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Detroit News: West Michigan Whitecaps’ Ballpark To Offer Bacon-Shell Taco

Worth a special trip?

Those who come to see the West Michigan Whitecaps play will have the opportunity to chow down on a Baco, a taco with a specially made bacon shell.

The Baco was the top vote-getter in the fourth annual Whitecaps food contest, which determines Fifth Third Ballpark’s next culinary delight.

The team narrowed to 10 a list of more than 150 fan-submitted menu ideas and turned the contest over to the fans.

The second-place finisher was The Bad Joke, a corn dog covered in cheese with two strips of duck bacon on a bun.

Previous winners of the food contest include Chicks with Sticks and the Declaration of Indigestion. They’ve since been retired from the menu.

 

The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 15, 2013 at 12:08 AM | 45 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: March 15, 2013 at 05:35 AM (#4388778)
Baco, a taco with a specially made bacon shell.

Is that pronounced BAY-co or BAH-co?

The second-place finisher was The Bad Joke, a corn dog covered in cheese with two strips of duck bacon on a bun.

Saints preserve us!

   2. Knock on any Iorg Posted: March 15, 2013 at 06:37 AM (#4388786)
It's Michigan, color me not surprised. Why don't they just pay to get 100cc of saturated fat injected directly into their bloodstreams?
   3. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: March 15, 2013 at 07:55 AM (#4388791)
This is the same stadium that had the krispy kreme burger.
   4. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: March 15, 2013 at 08:00 AM (#4388792)
They should have called it the Bako. They'd have had a perfect spokesman.
   5. Bitter Mouse Posted: March 15, 2013 at 08:20 AM (#4388798)
It doesn't even sound good (and I love the occasional bad for me food and think bacon is yummy).
   6. Rants Mulliniks Posted: March 15, 2013 at 08:38 AM (#4388811)
It sounds better than it looks.
   7. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 15, 2013 at 09:26 AM (#4388825)
It's Michigan, color me not surprised. Why don't they just pay to get 100cc of saturated fat injected directly into their bloodstreams?


Don't like needles.
   8. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 15, 2013 at 09:46 AM (#4388834)
Crisp bacon is great and limp bacon is one of the worst food sensations imaginable. How can they form a taco shell out of crisp bacon? That accompanying picture makes it look like it should be called a Trichinosis Taco.
   9. Rants Mulliniks Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:03 AM (#4388842)
How can they form a taco shell out of crisp bacon?


I would assume they have two nesting taco shell-shaped heated molds, which the bacon cooks in. That's how I woudl do it anyway. Same idea as the molds you can get to make crisp taco salad bowls from soft flour tortillas.
   10. DL from MN Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM (#4388845)
Janitor for the West Michigan Whitecaps has got to be one of the worst jobs in the world
   11. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:26 AM (#4388849)
How can they form a taco shell out of crisp bacon?

I would assume they have two nesting taco shell-shaped heated molds, which the bacon cooks in. That's how I woudl do it anyway. Same idea as the molds you can get to make crisp taco salad bowls from soft flour tortillas.


They should put you in charge of the grill. Did you look at the picture of that thing?
   12. Rants Mulliniks Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM (#4388857)
Did you look at the picture of that thing?


Yeah, see #6. I guess I just assumed they didn't leave it in the mold long enough, but you're probably right - that bacon looks pretty much raw.
   13. puck Posted: March 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM (#4388872)
I was wondering what the heck the Declaration of Indigestion was (apparently, the name is key to winning the election):

“Declaration of Indigestion”: Clearly not all sandwiches are created equal, as evidenced by this half-pound foot-long hot dog covered in a Philly cheese steak (steak, cheese, peppers and onions) and served on a gigantic sub roll. Whitecaps officials say this sandwich should be consumed “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to disband from the tyranny of healthy eating”.
   14. puck Posted: March 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM (#4388878)
It's Michigan, color me not surprised. Why don't they just pay to get 100cc of saturated fat injected directly into their bloodstreams?


Apparently, that is the only thing they haven't tried. Here are the candidates from the 2011 poll.

