Category Archives: Hotdogs

The Dog Debate That Will Not Die

“It’s not a sandwich,” said the Atlantic Monthly.

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No, it is not, says The Takeout.

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“So then, a hot dog is also a sandwich?” Colbert asks Bader Ginsburg again. And here, the Notorious RBG lays down her decision: “On your definition, yes it is,” she says.

There you have it: a hot dog is, in fact, a sandwich—at least according to one of the most nimble and intelligent minds in our nation. So perhaps now we can all move on and start enjoying these sandwiches once again.

I am on the yes side. A hotdog is a sandwich. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a sandwich as “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between.” A wienie is a filling.

Were I writing a menu, the hotdog would be under sandwiches. Weak argument.

Old news. My two cents. Case closed. For now.

Therm Is the Word

Hey Therm! Hey Therm! I could use a little help over here.

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For starters, could you sandwichsplain this to me in laypersons terms? As in, how many sweaters do I need to wear to counter the calorie intake of a Reuben? And does it make a difference if I grill the Reuben over natural gas? While wearing this?

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Wearing this thermal sweatshirt backwards makes it look like the Union Jack. See it?

I’m jacked about thermals! Jacked about therms. Jacked to burn therms while eating a hotdog. Are hotdogs sandwiches? Heavy hitters say yes and no here and here. Thermally heated debate pro and con and pro and con. I say yes, heatedly. And I will back that up thermomonumentally. Hot dogs = meat between bread = sandwich. Therm, back me up here,  wouldya?!

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The therm (symbol thm) is a non-SI unit of heat energy equal to 100,000 British thermal units (BTU). It is approximately the energy equivalent of burning 100 cubic feet (2.83 cubic metres) – often referred to as 1 CCF – of natural gas.

Anthony Darling, Could We Agree to Disagree

in bed?


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Red hot. screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-8-17-53-pmA weenie screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-10-56-49-pmis “truly a category unto its own”.  A piece of m**t screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-10-41-57-pm (makes me squirm to type it).

Lalala, I am covering my ears. Anthony Bourdain, I can’t HEAR you.

As queen of this castle, I am allowed to win all debates, discussions, arguments and beefs. A hotdog is a type of sandwich around here. Were there a sandwich situation and the hotdog forced to choose sides, he would run for the cover of the wich. Around here.


Hotdogging the Holiday Loafing

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The debate continues to rage: Is a hotdog a sandwich? I say yes, based on zero research or reflection. Pure kneejerk.

I did, however, spend some time in the Lunch Encounter Lab, testing a radical theory. Could one build a hotdog loaf? If so, I put hotdogs in the sandwich camp. Fired up!


Yes, a hotdog can be loafed. And iced with chipotle mayo. And sliced. This proves, as definitively as needed by me, that a hotdog is indeed a sandwich.

You can now put that to rest and your mind can resume its ease. You’re welcome and happy 4th!

Should you need a baseline, take a peek at this. Need more be said? Or spread? Nah.Sandwich Loaf

While that sandwich incroyable is enough to make one shriek and run for cover,  we must consider this (below) imaginative loaf from yesteryear. Hotdogs have been wiggling their way into sandwich territory for eternity. Or at least since the 50’s.

Happy birthday, these United States, and pass the ketchup.

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It Ain’t What You Got It’s the Way that You Season It

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We went to Iceland. On the shortlist: hotdogs.

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur á sex stöðum 🙂

The first part translates to “best hotdogs in town.”


It was February, the year’s best hotdog eating month.


The weather could not have been better.


Order two. Before one you will want one. After one you will want another.


Bring cash – a few bucks will do. IMG_7072

One always needs a napkin, but a table is superfluous. Beth, Zuraidah and Susan were game, as always. IMG_7071

Street meat in Icelandic = Þarsemfólkgangamaturúrdýrum

I made that up, Icelandicstyle.


A Heated Debate

Red letter day last week. A postcard from Flannel! Nice stamp too. I was just at the post office the other day and these produce stamps were not available. Too bad. I love ’em. Had to settle for “The Winter Holiday” stamps.

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The image renewed my curiosity about hotdogs. Are they or are they not sandwiches? And who is the decider?

Hotdogs do seem the perfect pre-Thanksgiving food. American symbolically, preparation-free essentially, no kin to turkey thankfully, and, should you buy a pack of six dogs and a pack of eight buns you can use the two extra buns in the stuffing.

