Hello all ,
Another great time this year . The 5th Annual Jersey Hot Dog Tour is in the books .
Thanks to John Fox for the excellent intinerary . Lou for a fantastic tour shirt and everyone for the friendships old and new .
Coordinating this event with two busses became a rather daunting task this year so we will go back to one bus next year , a 55 passenger Motorcoach that will be reserved tommorrow for Sat. Sept 26th , 2009 . This date is good with John and Lou . The 12th is in my opinion too close to 9 11 with rememberance services held that weekend , and the 19th is a Jewish Holiday for our friends of that religion .
Also after talking to Dennis our Driver today about another trip I'm running for the K of C , In 2009 their will be a no alcohol policy on the busses for any trips , so no adult beverages next year on the bus for those that care to partake in such sudsy livations .
As for the tour , as most know I had lapband bariatric surgery done on March 6th and am no longer able to enjoy the food that has become such a great part of this trip . Down 90 pounds so far , thanks to all for the kind words on my weight loss . I therefore concentrated on making new friends and enjoying the company of old friends and new alike . I amazed myself how much I enjoyed the trip and did not feel left out at all . The few stops I was able to enjoy some spoonfuls of Chili made it extra special .
Thanks to GHI and owner Jimmy and George Thomas we had a nice surprise when folks started ordering their dogs at the first stop . On the house was heard throughout . Fantastic !!!! Although the counter man seemed shocked I only had a soda , I was not about to explain my dilemma and I enjoyed everyone else with pleasant smiles on their faces . Next time I'm in the area or heading to AC I will stop in and say thanks , order a dog for the wife and a lunch for my son . I urge everyone else to do so also because their are not many places left like Galloping Hill Inn that would or could do that for us in this economic climate .
Next up was Dees and she was wonderful to meet , her daughter in law was helping out for the day and the line went fast , great job . And thanks for the fine cup of chili , had a great taste .
The Windmill also did a fine job with owner Aaron overseeing the operation that day . Another cup of fine chili , the dogs looked great and their were more than a few who had previously been there , along with Ken , who were pleasantly surprised.
Manny himself is a one of a kind person . He greeted each one outside and thanked us for coming and played the part of part celeb/ host very nicely . I think he sold out of all his shirts at $5.00 each , a big discount for our group . Wonder who enjoyed this more Manny , our group , the other customers , or his employees who loved the photos they were asked to get in .Thank you again Manny !!!!
Next up was the one and only Jimmy Buffs . One word Fanrtastic!!! As was last year rave reviews on the food and atmosphere . Jimmy himself took orders and manned the cash register . We were ushered into the back party room where complimentary drinks flowed and we held a raffle with Jimmy pulling out the winning ticket . Thanks to Mike Refinski who won and donated a portion back for the drivers tips . Many great compliments were heard on the Italian Dogs . You can see Jimmy and John Fox on the Travel Channel show " Hot Dog Paradise " . As a matter of fact some of the scenes were filmed in the same room we were in . Great Job and thanks again Jimmy !!! Remember to thank him and his staff on your return trip .
Last was Bubbas and talking to Sharon the owner who was on sight was great . They handled our large crowd and had sufficient staff on hand like all the stops did . The small cup of chili I had was great , really different . Thanks again another great stop .
Back to GHI and the group picture and a few raffles .
It was great talking to folks like John Sagi who had nice containers for the chili and who offered his homemade samples to a few of us to enjoy and critique .
Signman who once again came all the way from Baltimore MD , and original Tour veteran who even showed Coney Island Lou his name tag from the first tour in 2004 . Next year I'm sure Lou will have his name tag premade like some others that were done . Hope he can make it six in a row !!
Screenbear , who is always a pleasure to talk to and discuss the dogs eaten at each place .
Brooklyn Bill , Ginny and the O'Connors ,The Puros , Harriet and friend , MrPhil and friends , Ken , Bad Dog and friends , Fontaine , Joe Rogo , Mike and Todd , The Hughes gang , and of course Ellen , Natalie and friend and everyone else that joined us for this trip .
Dennis and Joanie did a great job driving through the streets of Jersey .
And to Uncle Buck my cohost on WTBQ am 1110 , 99.1 FM and www.wtbq.com
. Our show is on Fridays from 1230-2pm EST and we will be talking about the tour and having some surprise call in guests on our show in two weeks .