Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Hot Dog Social and Taste Test


The Hot Dog...few things in life evoke such feelings of nostalgia ~ another place and time... when we were young, things were simple ~ and life ~ was good. We eat them at baseball games, festivals, on city streets and the beach. We eat them in parks, by the fire and on wooden benches in our own backyard. So this weekend, with the opening of the World Cup Finals and in the spirit of the Serious Eats Weekend Cook and Tell Hot Dog Showdown, we decided to host an impromptu Hot Dog Social!

There were few rules, just bring your favorite homemade toppings or choose a country to highlight (so we might sample and expand our hot dog eating repertoire). My husband and I provided some toppings of our own, the dogs (Hebrew Nationals), an assortment of buns and the Weber charcoal grill. As with most friendly competitions...there were highs, lows, light-hearted 'trash-talk' and only one instance of unprovoked aggression when the neighbor's Lab ran-off with one of the wieners! So, without further ado... here are some photos, notes and highlights of how it all went down:

The Mexico City Hot Dog ~ My husband's submission (after some research) ~ and new all time favorite! He noted, "it will be sometime before I can go back to the doldrums of mustard and ketchup."

Mexico City -"jocho" pronounced "hocho" A hot dog offered on street carts outside of nightclubs. Served grilled and covered with melted oaxaca cheese , pico de gallo, ketchup, mustard and bacon. <--- (source: Wikipedia) (1 favorited this hot dog) SPICY AWARD


The Brazilian Hot Dog ~ my submission #1 ~ inspired by one of my best friend's who spent a year in South America, she has fond memories of the ginormous hot dogs sold on the streets of Buenos Aires. I tried my best to do it justice - just short of the kitchen sink, I promise you there is a hot dog in there!

Grilled hot dog with mashed potatoes, peas, corn, grated cheddar and parmesan cheese, homemade shoestring deep-fried potatoes, ketchup, mustard and a mayonnaise-sour cream sauce. (2 favorited this hot dog) COMPLEXITY AWARD


The New York Hot Dog ~ Joe's submission ~ He's a man of simplicity, no fuss ~ just a good old fashion hot dog with mustard and kraut. Joe reminisced about frequenting Manhattan hot dog vendors when he used to live in the city. During a recent trip back to The Big Apple, he was astonished by the $2-$3+ price tag from the vendors peddling their dogs on the Upper East Side.

Grilled hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut (2 favorited this hot dog) CLASSIC AWARD


The Italian Hot Dog ~ Jackie's submission ~ she told a story of growing up in New Jersey ~ her family used to visit an 'old school' establishment that only sold authentic, Italian hot dogs. One dog...one price...no substitutions! Young and naive she always demanded hers plain (just some mustard on the side). This drove her father nuts, as he'd be paying for 'the works' but only getting - a dog - in a bun. Today, Jackie loves the Italian hot dog - potatoes, peppers and all!

Grilled foot-long with grilled green peppers, onions, fried potatoes and spicy mustard (2 favorited this dog) HOME-STYLE COMFORT AWARD


The Plain Jane Hot Dog ~ Mike's submission ~ grilled dog, no bun - ketchup & mustard on the side.

Picture says it all. (All children favorited this hot dog) NO-CARB ECONOMY AWARD


The Smokey Apple Hot Dog ~ my submission #2 ~ since I lean towards the aforementioned New York style dog, I thought I'd try to come up with something different, using a combination of no-fail flavors and textures.

Toasted Italian roll with melted Cherrywood Smoked Mozzarella, charcoal grilled hot dog nestled into the cheese, topped with: grilled sweet onions, sauerkraut, diced-up gala apple that was sauteed in a bit of butter and 1 teaspoon spicy whole-grain mustard until soft, finished off with generous pinch of crispy homemade bacon bits. (3 favorited this hot dog) TASTE & CREATIVITY AWARD

Let me conclude with a shout-out to all those who participated on such short notice! As we relaxed watching the World Cup, sampling beers and each others work, it occurred to me... whether an all beef frank, veggie dog, or sausage...... eaten alone, on rice paddy or stuffed between a bun...the hot dog is an iconic symbol whose definition is only broadened by state, country, and continental lines. An unpretentious, simple food with the unequivocal power to unite, the hot dog (in all its forms) will always represent our human need to eat and unyielding will to create!

SO...what did we do right? What did we do wrong? What is YOUR favorite Hot Dog creation YOU make at home or buy!?
The only Bad Dog in this post! (but look at that face...)

