Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hot Dog Alert #24

The Washington Nationals had a hot dog quandary. Due to their geographical location, they serve fans from several distinct regions. The most prominent being Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. To complicate  matters, each of areas have their taste preferences. Their problem was how does a team serve up a hot dog that satisfies all of those diverse tastes?

Not to be confused with the Department of Motor Vehicles, the DMV Dog caters to the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia fans by creating a confluence of ballpark favorites. It is a double dog (two hotdogs end to end) containing a half-smoke sausage for the frank, Maryland crab and Virginia ham. How is that for a home run of a dog? 

It cost $12 but it WILL be the only thing you eat at the ballpark. Again, the DMV Dog does not stand for "Department of Motor Vehicles." If it did, you would have to stand in the concession line for 2 hours only to be told they were not serving it that day. Fortunately, Nationals Park serves it every game. Get one. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Unique Ball Park Features

During my ballpark wanderings, I am also asked which stadium I like the most. The absolute 100% truthful answers is PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

But each MLB ballpark has its own charm and something the makes it unique. Rather than bloviate about it here, I made a BuzzFeed post as a guide to the top ten unique ballpark features in Major League Baseball. 

Here is the link. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hot Dog Alert #23

Some people say hot dogs are not good for you. To them I say, if you really want to help Americans be healthy, concentrate your efforts on banning smoking. Leave hot dogs alone and let the people enjoy our national dish in peace. And if you are still concerned about their health, send them to Camden Yards in Baltimore on July 2 for an Orioles game.

On that day, the Orioles are partnering with the Peruvian avocados team to give each fan a free topping of avocado on any purchased Oriole Dog, they are calling it the Avodog. If you haven't tried avocado on a hot dog, you should. It adds some unique flavor that not only enhances the taste of the meat, but gives you body a nice dose of omega-3 fatty acids. They tell me those are good for you.

So if you are in the Baltimore area, get your keyster out to the ballpark on July 2 and eat a few Avodogs. You can always tell anyone that objects that you are doing it for medical reasons. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Hot Dog Alert #22

My secret food passion (other than hot dogs) is Mexican food. I mean who doesn't love the greasy and salty goodness of tacos, tamales, enchiladas and the like? The only problem is that is just doesn't feel right eating it at a ball game. Nachos are a ballpark staple but I need a hot dog. Some teams like the Albuquerque Isotopes have had an enchilada dog and the Isotopes have the right idea; why not fuse the favorites of Mexican food AND a hot dog?

The Texas Rangers answered the call on this and did so in typical Texas fashion: in a BIG way. Ever heard of the Most Valuable Player (MVP)? The Rangers now have the Most Valuable Tamale (MVT). The MVT takes the Rangers famous 24 inch Boomstick Dog to another level by stuffing it inside of a tamale. Then covering it with chili, nacho cheese and sour cream. Cost: $27. It sounds like a lot, but take it from me, I have had the original Boomstick Dog and it can easily feed four people. That is less than 7 bucks per fan to tackle this monstrous, Mexican meat bomb.

A roll of Tums is not included but recommended.   

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hot Dog Alert #21

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But hot dogs are obviously the most tasty meal of the day. And hot dogs at the ballpark are even tastier. If you are like me and occasionally get up a little to late for the breakfast menu at your local diner what can you do? If you live in Kansas City the answer is clear; head over to Kauffman Stadium, get a ticket for a Royals game and then head to the concession stand and grab a Sunrise Dog.

This new creation from Aramark allows you to enjoy breakfast on a bun anytime the Royals take the field. It is like pulling up a stool at a roadside diner for some biscuits and gravy, only you get to watch live hardball action while dining.

The Sunrise Dog is footlong breakfast beast that includes a griddle cooked frank, cheddar cheese, white gravy, bacon crumbles and a fried egg. It's everything you ever dreamed of; sleeping in late and then heading over to an afternoon Royals game for breakfast at the ballpark.

While I have not eaten it, it is certain to be a messy affair with the gravy and egg yolk and what not. My advice is to grab A LOT of napkins. I hear it is delicious and I highly recommend trying any hot dog so out of the ordinary. I would never steer you wrong. After all, I don't want to end up with egg on my face.  

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Hot Dog Alert #20

The temperatures and blackjack tables are not the only things heating up in Reno, Nevada this summer. The Reno Aces are bringing the heat when it comes to hot dog offerings.

The Aces, gentlemen that they are, have designed the Versus Dog, a hot dog intended to honor the team they happen to be hosting. All of their opponents get toppings related to their home cities on HALF of a hot dog. The other half, owned by the Aces, remains consistent.

The Reno part of the dog has coleslaw and pulled pork. Here is the rundown of what the other fifty percent sports dependent upon opponent:

Nashville: Steak House Dog- tomato, caramelized onion, steak sauce

Memphis: Bacon BBQ Dog- chopped bacon, BBQ sauce, shredded cheddar

Salt Lake: Salty Dog- deep fried pickles, spicy mustard, chopped bacon

New Orleans: Cajun Dog- pepper jack cheese, w. Onion, tomato, creole aioli

Tacoma: Alpine Frank- sautéed onion/mushroom, Swiss

Sacramento: Mac Dog- 3 cheese mac, parsley and Just Plain Dog with Ketchup

Albuquerque: Baja Dog- fajita blend bell peppers, pico, cilantro lime crème

Fresno: Taco Dog- Ground beef, lettuce, Tomato and shredded cheese, hot sauce

Las Vegas: Street Dog- chopped bacon, onion, bell pepper, jalapeño

El Paso: Tex-Mex Dog- chili, chili con queso, onion, Texas bottle caps or fresh jalapeño

That's a lot of trips to the ballpark to check out each dog. But hey, it's summer, it Reno, and nothing beats a hot summer night than an outing at the ballpark. Try them all and then try your luck at the slots. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hot Dog Alert #19

You know how much I like unique hot dogs, and I think it borders on art when dog designers go way over the top to give fans a dish to talk about. The Arizona Diamondbacks are the masters of this. Remember they introduce the colossal corndog that was bigger than a chihuahua. Then they introduced baseball's first dessert dog with the Churro Dog. Well, they ain't done. And what better way to offer fans something fantastic and new than to improve upon an already popular product. Introducing the Churro Dog 2.0.

Unlike the New Coke debacle, this upgrade is actually in improvement. It's like the Churro Dog 2.0 is the high end version of a car model. Instead of leather seats and moon roof, you get strawberry sauce and Oreo crumbs.

The Churro Dog. 2.0 starts the same as the original with a split long John donut as a bun. It lays in a churro instead of a meat frank, but this year the churro is rolled in Oreo crumbs. The churro is then topped with frozen yogurt, whipped cream, strawberry topping, chocolate sauce and another round of Oreo crumbs.

This dog is not for the light of heart. It is smallish, but I could not finish the original Churro Dog when I had it a few years ago. It is a ten megaton sugar bomb that is not for anyone that doesn't want to finish the game in tight pants. However, if you are willing to run a couple of marathons to work it off, then by all means wolf one down guilt free. One more slowly...brain freeze at the ballpark is not fun.