Every year since 2003, the Macy’s at Lenox Mall in Atlanta, GA has hosted the Priscilla pink pig train ride. This train ride tradition has been around for over 50 years in Atlanta, with most of the proceeds going to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This ride runs for a little over two months during winter. The line for the pink pig train ride is more popular than the line for Santa Claus during Christmas time. I went last year to Macy’s to check out what all the hype was about and to donate to a good cause. Every single time I tried to get on the ride, the line was ridiculously long so I’d wait a while and came back but the line never died down. It was getting close to Christmas time and I wanted to go before the ride closed up until next year. Tickets were only $3 which was super reasonably priced. No wonder the ride beats out Santa Claus every year. Taking photos with Santa does not come cheap. The pink pig ride was enjoyable because it took you through a life-size story book. I also took photos with Priscilla the Pig who was more than willing to ham it up for the camera. All in all, I had a good time and will go again this year even though I was the only one over 12 years old that didn’t have a child riding this train. Visit the photo gallery for more pictures of this event.
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This picture and video made me smile and I wanted to share them with you. The baby monkey and pig are so adorable! Hopefully the video makes you smile too. Careful though, if you watch the video too many times the lyrics will get stuck in your head…
Here’s a youtube clip of baby monkey riding on a pig song.
You ever get one of those dishes that just makes your mouth water whenever you think about it? Today, I’ve been craving Vietnamese pork chops. Here’s a great recipe I found of grilled lemongrass pork chops, so you can start salivating over it too. The tang of the fish sauce and lemongrass, a little bit of sugar, and juicy pork chops make a perfect combination. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Recipe Yields 2 Entree Portions
- 1 lb (4 thin slices) center-cut loin pork chops, bone in
- Vietnamese fish sauce to taste
- Fine sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 stalks fresh lemongrass, minced
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 Bird’s eye chili, seeded & minced
- Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Marinate pork chops with ingredients for at least a couple hours. These chops are best grilled over hot charcoal, but a really hot oven broiler or pan will do in a squeeze. Serve them with hot jasmine rice, a fried egg, sliced tomato and sweet pepper. Garnish rice and chops with fried scallion and drizzle generously with dipping sauce right before eating.
Recipe found at http://www.pho411.ca/pork-chops/
So I have a deep, dark secret to reveal…I love pork.
I was against eating pork for many years, not because of any religious belief, but because of guilt. On the one hand, pigs are cute, cuddly, and smart. On the other hand…have you smelled freshly cooked bacon in the morning? Exactly. You know what I’m talking about. When I was growing up, that delicious aroma of bacon would fill the house many mornings, but I managed to avoid temptation by eating other foods like omelets, cereal, croissants, fruits, muffins, or cookies (I do have a sweet tooth…guilty pleasures). It was quite the paradox. I love pigs so much, but bacon smelled so delicious, and that made me feel wrong. I can say proudly that I didn’t eat pork for twenty-something years (you didn’t think I was actually going to give away my age, did you?)
One random morning, I decided that I had to try a slice of bacon. No harm done, right?? I was wrong…ever since, I have been eating crispy, scrumptious bacon constantly. I love the flavor, the aroma, that wonderful crunch, and just that perfect amount of salt. I dream, savor, and love bacon. From there, I began to enjoy other pork dishes such as pork tenderloin, pork chops, barbeque, ham, and on and on. Perhaps it is a paradox. In the end, though, you could say that I love all things pig.
I’m really excited to start blogging about pigs. For those of you who know me, know that I’ve liked pigs for many many years. In fact, my very first stuffed animal I owned was Miss Piggy. I also happen to be born on the Year of the Pig and National Pig Day lands on my birthday. I love pigs of all shapes and forms. Pigs can be quite amusing, smart, and tasty. I hope one day, you guys will like pigs just as much as I do, if not more. I’ve manage to write the word pig in all my sentences. I promise all my post won’t be like this. Thanks for joining me on this journey and hope you guys come back for more.