You're not seeing things, I really did just use the words, "bacon" and "latte" in the same sentence. Treehaus, a Midtown hot spot for artisanal coffee, pastries, sandwiches, crepes and an all-day buffet -- and an EDWRR staff favorite! -- has introduced the king of all flavored espresso beverages: A bacon latte.
I was a little skeptical at first, wondering how on earth someone could infuse the smokey, salty flavors of bacon into a latte, but the barista told me it was a combination of maple syrup and a top-secret "essence" crafted by himself and the restaurant owner. It's neither a syrup nor a flavored cream, and the most mysterious part of all is -- get this -- it's completely vegetarian! Garnished with a strip of candied bacon (the only non-vegetarian element) and a milk foam piggy, this was certainly one of the most interesting -- and adorable! -- ways to start my Friday morning.
The latte was rich and sweet from the maple syrup, with no need for additional sweetener. There was a smoky aftertaste which definitely resembled that of a succulent strip of bacon, but I found myself missing that true wake-up-and-smell-the-bacon bacon flavor. But my latte was thoroughly enjoyed, especially alongside another one of Treehaus's bacon concoctions, a bacon Rice Krispie treat!
Carnivores and vegetarians unite: If you're in need of a midday pick-me-up (trust me, this thing is strong), the bacon latte is calling your name.