March 13, 2013 |
HOW INTENSELY do Lee and Docena Blyden love their wiener dogs? The Northeast Philadelphia couple bought an Xfinity Home wide-angle security camera so that when they're away from their house near Franklin Mills Mall, they can watch streaming video of Percy and Wendy on their smartphones. That's intense. The Blydens have a grown son and young grandchildren, so they are not substituting canines for kids to fill an emotional void. It's more like Wendy, 9, and Percy, 2, are a second set of grandkids - with shorter legs, longer ears and tails that don't quit.
November 1, 2012
What is it? The owners of Calypso (formerly of the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market) went mobile last year with Mini Trini, featuring a simple menu of delicacies from the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Real street: Owner Iman Marcano said their most popular item is the traditional street food called double. "The same way you buy hot dogs on the street, [double is] what people are selling on the corners in Trinidad," Marcano said. A double is fried dough (bara) filled with curried chickpeas (chana)
August 21, 2012 |
It was a Sunday in the park for children in West Philadelphia, a day of free cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, and pony rides. Five barbers gave dozens of boys free haircuts, and the girls got complimentary manicures and jewelry-making lessons to craft their own bracelets. About 300 youngsters who came to Malcolm X Park at 51st and Pine Streets received complimentary school backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils, glue sticks, folders, and paints - everything they might need for the first day of classes.
July 17, 2012 |
Q: This past July 4th, I watched Nathan's hot dog eating contest on TV where the winner (for the sixth time), Joey Chestnut, ate an incredible 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes! How can someone eat that much? He's not even that big a guy. Can't someone's stomach explode from doing that? Does he need to vomit afterward? A: The stomach is a muscular sac, and like the urinary bladder, it can be stretched way beyond its normal capacity with a lot of willpower and determination. Normally, there's a sense of fullness where you "just can't eat another bite.
July 6, 2012 |
JOEY CHESTNUT is not the only person eating hot dogs in this country of ours. According to www.hot-dog.org (yes, there is such a website), Americans devoured 150 million on the Fourth of July. But nobody devours them faster than Chestnut. The San Jose, Calif., resident accounted for the consumption of 68 of those 150 million doggies on Wednesday on the way to winning The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. Chestnut, a three-time Wing Bowl champ (2006-08)
July 6, 2012 |
EATING MACHINE Joey Chestnut chomped his way to a sixth straight victory at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Championship at Coney Island. The San Jose, Calif., resident and three-time champion of Sportsradio 94 WIP's Wing Bowl tied his 2009 record of 68 hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes. He remains the world's top-ranked competitive eater. Three local professional eaters — Royersford's Bob "Notorious B.O.B. " Shoudt, Drexel Hill's Micah "Wing Kong" Collins and Downingtown's Sean "Flash" Gordon — competed in the Major League Eating event but got nowhere near Chestnut's numbers.
July 5, 2012 |
The elusive wolf-dog of Pennypack Park has been caught, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has confirmed. The early-morning capture was made with the help of hot dogs and foothold traps. No thanks to foxes, which kept eating the bait. The animal is believed to be a wolf-Alaskan malamute mix that was purchased as a pet in Florida and escaped when its owners were visiting Philadelphia in March. It seemed docile enough, sometimes just lying in a clearing off the 8600 block of Algon Avenue, at the edge of the Northeast Philadelphia park.
June 29, 2012 |
Philadelphia has always been a cheesesteak city. Hoagie mecca, completely. Burger town, yes, and getting better all the time. Now, finally, with a wave of trendy and upscale offerings, building on a foundation of old-school staples, Philly can finally claim another point of pride: great hot dogs. We've got the city's most lauded chefs making their own links, multiple new hot dog stands experimenting with flavor combinations, and a proud representation of the "Texas Weiner" lineage.