11th Annual Jersey Hot Dog Tour - Sept 13th , 2014 - past trip reports

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Fri, 04/11/08 12:55 AM
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I plan to be there unless I can't make it. (Thanks Yogi)

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Mon, 04/14/08 6:51 PM
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Hello all ,

I have added Brooklyn Bill and Ginny and Signman to the list .

It will be great to see you all again !!

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 04/23/08 12:53 PM
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Hi Benzee.
Thoroughly enjoyed the 4th Annual NJ Hot Dog Tour and have been looking forward to the 5th ever since. Please put me down for 4 attendees.

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Thu, 04/24/08 10:13 AM
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Hello John ,

It was a pleasure to meet you on the last tour and I will add you and three guests for a toal of 4 to the list .

Not even May and we are half filled on the bus everyone .

Remember Sat. Sept 20th is the date
Hot Dog Nation presents
5th Annual Jersey Hot Dog Tour

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Sun, 04/27/08 9:20 PM
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Sign me up! Sign me up! Sign me UP!

Benzee, last year was the first of many to come for me!
I can't wait!
Sign me up with a friend-- in other words 2 to go!

Doug

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Tue, 04/29/08 7:10 PM
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What??? Yes!!! I just found this thread! When do we have to send money in? Put me down for two people! Harriet & Brian. Man, is he in for some culture shock, hot dog style!!

To see you all again would be so cool. Is Dennis driving the bus again? Hope so!

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 04/30/08 10:21 PM
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Hello Harriet and Bad Dog (Doug)

I have put you both down for two each .

If you have my address you can send the money in any time , if oyu need it I will email it to you .

and yes Dennis will be our driver again , this time with a Deluxe Motorcoach .
Its worth the price of admission just watching him navigate the steets on the tour.

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Sat, 05/3/08 10:40 AM
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Hello all ,

I talked to Dennis this weekend and he will be our driver for the tour .
Price is $25 per person and will not go up as we are locked into that price with the bus no matter how high gas prices go .

Looking forward to seeing everyone again .

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Sun, 05/11/08 10:55 AM
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Hi Benzee, John Fox, and all !
Please put me down for 2 people , please...

Does'nt matter where we go; I'll be just glad to see all of you again!
Hey, Harriet, where did your Brian grow up?? He does'nt know cheesesteaks, he does'nt know Jersey hot dogs, but he's cute! ( I saw the pics!) so hang on to him!

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Mon, 05/12/08 7:00 PM
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Originally posted by ellen4641

Hi Benzee, John Fox, and all !
Please put me down for 2 people , please...

Does'nt matter where we go; I'll be just glad to see all of you again!
Hey, Harriet, where did your Brian grow up?? He does'nt know cheesesteaks, he does'nt know Jersey hot dogs, but he's cute! ( I saw the pics!) so hang on to him!


Oh, he knows cheesesteaks...just not like we know cheesesteaks! Right??? He's born and raised in Edgewater Park, just below Burlington City.

I know, it doesn't matter where we go this year, Benzee and John and everybody. It's all so much fun!

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Tue, 05/13/08 3:31 PM
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Hi Benzee,

I've got one more to add to the list. So my count is 3 attendees:

Bad Dog (Doug)
Brian
Doug2

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Sat, 05/17/08 5:48 PM
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Hello all ,

I have added one more to Bad Dogs group of three
Have added Ellen down for two
Also Brooklyn Bill has two more so now he is up to 4 , as he emailed me off forum.

I believe we are up to 27 , with four months to the event .
Email me or post on here if anyone else is interested or for payment info .

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Mon, 05/19/08 4:33 AM
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you guys always have this around my birthday..
If I am still here in SC, I swear, this year, I am seriously gonna try to make it....

If I am back in Florida, ..I dont think I can.. But it is always so tempting...

Speaking of...

Hey CaptMorgan?????

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 05/21/08 9:49 PM
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Hey roossy90

If you like we can save you a seat .
Hope you can join us as you would be the furthest to join the tour if you did .

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Tue, 05/27/08 12:58 PM
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Hey Benzee,

My check is in the mail. Let me know if you don't get it.

