My half-birthday is coming up, and after seeing this picture I know exactly what I want: A pet Mangalitsa Pig. Who wouldn't? Look at him.
Orginally from Hungary, Mangalitsa pigs (aka Mangalicas) are prized for their fat. The exquisite tenderness of their beautifully marbled flesh is compared to Wagyu beef by the French Laundry executive sous chef in this New York Times article.
Apparently Mangalitsa pork can be hard to come by stateside, but I read on woolypigs.com that Greg Higgins served it at a dinner a few weeks ago, so maybe we'll see it on the menu at his new restaurant, Piggins. Gosh, it's hard to say that with a straight face.
If you're curious about these magnificent, succulent porkers, like I was, check out these articles in Gourmet and Saveur.
Rumor has it they serve Mangalitsa pork at The Herbfarm in Woodinville, WA. Maybe someone will take me there for my half birthday, hmmm Sis?
Anyhow, I must order my half-birthday Mangalitsa pig right now. I am not going to put my Mangalitsa on a pizza because I try not to eat my pets, but I would like him to do my dishes because I just moved and my new apartment has no dishwasher. I will name him Mkalászruhosség, which is Hungarian for "my ears itch." I'll make him vegan goulash for dinner and he can sleep on my feet at night to keep them warm. I just hope we don't fight over the hair straightener every morning.