We love visiting Chicago, it is one of our favorite cities in the United States. For a bigger city, people are friendly and it is easy to get around, at least the downtown loop area. Obviously, there are parts of Chicago that should be avoided and there is plenty of news about the violence in South Chicago, but as long as you are smart about where you go, as with any city, you will enjoy your time there. Having a Chicago-Style hot dog is definitely a must when you visit, whether at one of the hot dog specific restaurants or from our choice, a street vendor. We decided to try and replicate the Chicago-Style hot dog and we think that it turned out very well. We couldn’t get poppy seed buns or find the sport peppers, but that didn’t harm the taste, they were still delicious. We don’t usually boil hot dogs when we have them, but we did in this case to keep them as authentic as possible. Don’t even think about using ketchup, you won’t even find it available when you are in Chicago. Hopefully you enjoy them as well.
4 All-Beef Hot Dogs
4 Hot Dog Buns
4 tbsp Sweet Pickle Relish
1/4 Yellow Onion – finely chopped
1/2 Tomato – cut into wedges
1 Kosher Dill Pickle – cut into wedges
4 to 8 Hot Chile Peppers
Boil or steam the hot dogs until heated all of the way through. Place the hot dogs into warmed hot dogs buns and then add the mustard, one tablespoon of pickle relish, onion, tomato, pickle spear, hot peppers, and a dash of celery salt. Be sure to tuck the tomato and pickle wedges next to the hot dog.
Most everyone knows that there are a lot of different sausages in Germany, including the one most commonly known in the United States, Bratwurst. We have had the opportunity to try several varieties of wursts and most have been extremely good. They are often, but not always, served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes or on a bun with mustard.
We have seen many people eating Frankfurt’s gift to the world, the frankfurter, but we have yet to try the local version for ourselves. Perhaps it is because, once we moved into our apartment, we now consider ourselves to be Frankfurters 😀. In addition to trying the various sausages, we have also had a couple different versions of schnitzel. They also have been very delicious, however neither of these German staples are very health conscious.
We look forward to trying some of these same dishes in some of the smaller hamlets to see how they vary throughout the different regions of Germany, but we will need to do a lot of walking to justify eating that much rich food. As for our favorite meal so far, we will have to say that they were each good in their own way and perhaps the quintessential experience is yet to be had. Obviously there is a wide variety of food in Frankfurt and we have eaten many different styles of food since we have arrived, but we’ll share some of those meals later.