Voices From Russia, Too

Sunday, 21 August 2011

21 August 2011. A Russian POV… The New York Hot Dog

Here’s a “Chicago-style” dog from a pushcart. It has a beef hot dog, potatoes, mustard, onion, cucumber, tomato, peppers, and salt in a bun.

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Here’s a contemporary Nathan’s frank with mustard…

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How ‘bout an “Asian Dog” from Asia Dog? They’re topped with kimchi, green onions, sesame seeds, and other non-traditional condiments…

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“Fifteen-Bite Hot Dog”, from the Brooklyn Diner in Manhattan; it weighs almost a half-kilo (@1 pound)!

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Hot dog with sauerkraut and relish from the Papaya King, which dates back to 1930.

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Here’s a different kind of hot dog, from Zach Pelaccio’s Fatty Crab; it has pork sausage, gravy, mayonnaise, pickled garlic, pickled chilli peppers, and pickled radishes.

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An assortment of hot dogs, including soy and vegetarian, at the Good to Go Organics snack bar in Central Park. The sauerkraut comes from Hawthorne Valley Farms in the Hudson Valley.

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Hot dog from Bark with pickled peppers, mustard, and onions.

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The Meat Hook in Williamsburg in Brooklyn offers its own version of the hot dog with bacon and shredded cabbage.

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

VOR Presents… The Longest Hot Dog in the World

Paraguayan cooks prepared the biggest hot dog in the world, with a length of 203.8 metres (668 feet 7.62 inches, to be exact).

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The Guinness Book of World Records accepted this culinary record.

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245 chefs laboured on the preparation of the super-hot dog.

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The action took place in a suburb of Mariano Roque Alonso, which is 18 kilometres (11.2 miles) from Asunción, the Paraguayan capital.

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The proposal to cook the giant hot dog was the idea of the organisers of the International Agricultural Exhibition held in the town.

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The total weight of the bun and sausage, which the chefs cooked in a special gas stove, was 265 kilos (585 pounds), 120 kilos (265 pounds) for the sausage, and 145 kilos (320 pounds) for the bread bun.

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After it was cooked, more than two thousand exhibition visitors were able to get a piece of the weenie free of charge.

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The previous record was set in the Spanish city of Málaga, that frank-zilla was 150 metres (492 feet 2 inches) long.

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18 July 2011

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/53382245/53382256/index.html

Saturday, 16 July 2011

16 July 2011. I Was Only Looking for an Image of a Baloney Sandwich…

I saw the above (relatively small) image of a baloney sandwich on Wikipedia… well, I thought, I can find something far larger than that. Boy, was I in for a surprise! I googled “baloney sandwich”… mostly, you get fancy-shmancy Alice Waters-style pretentious creations that look nothing like the baloney sandwiches that Mom made when you were a kid. Oh, well… I tried “boloney sandwich”… the same thing! Back to the ol’ drawing board, kids… so, I typed in “bologna sandwich”… and I finally got something above 400 pixels in width, to wit:

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THIS was the best that I could find using Google. Sad, ain’t it? You’d think that there’d be a bajillion images of REAL baloney sandwiches out there. You know what I’m talkin’ about… on Wonder Bread… with Velveeta cheese… with yellow mustard. It’s like the whole world eats ’em, but everybody’s ashamed to admit that they do. Next thing ya know, the ketchup on hot dogs crowd is gonna run and hide (yes… I know that’s an abomination of desolation by comparison, but hey… we don’t have to eat it). C’mon, we’ve all eaten these things at half past dark, when we were half in the bag, and not completely in compos mentis. Trust me… it’s part of growing up in America… it’s like the bacon butty in England… it tastes DELECTABLE after a couple of brewskies…

I wanted to see if this sandwich prudery extended to that other late-night post-celebration “it was a good idea at the time” sandwich… the grilled cheese sandwich. By all that’s holy, my supplications were answered, and there were scads of HUGE images… here’s one:

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Yes, sir… this looks like the REAL DEAL… Velveeta cheese on whole-meal bread fried in margarine. That, and a bottle of Mad Dog… the late-night Breakfast of Champions (the 08.00 analogue is cold pizza and warm beer). Don’t try to gussy this up and use a goat cheese that smells like the goat sat in it, or, use a bread that requires a sourdough starter that requires you to start preparing it two weeks in advance. Yet, it reassured me to find out that Google can get you what you want… there’s enough times when it either doesn’t deliver any, or, it only delivers Grade-Z images that look like Igor the Crazed Albanian Dwarf just ran ’em through his Photoshop program. There’s SOME sanity left in this world… God bless America.

BMD

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