Gordon Ramsay Pours Ketchup on Hot Dog, Calls it “Good”

The guy must have a giant pair of bollocks, I have to say. For Gordon Ramsay to come into Chicago, open a burger and hot dog place, and brag about dumping ketchup on his signature dog, either takes a lot of guts or is the kind of in-your-face Chicago style challenge better suited to Bobby... Read more »

Must We Judge Everything?

This morning, I saw three well-meaning people create the most beautiful Christmas cookies I have ever seen. The icing looked like polished mirrors, the lattice work on the gingerbread would have made journeymen carpenters proud, and the whimsical expressions on elfin faces could almost bring a tear to your eye in their earnest, aim-to-please cuteness.... Read more »

Guest Blogger Takes On Hot Dog Challenge

Someone with greater fortitude than I currently possess has graciously decided to take on a challenge on my behalf – that of a reporter and update provider on how the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Challenge now underway is impacting her. Her name is Stephanie Esposito, Media League Bowling Team Captain Extraordinaire, rugby expert, and all-around... Read more »
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Are You Up for the Chicago Hot Dog Stand Challenge?

How many hot dog stands could you visit between now and October 17? Mark Reitman, Vienna Beef’sProfessor at Hot Dog University. Vienna Beef, purveyor of arguably the finest hot dogs in the world, has launched an extremely tempting Hot Dog Stand Challenge, and if I wore a younger man’s trousers and t-shirt (of a considerably... Read more »

Wrigley Field Hot Dogs: A Conspiracy Theory

Maybe all this hoopla about the Chicago Cubs trading off all their best players can be summed up in relation to Wrigley Field Hot Dogs. Management is attempting to go back to the good old days of “The Lovable Losers,” when the folks who came to the games cared more about hot dogs and beer... Read more »

Vincent Price, Hot Dog Lover

Vincent Price, Hot Dog Lover
Vincent Price, whose cultivated, lugubrious voice struck terror into mid-20th century American hearts and who would make Hannibal Lecter sound like a pedantic old English teacher who was not getting enough sex, enjoyed a well-turned hot dog. Especially at L.A Dodger Stadium. “No hot dog ever tastes as good as the ones at the ballpark,”... Read more »
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"What the F*** You Want?" Wieners Circle in the Age of Covid

When we talk about “snap” in a hot dog, we’re talking about that toothsome quality in a dog that bites back a little bit – the unyielding before succumbing to the bite. You don’t get it in a skinless wiener or in a cheap dog you buy in bulk. They are found in Chicago. Chicago... Read more »

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 »
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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 »