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30 Hot Dogs From Around the World

30 Hot Dogs From Around the World

Many hot dog purists may argue that the United States is the best hot dog country in the world. Whether they’re fans of Coney Island hot dogs from Nathan’s or if they are devout worshipers of the Windy City Chicago dogs, either way, the U.S. hot dog lovers stand united.

Click here to see the 30 Hot Dogs From Around the World (Slideshow)

However, the very origin of the hot dog can be traced back to Germany with the invention of the Frankfurter in the late 1600s by Johann Georghehner, a butcher who lived in Coburg. According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, the American version of the hot dog began back in the 1800s. In1871 Charles Feltman, a German butcher, opened up the first Coney Island hot dog stand. He went on to sell 3,684 dachshund sausages in milk rolls during his first year in business, thus giving birth to the hot dog many of us recognize today.

Then came the famous Chicago hot dog, around 1893. The Germans once again brought their love of sausages to the U.S. by introducing the practice of eating the dachshund sausages inside a bun. Today, the Chicago-style hot dog is an all-beef, natural-casing hot dog topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, sliced or wedged fresh tomatoes, a dill pickle, and sweet pickle relish dyed bright green, pickled peppers, and a dash of celery salt, served on a poppy seed bun.

Countries around the world from Sweden to Vietnam have taken the idea of the classic hot dog, with German roots and American zest, and have put their own twist on the comfort-food classic. For example, South Africa has a tantalizing twist on the classic dish. The dog itself is a combination of beef and either pork or lamb seasoned with spices like nutmeg, cloves, and coriander seed. The delicious mess is wrapped in a warm, large roll topped with chutney, mustard, and tomato relish. For more distinctive versions of the hot dog, places like Vietnam put pickled vegetables as their topping of choice, and in Hawaii, it’s all about the pineapple relish.

No matter where you roam, hungry travelers can find different versions of the hot dog that may just challenge the conventional idea of what the tasty street food is supposed to be.


Watch a Legendary French Chef Make Curly Hot Dogs for His Granddaughter

If these easy-prep, fun-to-eat hot dogs are good enough for Jacques Pépin, master chef and friend of Julia Child, they're good enough for us!

I like pork and beef hot dogs, but any hot dogs will do. Only one hamburger bun is used for both the hot dogs, half a bun for each curly dog to sit on, and the centers are filled with the relish.

Curly Dogs with Pickle Relish

1 teaspoon peanut oil (or other neutral oil)

1 hamburger bun (about 2 ounces), split in half

About ½ cup pickle relish (homemade or store-bought)

1. With a sharp paring knife, cut the hot dogs lengthwise about halfway through the meat. Then make crosswise cuts in each one, spacing them about inch apart and cutting about halfway through the meat you should have about 12 cuts on each hot dog.

2. Heat the oil in a sturdy skillet. Add the hot dogs and cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes, shaking the pan so the hot dogs roll over and brown on all sides. They will start curling up into wheels.

3. Meanwhile, toast the bun until it is crusty.

4. Place a curly dog on each bun half, curling it into a wheel. Spoon the relish into the centers and serve.

(And just a friendly reminder that hot dogs can be a choking hazard for kids under age 4! So when feeding your littlest ones cut the cooked curly dog into small pieces before serving.)

by Jacques Pépin, copyright 2017. Photographs by Tom Hopkins. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Click here to see more cooking videos with Jacques and Shorey.


Get Creative with the #JulyWhole30: Maria’s Hot Dog Bar

Today’s #JulyWhole30 guest post is from Maria Barton of MariaMakes.com. If you’d like to submit a recipe, helpful tip, testimonial, or Whole30 article for consideration, email it to [email protected] .

I’m working through my second Whole30, and though I have pinned a million amazing looking, Whole30-compatible dinner recipes, sometimes you just need something really quick and easy. I have found a few convenience foods that have come in super handy when I just don’t have time to cook up a feast. Applegate Farms The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dogs (from Trader Joes) are just 100% grass-fed organic beef and spices!

