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Gobble Doggs: An Alternative Thanksgiving Turkey for a Weird Year

When Bob Dylan mournfully crooned about the Times A-Changin’ in 1964 he would have scarcely imagined that a mere 56 years later the “Times” would include a pandemic, a social and cultural revolution, and powerful hunger – which never did go away, come to think of it. Since family get-togethers around a 20-lb. turkey are... Read more »

Leafing? Go Off the Beaten Path to Michigan’s Skellville

For Fall leaf watchers coming to beautiful Michigan to marvel at the annual foliage show, there’s a stop you need to make – a stop that may remind you of things simple and basic, and yet profound and sublime. Watching leaves change color is simply witnessing the death of chlorophyll after all, and only King... Read more »

Hot Dog Sales Soaring – Packaged Dogs, Anyway

While Labor Day grills cool down around the nation on this Labor Day, and the last wrinkled and overcooked dogs are sliced up and mixed in with the dog chow, there is a surprising statistic to chew on. Sales of packaged hot dogs are up 17 percent this year over last year, and the demand... Read more »
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Hot Dog University Bringing “Depression Dogs” Back

Last week, I blogged about the end of the world surely being upon us, since the Vienna Beef Factory and Store closed its doors. While the store and restaurant did indeed close at their current location, the Vienna Beef company is still very much around and so is Hot Dog Univeristy –  in fact, they... Read more »

End Days Near: Vienna Beef Factory Closes

As if we didn’t have enough evidence that End Days are here, what with the United States of America becoming a Third World country closed off from the rest of the world (albeit a “Great” Third World country), brothers fighting against brothers via sharp Facebook ripostes, potty-mouthed Karens abusing store clerks wholesale, and a nasty... Read more »

A Quiet Fourth, With Hot Doug

If you’re looking at the number of Covid-19 cases increasing daily (50,000 at latest count) and you’re pining away for your annual Fourth of July family get-together, I stumbled across something that might just help. Remember Hot Doug Sohn – the affable and amiable proprietor of Hot Doug’s in Chicago, with his wild boar and... Read more »
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Hot Dog Eating Contest Carries On

The Fourth of July annual Festival of Gluttony at Coney Island known as the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is happening once again, virus be damned. At an undisclosed location. With five instead of fifteen participants. And no fans. I mentioned before in this space that professional sports contests without fans is, at best, a... Read more »

Fanless Pro Ball Games – Why Bother?

Suppose They gave a pro baseball game – and nobody came. An empty stadium with players on the field is too Twilight Zone for words. And it’s nonsensical, really. The fun of a ballgame comes from the people in the stands, at least if you’re there. Most of the people I have seen at Wrigley... Read more »

Jonesing for a Hot Dog in the Time of COVID-19

Hot dogs are perhaps the most social of meats. It’s still not that hard to remember the days when your dog was passed down a row of people at Wrigley while you passed down your five bucks the other way while sitting on your ass. Everybody touched your dog. Everybody touched your money. And remember... Read more »
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Three Dog Day: Iconic Chicago Joints Examined

A few years back, Hot-C and I asked three buddies to join us in a hot dog tour of three popular hot dog stands so we could compare note and fill our bellies at the same time. What makes a great dog? And who provides it? We have been in pursuit of this knowledge for... Read more »