Food factors into an awful lot of New Year's resolutions, whether it's eating healthier or simply being more adventurous when dining out.
And the first meal you eat can set the tone for whether you're headed in the right direction or in a shame spiral after you thought Philly cheese steak sliders from The Foundry were a good idea at 1 a.m. (They are sort of a good idea, for the record.)
I decided to begin 2011 with the realization of a dream from 2010 -- a high-end, high-priced sandwich. I put together a $10 fried egg two-hander. The eggs were from Campo Lindo Farms. The bread was the French Farm from Farm to Market. And the bacon was slab bacon from McGonigle's. In an effort to be slightly budget-conscious and avoid the appearance of pretension, I used cheese from a massive block of sharp cheddar from Costco.
The orange-yellow yolk dripped down the side of my hand when I bit into the oversized sandwich, but I was too busy enjoying the peppery bark of the thick-cut bacon strips. It's not often that you get to have a moment with a fried egg, but the few brief minutes we spent together made quite an impression on me. So while it looks like I won't be getting out from under the yolk of bacon in the coming year, I'm fine with shouldering that burden.
Be it spectacular or shameful, what and where was your first meal of 2011?
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