I saw this post on the Whole30 blog about meal ideas, “buns not included.” One of the ideas was for sweet potato “buns, ” and I had to try it. Can I just say, as weird as it sounds, this hot dog may be one of the best things I have eaten so far! I topped it with a Whole3o-compatible grainy dijon mustard and chopped onions. YUM! Who knew sweet potatoes and hot dogs would be such a fab combo?

That got me thinking… what else could I use for a hot dog bun? In today’s article, I’m showing three different options for a “better” (i.e. healthier) bun, and some toppings so you can build your own hot dog bar. (These ideas work just as well for any kind of Whole30-friendly pork or chicken sausage, kielbasa, or hot dogs.)

Sweet Potato Hot Dog Buns

Scrub a sweet potato well, leaving the skin on. Make sure you choose a long skinny sweet potato for the ideal bun shape. Either line a baking sheet with foil and bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes or until fork tender, or throw the potato on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 4-5 minutes until the potato is fork tender.

Once your potato is cooked, cut it in half length wise. Cut a slit through the flesh (not the skin) down the middle, and nestle your dog right in there. Top with your favorite dog toppers!

Romaine Lettuce Hot Dog Buns

This is by far the easiest of the three non-bun bun options! Tear off two leaves of romaine lettuce, wash them, stack them together, throw your dog in there, top it, and FEAST! This non-bun option works great for pretty much anything since romaine leaves are a perfect “boat” shape.

Grilled Pepper Hot Dog Buns

Slice the sides off of a red bell pepper (a long one works best 3-sided means you’ll get three “buns”). Spray or brush with olive oil, season with spices of your choice (I used Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute and some salt), and grill over med-high heat for about 4 minutes per side. It should get nice and charred and lose it’s crunch so it is pliable — all the better to wrap around your hot dog.

Hot Dog Toppers

Your hot dogs aren’t complete without your favorite toppings! Try these options for a fun (kid-approved) “hot dog bar” at home. Just make sure you read your labels, to ensure all your toppings are Whole30-compatible.

  • Mustard
  • Whole30 Ketchup (page 323 in The Whole30)
  • Pesto (page 315 in The Whole30)
  • Ranch Dressing (page 316 in The Whole30)
  • Any of our Mayonnaise Variations (page 309 in The Whole30))
  • Pickles
  • Sauerkraut
  • Green Cabbage Slaw (page 282 in The Whole30)
  • Chopped onions
  • Chopped jalapeño peppers
  • Diced or sliced tomatoes
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Fried egg

Article photos courtesy of Maria Barton. Header photo from deepsouthdish.com.

Maria Barton is a fledgling blogger, Whole30-er, home chef, DIY-er, gardener, wife, dog mom, soon-to-be former “fat kid for life.” You can find more delicious recipes at http://mariamakes.com and connect with her at @mariamakesstuff on Instagram.

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Dogs Of The World: Cute Posters Show The Origins Of 200+ Dog Breeds

Julija Nėjė
BoredPanda staff

Have you ever wondered where your dog&rsquos ancestors lived? Illustrator Lili Chin has created a cute way to answer those questions with a poster series called &ldquoDogs Of The World,&rdquo which features more than 200 dog breeds, classified by their places of origin. Cute doggies and an educational experience in one beautiful package!

Although she just finished this series, Lili Chin is already working on a new project called &lsquoThe Mutt Collection.&rdquo She states on her Etsy page that she is thrilled by the success of her posters and maybe, if she receives enough support, she might do a cat breed series too!

All of these series posters, and many more, are available on Lili&rsquos Etsy store. If you liked her work, scroll down for more and be sure to read the exclusive interview she gave to Bored Panda.

&ldquoI created the &lsquoDogs of The World&rsquo series for fun. The pet portraits that I do on commission began 7 years ago, as a fund-raising effort for Boston Buddies Rescue, which is where I adopted my dog Boogie.&rdquo

&ldquoI still donate a percentage from pet portrait commissions to dog rescues every year. I also illustrate books and infographics for force-free dog trainers, vets and dog-related companies, when I am not working on my own art projects.&rdquo

&ldquoThe Dogs of The World series started when I was researching Asian dog breeds for another illustration project. I started drawing Asian dogs (shiba inu, pug, chow chow, etc).&rdquo

&ldquoI was having so much fun, that I got carried away and found myself researching and drawing dog breeds from other countries. I was very fortunate to have the internet as my image research library and a consultant-friend with a Masters in Ecology, Evolution and Animal Behavior.&rdquo

We&rsquod like to thank Lili for giving Bored Panda an interview and we wish her the best of luck!