Doug

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Thu, 05/29/08 8:25 PM
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Hello Bad Dog ,

Well I'll even let you know if I got it . I got it today !!
Thanks buddy you are paid for three .
I think the number is at 31 or 32 on the list .

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Tue, 06/3/08 10:09 PM
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Hi Benzee,
Got 3 more recruits for the Hot Dog Tour for a total of 7. Vacationing this week, will send you a check when I return to Jersey
Thanks, John

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 06/4/08 9:14 AM
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Hello John ,

Put you down for a total of seven buddy .
Enjoy your vacation .

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Fri, 06/20/08 9:01 AM
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Hello all ,

I have three more reserved for the Hot Dog Tour on Sept 20th .
Awaiting word on two more this weekend and then I will post the updated list .
Coney Island Lou is hard at work designing the shirt
Full intinerary TBA

Benzee

Listen to www.wtbq.com every Friday 1230-2pm EST to hear Benzee and Coney Island Lou cohost "The Prime Time Show" with Uncle Buck . A general talk show Roadfooders are encouraged to call in . 845 651 1110 .

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 06/25/08 10:06 AM
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Benzee: Thanks for the updates on the September Hot Dog tour, we're really looking forward to our fourth time on that trip.

Do you and John Fox have an itinary yet?

BTW: Brooklyn Bill tells me Barnstormer BBQ in Newburgh has closed and the business has moved to someplace, maybe, in Rockland County.
Have you heard anything about that?

How about if we try to get a few of us together sometime after the 4th to have a hotdog at Soulfood in Poughkeepsie , some chili at andy's Place in Poughkeepsie and some BBQ at Big W in Wingdale. None of these places is very large so i'd think not more than 8 people should descend on them all at once.

Cheers, John

Cheers, John

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 06/25/08 5:58 PM
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Jut found out Barnstormer has moved to 1076 Rt 9W, Ft Montgmery - I think that's not far from Benzee's town...

Cheers, John

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 06/25/08 11:20 PM
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Hi John ,

Hope all is well with you and Gail .
I stopped by Soul Dog in Pougheepsie a few weeks ago and enjoyed their dogs .
I have been thinking the same thing about a getogether after the 4th of July . We can check out Barnstormer if you think its worth a shot .

The intinerary is not set yet but I will be talking to John this week . Two definites are we will start at Gallpoing Hill Inn and Jimmy Buffs will be one of the stops .

I will se Coney Island Lou on Friday and see what days are good for him for a Hudson Valley Meet .

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Sun, 06/29/08 4:05 PM
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I am in for the 5th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour!

A second is tenative, will let you know ASAP.

Matt

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Sun, 06/29/08 5:42 PM
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Matt ,

Glad to see you back posting buddy . hope all is well with you . Got you down for two , just let me know if second is a no go .
We are at near capacity on the tour , I will be looking into a second bus if their is continued interest from this board and the general public.

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Sun, 06/29/08 9:40 PM
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Benzee, Dont go for a second bus; 40 is more than enough people to dump on those hot dog joints all at once.

Cheers, John

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Mon, 06/30/08 9:50 AM
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Benzee,
Please put me down for one more. Total of 8. Can you post an address where I can send the check?
Thanks, John

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Mon, 06/30/08 6:08 PM
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Don't forget a seat for mr beverage cooler!

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Mon, 06/30/08 7:51 PM
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Please let me know the deadline for checks, and I forgot your address except for the city and state. And I agree with John. A second bus will make it too crazy, I think.

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Mon, 06/30/08 8:23 PM
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Hello all ,
Seafarer John is right we will stay with the one bus .
Hot Dog King we have a Deluxe Motorcoach with bathroom , video screens and plenty of room for your cooler.
John I have you down for Eight , any more let me know and they will lead off the waiting list .

Thats right everyone I have 46 names and we will now start a waiting list .
I would like to have everyone paid up as of Aug 1st if possible . Please email me if this is not possible and you want to remain on the list of attendees .
After Aug 1st , I will try to contact those not paid .
If after Aug 10th I have not heard from those not paid than we will go off the waiting list.

