Friday, June 18, 2010
Hot Dogs in a Cold Place
A story that Brian and I have been working and dining on for the past few months was published in this weekend's edition of Play in the Anchorage Daily News: an exploration of the mysterious, deceptively complex Alaskan reindeer hotdog.
The task of preparing a good hot dog seems simple, yet some vendors and restaurants do it really well, and others, of course, do not. The hot dog is, in this way, deceiving; it's just a bun, a dog, and some toppings, but if you've ever enjoyed a truly good one, you appreciate that making a truly delicious hot dog is more than an assemblage of good things—it's an art.
When I first moved to Alaska, I was strangely drawn to the concept of the reindeer hot dog, a definitively Alaskan repast that can be found in various cities around the state though nowhere else in my U.S. travels. Something about eating reindeer seemed indulgent in and of itself—a little like stealing Christmas—and eating reindeer in tube form on a soft bun with caramelized onions was downright sinful. Since my arrival, I've talked, tried, and tasted my way through the state, and I've found several dogs worth writing home about.
Read the full article on the ADN's website.
Posted by brian adams at 12:44 PM