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2. How To Grill Hot Dogs On Stove?

  • In a skillet or frying pan add about 1/2 inch of water
  • Set heat to medium-high.
  • When water starts to boil carefully add hot dogs to the pan. Do not crowd the dogs in the pan.
  • Steam the dogs. While cooking roll the dogs in the pan to brown all sides, the water should be evaporated.
  • Using tongs or a fork remove dogs when thoroughly heated.
  • Turn heat off.
  • Warm buns by placing face down in the pan for 30-45 seconds.

Pro Tip: Add some butter to the pan to increase the flavor of the dogs.


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Hot dogs: what soaring puppy thefts tell us about Britain today

A nnie was – or, we can only hope, is – an uncommonly good dog. The three-year-old cocker spaniel is so calm, says her owner Darren Neal, that she is certified as a therapy dog. For hours, she would revel in the company of toddlers at the two nurseries Neal and his wife, Melissa Murfet, run near their home in Cambridgeshire.

Annie had formed an especially close bond with Neal’s youngest daughter, Beau, who is also three. They had become inseparable during the long weeks of lockdown. Beau enjoyed reading books to Annie. “She’s probably the most laid-back dog I’ve ever met,” Neal says. “She would just let you cradle her in your arms for as long as you needed.”

On the morning of 9 July, Murfet dropped Annie – as well as Betsy, the family’s cockapoo, and Storm, a golden retriever – at nearby kennels before the family headed to Norfolk for a few days by the sea. The animals had already enjoyed several holidays there.

Neal’s phone rang that evening. It was the owner of the kennels. Only hours after Murfet had left the dogs, thieves had crept in via a back road and fields, breaking padlocks and breaching fences. They stole 17 dogs, including Annie and Betsy. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” Neal says now. “I just tried not to show too much emotion in front of the kids.”

The latest victims . three of the 17 dogs stolen from Fiveways kennels in Suffolk. Photograph: Suffolk Police

Annie and Betsy – and the other dogs stolen that day, 13 of which were puppies – had become the latest victims of surging demand for canine pets. Just as little Beau had found comfort and distraction in her best friend while stuck at home, so thousands of us have sought the company of dogs.

From the start of lockdown in late March to the end of June, the Kennel Club, which runs a register of dogs, recorded a near tripling of searches for dogs via its “find a puppy” tool, compared with the same period last year. Classified sites and pet marketplaces such as Pets4Homes – the biggest in Britain – have noted a record increase in ads and sales. Breeders, as well as rehoming and rescue centres, are struggling to meet the demand.

Puppy prices have leapt higher than an excited collie. As I type, there are dozens of puppies on Pets4Homes priced at £5,000 or higher, including a £7,500 French bulldog. “They’re a good £2,000 over what they’d normally be,” says Wayne May, who runs Artisan Rare Breeds and Animal Rescue in Dartford, Kent. He has seen £600 dogs selling for more than £2,500.

The money in dogs, particularly voguish breeds such as French bulldogs, pugs and cockapoos, has given new lift to a crime wave that was already sweeping the country.

May also gives his time to DogLost, a lost-and-found website run by volunteers. Many of the pets it lists have run off and are eventually found. But others are stolen. “We used to get an alert about one dog theft a day and now it’s nine or 10 in England alone,” he says. “Just last weekend we had 30 or 40 dogs stolen.”

Data on dog thefts is scant, inconsistent and hard to come by. For a paper he published last year, Daniel Allen, a geography lecturer at Keele University and an expert on dog theft, requested dog theft data from police forces in England and Wales. Thefts went from just over 1,500 in 2015 to almost 1,900 – five a day – in 2017. May suspects the true level of theft is far higher. He says many owners, assuming police won’t treat thefts as a priority, don’t report the crime, preferring posters and Facebook appeals.