Here is the list I have for the 5th Annual Jersey Hot Dog Tour

Benzee pd
Uncle Buck 2
John Fox 3 1 pd
Coney Island Lou pd
Seafarer John
Gail
Brooklyn Bill 4 total
Dave Puro
Linda Puro
Todd Bovino pd
Mike Refinski pd
Screenbear 2
Uncle Buck 2
Signman 2
John Hughes 8
Ellen 2
Dave Howell 2 pd
Harriet
Brian
Bad Dog 3 pd
John L Bee
Paul Berezny
Danny Roerig
John Sagi
Hot Dog King
Cheesewit

If any one on the list is not going to attend please let us know so we can take you off.

John has an exciting intinerary planned and he is finalizing it soon after doing some more research on one or two places .
There are numerous places we can visit and we want to make sure if an establishment is put on the intinerary that we are welcomed with open arms and they are prepared for 40 or so hungry folks the day we arrive.
It is safe to say that we are starting at Galloping Hill Inn with the bus departing at Noon
One of the stops will include Jimmy Buffs . A favorite among many attendees last year and worthy of a repeat visit . You can also see our own John Fox interviewed at Jimmy Buffs on the Travel Channel show Hot Dog Paradise that airs regularly .

Here are the needed details for mailing the checks

Make check or money order payable to : Erwin Benz $25 per person
Mail to

Erwin Benz
807 Cypress Ct.
Highland Mills NY 10930

If you want , include a phone number or email address to verify I got paymnet I will call or email you back .


Oh and for Harriet , Dennis will be our driver once again .

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Mon, 06/30/08 11:15 PM
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Benzee, guess I should have told you 2, so please put me on the waiting list for my friend Tami who so enjoyed the tour last year and kindly opens her home to me on the Tour weekend.

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Tue, 07/1/08 7:44 PM
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Signman ,
Check your email , Tami is onboard .
46 names .
Now we start the waiting list

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 07/2/08 12:03 AM
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Thank you my skinny friend.

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 07/2/08 5:36 PM
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Hello Signman ,

Now , Now I don't think I will ever really be skinny , but I appreciate the thought .
Corections made to list .

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 07/2/08 7:43 PM
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I'm sure you're getting there, Benzee! I hope I'll recognize these weight-losers! I'll be mailing a check for us after the 16th. I'm so glad it starts at Galloping Hill again.

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 07/2/08 8:23 PM
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It's getting close and I'm excited. Looking forward to not only eating some good dogs but seeing everyone again. I'll have more info on the final itinerary soon.

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Sat, 07/5/08 10:29 PM
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Hello all ,

John and I will be discussing how we can get everyone on the tour this year , we have a few from other sites on a waiting list already and I have a few foodie business owners from the Hudson Valley that are now interested .
I know some of the thoughts on a second bus will make it too crowded but we are gonna see if we can make it happen so we can dissolve the waiting list and get everyone onboard.
Any pros and cons feel free to email me

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Sun, 07/6/08 9:53 PM
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Hello all ,

I have another 10 to 15 that would be on a waiting list just from today .
We have discussed this and will go with a second bus . Otherwise we will end up with more on a waiting list than attending
John will alter the intinerary accordingly to include stops that can handle two buses at 35 - 40 each . We will be checking each place out before we attend the tour to insure this .

Screenbear got your check for two thank you .

I will update the list next week once I get back to all the persons from the waiting list .

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Sun, 07/6/08 10:58 PM
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I say go for it, Mateys.

As great great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather ScreenBear, a sailor, was often fond of recounting, originally Columbus was only going to sail the Nina in his search for a shorter route to the East.

However, due to popular demand, what with all the interest in getting to those spices, he opted for two more ships: the Pinta and the Santa Maria. It worked out pretty well. Our search for great hot dogs might benefit from their example. I call aisle seat.

The Bear

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Tue, 07/8/08 9:10 AM
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This may not be an ideal situation, but you could have one bus take one route and the other do the route in reverse. That way we wouldn't limit ourselves to only those places that can handle two busloads of hot doggers.

