here's Ellen's official "hot dog tour" pics ..
It was such a joyful day being around you all!
And Benzee, I loved how you wrote such a kind post, giving recognition and good choice words to so many people...
I finally got to meet you in person, Harriet, my new "sister" !
We're now fast friends, thanks to roadfood.com...
John Fox, you're so personable, and a great "hot dog tour" guy...
now, on to the PICS !
first one is the pre-tour meet-up in front of the Galloping Hill Inn in Union. Some had a dog there to "warm up"; I just grabbed some onion rings to go, cause they looked so good, and they were.
Mike Goldberger, (our resident film critic) is on left, Brooklyn Bill is 2nd , Seafarer John (correct?) is 3rd,, and of course, our dear Benzee is on the right
next is a pic that I owe credit to Coney Island Lou for taking, (and e-mailing it to me so quick)
yours truly is on left, and Howard is on right (aka Signman)
We are inside the Galloping Hill Inn.
Signman, it's been almost 2 years since I've seen you, and it was a delight to converse with you. you could not have been sweeter.
next is another group shot "pre-tour" at the Galloping Inn, a nice candid shot...
there's my new gal pal Harriet inside the Galloping Hill Inn
It looks like you really know how to be a friend, Harriet...
We had been emailing for over a month, and it was a great sign that you kept sending me nice replies back. (no sudden disappearing act)
As busy as you are, you find time for me.
our first stop is Jimmy Buffs in Hanover. I had just been to the locations in Scotch Plains and Irvington in the past
here's the dog I got, the double Italian hot dog. (yum)
I ate this one in your honor, MORNING GLORY, as I know how much you wanted to be with us!(but it was tough flying in from Sacramento)
It was a good and juicy ! (and with perfectly cooked potatoes, etc)
Jimmy really rolled out the red carpet for us, offering "help yourself" free sodas and beer. Way to go, Jimmy Buff's!
Here's "Jimmy" himself, Jim Racaipo. (the current Jimmy) The legacy began with the original location in Newark, started by his grandfather Jimmy "Buff" , back in 1932
there was also a flashing "tickertape" welcoming us to Jimmy Buffs, like the kind you would see in a Las Vegas sports book, flashing scores of baseball games.
our next stop was the Papaya King in Clifton. It is the only NJ location of Papaya King. I have been to other Papaya Kings in NYC,
(as well as been to the similar Grays Papaya). Could not beat the special price of 2 dogs for $3.00
here's a small group of us in front of the Papaya King. The owner (in the red Papaya t-shirt) is scmoozing with our John Fox.
The owner could not have been more welcoming, and we all received special Papaya King T-shirts.
now the coveted pic you've been waiting for , the infamous GROUP photo in front of Papaya King...
While we were at our final stop of the day, (Manny's) I ran across to CVS to get the "prints done in seconds" from the camera kiosk machine. I love their machine, as I have one by my condo I walk to all the time. I tried to give out as many hard copies as I could of this pic. My apologies if I could not give some of you a pic, but I did'nt want to hold the bus up from leaving.... however, if you send me your "snail mail" address, I would be more than happy to go print up some more copies , and mail one out to you.
this should be on the cover of a USA Today "destinations" section or in the Wall St. Journal weekend section.
My thanks go out to one of the Papaya King workers for taking this memorable pic. (I'm in the middle , holding our yellow Papaya King cup)
our next stop was in Paterson, at Libby's Lunch
here's Harriet & I in front of Libby's
here's their hot dog with chili
and here's Coney Island Lou tackling that hot dog...
Benzee is on the left, and the "hot dog king" Matt is on the right
then John Fox came up with a great idea, that we should all take a walk to the Great Falls, which was practically across the street...
we all needed to start burning up some calories
Ken8038 from Scotch Plains is on left and Mike (our film critic) is on right.......... and ? is in the middle
next pic is Coney Island Lou on left, adjusting his camera lens, and one of John Fox's postal worker comrades on the right.
on the left is Dpuro, our resident beer distributor employee, who was kind enough to supply all of our beer for the bus... (thanks again for that Magic Hat brew, etc).... on the right is his gal; they live by the jersey shore.
there's a close-up of 2 of my favorite guys on the bus, it's Ken and Mike again..
next stop was Father & Son in Linden
their all beef Grote and Wiegel dog (from Connecticut) was my favorite of the day;I got mine with some dark sweet onions ... one cannot buy the dog at any supermarkets in Jersey.... only in CT
I even went back for a 2nd dog, but this time I had it just with mustard , so I could taste the full beefy flavor. Yum!
and here's Ken8038 with his hot dog, along with the container of chili sauce that he took home...
then it was time for "hugs goodbye" back at the Galloping Hill Inn
Benzee is on the left, Coney Island Lou in the middle, and John Fox on the right... what a crew!
next day I took my little nephew to Keansburg, a carnival like amusement park on the Raritan Bay, (north of Long Branch, NJ)
lots of open air stool restaurant shacks, and a nice, tacky vibe..
and what did I end up having for lunch?
A HOT DOG....... even the "day after" eating about 6 of them, I still found a desire for a "famous" hot dog from the Old Heidelburg Inn in Keansburg
I asked what brand they used, and was told "It's a Sabrett, but you can't buy it in the store"... I liked hearing that..
and it was real tasty dog..
Keansburg Amusement Park recently celebrated its' 100th anniversary, (just like Kutshers Hotel in the Catskills)
It's a nice mix of the old and the new.... it's got character..
here I am in front of some neat signage
till we meet again...
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