Jason Francis did call the police – not long before he called Neal. He and his wife had run Fiveways, the raided kennels in Suffolk, for 18 years without any threat to its security. Now it is shut indefinitely and Francis’s daughter is afraid to be alone in the garden. He believes would-be dog owners are less patient than they used to be. “I had my first dog 30 years ago and we had to wait two years to find the right match,” he says. “Now people look at it like buying a washing machine.”

Yet the reasons for the new demand are clear to anyone whose dog has given them vital emotional support during lockdown. Jo Stocks, 52, has lived alone since getting divorced six years ago. For the past two years, she has shared her home in Guildford, Surrey, with Maya, a black labrador. “I’ve cuddled up to her much more, as I went without any physical contact with another human for over three months,” she says. “A hug from Maya beats anything.”

‘I’ve cuddled up to her much more in lockdown’ . Jo Stocks with her dog, Maya. Photograph: Provided by Jo Stocks

Jess found Molly, a schnoodle (schnauzer/poodle) puppy, online at the start of lockdown. Jess has been working from home in south Wales while her partner does long shifts as a GP. “She’s been such a light and a laugh in moments when the world feels a bit surreal,” she says of Molly. “I never expected to love a little thing as much as I do her.”

Mark Powlett, a clinical hypnotherapist in his 50s, spent the first months of lockdown alone in Redditch, Worcestershire, with Coco, a rescue dog. “Being able to come downstairs in the morning to see him wagging his tail has helped immensely,” he says. “I often talk to my clients about how dogs are a great example for us. They live in the moment and enjoy every minute. They are the ultimate practitioners of mindfulness.”

Lacey, a 10-year-old staffordshire bull terrier, has been a lifeline for Deborah Tillett, an employment consultant in east Yorkshire. “She’s absolutely fundamental to my mental health,” says Tillett, who got divorced weeks after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2014. Since then, she has lived alone with Lacey, who came from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home as a puppy.

“Dogs are incredibly intuitive,” she adds. “When I’m feeling a bit rubbish or lonely, Lacey will come up and push her nose against my leg or drop a ball at my feet as if to say: ‘Hello, come out and play.’ That makes a huge difference because the temptation to sit and stare into space has been overwhelming.”

Tillett has outlived her original prognosis of five years. She wonders if Lacey is part of the reason. The dog seemed to know that Tillett was ill. “She’d get visibly distressed if I left the house for a hospital appointment, but not if I was just going to the shops,” she says. “And when I’d get back from radiation therapy, she’d be beside herself with excitement. She’s just incredibly good at reading what I need.”

The touch of another being has become even more vital in lockdown. “It’s just so comforting to sit of an evening and feel that breathing and heartbeat and that little furry warmth,” Tillett says. “Never mind that she’s slightly stinky. The other thing you notice is that the house is never silent. There’s always movement – a presence that I think helps massively.”

All the dog owners I spoke to had taken care to ensure their pets had come from happy homes. But soaring demand – and prices – make the dog trade irresistible to criminals. Allen says light punishment is a big part of the problem. Between 2015 and 2017 – the period for which police in England and Wales reported rising thefts to Allen – court charges relating to dog theft fell from 64 to just 39. Even when a case is pursued, Allen says, fines for stealing dogs can be a fraction of the resale value of a single animal.

‘Dogs are the ultimate practitioners of mindfulness’ . Mark Powlett’s pet, Coco. Photograph: Provided by Mark Powlett

He supports a campaign to classify pet theft as a specific offence with custodial sentences. A petition Allen launched in April has collected more than 60,000 signatures. “This is about animal welfare and recognising that these sentient family members aren’t just products,” Allen tells me while out walking Rupert, his labrador. He dares not imagine the daily toll of stolen dogs and devastated owners.

