July is ‘National Hot Dog Month’ and nothing is probably more American than a Hot Dog except for perhaps a Hamburger. These two popular foods though made thoroughly American have their roots in Europe and mainly Germany. It’s just that we have so thoroughly Americanized these products that if this were a hundred years or so ago, they wouldn’t even be recognized in Europe. Thanks to vastly improved communication, Hot Dogs and Burgers are seen not only in Europe but all over the world.
We all have our favorite Hot Dogs and will probably remember at least one Hot Dog Stand as ideal. Since as a child I never had Hot Dogs outside of our home (except once) I cannot remember one single Hot Dog Stand. However, my sons have a whole repertoire that they can recite to you – many of which are of course my adult favorites too. The most recent addition to our locale is Dayne’s Chicago Dogs. Dayne’s is located on Thousand Oaks Blvd. in the city of Thousand Oaks and their specialty is the Chicago Dog. What makes a Chicago Dog different from other dogs? The points are listed below.
1. A Chicago Dog has to be in a natural casing – it just isn’t a Chicago Dog unless it has that crunch to it.
2. It also must come with Tomatoes, Green Relish and Peperoncini in the bun along with the Dog. And of course don’t forget the mustard.
Also pictured with Dayne’s Dog is Garlic French Fries. If you are a Garlic Lover these are ‘Heavenly’.
One of the oldest Hot Dog Stands in the city of Los Angeles is Pink’s which is on La Brea and ironically is practically right next door to where I went to school. Oddly enough, I never heard of Pink’s until maybe a dozen years ago. However, I’m sure I did have a Pink’s Dog unknowingly which was given to me by the Aunt of a girl who I was playing with at the time. This was the first time I had ever had a Chili Dog and quite honestly at 9 years old, I did not like it. More recently though, I did a class that featured the most popular Hot Dogs in and around the Los Angeles area. While I do not like Hoffy Dogs (which Pink’s uses) the toppings at Pinks were outstanding but oddly enough the item I liked best at Pink’s was their Coconut Cake.
Probably my favorite San Fernando Valley Hot Dog was Cupid’s. I first noticed the Cupid’s stand when I was about 11 years old and we had just moved to the Valley. By the time I got around to eating at Cupid’s their main stand was at Victory and Tyrone and it is still there today. The other stand that they have that I have frequented is across the street from Cal State Northridge. For years, Cupid’s only sold their Dogs one way and that was in a bun with mustard and Chili and Onions. As I recall the last time I was there they have added a few things to their dogs such as cheese.
My favorite Dog to cook at home has to be a Kosher Dog with a crunchy skin. I usually buy Vienna as they fit the bill. Boar’s head is second best for at home purchase. Today for lunch I had a Coleslaw Dog made with Boar’s Head Hot Dogs, Homemade Coleslaw and home-grown Yellow Roma tomatoes.
Last year when we were on Kauai, I had a Pineapple Dog – certainly something you would expect to get in Hawaii if nowhere else. It was delicious – just the right amount of sweet/tangy compliment to the Hot Dog.
If you have a favorite dog and pictures of such please feel free to comment and share your photos.
On an ending note, Hot Dogs can be boiled, grilled, barbecued, baked with beans broiled and/or wrapped in pastry. Take advantage of ‘National Hot Dog Month’ and frequent your favorite local Hot Dog Stand.
Wednesday was a pretty simple day as far as activity goes. Most of the day was spent at the beach in the sun and surf and just lazing around the condo. For breakfast we had easy –over eggs on English Muffins with crispy bacon and coffee along with Banana Bread and Apple Bananas.
For lunch we paid another visit to the Kukui`ula Village Shopping Center and had lunch at Dude Dogs. To influence our lunch decision, we had a coupon that allowed us to order a hot dog, drink and chips for $5.00 each. The Dogs are all-beef hot dogs and the toppings are very inventive. The toppings that are available at Dude Dogs are:
Mustard, Tomato, Relish & Onions
Mustard, Coleslaw & Onions
Mustard, Onion, Cheddar & Bacon
Chipotle Mustard, Nacho Cheese & Jalapenos
Maui Onions, Mustard, Cream Cheese & Pineapple Salsa
Mustard, Chili, Onions, Pepper Jack Cheese & Jalapenos
Deli Mustard, Dill Pickles & Cheddar
Thousand Island, Swiss Cheese & Sauerkraut
Passion Fruit Wasabi Mustard, Cream Cheese & Onions
Mayonnaise, Mustard & Crushed Chips
Dijon Mustard, Bleu Cheese, Tomato & Bacon
Mustard, Chili & Coleslaw
Wasabi Mustard, Swiss Cheese & Kraut
Ev chose the Mustard, Coleslaw & Onions while went for the Maui Onion, Mustard & Pineapple Salsa. I had them leave out the Cream Cheese as that didn’t really sit very well with me for a hotdog. In hindsight I probably should have tried it but didn’t. I did enjoy the Pineapple Salsa though and would have it again and even duplicate it at home.
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While we were eating lunch the mall was being set up for another Farmer’s Market. This one was billed as a gourmet market featuring organic vegetables, cooked dishes and baked products. In the center of the mall near Merriman’s Restaurant, a demo booth was set up with chairs for the audience. In addition, there was a beer garden where you could buy tickets and sample various beers. This market was due to open at 3 o’clock so we returned to our condo to rest for a couple of hours and then went back to the mall for the Farmers Market. We browsed through the market and sampled some Korean food, but didn’t really find anything to purchase although the products were beautiful and interesting.
For dinner, Ev wanted Pizza so we went back to Koloa and had dinner at a restaurant called Pizzette. It was Happy Hour again and Pizza was $1.99 slice for an ample sized piece so Ev ordered 2 slices of Pepperoni Pizza and I ordered the BBQ Rib Appetizer which was served with a Mango BBQ Sauce. After dinner we went back to the ‘Big Save’ Market and purchased some more items including ground sirloin and Buns for dinner the next night, ice cream sandwiches for dessert and Pepsi for me.
Back at the condo we enjoyed the evening breezes on the balcony and then watched some TV while I knitted. (To see the view from our balcony, go to Tropical Food Chronicles, Day One. Before going to bed, we prepared our items for our trip to Kokee to do some more bird watching. So watch for more of our trip, coming tomorrow.