A Cheeseburger Controversy and Bacon Weaves

Food & Wine: A Cheeseburger Controversy and Bacon Weaves
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By Justine Sterling Posted October 04, 2013

The Internet is a black hole for strange, weird and wonderful things—especially when it comes to food. Rather than dive in yourself, let F&W do it for you. Here, five of the most absurd food items we saw this week.

Bacon Weave S’mores: From the creator of the bacon weave Choco Taco comes another sweet-and-meaty treat—this time, it’s for campers. The bacon weave s’more replaces traditional graham crackers with a square made from crispy woven bacon. While Nick of Dude Foods makes his in the microwave, we’re guessing a campfire-charred marshmallow would actually be a better pairing for the bacon.

Raw Meat Diet: At F&W, we love steak tartare, crudo and sashimi, but we can’t get behind this Kentucky man's all-raw-meat diet. After falling ill five years ago, Derek Nance tried every diet possible. The only one that worked was based solely on raw animal meat and fat—with which he even brushes his teeth. The kicker: His girlfriend is a vegetarian.

Fried Mac and Cheeseburger: Consider the ramen burger null and void. Made by Rockit Burger Bar in Chicago, the most enticing new burger gimmick replaces the bun with two thick discs of fried macaroni and cheese. Cooks top the burger with sriracha ketchup. It’s only available through Sunday, so you better get moving—you should also continue moving afterwards because it obviously packs a few calories.

Holy Ghost Chile Cheese Burger: Pope Francis may be easing up on Catholic dogma, but even he probably can't get behind the “Ghost” burger from Chicago's Kuma’s Corner. Served on a pretzel bun, it's topped with braised goat shoulder, white cheddar cheese, Ghost chile aioli and an unconsecrated communion wafer. Unsurprisingly, the burger has attracted a lot of angry detractors who complain that it mocks religion.

Tomato-Potato Plant: It’s the perfect plant for the small garden. The TomTato is a tomato and potato plant grafted into one (not GMO style)—tomatoes on the top, potatoes on the bottom. Currently available in the UK, the plant does have one flaw: It only lasts one season. Perhaps its New Zealand competitor, the Potato Tom, will be heartier.

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