Some highlights:

10. Walking Spaghetti - Love spaghetti but hate the hassle of using a plate?

The Whitecaps understand your frustration, so we've replaced the archaic concept of a plate with the innovative idea to carry this Italian delight around on garlic bread. We smother the giant 16-inch loaf of Cole's garlic bread with a pound of spaghetti, meatballs, a quart of marinara and a pound of cheese, and now it's Walking Spaghetti. Magnifico! And at a whopping 5,630 calorie count, it dwarfs the relatively slender Fifth Third Burger, which weighs in at 4,889 calories.


6. Meat Man Parfait - As the donkey in Shrek once said, "Everybody loves parfaits." He was talking about meat parfaits, right? An old Irishman's dream meal, this meat and potato combo is loaded into a clear parfait cup so you can see the layers upon layers of beef, pork and mashed spuds, all covered by barbeque sauce for the most delicious and unique parfait you've ever eaten.


7. Meat Salad - Beef brisket, hot dogs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, gyro meat, Johnsonville bratwurst and hamburger: that's seven meats, served to those who believe each meal should have four different animals involved. Vegetarians, this one might not be for you.


   15. GregD Posted: March 15, 2013 at 11:16 AM (#4388888)
6. Meat Man Parfait - As the donkey in Shrek once said, "Everybody loves parfaits." He was talking about meat parfaits, right? An old Irishman's dream meal, this meat and potato combo is loaded into a clear parfait cup so you can see the layers upon layers of beef, pork and mashed spuds, all covered by barbeque sauce for the most delicious and unique parfait you've ever eaten.
The other ones are stupid, but if the mashed potatoes are good this could actually be awesome
   16. Leroy Kincaid Posted: March 15, 2013 at 01:40 PM (#4388975)
Mashed taters with BBQ sauce? No thanks.
   17. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: March 15, 2013 at 02:06 PM (#4388982)
Why don't they just pay to get 100cc of saturated fat injected directly into their bloodstreams?


We save that for dessert.
   18. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: March 15, 2013 at 02:10 PM (#4388985)
Some highlights:


My favorite was the Hebrew National Hot Dog wrapped in bacon. I gotta think you have to sign a waiver or something.
   19. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 15, 2013 at 06:26 PM (#4389113)
Bunch of ####### elitists here. Let's hear from a true man of the people, Craig Calcaterra:
They may have outdone themselves: the Baco. Or a taco with a BACON SHELL. There’s a pic of it at the linked article and it’s … glorious. Chances of me going to see the Whitecaps play this season: incredibly high.

Also, some better pictures, here.
   20. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: March 15, 2013 at 06:39 PM (#4389126)
Why I don't worry about global warming: The people of the Midwest will eventually get so fat that they will weigh down the middle of the country and the edges of the country will be lifted up, thwarting any rise of the sea level.
   21. cardsfanboy Posted: March 15, 2013 at 07:16 PM (#4389137)
Crisp bacon is great and limp bacon is one of the worst food sensations imaginable.


I'm in the massive minority, in that I'm not a crisp bacon fan(probably having to do with my mom thinking that bacon isn't completely cooked until it's capable of breaking into a fine powder with the first bite) and love me some slightly cooked bacon(microwave was the best thing to happen to bacon) but for a taco shell, you are going to have to have crisp bacon.

Bunch of ####### elitists here.


Have to agree, these food ideas sound awesome. I'm thinking some of the people on here think food should be flavorless, bland, boring and healthy... I mean, I'm sure they eat salad without salad dressing, meats, eggs etc.(and of course a touch of lettuce, after all, it's a salad) :)

   22. frannyzoo Posted: March 15, 2013 at 07:18 PM (#4389140)
We're reaching the true culinary "face tattoo" with the list from #14. Just giving up on civilization, progress, life, liberty, property and all that. What would Locke or Jefferson say about the "Honey Bun Burger"?
   23. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: March 15, 2013 at 08:36 PM (#4389188)
I would eat all three of the things mentioned in #14.
   24. Tim D Posted: March 15, 2013 at 08:50 PM (#4389196)
"The people of the Midwest will eventually get so fat that they will weigh down the middle of the country and the edges of the country will be lifted up, thwarting any rise of the sea level."

