August 20, 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.
June 11, 2012
By William Saletan Politicians are hypocrites. We know this from sex scandals: The lawmakers who preach loudest about chastity are often the ones who later get caught using hookers or cheating on their wives. In recent years, the chastity movement has turned from sex to junk food. But the hypocrisy hasn't changed. Take the hero of the food temperance movement, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He has banned trans fats, pressured companies to reduce salt, and mandated public calorie counts at restaurants.
June 7, 2012 |
Despite what Danny Meyer has done in fine dining — his Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants are among America's most honored destinations — his legacy probably will be a fast-food chain begun by accident. It's Shake Shack, whose first Philadelphia location opened this week at 20th and Sansom Streets. This is the 15th location, counting seasonal stands at ballparks and new outposts in Dubai and Kuwait. The interior is built for speed and ecology, with lots of reclaimed wood; tables are made from heart pine taken from an old bowling alley.
March 25, 2012 |
On the long-established theory that everything is bigger in Texas, the AL champion Rangers have come up with the majors' largest hot dog. Called the "Boomstick" it's 24 inches long, weighs a pound, and costs a Texas-size $26. Actually, the mondo-dog is called the "Boomstick" only in the stands, where the real fans sit. In the luxury boxes, the name is a tame "Champion Dog. " No word on what it'll cost in the tony restaurant named...