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...
January 30, 2012 |
Anyone doubting our evolutionary tie to other apes should check out that Philadelphia festival of food and fun known as Wing Bowl. The annual event has some striking parallels to behavior outlined in the article "Chimpanzee Hunting Behavior and Human Evolution," which appeared in the magazine American Scientist. Chimpanzees sometimes "go on hunting binges, in which they kill a large number of monkeys and other animals over a period of several days or weeks," the article states. The hunting is done mostly by males, though there are a few female hunters and the party is joined by many other females in estrus (heat)
January 26, 2012 |
Elliott Hirsh wasn't thinking of food back in 1990 when he bought Levis , a nearly century-old hot dog shop near Sixth and South Streets. Instead of the signature "combo" that paired a mustard-slathered hot dog and a fish cake on one roll, Hirsh coveted Levis' liquid asset: the formula for Champ Cherry, a soda that several generations of Philadelphians were weaned on. Hirsh was a beverage manufacturer known regionally for his Elliott's Amazing...
January 6, 2012
I ADMIT THAT I am not all in yet with the 76ers, but I'm thisclose. It won't take much to pull me on to the bandwagon. That's why tonight's home opener against the Detroit Pistons is one of the biggest in years. I think the best way to describe most Sixers fans is aggressively skeptical but willing to be convinced. They're just looking for a sign, a positive step forward from this franchise that will give them a reason to give it a fair shake. The Sixers are the last team in this lockout-shortened season to have a home opener.