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.
April 8, 2010 |
For the Phillies' seventh season at Citizens Bank Park, concessionaire Aramark wanted to throw a little change-up in the hot dog routine. Not that hot dogs are unpopular. Last season, Aramark sold 1,314,223 hot dogs at the ballpark. The Center City-based food giant wanted to create a signature variety for its home team - something memorable, something that says Philadelphia and baseball . Aramark decided that the meaty matter would be put to a fan vote. Three choices were unveiled online last month, and all were sampled at the ballpark during last week's two preseason games.
November 8, 2009 |
The possibilities of the classic American burger having been if not exhausted, certainly exhaustively explored (I give you the excessive foie gras-laden Whiskey King eight-ouncer, adorned with maple bourbon glazed cipollini, Rogue bleu cheese, and applewood bacon now playing at Village Whiskey, priced at $24), it should not be all that startling that the town's trendier kitchens would eventually reach down a link on the food chain and grab hold of the hot dog - the innocent, unaffected Eliza Doolittle of our street foods.
November 1, 2009 |
Wild Things roamed the streets of Philadelphia last night in search of treats. So did Transformers and gypsies. Even a couple dressed as Jon & Kate, but without the Eight. And in the Spring Garden section, neighbors hung out on their steps, holding impromptu parties and passing out candy. Forget about store-bought costumes: Eight-year-old Michael Harrity decided to go out as a homemade bottle of Heinz ketchup. "A few years ago, he was salt," Holly Harrity, his mother, said of her apparently condiment-inclined son. The complement to Michael's saucy character was Riley, the family's vizsla (a Hungarian hunting dog)
October 29, 2009
MARK SANCHEZ is working to atone for his brutal transgression in Oakland last weekend. The Jets' rookie quarterback was caught on camera trying to put mustard on a hot dog and, get this, eat it, late in New York's 38-0 blowout of the Raiders. He apologized after the game, saying he didn't feel well and needed to eat something. Sanchez added that "it won't happen again. " Sanchez is trying to make up for it, though. He bought 500 hot dogs and 500 hamburgers, along with buns and rolls, and donated them to the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown, N.J. Coach Rex Ryan said he was "disappointed" with Sanchez and his hot dog eating ways, but said the quarterback didn't mean to be disrespectful.
September 11, 2009 |
Recent reports have noted that in Beijing, folks have taken to hanging out at Ikea, lounging on the comfy sofas in air conditioning while sucking down free soda refills. It is a classic case of "You can take a Communist to capitalism, but you can't make him buy. " But if nothing else, creating a faux Swedish name in Mandarin would be a fun parlor game. Here in Philadelphia, Ikea is working to keep you in the store. Still buying, yes, but viewing the experience as a family friendly event with a town-square ambience.
September 10, 2009 |
HOT DOGS aren't just for baseball games and barbecues anymore. Check the menus at a handful of gastro pubs or even high-end restaurants around town, and you'll see a haute dog gussied up with all manner of homemade fixings. Brought to America by German immigrants in the late 1800s - the word frankfurter comes from Frankfurt, Germany - the humble wiener's original pedigree was more show dog than mutt. Traditionally, butchers ground leftover cuts of meat, usually pork shoulder, added spices and then emulsified the mixture, making a kind of mousse.
April 3, 2009 |
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse in Fairmount Park reopens the playground for the season with the fourth annual Play-a-Palooza on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Taller Puertorriqueno and Univision will provide games, arts and crafts, and painting activities for children 10 and younger. Families can take a park tour on a Philadelphia Fire Department engine. Adding to the fun will be a mascot who will mingle with the children. Free hot dogs and sweet treats will be available. Fourth annual Play-a-Palooza, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, near North 33d and West Oxford Streets in eastern Fairmount Park.