As a Michigan native who lived in SoCal for 25 years, I can state authoritatively that the numbers of healthy skinny types in California is vastly overestimated. For every emaciated Hollywood fitness nut there are 10 people who live on tacos, burritos, pizza, Big Macs, Carl's Jr. and In n' Out Burger. I can't speak to the east coast but I suspect it is the same.
   25. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 15, 2013 at 09:08 PM (#4389214)
As a Michigan native who lived in SoCal for 25 years, I can state authoritatively that the numbers of healthy skinny types in California is vastly overestimated. For every emaciated Hollywood fitness nut there are 10 people who live on tacos, burritos, pizza, Big Macs, Carl's Jr. and In n' Out Burger. I can't speak to the east coast but I suspect it is the same.

There are 12 states in the U.S. with an obesity rate over 30%: Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina. Mississippi had the highest rate of obesity at 34.9 percent, while Colorado had the lowest rate at 20.7 percent. Twenty-six of the 30 states with the highest obesity rates are in the Midwest and South. The states with the lowest obesity rates are California, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Montana, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and DC.
   26. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 15, 2013 at 09:11 PM (#4389219)
Have to agree, these food ideas sound awesome.

Hey, I could like one of those bacon tacos, as long as the bacon was crisp.
   27. Tim D Posted: March 15, 2013 at 09:26 PM (#4389230)
"12 states in the U.S. with an obesity rate over 30%......."

As per the US Government, the same people who brought you "leading economic indicators," "jobs created," the "consumer price index," and the "food pyramid." All of which are a joke.

I don't deny there are more heavy people in Michigan than in many places. But to suggest Californians are "thin" is to depart from reality.
   28. madvillain Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:10 PM (#4389260)
"The people of the Midwest will eventually get so fat that they will weigh down the middle of the country and the edges of the country will be lifted up, thwarting any rise of the sea level."


Sounds good, except the most obese part of the country is the deep south, not the rust belt. Michigan is more than the Detroit metro area, as hard as that is for most people to understand.
   29. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:15 PM (#4389266)
What would Locke or Jefferson say about the "Honey Bun Burger"?


America, #### YEAH?

   30. PreservedFish Posted: March 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM (#4389319)
Maybe the South has more kinda fat people, but the Midwest has more really fat people.
   31. tshipman Posted: March 16, 2013 at 01:05 AM (#4389349)
As per the US Government, the same people who brought you "leading economic indicators," "jobs created," the "consumer price index," and the "food pyramid." All of which are a joke.


p.s. i am not a crank
   32. Shredder Posted: March 16, 2013 at 01:16 AM (#4389354)
I plan to drive past that stadium at least six or seven times this year on my way to my golf club in Traverse City may just have tic check one of these out.
   33. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: March 16, 2013 at 01:54 AM (#4389359)
As per the US Government, the same people who brought you "leading economic indicators," "jobs created," the "consumer price index," and the "food pyramid." All of which are a joke.

I don't deny there are more heavy people in Michigan than in many places. But to suggest Californians are "thin" is to depart from reality.


I'm originally from Michigan and live in California. I visit Michigan every year. The "people" of Michigan look like they eat two Californians for breakfast every morning. I'm 6'1", 165 and am looked at like I must have just finished my third cycle of chemo. The differences cannot be missed.

Oh and your distrust of a simple obesity statistic is fun. You dropped your tin foil hat.

   34. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: March 16, 2013 at 01:57 AM (#4389360)
As a Michigan native who lived in SoCal for 25 years, I can state authoritatively that the numbers of healthy skinny types in California is vastly overestimated. For every emaciated Hollywood fitness nut there are 10 people who live on tacos, burritos, pizza, Big Macs, Carl's Jr. and In n' Out Burger. I can't speak to the east coast but I suspect it is the same.

There are 12 states in the U.S. with an obesity rate over 30%: Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina. Mississippi had the highest rate of obesity at 34.9 percent, while Colorado had the lowest rate at 20.7 percent. Twenty-six of the 30 states with the highest obesity rates are in the Midwest and South. The states with the lowest obesity rates are California, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Montana, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and DC.


