Must eat pork for a fallen vegetarian
My girlfriend has recently returned from vegetarianism, and to celebrate her newfound options, she has decided to eat pork at least once a day for the month of November. She's documenting her progress here:
I feel that her choices so far have been, how shall I say, satisfactory but forgettable. Lots of bacon, a few slices of pizza, spam musubi, tonkatsu.
She has 10 more days for this experiment, and Thanksgiving will probably be difficult. If you had 9 days to live and had to eat pork each day, what would you choose?
I'm sure she'll be eternally grateful...
Hmm, that is really odd, but also cool. Here are some good pork things I've had lately:
tacos al pastor from Taqueria San Jose on Mission/24th
BBQ Pork banh mi from Latte Express, 5th St/Market
The meat sauce at Cordon Bleu, California St. w/ the excellent Vietnamese chicken. Not sure if this is beef or pork or both...
Dim sum would also be a good idea, if she eats shrimp.
The plate of amazing pork products at Incanto is dreamy. Their charcuterie plate now has something like 6 items on it, all of which were quite different and absolutely outstanding. Of course, if your girlfriend is the type to overthink what type of pork products might make it onto the plate at Incanto, a few items on the plate might be a hard sell. Make sure you have a robust wine to cut through the gelatin, and ask for extra mustard (house made, of course).
I suggest eating at the bar to avoid the table waiters, who I've found to be really hit or miss over the years.
Fatted Calf also makes some good pork products, but while I love some of their items others really don't do much for me. Every item on the plate at Incanto was superb, even if the serving size was almost too much for 3 of us to eat.
She already ate SPAM, I'm sure she's not worried about what parts of the pig she's eating... :-)
Anyway, to help the threadstarter, get some pork and cheese pupupas, especially if they're from El Tazumal in El Cerrito.
Also, pork pate with truffles from BevMo. Spread on your favorite sliced baguette.
Then try Niman Ranch thick boneless center-cut chops from Trader Joes wrapped with Niman Ranch bacon and rosemary sprig (it comes packaged like this). Hit it with a little Kosher salt and cracked black pepper, then sear at high heat for 2 minutes on each side (I like cast iron for this, since I have no outdoor grill), then cook through to a pale pink on medium heat.
All of this stuff is really affordable, too.
Welcome back to the bright side.
Get thee to Oliveto for the wild boar ragu and Incanto for the braised pork.
Looks like many of the "major pork groups" have been covered. Here's a few more:
Best of luck.