Sgt Brian Calver is part of Suffolk constabulary’s rural crimes team, which is investigating the raid at Fiveways kennels. He says criminals are local, organised and committing crimes at least once a week in Suffolk alone. Spaniels appear to be in particular demand. Mysterious chalk marks left on garden gates appear to match spaniel homes, he says.

As well as thefts, lockdown has boosted the illegal puppy trade. Over the past 10 years, the RSPCA has responded to almost 30,000 complaints about this dirty business, which often involves organised crime. Unfortunately, rules designed to fight it have been weakened by the need for social distancing.

‘She’s incredibly good at reading what I need’ . Deborah Tillett with her dog, Lacey. Photograph: Provided by Deborah Tillett

Lucy’s Law, which came into force in England in April after a decade-long campaign, means that anyone getting a puppy must go directly to its breeder or rehoming centre. Breeders must show puppies to buyers alongside the dogs’ mother. The law is designed to cut out dealers and puppy farms. But, in lockdown, home visits have been forbidden. Video meetings are encouraged, but puppies can be delivered or handed over in public. Even if buyers know what to look out for, it can be hard to determine, while scrolling through Gumtree or Pets4Homes, which puppies come from legitimate sources and which may have been stolen.

At Fiveways, Francis tells me that he would be suspicious of any advert on Pets4Homes for a puppy from a seller who has just joined the site and has only one listing. It does not take long to find one. On the day I filter thousands of promoted ads by price, the most expensive dog is a £5,500 English bulldog. Its seller joined during lockdown and has only one ad. I message the seller, identifying myself as a journalist, and ask to talk about the dog. I get no reply, but three minutes later the ad is pulled. A reverse image search of the dog reveals the same puppy had been for sale on Gumtree for £6,500. That ad had also been withdrawn.

I share this with Pets4Homes, which tells me it has put the user under review while it gathers information. The 10-year-old company, which was acquired last year by a Swedish equestrian marketplace, says monthly visits to its pages have shot up from 10m to 18m in lockdown. It says its “trust and safety” team works hard to block suspicious ads, but it has recorded “no dramatic increase” in the number of first-time sellers. “We will never stop striving towards improving the safety of our platform,” a spokesperson says on email.

Critics of the quick-sale puppy market say it encourages not only theft, but also owners who are unaware of the challenges of ownership. Dog trainers and behaviourists are in high demand. “About six weeks ago, it just went crazy,” says Donna Connelly of Barking Mad Dog Training in Newcastle. She now offers training via video call.

As the country emerges from lockdown and owners spend less time at home, Connelly predicts many dogs will suffer from separation anxiety. She recommends starting the transition now. Tricks include tethering a favourite toy in another room and letting the dog go to it while knowing that its owner is not far away. “You’ll find the dog will slowly drift off more and more,” she says.

Connelly says she is already hearing about lockdown dogs being taken to rehoming centres. At Battersea, Becky MacIver, the centre’s rehoming and welfare manager, predicts that financial pressures, as well as unprepared owners and separation anxiety, may lead to an influx of abandoned animals. “This may be the calm before the storm,” she says.

Neal keenly understands the therapeutic potential of dogs. Annie had been due to start further training to become an assistance pet for children with anxiety. Now it is Beau who needs Annie the most. Neal and his wife put off breaking the news to their children for a few days. There were tears and questions. How are Annie and Betsy being treated? Who is looking after them? “It’s hard for Beau to even understand what’s happened,” Neal says.

Meanwhile, Storm, the golden retriever who was not stolen, has not been himself. “He’s jumpy and is missing his friends,” says Neal, who has no idea if the family will see their dogs again. He just wishes the understandable desire for a canine bond did not carry with it such a risk to dogs and families like his. “I get it – dogs are never in a bad mood, are they?” he says. “If you’re feeling down, they cheer you up. They just lighten the mood.”


Summer Foods You Should Never Eat

Those crispy, blackened chicken bits are delicious &mdash but also kind of dangerous. When you cook animal proteins over super-high eat &mdash direct or indirect &mdash they develop chemicals that can heighten your risk of cancer when ingested.

The World Health Organization (WHO) claims processed meats are as bad for you as tobacco and asbestos. They've recognized a direct cause-and-effect relationship between colorectal cancer and food in sausage casing. A healthier option: carrots masquerading as hot dogs.

