Best hot dogs for 4th of July: A taste test
A panel of tasters voted Oscar Mayer the best beef frank and Ball Park the best pork-based wiener, although the latter group was panned.
On Coney Island, for years (1942-1980 at least) the best frankfurters were not Nathan’s (which were OK) but were those advertised as “Strictly Kosher, all beef high-grades”.
Nathan’s became famous because they were the only hot dog stand open all winter and it became the in thing to do to say “Let’s go to Nathan’s and have a hot dog.”
Then off we would go to freeze a bit at the open Nathan’s stand and eat one.
Folks who recall those days will also remember that right next to Nathan’s was “Teerza’s Wine Bath” where one paid a quarter (I think) to watch Teerza (an ancient stripper) sit in a tub of red-colored water in scant clothing. I believe she was a left over from the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing (the toilet seat of the world … Ho, Ho).
It didn’t happen all at once, but the dream that was the United States of America, the Great Republic, has died. Other countries hostile to the idea of true freedom didn’t cause it; it wasn’t caused by a radical religious organization. The downfall of the United States was all from within its own borders, by its own people. The people, for whom others have died, have allowed the country to die a slow death. The me too, me first attitude that started many years ago, along with the idea that all are entitled to the fruits of others hard work, has allowed this country to bleed to death. When the British raised the tax on tea, our forefathers should have just shut up and paid the tax. Almost 240 years later, what has changed? Thousands have died for absolutely nothing.
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