The projections also tend to be awe-inspring. There will be no underweight people in the South by 2030, for example.
   35. Tim D Posted: March 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM (#4389407)
Robert, get out of Manhattan Beach for 5 minutes and check out Fontana or El Monte.
   36. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: March 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM (#4389409)
Robert, get out of Manhattan Beach for 5 minutes and check out Fontana or El Monte.

Unfair! I'm going to a dinner party in Newport Beach tonight. I'm a man of the people.

But yes, we do have Mexicans. That's why we are behind Colorado.
   37. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: March 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM (#4389422)
I don't think this sounds that outrageous, health wise. A regular taco with bacon in it would be no big deal. This adds more bacon but cuts out the deep fried corn shell.
   38. Greg K Posted: March 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM (#4389440)
Apparently, that is the only thing they haven't tried. Here are the candidates from the 2011 poll.

I eat #2 on that list almost every day.
   39. Tim D Posted: March 16, 2013 at 02:41 PM (#4389503)
"But yes, we do have Mexicans. That's why we are behind Colorado."

The white people in Fontana are plenty fat too. California coastal types don't seem to realize that most of their beloved state looks a lot like the rest of the country. Fresno or Stockton or Oakland for instance.
   40. Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: March 16, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4389513)
The white people in Fontana are plenty fat too. California coastal types don't seem to realize that most of their beloved state looks a lot like the rest of the country. Fresno or Stockton or Oakland for instance.

The dockworkers in Oakland are going to be surprised to learn that they're not coastal. The hipsters in Oakland are going to be pissed that they now have to go buy a bunch of fat jeans.

You do realize that the large majority of the population in California is coastal, right?
   41. I am going to be Frank Posted: March 16, 2013 at 05:26 PM (#4389571)
Fontana is only about 50 miles from the ocean. How is that not coastal?
   42. Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: March 16, 2013 at 06:11 PM (#4389580)
Fontana is only about 50 miles from the ocean.

As per "maps" from the U.S. government, the same people who brought you the "man on the moon" and "fluoridation."
   43. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: March 16, 2013 at 06:41 PM (#4389589)
The distrust of the obesity statistic is at least somewhat valid, because the BMI groupings at this point have to be called into serious question. The evidence that a BMI between 20 and 25 is healthier than one between 25-30 is essentially non-existent, and there's even not a whole lot of evidence that 20-25 is much healthier than 30-35 (which is where I believe the "obese" classification starts). All of which ignores that deciding whether someone is unhealthy or not by looking at their BMI is stupid in ways that the average sportswriter has never dreamed of approaching.

Somebody decided that whatever the "average" was in the halcyon days of the past is what is "ideal," and then declared a whole crapload of people who are perfectly healthy weights as "overweight." When more and more studies come out that suggest this is inaccurate and that the relationship between body weight and health is extremely complicated, epic tantrums are thrown. Science at its very finest.
   44. hokieneer Posted: March 16, 2013 at 07:06 PM (#4389599)
#43, yeah. I recently switched to a pseudo paleo diet (not hardcore paleo, just cut out bread, pasta, and sugar). I've dropped 15+ lbs in 7 weeks, all the while having 4x the energy I previously had. I actually have the energy now to wake up an additional 30-40 early before work and put in a nice workout before I head to the office. Anyway, I'm down to 175 lbs, and at 5' 11" my BMI is 24.4, which is on the borderline of being classified overweight. That seems insane to me. My waist is down to 31-32 inches, my blood pressure has dropped, I'm starting to develop more muscles tone/mass in my upper body, and my wife flat out told me to stop losing weight because she said anymore and I would be "too skinny". Yet I'm borderline overweight.

Count me apart of the "does not look appetizing" group. Probably better tasting than the high-fiber, low carb tortillas I've been using though.
   45. Tim D Posted: March 17, 2013 at 03:57 PM (#4389995)
"You do realize that the large majority of the population in California is coastal, right?"

I meant "coastal" as more of Malibu/San Fran/Santa Barbara state of mind, which most people who live in CA in the "un-coastal" areas realize. Fontana is a world apart from Huntington or Manhattan Beach. Santa Ana is 5 miles from Newport Beach. The two cities have about as much common as say Chicago and Topeka, which are both "midwestern."

As to the obesity measure, thank you Voros for pointing out that it is seriously flawed.

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