The Real Reason Chicagoans Don’t Put Ketchup On Their Hot Dogs

Maria Scinto wrote . . . . . . . . .

If you visit Chicago, there are several things you absolutely must do: stroll the Magnificent Mile, catch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and order one of the city’s signature Chicago dogs. There are also several things you should absolutely not do: make any mention of the New York City skyline being more impressive, root for the St. Louis Cardinals, or ask for ketchup with your hot dog.

Seriously, don’t even think about ruining a Chicago dog with ketchup. Former First Chicagoan Barack Obama once famously stated that ketchup does not belong on a hot dog once you’re past 8 years old. Legendary Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko did admit that, if anyone wanted to put ketchup on their hot dog, they would have the right to do so, but went on to clarify his opinion: “It is also their right to put mayo or chocolate syrup or toenail clippings or cat hair on a hot dog. Sure, it would be disgusting and perverted, and they would be shaming themselves and their loved ones. But under our system of government, it is their right to be barbarians” (via Chicago PBS affiliate WTTW).

So why are Chicagoans so up in arms at the thought of anyone defiling their beloved hot dog? While there is no definitive reason, Grub Street states that the Chicago-style hot dog simply does not need ketchup and that the addition of this unnecessary condiment ruins the already-perfect flavor balance.

Why ketchup ruins Chicago dogs

If you haven’t already been initiated into the Chicago dog cult, you may be in need of a little explanation regarding the components of this delicacy. According to Chicago’s NPR station WBEZ, a true Chicago dog consists of an all-beef wiener in a steamed poppy seed bun topped with seven classic condiments: yellow mustard, chopped onions, sweet pickle relish, tomato slices (exactly two of these), sport peppers (two of these, as well), a dill pickle spear, and a sprinkling of celery salt.

Bruce Kraig, author of Man Bites Dog and Hot Dog: A Global History, offers an explanation of why no ketchup is needed: “If you consider what’s on a Chicago hot dog, it is hot, sour, salty, sweet — all together, with crunchy vegetables, set in a soft bun. So, it’s a symphony of textures and flavors unmatched anywhere. If you put ketchup on, it will kill everything.” Nick Kindelsperger of Grub Street concurs, going on to say, “When perfectly portioned, the seven toppings on a traditional Chicago-style hot dog […] combine to create something like a less-sweet ketchup.”

So there you have it, ketchup on a Chicago-style hot dog is superfluous and just plain wrong. You have been warned: Do not ask for it, lest you find yourself tossed into Lake Michigan… although, should you make it to the opposite shoreline, you may be relieved to know that MLive says it’s perfectly acceptable to slather ketchup all over your Michigan meat pasty.

Source: Mashed

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Choco-Pancake of IHOP in the U.S.

The pancake contains one classic Buttermilk Pancake which is then hand-pressed in a waffle iron to give that crispy golden taco perfection. The Choco-Pancake is filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce, whipped topping, and chocolate chips.

The pancake is available in an IHOP store in Texas for 1 day only for US$2.50 each.





Inflation Hits NYC’s Bodega Favorite: Bacon, Egg and Cheese

Robert Bumsted wrote . . . . . . . . .

Ah, the bacon, egg and cheese. The classic bodega breakfast sandwich is a staple in many a New Yorker’s diet. It’s easy to make, easy to eat on the go and cheap — although not as cheap as it used to be.

To keep up with today’s levels of inflation due to the pandemic and Russia’s war with Ukraine, bodega owners are faced with no choice but to raise the prices of their famously low-priced breakfast sandwiches.

“Bacon, egg and cheese — you can’t take that sandwich away,” said Francisco Marte, who owns a bodega in the Bronx. “That’s the favorite sandwich for the New Yorkers.”

Marte has had to increase prices on everything from sugar to potato chips — and the cost of his bacon, egg and cheese sandwich is up from $2.50 to $4.50.

At the wholesale level, inflation climbed 11.3% in June compared with a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Labor reported. Producer prices have surged nearly 18% for goods and nearly 8% for services compared with June 2021.

“These things happen. And normally, in normal times, the supply chain is able to absorb some of that shock,” said Katie Denis, a spokesperson with the Consumer Brands Association, a trade group representing food, personal care and cleaning companies. “Right now, there’s just no slack.”

Frances Rice, who stopped by Marte’s bodega for a bacon, egg and cheese, says she’s trying to work out how to cope with less slack in her budget as prices rise. She says there’s always a silver lining.

“It means that I buy a good breakfast and stretch it to lunch and don’t eat again until I get home, which means I lose weight,” she said. “Got to look at the brighter side of things, because you know what? Either way, if you got to move, you’ve got to pay. If you’re hungry, you have to eat.”

Source: AP





Chart: Egg Prices Sky-High As Breakfast Inflation Pressures American Households

Source: Bloomberg and AFP





New Oven Baked Pastas of Pizza Hut

Chicken Alfredo: creamy Alfredo sauce, grilled chicken mozzarella cheese, and shredded parmesan cheese with a parmesan-oregano seasoning

Italian Meats: sweet tomato sauce, pepperoni, Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, and shredded parmesan cheese with the same parmesan-oregano seasoning

Cheesy Alfredo: creamy Alfredo sauce, mozzarella cheese, and shredded parmesan cheese with parmesan-oregano seasoning.

Veggie: sweet tomato sauce, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, black olives, mozzarella cheese, and shredded parmesan with parmesan-oregano seasoning

The pastas are available nationwide in the U.S starting at US$8.99. All Oven-Baked Pastas include breadsticks or garlic bread, where available.