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Tue, 07/8/08 9:29 AM
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I like Bad Dog's suggested compromise. But how do we split John Fox between two busses - the tour just would'nt be right without America's favorite hot dog maven keeping us informed?

Cheers, John

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Tue, 07/8/08 9:34 AM
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Originally posted by seafarer john

I like Bad Dog's suggested compromise. But how do we split John Fox between two busses - the tour just would'nt be right without America's favorite hot dog maven keeping us informed?

Cheers, John


Fear not, Seafaring One, either myself or Begnzee will do the honors on bus 2 - we will be doing a pre tour test run sometime in August, and whomever does bus 2 will get a thorough briefing!

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Tue, 07/8/08 11:20 AM
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Two buses not going to the same exact places at the same exact time defeats the whole, one big happy family idea.

The Bear

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Tue, 07/8/08 12:29 PM
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Hello all ,

Screenbear is correct , it defeats the purpose of one big trip.
I like the suggestions but we will insure the establishments picked are well aware and capable of handling our group .
Lou , John and I will do a dry run in August and we will have John debrief us on the specific details of each for the second bus full .
Another idea I had was to have John debrief the second bus at each stop before we exit the bus , but I'm sure with a little cheetsheet we will be able to handle this .

Hey Lou when did I add a " g" to Benzee

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Tue, 07/8/08 7:05 PM
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I agree, everyone together.




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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Fri, 07/11/08 8:02 PM
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Originally posted by Benzee

Hey Lou when did I add a "g" to Benzee

Benzee


Must've been when he went on that hot dog tour down the Yangtze River...

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Sat, 07/12/08 10:43 AM
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Hello Harriet ,

That is too funny !!!

John Hughes got your check for the eight . All set to go .

John Fox is working on the intinerary and it should be set soon

Lou is designing the t shirt again this year . He did a great job with our radio show (www.wtbq.com 1230-2pm Fridays ) t shirt and we were able to wear them on our 2nd Anniversary Party . Thanks Lou.

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Sat, 07/12/08 11:58 AM
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Benzee: I'm sad to report that Gail and I will be unable to join the September tour. We're going to miss spending an afternoon with John Fox and all the rest of the hot dog lovers, but we do look forward to seeing you sometime soon at Soul Dog and Big W, and we will be on the October 4th tour to Troy.

Cheers, John

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Sat, 07/12/08 2:48 PM
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Hello all ,

Thanks for letting me know in advance Seafarer John . Sorry you cannot make it . I will definetly try tomake the Hot Dog King tour in October also

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 07/16/08 6:50 PM
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Hello all ,

Hot Dog Nation presents the list of establishments for the 5th Annual Jersey Hot Dog Tour scheduled for Sat Sept 20th
John Fox has set the intinerary with some input from myself and those on the message boards.

Starting Point is Galloping Hill Inn in Union NJ for the 5th consecutive year
Plenty of free parking
Buses will depart at Noon from location
Attendees should arrive between 1100am and Noon.


The trip will include the following

Dees Truck , Roselle Park
The Windmill , Westfield
Mannys Texas Weiners , Union
Jimmy Buffs , East Hanover
Bubbas Dog House , Lyndhurst

Dees , The Windmill and Bubbas are new locations
Jimmy Buffs was a big hit last year and Jimmy himself was fantastic!!
Mannys was a big hit two and three years ago and Manny himself is expected to be onsite for us .

John will give reviews of each place , what to expect etc , .

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 07/16/08 8:00 PM
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Originally posted by seafarer john

Benzee: I'm sad to report that Gail and I will be unable to join the September tour. We're going to miss spending an afternoon with John Fox and all the rest of the hot dog lovers, but we do look forward to seeing you sometime soon at Soul Dog and Big W, and we will be on the October 4th tour to Troy.

Cheers, John


Oh dear. I just got really upset, because I love spending time with John and Gail whenever possible. It won't be the same. I love my Ellen, but nothing beats sitting and eating with John and getting to BS with him!!!

*sigh* It's alright, I suppose. My check will be in the mail soon as I can get to the post office, Benzee ("Begnzee"..has Lou even seen this?) I'll have it in the mail for me and Brian by Monday morning or maybe sooner.