They're nothing but ice and sugary syrup that often contains high fructose corn syrup. And those neon colors &mdash they're definitely from food dyes, which cancer and autoimmune diseases. Try a real fruit popsicle or just straight-up frozen fruit.

Frozen alcoholic drinks tend to be packed with unnatural forms of sugar, naturally sugary fruits, and tons of different mixers. Plus, you don't need a doctor to tell you that booze causes you to make bad decisions &mdash including ones related to your diet.

You're not a baby for wanting your corn shaved off the cob you're a genius. Runaway kernels can cause gum inflammation and extra plaque &mdash and the stuff that makes it down isn't all that good for you anyway. Corn is high in carbs and calories, without the benefits that other starchy veggies have.

A fruit tree won't grow in your stomach if you swallow them, but that's not an excuse to do so. Watermelon seeds can obstruct your bowels, causing you to bloat. Spring for the seedless melons.

If you're not eating organic, you're likely introducing your body to harmful pesticides which are linked to weight gain and developmental issues in children. Frequent farmers markets and stores like Trader Joe's for the cheapest prices.

The sweeteners used in many tubs &mdash including sorbitol and xylitol &mdash can pull water from your intestines . aka give you diarrhea. They're also known to cause bloating and gas.

Coffee is a known diuretic, so if you're planning to spend the day at the beach or a water park, you might want to skip it. Nothing ruins a day out like constant trips to a bathroom.

Raw oysters are a host for food-borne illnesses including the potentially deadly vibriosis.

Trail mix is typically full of sugary dried fruit and salty nuts, both of which can lead to major bloat and gas.

Have you ever NOT been bloated after a can of La Croix? Yah, same.

Seafood seems light and fresh, but seafood salads &mdash like the stuff used in lobster rolls &mdash are usually tossed in a lot of mayo, which is high in fat. Plus, those white bread rolls are made from bad-for-you unrefined carbs and typically slathered in butter.

Just two tablespoons of the stuff can pack nearly 100 calories, plus a lot of sugar and salt. Try a dry rub instead.

Let's start with the noodles: They're usually made from refined carbohydrates (the ones that turn into sugar quickly). Then they're the sauce, which is almost always mayo-based &mdash aka full of fat. Last, there's the health concern: If this stuff sits out for too long, you're putting yourself at risk for a food-borne illness.

They're dangerously easy to over-consume. Here's what you're loading up on when you do that: processed ingredients, lots of oils, and a ton of salt. (P.s. All that oil could be causing the pimples around your mouth.)

Any somewhat healthy stats about fro yo are totally negated by the toppings you put on, like cookie dough, brownie bits, and pools of caramel sauce.

Classic Caesar salad dressing is made with raw eggs, so when the stuff sits outside during a barbecue, it can be dangerous. On top of that, it's packed with unhealthy fats from all the cheese and oils.

There's broccoli on nearly all of the pre-made veggie platters at supermarkets &mdash the kind that you always pick up for a day spent lounging by the pool. But while the cruciferous vegetables are healthy, they're major bloat culprits.

Two slices of processed ham or turkey (so, like, a quarter of the slices you put on a sandwich) can have more sodium than an entire bag of pretzels. They're also chock-full of unnatural ingredients that put you at a higher risk for certain diseases, including cancer.

Summer = adventures outside of the house = eating out = indulging in some occasional fast food. Just don't opt for onion rings. Onions are on the list of foods that can make you bloat (because of the soluble fiber), plus they're often heavily fried.

People wait all year for the short but sweet cherry season, but you might consider passing on the fruit if you want to make the most of your summer. Cherries are a natural source of melatonin, which can make you sleepy.

It's been a few years since freakshakes made their mark on the summer dessert scene, but they don't seem to be going anywhere. Beware: Just one of them will nearly wipe out your daily calorie allotment. If you're going to indulge, share with a crowd.