Bookending Thanksgiving with sandwiches appeals to my orderly self. Hotdog Wednesday/Turkey Sandwich Friday. Amen.

Postcard from Dennis

From Jeb Lund of the Guardian:

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a sandwich is “two or more slices of bread with a filling such as meat or cheese placed between them, or a partly split long or round roll containing a filling.” Thus, bun-plus-Dodger Dog equals … Voila!

From Ted Berg:

A hot dog is a sandwich. Why this is still up for debate is baffling.

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From Morgan Shanahan:

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And from Adam Weinstein at Gawker:

Jeb Lund, the friend of Gawker also known as Mobute, has posted an Independence Day-related meditation on the sandwichness of hot dogs at that most American of publications, The Guardian. Lund arrives at the right conclusion for the wrong reasons. Here is why hot dogs are sandwiches.

“It’s a question widely posed – and how we approach it speaks to who we are, as individuals and as a nation,” Lund asserts, and in this he is correct. “Neither the hot dog nor the sandwich were invented by America, yet we feel a passionate possessiveness over both.”

Hot dogs and sandwiches are consummately American, and for a vital unspoken reason. A brief Foucault-style review of their purported origins, and their adoption by the U.S. of A., illuminates why they are essentially the same thing: Hot dogs and sandwiches are tools of social control. Read on here.

My take is this: If you have to ask the question then the evidence is strong enough to rule a hotdog a sandwich. A ruling sandwich, frankly.

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Listen to

The Sporkful !

From Dan Pashman, “If you listen to The Sporkful, you know that I have STRONG feelings about what makes a sandwich a sandwich.

You’ll also know that I am a staunch sandwich conservative — some have even called me the Scalia of Sandwiches.

That’s because define a sandwich based on the original intent of the framer of sandwiches, the Earl of Sandwich:

1. You must be able to pick up a sandwich and eat it with your hands without your hands touching the fillings.

2. The fillings must be sandwiched between two discrete food items.

Enter hot dogs and John Hodgman, author, actor, humorist, and host of one of my favorite podcasts, Judge John Hodgman.

During an appearance I made on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show in July of 2014, Hodgman called in to debate whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich.

I argued yes, Hodgman argued no — and agreat feud was born.

At first it was a private affair, but then the world started to take notice — first a video from the Buffalo Bills’ locker room went viral; then the debate made it to the TODAY Show.

Hodgman and I had to settle the issue once and for all. We met onstage at The Bell Housein Brooklyn — with Brooke Gladstone of WNYC’s On The Media moderating our debate before a live audience.”

FABULOUS LISTEN. Set down what you are doing and LISTEN RIGHT NOW!

And then, you tell me, did they settle it? And, if so, do you agree?

You know I have a dog in this race and my dog is HOT.


It’s a “Thing”, Do What You Wanna Do

What’d I tell ya? Mac and cheese sandwiches are not the next thing. They are “the” thing. Now.

Spoke with Eckhart Tolle just yesterday as he, serendipitiously, spooned hot mac and cheese onto a beef on weck. Beef on weck? For real?! For real. Does Mr. Tolle live in Buffalo? you ask. Who knows, dear. He lives in the moment.

Spotted a few blinged out dogs in “Better Homes and Gardens”. Joe Yonan did these recipes. Shame shame, I did not catch site of the photo credit. No hot dog for me!

To Be Frank…

…there are many ways to be a frank.  A frank is so blank. Choose your mood and accessorize.

Frisky #23
Stealthy #25
Forward #19
Bashful #17

Hot #27
Haute #24
Rote #16
Of Note #22

Fearless #21
Curvy #20
Nervy #26

Or SCARY #14 and #15

Serious Eats/Serial Eats

Thank you, Sublime Miss M, for reminding us that summer comes around each year, year in and year out, without fail.

As the lit part of our days dwindles, the neolithic me is clanging the gong, “THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END! THE END I TELL YOU! THE END! SEEK SHELTER!”

We may have had tools, and the means for clanging, back in the day, the neolithic day, but we did not have therapy, and the means for recognizing that one of our inner parts, the protective part, was working overtime.

Settle down, already. Hot dog days will be upon us before we know it. Carlisle is not a long drive, and it’s a pretty one. Winding roads past orchards that whisper, “Summer is upon us,” while issuing waves of apple blossoms into the ether.

Serious Eats brings our seasonal sequence full circle with a series on hotdogs. Around and around we go, spinning in space on our homeglobe, eating serially, seasonally, panic shushed reliably by summer light.

Hotdog of the Week