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 07/16/08 11:29 PM
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Originally posted by harriet1954

quote:
Originally posted by seafarer john

Benzee: I'm sad to report that Gail and I will be unable to join the September tour.

Cheers, John


[teal]Oh dear. I love my Ellen, but nothing beats sitting and eating with John and getting to BS with him!!!


Wow, thanks for the nice plug, Harriet!!! I'm feeling the love, girl...
and I'm slipping my check in my condo mail slot tomorrow morning!
Since you've got a nice bf Brian for your bus-mate this year, I asked my sis to be my bus partner. Hopefully the 4 of us can still sit near each other, so I can feel your wonderful AURA!

Plus I can't wait to see you guys again, Benzee, John Fox, ...
(Ken, Mike G, ...)

See you in September ...(as the song goes)

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Thu, 07/17/08 6:24 AM
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When I have a little time, I'll give a description of the stops on the Tour.

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Thu, 07/17/08 8:18 PM
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John, I just read your review from February on another site of when you went to Bubba's in Roselle Park. If that didn't psyche me for this trip, nothing does! In fact, I emailed it to myself in work so I can print it out and show it to Brian on Sunday. He needs to be converted, people! Converted!

El, do you hear that? lol @ "aura". We had plenty of that back-of-the-bus aura last time, huh??! (You know what I mean)

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Fri, 07/18/08 10:27 AM
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Harriet ,

John puts a lot of time and effort into picking the stops out and with a little input from myself and the posters on the board comes up with the intinerary . Glad you like Bubbas , as a new stop I'm looking forward to it along with Windmill.

Brooklyn Bill got your check for two , on the lookout for the other two Thanks!!

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Sun, 07/20/08 10:35 AM
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The itinerary is set for the 5th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour. There will be more people attending this year, so we will have a second bus. I've spoken to the people who own/manage the restaurants we will be visiting in order to have them prepared to serve us reasonably fast. I will be calling them shortly before we arrive so that they will be ready for us. In addition, the stops are closer together than in the past. This will help us in regards to time. Four of the stops are within a couple of miles of each other. Rest assured that they were picked for their quality hot dogs first and foremost; location was a secondary consideration.

As usual,we've added some new stops as well as rotating some old favorites. Since we are limited as to how many places we can visit, some old favorites can't be included. That's why they are rotated. Maybe next year we will have Elizabeth/Linden establisahments that were popular such as Jerry's, Tommy's, and Father & Son. Or Newark area joints like Tony's Truck and Rutt's Hut. Because of trying to get the stops located fairly close to each other, maybe we will do a different area next year. Central Jersey, in and around Somerset County has Amazing Hot Dog, Middlesex Texas Weiners, and other fine places. There are a cluster of hot dog eateries in West Jersey we can concentrate on in the future. Having smaller trips is also an option. Your feedback is encouraged and appreciated. We want to make the Tour exciting and fresh while continuing to return to favorites. But future trips is a topic for another day.

This year, as in the previous 4 Tours, we will begin at the Galloping Hill Inn. The hot dog served here is a grilled beef and pork dog made by Grote & Weigel of Connecticut. It's served on a harder football shaped bun. One of the finest dogs in this style. And one of the very few instances where the dog is made to a special recipe. Many places claim this; rarely is it true. The dogs used to be made at a local butcher shop. The current owners took the recipe and had them made at G&W to keep up with demand and also because the butcher shop was to be sold. During the course of an afternoon, no one sells more dogs than the GHI. This fact doesn't guarantee quality (McDonald's sells more burgers than anyone) but the dogs here are exceptional and well liked among regular attendees of the Tour. Although I enjoy mine with just their fine Dusseldor mustard, people have told me that the hot relish here is exceptional.