The fruit's high season isn't until fall, but apples are in everyone's bags year-round. Here's the problem with the grab-and-go snack: It's high in both fructose (a type of sugar) and fiber, which are tough to digest. That, in turn, causes uncomfortable bloating and gas.

Take everything bad about hot dogs, and add this to it: Corn dogs are battered and fried, meaning they've got excess fatty oils.

You're not imagining the flush that happens when you eat something spicy. Capsaicin &mdash found in peppers &mdash literally raises your body temperature for a stretch of time. That's not something you need in 100-degree heat.

Summer vacations tend to include plane rides, but you might want to avoid your typical take off ritual. Studies have found that chewing gum can actually make your hungrier and more prone to reaching for snacks &mdash like those cookies that come down the aisle.

The sodium in a single serving of chips and toppings is astronomical. Why? Well, you're eating processed chips, processed cheese, and processed meat &mdash need we say more?

When you chew taffy, it stays in direct contact with your teeth, preventing saliva from reaching them and remineralizing the surface. That puts the candy on top of every dentist's most-hated list.


Company hiring 'MLB Food Tester' to eat hot dogs at stadiums

I’m shocked by one aspect of the story of the guy selling $30 hot dogs to tourists near the World Trade Center — shocked that he was fired. Who knew hot-dog men could be fired?

As for that other detail — selling a hot dog for considerably “more than it’s worth,” so what? Apple makes a huge profit on every device it sells. Does anyone think Apple is guilty of “price gouging”? Moreover, a hot dog is guaranteed not to shatter when it falls on the sidewalk, and I’ve never had to reboot my sauerkraut. No hot dog has ever been rendered obsolete by a new model that has a slightly thinner bun.

Hot-dog guy Ahmed Mohammed — let’s be accurate and call him Hot Dog Hero — was simply exercising his right to sell stuff in the marketplace for whatever he can get for it. Why begrudge him a large markup if he took advantage of the fact that some people are stupid? Taking advantage of stupidity is an important driver of the economic engine. Without taking advantage of stupid people, how would haute-couture designers sell a couple yards of shiny fabric for $2,000? Without taking advantage of stupid people, how would the New York State Lottery rake in $3 billion in profit? Without taking advantage of stupid people, how would the Franklin Mint have sold off millions of dollars worth of plastic copies of Jackie Onassis’ plastic pearls? If the stupidity were ever wrung out of the system, our economy would be the size of Bangladesh’s.

Ahmed Mohammed a.k.a. the “Hot Dog Hero” at work. Gabriella Bass

All of these stupid people are exactly what Hot Dog Hero’s “victims” were — willing customers. There was no coercion. No one was being lied to. What your mother said when you were talked into doing something dumb still applies: “Did anyone hold a gun to your head?” At worst, HDH was guilty of a little nontransparency, but if that policy were consistently enforced the courts would be overloaded with restaurant operators who don’t publish their cocktail prices on the menu.

A good or service doesn’t have a fixed worth — the value can vary wildly depending on the circumstances. This is why Uber charges $10 for some cab rides, but considerably more when it’s 11:30 on New Year’s Eve in a blizzard. People complaining about Uber’s “gouging” don’t understand that the option to purchase a service at market price is better than not having that option because the service is simply unavailable. People don’t want to climb out of bed and drive you anywhere in a blizzard for 10 bucks.

Is a hot dog ever “worth” $30? Anything is “worth” whatever someone else is willing to pay for it. Anyone who didn’t like Hot Dog Hero’s price could have said, “Get the frank out of here” and handed over $3 — or handed back the wiener and walked away. Wouldn’t that be easier than filing a complaint? If you did file a complaint, you should probably send it to your home address: “Self, we need to have a talk about what constitutes a reasonable price for a hot dog.”

Sorry, tourists, if you feel you were “ripped off.” Let’s look at what you got for your $30. You got a) a tasty snack b) enough bacteria to inoculate you against any number of diseases c) a stellar anecdote about American capitalist depravity to take back to Düsseldorf or Lyon d) a useful lesson that there’s a sucker born every minute — such as the minute listed on your birth certificate.


Watch the video: New York Style Hot Dog. Food Busker (October 2021).