Monday, July 9, 2012

Ines Caffe American Breakfast

After moving to Korea I soon learned that Sausage = Pink Wieneresque Sausage. It seems that actual breakfast sausage is a rare find-- I am not complaining. Ines Caffe, which is in Musil-dong, in Wonju, has a really good "American Breakfast." You get scrambled eggs, "sausage," bacon, beans (the beans are served cold), toast, and salad. Also, coffee here seems to be better than most that I've tried around Wonju. This is the second time that I've eaten here with my main man.

The Wieners:
The sausage is good; better than the four brands I've gotten at the local grocery store. Very homogenous in texture and a little on the firm side. I want to say waxy, but I'm not sure why. Scored natural casing has nice snap. Mild in seasoning. Seems porky/hammy.

I'm sure that I will go here again and again. Very good. 4/5.

Could this be the Wiener Apocalypse?

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Saigon Corner Black Pepper Sauce Delight

Saigon Corner is located in North Quincy on Billings Rd. near the footbridge that crosses the train tracks between Wollaston and N. Quincy Red Line stations.

The menu says "A taste of Hong Kong." That's not Saigon.

Entering this place to pick up food has, at times, made me feel like a stranger walking into a saloon in an old western.

This has been one of my favorite dishes for a while now.

1. Hot Dog
2. Fried Egg
3. Tender Beef Filet
4. Tender Pork Chop
5. Delicious Black Pepper Sauce
6. Served over a bed of white rice. (Pictured here over a bed of lettuce.)

You can order it with varying levels of meat, but I always go for the all out version. You can also get the same dish with a couple of other sauces. The Curry was my original love before I ventured into the black pepper sauce.

This is only my second time substituting out the rice for a vegetable. The first time they put in Yow Choy which is somewhere between spinach and broccoli. This time they put in lettuce which actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The yow choy worked better though.

This one isn't really about the hot dog to me though. I do enjoy it, but I always eat the dog first and move up to the other more enjoyable things. Dog, egg, beef, pork. The sauce is what makes it good. Nice and spicy.

For take out "Chinese" food this is one of my definite favorites-- 5/5. The hot dog gets a 3/5, but that may be a stretch.

Special thanks to my (now former) boss who has treated me to this for lunch many times. A good choice for a last meal.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Hingham Beer Works 7th Inning Stretch

The other night I went to Hingham Beer Works with my college buddy. Generally, I'm not a fan of Beer Works but an old pal shared with me his recent wiener experience there. Of course I had to check it out myself. I had my college buddy join me on this excursion.

So what's so special about this wiener? I'll just copy from their website: "THE 7th INNING STRETCH: One pound all beef hot dog on a baguette topped with sauerkraut, relish, sauteed peppers and onions and served with fiery fries, mustard, ketchup and ranch dressing."

I found it odd that they put ketchup on it standard since a lot of wiener snobs are anti-ketchup. Wait a minute...


That's a big wiener. About 20 inches, maybe 2 feet. I got one of these behemoths and so did my buddy. It would have been sensible to share one since we each had half a wiener left at the end. It was a little intimidating to have these two monsters sitting on the table. I felt like I was at the bottom of the food chain about to be gobbled up by a dragon. The only things missing were wings and a sharp-toothed-mouth.

I'm guessing these have to be made by the same people that make them for Jaxson's in Florida. How many people make wieners of this ridiculous proportion? It tasted the same anyway.

Don't get me wrong this was a pretty good wiener but, it was difficult to eat. The massiveness of the wiener surrounded by a giant crusty roll made for a hard time. I practically had to unhinge my jaw just to take a bite. It was like trying to swallow a fist. I swear my jaw hurt later in the evening. I could have gone at it with a fork and knife but then I wouldn't have been eating a wiener. So it wasn't really fun to eat this thing. Unless you're accustomed to having someones arm in your throat. UGH! GRRAGH!

Beer: meh...

Anyway this is the half that I ate:

The other half went to my sister and her boyfriend.

I may revisit this wiener to see if I can down a whole one myself.

This experience get's a 3/5!

Oh yeah, it's a special for the month of April so hurry if you want to check it out!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Condiment Spotlight: Olde Cape Cod Horseradish Mustard

Olde Cape Cod Horseradish Mustard is pretty good. I found the texture to be the most notable attribute. It's a gritty and dry mustard. However, it's not pasty or thick. It's pretty flowy. Like a suspension of broken mustard seeds and horseradish. On the label they claim to use more horseradish than other brands. It is pretty prominent; I'm no horseradish mustard expert though. As far as spiciness goes, it's pretty neutral. Vinegar tang. Extended sniffing had a slight burning effect in my nares, akin to sniffing ammonia, but not unpleasant. It comes in a cool hexagonal jar! Also, it's a product of New England, which always makes me happy to see. I wish they had a spicy brown. I bought this mustard at Stop & Shop. Maybe you should too. I may buy it again.

Did I mention that the jar is a hexagon?

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Fat Cat Fat Dog

If you want a decent selection of draft brews and a good hot dog; go to Quincy's Fat Cat. The Fat Dog is a big fat wiener. I went here with my buddy from the Monster Laboratory.

I know I say this everywhere I go, but I believe they serve Pearl's here as well. Big grilled Fat Dog on a crusty grilled toasted sub roll. Serious options for toppings. My pal got it with bacon and caramelized onions.

