Jam
About a week ago I received a package in the mail from the Skillet street food vendors in Seattle. These guys at Skillet travel around in their air stream food truck, and make some of the best street food in the country. One of their most popular condiments is Bacon Jam, and that is what awaited me inside the package. Now at first I was a little skeptical about this stuff, and not exactly sure what the hell to do with it. But after some research I found out that the guys at Skillet use it mainly as a burger topping. So I put a dollop of the bacon jam on some burgers I was grilling, placed some cheese on top of it, and closed the grill to heat the jam and melt the cheese. Well let me tell you I was blown away by how good this stuff was. The bacon jam had a nice smoky flavor as well as a little sweetness from the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar they use when making the jam. So do yourself a favor and get some of this stuff. It comes in regular which has a great balance of smoky, savory and sweet. As well as a version with black pepper and fennel which gives it a more spicy kick.
Buy your Bacon Jam HERE, and watch the video on how Chef Josh Henderson makes this little piece of piggy heaven.