Philly Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off RECAP

Monday, July 28, 2014


I was invited to the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off presented by South Street Headhouse District in conjunction with Hot Diggity held on July 19, 2014, 1-4pm, under the Headhouse Square Shambles (2nd/Pine). Twenty of the region’s top restaurants and chefs went grill-to-grill in the ultimate hot dog competition. There were 20 different hot dogs with tasty inventive toppings.


Getting around to all 20 would have been ambitious, even eating half dogs, but I did taste a respectable 10, which I have given Tine Ratings - * Excellent - 4 Tines * Great - 3 Tines * Good - 2 Tines * Fair - 1 Tine * Poor - Tarnished, and placed in order of my least favorite to my most favorite. along with pictures of the actual 1st & 2nd place winning restaurants with their big checks!

#1 The Twisted Tail - House made pork dogs, brisket & short rib chili.  Sounded like a winner, but I felt it was under cooked and a bit too gamy - 1 Tine

Twisted Tail Chili Dog

#2 Rex - I gave extra marks for anyone using a potato roll, but I took off for sausage, since it was a hot dog contest - 2 Tines

Rex Restaurant Chicken Fried Chicken Dog

#3  BRAZBQ - these dogs were cut up and mixed with peas and corn, topped with potato sticks - this didn't really work on a roll; if it were in a bowl, piping hot, with baked beans, and then add the potato sticks on top, now that would have worked for me - 1.5 Tines

Brazbq Brazilian Dog

#4 Cavanaugh's - Bacon Wrapped Sausage - not much to say about it - 2 Tines




#5 Noir Restaurant's  It looked like potato salad, and even though I knew it wasn't, when I bit into it, I wanted it to taste like potato salad -  2 Tines



It was about this time that a cold brew was called for - only the line stretched clear back to the ticket booth entrance.  I stayed in the beer line for over 15 minutes and figured I'd better just forget it for now and get back to sampling, walked passed a table and saw my friend and fellow blogger Lee of 

Crazy Craft Beer Line
Lee keeper of the drafts
... it was perfect timing, as Lee told me her husband Andrew was at the front of the beer line and could get me a draft! As you can see, we got enough to last awhile.


Andrew, Me, Lee and their neighbor Kathi 
Hot Diggity Corn Salsa Dog w/ bacon, cumin, creme, cilantro and crispy tortillas

#6 Hot Diggity - should have had the advantage, and it was a very good dog, the sweet corn was summer Jersey fresh, and the delicately displayed shaved radish was lovely, but it wasn't my fav. 3.5 Tines

#7 Sancho Pistola's - What was hot about this dog, other than Casey's pose, was the Bacon jam - bacon cooked down with sherry vinegar and maple syrup - 3.5 Tines


Sancho Pistola's Boner w/bacon jam, jalepeno ketchup, mayo & pico de gallo

#8 Head House Crab & Oyster Co. - Were the BIG $1000 WINNERS of the DAY - voted on by the public through a count of yellow tickets!  Loved the idea and execution of the crab salad, but the dog itself was too salty, together with the Old Bay, it really did make it a Sea Dog. 3.5 Tines

Congrats Head House Crab and Oyster House!

The Runner Up with a $500 prize was one I didn't get a chance to sample - Misconduct Tavern's - Sriracha Pork Sweet Sichuan Chili dog.

Good show Misconduct Tavern!

#9 Brauhaus Schmitz's The Mojo Rising This was my personal runner up. Not only was it a traditional Hatfield hotdog with bacon, but I'm a Dorito-holic and these guys ingeniously used them as a crumbled topping - so good 3.75 Tines!


Drum roll please ......MY PERSONAL WINNER

#10 The best of the Cook-Off to my taste- Taproom on 19th's Korean Fried Hot Dog - the cool sweetness of the perfectly diced watermelon, really brought out the flavors of the jalepena mayo, and as I said before, extra points for potato roll - perfect combination!  4 Tines!

Charred dog, watermelon, pickled watermelon, radish, jalepeno mayo, Martins potato buns

ALL IN ALL GREAT SUMMER TIME FUN!  Thanks @koryaversa & @officialsouthstreet for the invite.

DDOS- Crews
2nd & Locust Headhouse Square District


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AND SO IT GOES - Not as Good As It Gets, but Good

Friday, July 25, 2014

And So It Goes marks the first on screen collaboration for film legends Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton 


I think of myself has someone who keeps up with pop culture and has no problem enjoying things aimed at a younger audience, but I have to admit, when I was given the choice between seeing Diane Keaton & Michael Douglas in a Rob Reiner comedy or attending the screening of Red Band Society, which looks like a good new show on Fox, aimed at the The Fault in Our Stars audience, which included free refreshments, Q&A with the cast and giveaways.  I unequivocally chose And So It Goes,  because I feel comfortable with these actors.  Keaton, Douglas, Reiner, although much older than I am, feel like old friends and I couldn't wait to be in their company.


And So It Goes is about Oren Little (Douglas) a somewhat cantankerous widower who still runs a real estate agency in an affluent Connecticut suburb, Oren walks around with the swagger of a privileged rich, white male, but like most after the bottom fell out, is not doing quite as well as he used to, making him determined to get every penny out of selling his family estate.

Perhaps purposefully, art imitates life, as Oren's son, (Like Douglas' own son) because of or in-spite of a privileged up bringing, has screwed up his life with drugs. The one thing he's done right is produce an adorable 10 year-old daughter, Sarah (Sterling Jerins), who Oren meets when his son drops her off at his doorstep, as he's leaving to go serve time.


Leah (Keaton) (click for Diane Keaton interview on Youtube) is a semi-professional chanteuse singing in her sweet, but reed thin voice, at a small bistro in town.  She's also Oren's neighbor.  As with all rom/coms, no matter what the age of the couple, there's plenty of friction, which leads to heat, which leads to disappointment and misunderstandings.


The movie features a cast of other assorted neighbors of "Little Shangri La" the apartment complex Oren owns and has taken up residence while his house sells. One of the tenants is a pregnant Yaya DaCosta (Alafia), an actress on the rise who I got to interview (click for post) last summer, when she truly was pregnant. Yaya is currently set to play the late Whitney Houston in Angela Bassett's upcoming TV movie.


And So It Goes  is written by As Good As It Gets screenwriter Mark Andrus, only it's not as good as what we got from that movie.  And, no offense to Michael Douglas, but he can't hold a candle to Jack Nicholson when it comes to playing a crusty, but charming old guy still trying to win the girl. Still, this movie is sweet, watchable and feels nicely familiar -  And So Go To See It ... or wait for the DVD.

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The wait is finally over! See the BRAND NEW teaser trailer, which made its debut this weekend at San Diego ComicCon and at Best Buy stores nationwide for the highly-anticipated film: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1.


Lionsgate presents, a Color Force / Lionsgate production, a Francis Lawrence film. Cast (Character): Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Julianne Moore (President Coin), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), with Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), and Donald Sutherland (President Snow) Directed by: Francis Lawrence Screenplay by: Danny Strong and Peter Craig Based upon the novel “Mockingjay” by: Suzanne Collins

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Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Mirren) gets wind of it.


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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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