Sunday, February 23, 2014

Time to Food Travel - Hot Dogs Across the USA

So I am totally getting stir crazy or should I say winter"itis" has set in!  Weeks of cold weather to go...dare I even think a couple of months?  Yikes!  What is a Florida raised girl to do????
Well, I don't have tickets to anywhere, but I am going to travel this week with food and share food recipes from around the globe!  Here's hoping to escape those winter blues by FOOD TRAVELING!

So where to go first?
I am starting in the USA with hot dogs from around the country!
Did you know that how you serve a hot dog demonstrates what area of the country you are from?
So stoke up the grill and get your hot dogs cooking (I don't care if it is in the 20s...light up that grill, baby).  Grill you hot dogs and then try these variations of toppings to spice up your dogs.  Then you can pretend you are elsewhere.  Better yet, gather your friends and create a hot dog bar where they too can travel to different parts of the USA based on the hot dog toppings they use.

Check this out!
So lets say you want a New York Style dog...
Top this dog with a spicy brown mustard and either sauerkraut or onions sautéed with tomato paste.

Or try a San Francisco Dog... San Francisco Dog
To have one of my favorite city's hot dogs, creamy mayo and with smoky bacon can be found. They are like  BLT dogs mayo as well as pickles, shallots, tomatoes, and shredded lettuce.  Yum!

If you are brave, you can travel in the winter to Chicago for a Chicago style dog... Chicago Style Hot Dog
I have to say this is one of my favorite ways.  It includes fresh tomato, big spears of pickle, hot peppers, sweet onion, and a vivid green relish.

Or hop on over to New Jersey... New Jersey Style Hot Dog
I have never had this kind, but boy does it sound yummy! Rather than a typical bun, an Italian roll is used.   Top that dog with peppers, onions, and fried potatoes and you are good to go..New Jersey style!

But, let's travel south...someplace warmer?  How about a Tuscon and Phoenix inspired dog? Tuscon/Phoenix Hot Dog
The Sonoran is a hot dog style well known in Arizona.  The dog is first wrapped in smoky bacon, then topped with pinto beans, onion, mustard, mayo, and chopped tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños.  The jalapeños give it that little "hot" warm you up!

What would really be fun is to have a hot dog party with your friends!  Look at what came up with...
Invite over some friends, those who can't travel someplace warm, and fire up your grill.  Grill some dogs and provide lots of toppings.  Make a menu with the ingredients for each type of dog and off you go!  Just have your guests bring the beer!

So is time to food travel cuz traveling is a state of mind?  Right?

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet!

P.S. - What's your hot dog like from your part of the globe?