Not much beats sitting at the bar at Catania in La Jolla and overlooking the Pacific Ocean on a sunny day, or during an incredible sunset. Instead of putting your nose in your phone or Kindle, gaze out on the blue waters and sip on their literary nod to Bacon Day, the Animal Farm. A stout drink (pun intended) ? not for the faint at heart ? the cocktail is made with lardo (cured pork fat) washed Buffalo Trace bourbon, smoked maple syrup, Averna (an amaro or digestif from Sicily), and Birra del Borgo Perle ai Porci ("pearls to pigs" ? the label even has a cute pig with a pearl necklace) Oyster stout. See? You've got your beer, your bacon and your cocktail, in one porky package. Bacon Week is now complete. It's time for the artery vacuum.
Catania: 7863 Girard Ave., La Jolla. wnlhosp.com