August 3, 2011
FOR A TOWN WITH A dairy-slathered steak sandwich as its main food icon, a town whose name signifies "cream cheese" to many Americans, Philadelphia certainly has more than its share of vegan surprises. Now, I'm not talking about the "surprise" that all-veggie foods can be decadently delicious, but rather those dishes that show up where you wouldn't necessarily expect them. Case in point: While walking down South Street recently, I saw a sidewalk sign advertising a new joint devoted to creatively topped hot dogs.
July 24, 2011
Like most sportswriters, we usually have room in our diet for anything that's deep-fried, especially if it comes on a bun with fattening toppings. But what they served in Broxton, Mass., on Saturday made us take a pass. Especially for $80! The minor-league Broxton Rox decided to celebrate National Hot Dog Day by entering the Guinness Book of World Records for the most expensive hot dog ever. But they came up with a concoction that ranks somewhere between disgusting and grotesque.
July 24, 2011 |
I'm all nerves getting ready to see Althea Zanecosky. My favorite summer skirt makes me look hippy, but skinny jeans feel like concrete in this heat. And what to order when we finally meet at Chestnut Hill Coffee Co.? I've had breakfast, but could use a snack. Will she judge me if I nibble on a pastry? Will I get credit for putting Splenda in a nonfat latte? Should I slyly drop into the conversation how far I ran before dawn? Zanecosky arrives in T-shirt, shorts, and open mind.
May 18, 2011
Murray Handwerker, 89, who helped grow Nathan's Famous from his father's Coney Island hot dog stand into a national franchise, died Saturday at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. His son, Bill, said his father had suffered from dementia. Mr. Handwerker's father, Nathan, opened the Coney Island stand in 1916, four years after emigrating from Poland. Murray was born five years later and spent so much time in the restaurant he said he came to regard the frankfurter bun boxes as his playpen.
May 15, 2011 |
To qualify as a greasy spoon, Brunish's would have to upgrade. The Pottstown sandwich shop is an institution in this weathered Schuylkill mill town, where fortunes were once tied to the iron and steel industries. The mill furnaces stopped firing up a long time ago, but Brunish's is still cooking away, a cement bunker of an eatery just more than six feet high that extends improbably from the basement of Dan Brunish's home to the sidewalk. At lunchtime, customers line up out the door for the hot sausage and hot dogs, the most popular items - and for many years the only ones.
April 26, 2011 |
BENSALEM NATIVE Christina Perri invited Miss Philadelphia Maria Sciorillo to meet her when she played the Tower Theater with James Blunt Saturday. Why? Because the newly crowned Sciorillo performed Perri's breakout hit "Jar of Hearts" to win the Miss Philadelphia pageant. When Perri, an Archbishop Ryan graduate, heard through a friend about Sciorillo singing her mournful ballad, she contacted the beauty queen, who was 2009 Miss Pennsylvania, to tell her she was touched and honored, and invited her to the Tower gig. Perri's debut full-length album, "Lovestrong," will be released May 10 on Atlantic Records.
April 8, 2011 |
The owner of a legendary hotdog eatery remembers the handmade dog donation bank from the Chester County SPCA that sat on the counter of the restaurant for many years. A year ago, it was lost in a fire that destroyed Jimmy John's Pipin' Hot Sandwiches, a devastating blaze that galvanized community support for the iconic family restaurant on Route 202 near the boundary between Chester and Delaware Counties. Owner Roger Steward credits that assistance with a rebuilding effort that put him back in business by December, and now he wants to extend his gratitude.
July 3, 2010 |
It was a hot-dog-delicious, good day for Rita Schaeffer and two of her children, who enjoyed free gourmet beef franks yesterday during the Independence Picnic, which kicked off the Fourth of July weekend. Schaeffer, 43, and her children, ages 11 and 14, are living at the Salvation Army Eliza Shirley House, a shelter in North Philadelphia. Besides the free hot dogs, quality time with her family was on her mind. "We're just having fun and learning things while we're doing it," Schaeffer said.
April 19, 2010 |
As the Phillies embark on another defense of their National League crown, let us pause for a scientific analysis of their firepower. We speak not of the mighty bats of Howard and Utley, but of actual firepower: The hot dog launcher. The curious propulsion device, wielded at select home games by the Phillie Phanatic, got its annual tuneup last week and was in action for the first time this season. A tank of compressed nitrogen. Projectiles of processed protein. A shaggy, green creature smacking the "fire" button.
April 11, 2010 |
In 1950 I sold hot dogs at the World Series between the Phillies and the Yankees. Selling hot dogs was just about the best thing you could sell at a baseball game. Why? Because they were easy to carry and easy to fix. It wasn't always that way. I started out selling soft drinks, the lowest form of life for vendors. You had to carry two buckets, one in each hand. The buckets were heavy, full of soda bottles and big chunks of ice; and sloppy, the water from the melting ice always sloshing over your blue jeans; and dangerous, because if you accidentally broke off the bottle's neck when you opened it, you could gash your thumb to the bone.