"You have to understand that this is a city which lives and breathes meat: it is one of the largest meat market in the US (and I am talking about food, here, people, not about other types of meat markets). It is a place where it is perfectly normal to eat bacon for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with sausages as a side dish, probably counting as vegetables. (I can see you British reader, raising your eyebrow thinking "that's pretty normal": may I remind you that the UK is not Europe?). The city official dish is a hot dog, for Heaven's sake. Still, I had underestimated how these people dig the pig".