Friends of the Dog
So I recently broke the news to Mike that I have to take a hiatus from hot dogs. According to my doctor, I have high cholesterol. Nothing so terrible…212. But I’d like to stay as close to a good diet until I go back again in January. So until then, no dogs grilled in lard. However, I have been meaning to post some pictures of friends getting dogs, as well as HD ephemera.
Way back in April (?) I went to the Bronx Zoo with my friends Mike and Tishana. I haven’t been there since I was a kid…the pre-blog days. We went for lunch and for some reason I decided to get a grilled chicken caesar salad? Huh? Fortunately, Tish is much smarter than me and went for the dog. I promised her fame and glory by telling her that I would post the pictures up on the blog. I mean, tens of people read this everyday! She revealed to me that she LOVES hot dogs! This shocked me, because, like, we’ve been BFF’s for, like, over 10 years and stuff. So as she starts to eat the dog, she talked about how to properly pose with a hot dog in order to get the right shot.
Tish’s brother, Rishi, was also there, but thought it would be too weird to eat a hot dog at the zoo. Maybe that’s why I went for the salad too, but I’ll never admit it. Later that summer, Mike and Tish sent me pictures of their trek to a hot dog stand in Somerset, NJ called Big D’s. It’s right next to New Brunswick, my old stomping grounds at Rutgers University. I have to get out to this place with them at some point. Tish said that they got chilli dogs. According to the owner, a former boxer/rapper/comedian, his dogs are 100% angus beef. He also won’t share his chilli recipe with anyone, including his own wife. I gotta try these. He also serves up some soul food staples like chicken, mac n’ cheese, etc.
In addition to actual dogs, my friends have started sending me pictures of hot dogs in our society. Clearly, hot dogs are the foundation of this great nation. Here’s one that Herve sent me.
My friend Sam, not Mrs. Hot Dog Blog Sam, sent me an old photo of a beeeeautiful woman crowned as Miss Hot Dog.
Finally, my friend Hans sent me a picture a while ago of the sign from Dinghy Dogs on Martha’s Vineyard. I don’t know if he went there, but they do serve up a “grilled all-beef kosher style hot dog made by Pearl Meat Packing Company in Boston” on a Martin’s potato roll (according to seriouseats.com from September 2009). Mike, you should go try this since you’re way closer than me.
So that’s all for now. Gotta stay healthy for another month or two. I will be counting down the days though.
Big D’s World Famous Chili Dogs: 715 Rt. 27 South, Somerset NJ 08901
Dinghy Dogs: 12 Circuit Avenue, Vineyard Haven MA 02568