October 18, 2011 |
DO YOU KNOW what's in that hot dog you're about to pop into your mouth? Virginia Knauer did, and through her efforts in a lifetime of work in consumer protection, she made that hot dog - and a lot of other products - much healthier for you. It wasn't always easy. President Richard Nixon had to go to bat for her when she rankled the hot-dog industry, and a few others, with her insistence on a lower fat percentage in the all-American staple. She was Nixon's special assistant for consumer affairs, and when she angered the hot-dog manufacturers, and even ran up against the Department of Agriculture, Nixon stood by her. "Stick to your guns, Virginia," he said.
August 16, 2011 |
CHICAGO - The nation's two largest hot-dog makers took their legal beefs yesterday to federal court, where a judge will determine whether Oscar Mayer or Ball Park franks broke false-advertising laws in their efforts to become top dog. As the bench trial got under way, U.S. District Judge Morton Denlow cast his eyes across the Chicago courtroom, where half a dozen attorneys were at opposing tables, and said, "Let the wiener wars begin. " The battle pits Chicago-area companies Sara Lee Corp., which makes Ball Park franks, against Kraft Foods Inc., which makes Oscar Mayer, in a case that could clarify how far companies can go when boasting that their product is better than a competitor's.
August 3, 2011 |
AN X-RAY FOUND more than 30 sharp pellets in the body of a 10-year-old American bulldog found dying, chained to a fence, next to some poisoned hot dogs, at Doylestown Country Club on Sunday, an animal-welfare official says. Paul Bevan-Xenelis, 39, yesterday was arraigned on animal-cruelty charges that could bring him a 5-year jail term for allegedly shooting the bulldog, Kane - an animal he obtained months ago from a rescue group - 32 times with a .22-caliber pellet gun. Police said Bevan-Xenelis, of Richland Township, shot the dog early Sunday because it had bitten a co-worker at the Bucks County club last week.
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.