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

don't we all know a mike! lol

Andrea said...

What a fun idea!! You all came up with some really creative dogs there. I can't pick a favorite with out taste testing them all :)

Chow and Chatter said...

oh what a fun post for hot dog lovers i eat them out but never make them

Joe Joe Lemo said...

Now I could go for a hot dog all over again...

George said...

Like some of those hot dog photos...makes me wanna a bite!

Siri said...

This post made me want a hot dog something fierce!

Love your blog!

Siri (siriouslydelicious.blogspot)

Alan said...

I recently visited your blog. It is a very interesting one. Keep it up.

http://www.bukisa.com/articles/300919_give-love-and-get-love

John Kaminski said...

Finally got around to catching up and LOVED this post. Sorry I couldn't think of anything related to dogs in South Africa, but you all did a great job. I can't rate the dogs, but I give this post the YOUR BEST YET blog award!

John

Design Wine and Dine said...

Thanks everyone! Based on the positive feedback to this post I'm planning on doing similar ones in the future, just takes a little more time. We all had so much fun doing it! You all know I really appreciate the comments and feedback!

Syd said...

The dog with mustard and kraut is exactly the way I prefer mine. Really hate that I'm on a diet right now.

Anonymous said...

Hello there,

This is a inquiry for the webmaster/admin here at designwineanddine.blogspot.com.

Can I use part of the information from your post above if I give a backlink back to this website?

Thanks,
Jack

Anonymous said...

There are multiple options in video game choice these days. Each title should be available for a number of consoles as well as PC play. Many games are available for mobile devices, as well. There are also options for learning about additional gaming. With this article, you can get an excellent start.

If you buy pre-owned games, make certain to purchase a quality disc cleaner. It is almost impossible to tell ahead of time what condition used games will be in. Even though you may have let the discs get very dirty, the cleaning kit can help to get them working again. Research all the options that are available, though. There are a lot of cleaning kits out there.

Watch your body when you play computer games. If you are playing computer games, try sitting on a exercise ball to help you maintain proper posture. Also, be sure and take regular breaks and stretch every so often.

Try brightening the screen on your gaming system. Dark games are eerie, but they're also hard to play. Colors tend to blend together in the dark, and you can have a hard time spotting your enemies. Increase the brightness if you do not mind sacrificing a little ambiance. Brightness will allow you to see clearly.

These days, lots of games are transmitted online. There are a wide variety of downloadable games available for PCs, consoles, and smartphones. It s convenient, but it may cause you to spend more money than normal. Resist the temptation to make impulse gaming purchases, especially of big-ticket new releases. It is important to learn everything you can about a game prior to purchasing it.

It can be helpful to play a trial version of a game you are unsure about purchasing. Trials let you test the game out first to see if it's something you like playing. If you enjoy the trial, you can make the purchase.

If you are a enthusiast of playing video games, you probably have your favorites. However, you should not narrow your choices. To make sure you do not get bored, try to vary the genres you play. You might have a more memorable experience in some genre that you previously avoided.

There are many types of video game consoles. There are several factors to consider before you choose which gaming system is right for you. First, find out if one system carries more titles that your child enjoys. Then, check out the memory capacity. Often, you can download additional content, which can quickly overwhelm a wii with a small amount of memory. Your gaming wii must have sufficient memory to cover this.

There are many consoles out on the market, so it may be tough to find the best one for you. First, you should determine what your needs are. Once you do so, search extra features that the playstation offers. Do your research by using the Internet. Reviews of the different systems can be easily found. Be informed before you buy your gaming playstation.

Try playing online games as a way to bond with your children. Gaming together is a fun and inexpensive way to get in some family time. It can also allow you to ensure that your kids aren't playing inappropriate games.

Figure out how to operate the safety and parental controls of any gaming system that comes into your home. You can likely make adjustments that keep kids from viewing mature content. Some allow each gaming profile to be customized separately, allowing adults to enjoy games not meant for younger audiences.

Online Games were there in the past, they're here in the present, and they will be there in the future. It is unbelievable to see their evolution. It is astounding to think of what the future may hold. So much fun to thing about it and imagine all the possibilities of future games.

Anonymous said...

[url=http://levitranowdirect.com/#qbsuj]levitra 20 mg[/url] - levitra 10 mg , http://levitranowdirect.com/#hvaci levitra 10 mg

Anonymous said...

Hello. And Bye. Thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

Hello. And Bye. Thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

Hello. And Bye. Thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

Hello. And Bye. Thank you very much.