I got my Fat Dog with grilled yellow peppers and chopped pickles. The yellow peppers were nice and soft, served in the roll beneath the wiener . I added relish and black pepper at the table. Light grill markings on the wiener and bun. Natural casing nice and snappy; no uncomfortable chew.

The girth of the wiener snuggled inside of the bun makes for a bit of an unwieldy experience. Be ready to be spilling sauce on the table. (Un)Healthy portion of fries as well. Solid wiener.

I also like beer. Good rotating craft drafts.

Alright. Fat Dog get's a 4/5!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Simco's Old Tyme Franks


Well, Simco's is THE classic hot dog joint of the Greater Boston area. It's in Mattapan. On Blue Hill Ave. It has been there for a million-or-so years. You can tell by the signage. I wonder if they truly were the "World's Largest" as the sign says. They certainly aren't nowadays.

This was my second time here. My bro and I went together. He got a couple of cheese dogs. They were like grilled-cheese-dogs.

I got two chili-cheese Dogs. Really long and skinny wieners. I believe they use Pearls here. Buttered-grilled roll. Classic. Nice tanned wiener. I was feeling the cheese. Like a white kraft-single-type. Very melty and creamy.

The chili wasn't exactly thrilling to me. I don't think I'll get it again. Kind of like Beef-a-roni minus the roni. So if you solve that little equation you're left with just "Beef-a." Take the "Beef-a" and add a can of vegetarian baked beans. That's the chili. It really wasn't that bad though! Honest! Kind of like a Queen LaBeef-a.

I think the fried twinkies may have outshined the hot dogs though.

Good classic wiener! Next time I'll stick to classic condiments.

This trip get's a 4/5!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Boston Speed Dog

Three posts in three days. Don't get used to it!

I'm glad that I went to Boston Speed's Famous Hot Dog Wagon with my bro. I had high expectations due to the reputation (#1 in America), and was not let down.

This Hot Dog Wagon is located at 42 Newmarket Square in Roxbury, MA. Maybe the armpit of Boston? Grimy triangular warehouse parking lot located between 93 and Mass Ave. Complete with blowing debris on a windy day. I seriously saw a tumbleweed among the plastic bags and dust.

I got my hot dog Loaded per the chefs recommendation. Fully Loaded. This Wiener was packin' heat. Mustard. Onions. BBQ sauce. Some kind of Pepper Relish. And a special beanless Chili sauce. Hot sauce too? What a mess. A delicious mess. Yes. Yes. Yes! You can see in the pic that the paper was a mess before eating. It was far worse at the end.

Tip: you NEED the paper to eat this thing.

It came on a nicely grill-toasted sub roll. This wiener was BIG. Half Pound. Not the biggest wiener I have ever seen though. That record is kept by Jaxson's of Florida. Trust me though Bigger does not mean Better. Jaxson's can send you to the hospital.


The Speed Dog was exceptional.

According to the internet, they used to use Pearl Frankfurters but have switched to a supplier from Connecticut. The wiener was spliced down the center. Marinated as well. Juicy. Not sure if the marinating added to the taste under the over Load of condiments. Maybe I'll try a more scaled back wiener next time.

I will go here every chance I get. Whenever there's a need for speed. To get a fix of some premium Boston Speed. Etc.

Boston Speed gets 5/5! Go here!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nathan's Famous Beef Frank Natural Casing

Back in my High School days, my original hot dog of choice was the Nathan's Skinless variety. I eventually fell out of love with them and developed a holier-than-thou attitude toward the Nathan's brand.

Fastforward to last November: I saw these in the hot dogs section at Stop & Shop and had never before laid eyes on this product. I had tried the skinny long ones, the chubby short ones, and even the chubby long ones; but these were new to me. I had to pick them up. They then stayed in my freezer for about 5 months. Sell by date: 12/31/2011.

Appearance: Dark-red-meaty and tight Wieners. There was meat bursting (that may be an exaggeration) out of one side of the link. Lopsided grill char (my grill was misbehaving).

Smell: Meat. Grill. MMM.

Taste: These wieners seem to have a bit of spice to them. Though, I did sprinkle them with black pepper, stripe with Gulden's Spicy Brown, and blob with Uncle Maynard's Hot Pepper Relish.

Texture: These wieners are firm and beefy, just as I recall the skinless version to be with the added bonus of a natural casing. The casing wasn't rubbery even in the places where the grill didn't char. Moist enough even after being frozen for months.

Overall: These wieners work. There is nothing wrong with them. NOTHING EXCITING THOUGH. I may buy them again for a cookout or something like that. A versatile wiener that can not fail.

Nathan's Natural Casing gets a 4/5!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wieners (Spring) in the Air!

Spring has sprung and now those cold, hard Wieners that have been hibernating in my freezer are thawing. Can they cope with all the changes that have come to pass during their cryogenic slumber? A brave new world awaits along with my ever-ready mouth. I pledge to care for and guide these Wieners during this transitional phase. OR AT LEAST GUIDE THEM THROUGH MY DIGESTIVE SYSTEM!



I hope to make Season 2 of Wiener Apocalypse better than the 1st. So, if you have any suggestions on a wiener brand, place, condiment, roll, or anything wiener related, let me know!

What happened to the Smart Dogs? Don't worry about it, they've been "taken care of."

Stay Tuned!