Dee's Truck is located in the neighboring town of Roselle Park. It is one of my two favorite trucks in New Jersey, Tony's in Newark being my other. Tony's serves a Golden D dog that is milder than the Sabrett you get at Dee's. Dee's, like so many other trucks and carts serves a Sabrett dirty water dog. Most are similar with little differences. What sets Dee's apart are a few things. The dog is a 10 to a lb natural casing Sabrett. Many places serve a smaller dog and charge the same. 11 and 12 to a lb are too small. Some places that are more well known (JJ's and Donnies Dogs) use skinless franks. Dee's dogs are served very hot. Not the case with many trucks. Her dogs are consistently good and fresh. They are not kept in the water long, and unsold dogs are discarded. All dogs are $1.50 with or without toppings. She has the regular variety of toppings you see at most trucks plus her own homemade onion relish she serves rather than the Sabrett brand. Chili is also homemade. I can't comment on the toppings because the dogs are so good that I get them with mustard only. If you like natural casing dirty water Sabrett's, you won't find a better one than Dee's. She assured me that she can assemble a lot of dogs quickly. She recently did over 100 for a group that was leaving a nearby movie theatre.

The Windmill is a small chain with about 10 or so locations. Maybe less. Some are franchisies, some company owned. I don't know if "chain" is a good description or appropriate. The food is much better than what you would associate with a chain. In addition to hot dogs, you can get hamburgers, fries and other sandwiches. Located mostly in Monmouth County near the Jersey shore, the original Windmill is in Long Branch. Their hot dogs are quite popular and win many "best of" awards. It seems that they are always voted best hot dog by the Asbury Park Press. Their frank is a long quarter pound beef and pork dog made by Sabrett. It is prepared on a flat griddle. They have a charcoal grill for burgers and some people request their dogs be finished off on the grill. This dog is similar in style to the Galloping Hill Inn's dog. Also the dog served at their competitor down the street from their original location, Max's, which serves a Schickhaus dog the same size and preparation. I would consider the following dogs (not in any particular order) to be the finest grilled beef/pork dogs I've had in Jersey. GHI, Windmill, Karl Ehmer's, Max's, and Jimmy Buff's. Buff's griddles, then charcoal grills the 1/4 lb Schickhaus frank. All of these dogs are exceptional. Similar, but with subtle differences. All have their fans. I happen to prefer these dogs to the deep fried pork/beef dogs. The Windmill dog, like the others named are a milder (but tasty) beef and pork dog grilled long and well done with a good, smoky flavor. I like them this way. They also have a taut natural casing with a very good snap. I'm sure this dog will be well liked. The chili here is what I would call a regular, as opposed to a Texas Weiner style. Prefering just mustard most of the time, I only had the chili the last time I was at the Windmill because I remember it being voted 2nd best by the Munchmobile S.W.A.T. Team 2 years ago and I wanted to try it. Good, slightly spicy flavor. Much better chili than Max's.

Manny's is an old favorite. Looking more like a diner (with a diner's menu) than a hot dog joint, Manny's is known for their Texas Weiners. They serve the Plainfield area variety, which is grilled, rather than deep fried, and has a thicker chili than the Paterson/Clifton "Hot Texas Weiner". The dog used is the standard Grote & Weigel griddle frank. In reality, there is little difference between the dog served here and the many other places serving this type of Texas Weiner. All use the G&W dog prepared the same way. Even the chili is similar. Many of the guys (including Manny) began working at Texas Weiner l or Texas Weiner ll as grillmen before opening their own place. While similar, I like Manny's chili a little better than most (not as spicy as some and w/o big onion pieces) of the Texas Weiner joints. Manny's is also a nicer, cleaner place with better service. And they have Manny as a host. A classic New Jersey Texas Weiner.

Jimmy Buff's in East Hanover will be a much anticipated stop. Those of you who attended last year remember what a gracious host Jimmy was and how good the dogs are. Jimmy Buff's is THE Originator of the Newark Style Italian Hot Dog. Probably my favorite thing in the world to eat. The perfect meal: bread, meat, potatoes, and vegetables. While other places popped up specializing in this unique N.J. creation ( some quite good) no one does it better than Buff's. For those of you that don't care for Italian Hot Dogs, there are other choices. Sausage & peppers, burgers, sandwiches, and other dogs. Jimmy serves the Syd's dog with a twist. A 5 to a lb natural casing dog from Best that is fried first and then finished off on a charcoal grill. My favorite regular dog. You can also get a pushcart dog, which is an 8 to a lb Best dog fried, and a quarter pound Schickhaus dog. The Schickhaus is a 1/4 pound beef and pork dog (served at Max's and many Jersey Shore Boardwalk stands) that is griddled, then put on a grill. An excellent dog that I've enjoyed on only one occasion here as I can't get past the Italian Hot Dog or the footlong (Syd's dog). Jimmy also makes a unique and very good chili. One of the best I've had. It is mild and meaty. A bolognese style rather than Texas Weiner style. Jimmy Buff's can be seen on the Travel Channel's Hot Dog Paradise show.

