Hot Dogs for the Holidays

This year, the Internet and social media lit up when Oscar Mayer made the bold declaration that a hot dog is indeed a sandwich and challenged people to convince them otherwise. And the brand wasn’t alone in its proclamation, either. Last month, the food company Jimmy Dean went as far as launching a petition asking famous dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster to change the definition of the word ‘sandwich’ by getting rid of the part that says “slices of bread”. As the debate over whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich continues, one of the latest people to give their...

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Hot Dogs Are Not Sandwiches, Ladies and Gentlemen

Our previous blog post was about Oscar Mayer stating that yes, a hot dog is a sandwich. The statement generated lots of opinions. Before that, we talked about The Takeout, a website which also made its mission to ask a bunch of famous people and public figures whether they believed that a hot dog is indeed a sandwich. After five months, some results have emerged. Perhaps unsurprisingly, more than fifty percent of respondents were adamant that no, a hot dog is not, in fact, a sandwich. Based on that number, you may be wondering what justification was given as to...

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Celebrating Charles Feltman

This week, we are excited and honored to celebrate what would have been the 177th birthday of Charles Feltman, the man who invented the hot dog and also served as the inspiration behind the rebirth of Feltman’s of Coney Island, now considered to be one of, if not the best hot dog in New York City. After emigrating to the United States from Germany, Charles Feltman came to America already having a strong understanding of the frankfurter and strong baking experience. He used this knowledge to launch his own pushcart pie wagon on Coney Island in 1867 where beachgoers would...

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