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It's so funny you never know what topics are going to hit it!

BTW the day after reading your hot dog post I went out and got me a hot dog—my first in a year. On the Rockaway Beach boardwalk in Queens. Sooo good! thought it would satisfy me but no—now all I want is more hot dogs!

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Right?! At the moment my post on Salvador Dali has regained the lead, so I’m thinking I need to create a post about a “Dali Dog” and I’ll go viral! A hot dog on the boardwalk at the Rockaways, iconic! July is hot dog month, so I say we just go for it! 🌭 Thanks, Anne!

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Jul 14, 2023Liked by Jolene Handy

Hot dogs capture summer at its best! Luckily there are great hot dog places around the country. Flo’s in Cape Neddick ME is a gem. It’s a tiny hot dog stand opened in 1959 serving straightforward wieners with a renowned housemade relish. Perhaps we need a list of hot dog places around the country for those who don’t get to NYC or Chicago very often? Thanks for the great posts!

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Thank you, Jean, I’m googling Flo’s right now! Love the idea, I’m keeping a list of everyone’s picks, I’ll put something together right before Labor Day. Thanks again for reading and your kind words!

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Jul 14, 2023Liked by Jolene Handy

Ha! What a wonderful hot dog follow up! I loved the snapshots of your reader’s outrage! 😂

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I laughed out loud at “I demand to speak to the manager of this newsletter” from Leigh 🤣 (my book coach!) Thanks, Jillian!

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Jul 14, 2023Liked by Jolene Handy

Although I haven't eaten meat in 50 years I grew up eating Swanky Frankys. Split down the middle, filled with cheese and grilled.

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“Swanky Franks” is now my favorite term for hot dogs, Judy!

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Jul 14, 2023Liked by Jolene Handy

Yeas. But they're not swanky unless they have that cheese. Lol.

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The cheese brings the glamour! 🤣

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Thanks SO MUCH for your kind words Jolene. Writing about hot dogs is the ultimate summer story! The last thing I want to do is get between NYC and Chicago and their hot dog habits. I will stick with Ted's as my fave and I am glad that Ms. Kadet agrees. For those on the left coast, there is a Ted's in Tempe, AZ also.

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Mark, I laugh out loud every time I read the words “decomposing in a box of hot water” 🤣 Thanks for the Tempe, AZ tip!

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Glad to spread some joy. Many years ago I learned to make homemade corned beef n pastrami. Takes a long time to corn the beef starting with a brisket before cooking. Seems dumb to boil meat when better options exist 🤣🤣

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🤣

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Jul 18, 2023Liked by Jolene Handy

hilarious and nostalgic and sweet...even for a non-hot-dog person like me!

pardon me if I missed it - did you see that cream cheese on a hot dog in seattle was a 'thing' going around recently? ha...

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Thank you, Jess! I’m googling now! Hope you’re well! ❤️

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Jul 16, 2023Liked by Jolene Handy

A late shoutout to the Coney Island Dogs of SE Mass/Rhode Island. They're fantastic!

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Thank you so much! I’m continuing to compile the list and will publish right before Labor Day! 🌭

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Honored to be included 🤣

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🤣🤣🤣🌭

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Snags are what I grew up with, as an Aussie. Slang for sausage, the home hardware store Bunnings is indeed a favourite place for snag lovers. We also have a thing called a Democracy Sausage which is a snag on a bbq outside any voting venue at an election. As voting is compulsory in Australia for those who are enrolled to vote, voting stations are often elementary schools who take advantage of people waiting to fundraise by selling a snag in bread with optional onion. Quite a different experience!

I hadn’t eaten a traditional Hot Dog since I was about 10 and tried one at a town fair in country South Australia. It was disgusting and I nearly vomited so I avoided them until I had one here where I live in Finland. There’s a little kiosk near a roundabout here that sells them, Finnish style, with steamed bread. It’s open until about 3am and always has customers. It’s called Rökka. Who knew I’d write so much about snags and Hot Dogs! 😂

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I am googling Kökka now! Thank you, Lisa! Love the idea of Democracy Sausage!

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Thanks for carrying on the fun of the hot dog post! Loved those Swanky Frankys!

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Thank you, Susan! Just saying “Swanky Franks” makes me giggle! 🤭

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My one guilty pleasure would be to have had a loaded Chicago hot dog but alas with celiac disease I’d have to bring my own bun I guess? In any case I bought a Happy looking hot dog sticker and it adorns my laptop now with Chi-town memories

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Perfect solution with the sticker, Megan! But I’m seeing a Chicago hot dog “dragged through the garden” as they say here, with all the stuff on a plate, sans bun! A hot dog salad! 🌭 🥗 😂

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Jul 14, 2023Liked by Jolene Handy

Yes Sonoran dogs are the best! That said by a native New Yorker, if you can’t get a zweigels pop open white hot grilled with mustard onions and meat hot sauce that is.

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Are the Zweigels from Rochester, Karen? Thank you for adding to this ever-growing list!

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Jul 14, 2023Liked by Jolene Handy

Yes, Zweigels hots are from Rochester, sold by Wegmans in multiple states though. Classic was to get hamburgers, hot dogs, and Italian sausage patties down by the lake ( Ontario) always the same toppings.

Then have an Abbots custard at Charlotte and walk the pier. What summer was like!

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Zweigels are awesome and the idea of Wegmans when 1000 miles away makes me sad :(

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Searching for Wegmans 👀

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The entire menu you describe is mouthwatering, Karen. As you say: “What summer was like!” Thank you!

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I love this post, this discussion, all of it, so much.

My life changed forever when I moved to Denmark and had my first Danish hotdog. You can buy them on every street corner, and they are the most delicious things ever.

If you're ever here, don't skip it.

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Thank you so much, Meg. I would love to try, sounds absolutely delicious! How long have you lived in Denmark?

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Yikes, the sun’s not up yet and already I’ve a hankering for a swanky frank! In our travels lately, hamburgers have been more prevalent. Clearly we’ve been patronizing the wrong establishments! Thanks for continuing this tantalizing discussion, Jolene.

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“Hankering for a Swanky Frank” 😂 love it! I was drooling when the platter of food arrived at the place in Prescott you and Jeff are at, bring on the burgers, love ‘em too!

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A truly mouthwatering read, Jolene!

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Thank you, Amie, and I really want to try a Sonoran dog!

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Isn’t it funny/wonderful how certain topics just resonate with people? Did anyone happen to bring up Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit? Definitely worth an honorable mention 🌭

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I’m adding to the list I’m now keeping and will share before Labor Day, Domenica, thanks for sharing Lafayette Coney Island. (Googling now!) Hope your recovery is coming along ❤️

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