Bubba's Dog House rounds out the itinerary. Located in Lyndhurst, they have been open about 2 years. Sharon the owner is a hot dog lover who peruses Roadfood and other sites to see what Jersey hot dog afficionados like. Bubba's, like Jimmy Buff's is one of the rare places that does more than one style of hot dog and does them well. She is a hands on owner who cares about her customers and providing excellent service. I've posted in detail about Bubba's on the New Jersey Hot Dog Thread. They serve a big Italian Hot Dog that is easily better than most I've had. Everything is fresh and tasty. The potatoes, despite being thicker (in chunks) than I prefer, are tasty and prepared well with the right amount of oils. Not too greasy or dried out. They also offer a Sabrett dirty water dog. I did not sample this one, but was told by ScreenBear and others that it is hot and well prepared.

Bubba's has a deep fryer they use to make Thumann's "rippers". This is the dog made for deep frying that is used at Rutt's Hut, Hiram's, Libby's and others. Unlike some places, it is left in the oil for a sufficient amount of time. In fact, customers are encouraged to specify how they want it done. I like mine well done. If you like Rutt's Hut, you will like this dog. Although they don't have Rutt's relish, they have their own homemade chili, which I remember being very good. It's slightly spicy with a few different ingredients such as bacon and beer. I wrote more about it on my post in the New Jersey Hot Dog Thread. Not a Texas Weiner type chili either, but one of the best I've had. In fact the chili at every place (with the exception of Galloping Hill Inn) is very good.

I would urger everyone to pace yourself. If you can't eat that many dogs, feel free to share or even skip somehere that may not be a favorite. I'm looking forward to the Tour. The anticipation for me is like it was on Christmas Eve when I was a small child.

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Sun, 07/20/08 12:48 PM
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In reading over the last post, I see that I made a glaring omission regarding Bubba's. One of their offerings is the charbroiled Syd's dog. It is cooked on a real charcoal grill (not put in water first like Syd's) and tastes exactly like the dogs at Syd's. It's my favorite dog there. And one of the few places in Jersey serving this dog. The others are Jimmy Buff's, Seymours, and the Martini Bar.

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Mon, 07/21/08 9:18 PM
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Hello all ,

Excllent job describing the establishments and types of dogs John.
Knowing Jimmy Buff and Manny I can tell you this will be a treat for those onboard meeting and interacting with these two owners .
I can't wait for Bubbas and the Windmill and am looking forward to Dees Truck .
And the beginning , the scmooze , as we all arrive at Galloping Hill inn , meeting new friends and getting acquainted with those we know is one of the highlights of my day .

Benzee

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Tue, 07/22/08 10:06 PM
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I agree, John Fox is a walking Hot Dog encyclopedia.

Benzee,
The check is in the mail, it went out yesterday. Let me know if there are any problems.

Dave

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 07/23/08 6:54 PM
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Mailed my check out for two anxious attendees Monday! The more I read reviews of the individual places, the more psyched I get. I think my bus-mate's gonna have to be there to appreciate how great it's going to be. Don't worry...we'll convert him from "I don't eat hot dogs that much" to "This is the best!" And the way he eats...he'll get a fine sampling! All 140 lbs. of him!

Hey could I request a few cans of Monster Energy Drink for the cooler? I'll buy ya a hot dog, Mister Cooler Man!

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RE: Jersey Hot Dog Tours and Mini Meets - Wed, 07/23/08 8:13 PM
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Benzee, Check is in the mail. Two for the road....tour.

Joe

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