I left you last week while I was bemoaning my sorry state of having been reduced to wearing all flats…my heels gathering dust as they no longer fit my post-pregnancy feet (not to mention my post-pregnancy lifestyle). What is a girl to do? Do I resign myself to the fact that tottering around, 3-5 inches off the ground, my less-than-perfect legs feeling like a million bucks, is no longer in the cards for me? Do I accept the fact that I can no longer say “fashion before comfort” with as much youthfully brash confidence as I did before I had children? Do I start investing in (sigh) “practical” shoes?
The obvious answer, for a responsible, almost-40 mother of 2, is, of course, no. No, there won’t be any “resigning to” or “accepting the fact”. What do mature grown-ups like me, who obviously know better, do?
We go out and buy ourselves some high heels. As God is my witness, that is exactly what we do. And that is exactly what I did…marching into the store and declaring, “Get me everything with heels in a size 9!”
As I walked out with my shiny, black, peep-toe heels***, dreaming about the ultra-red pedicure that was going to go perfectly with said peep-toes, I knew I did exactly the right thing.
Because we need to indulge ourselves sometimes.
Because we are mamas and are usually indulging everyone else. Because we schlep ourselves to the office 5 days a week. Because we work hard to make ends meet. Because we sleep a fraction of the time we used to. Because we just noticed our first white hair, or our 100th. Because the pediatrician just gave us the biggest lecture in the history of parenthood. Because we are tired and haven’t had time for that massage we keep promising ourselves.
Because we deserve it.
Whether you are a mama, a papa, single, married, or somewhere in between…you work hard, you do what needs to be done, you dig your heels in and stay the course, you recognize when change is needed and make a stand. You deserve it friend. So indulge a bit. If a little indulgence puts a spring in your step, there will be one happier human in the world. And God knows the world needs that.
And, as we are talking about indulgence…Wagyu bacon. Yes, Wagyu bacon that comes to take your breakfast of bacon and eggs to new heights. I won’t share a recipe here, as I am sure you don’t need me to tell you how to get some bacon and eggs on your plate. I will share some of this bacon with you though!
This comes from Baba’s Kitchen, a purveyor that I sometimes go to for steaks and her wildly addicting chili garlic oil (more on that one day soon!). When she started carrying Wagyu bacon I knew I had to try it, and I wasn’t disappointed. Just like Wagyu steak, it is marbled with fat, rich and, since we are on the topic, absolutely indulgent. It is already seasoned (made with love by “Baba’s” aunt with no harmful chemicals), so all you need to do is fry them up. Don’t expect smoky bacon flavor though, as beef and pork are, obviously, two different creatures (although both delicious). Wagyu bacon is another thing entirely flavor-wise and should be enjoyed as such. Also, and healthy-lifestyle people may lynch me for this, but when I eat Wagyu bacon I am reminded once again of that age old fact…that beef fat is truly the tastiest fat there is.
Although I have had this, so far, the same way I would have bacon, I can imagine it also working well using it the same way you would use beef – in a stir-fry, in a ghetto-style cheesesteak, even in a creamy, stroganoff-y type preparation. You wouldn’t even have to season, since it already is. Almost like a luxe, emergency stand-by, all-around beef. Important to remember though is, as with any kind of beef, do not over-cook!
So, since sharing is caring, I will be giving away one pack of this Wagyu bacon to one lucky reader…to remind you how important it is to indulge yourself! All you have to do is any of the below:
– Leave a comment on this post
– Email me at the address on my sidebar
– Tweet me a message
And tell me that you want the bacon!
Other mechanics and details:
– As much as I want to share this with all my readers, because of the perishable nature of the giveaway I’ll need to limit this to Metro Manila residents only.
– If you live in Makati or The Fort, Baba’s Kitchen can deliver straight to you.
– If you live elsewhere then we will need to do a meet up so I can hand you the goods 🙂
– If you live abroad but will be in Manila anytime until December 2014, you can join too!
What are you waiting for…indulge!!
***Full disclosure: they were wedges! But not stodgy wedges. They thinned in the back to the width of a stiletto so when unsuspecting people see you from behind they actually do look like pencil-thin heels. Quite genius really. There was another pair calling out to me but I think I need a little more practice first. Rome wasn’t built in a day!