Haut Dogs – Size Matters Edition at TWB on August 31st

The Ball Park Foot Long Wiener dressed with Mustard, Relish, Ketchup – Cracker Jack garnish. Paired with Moët Chandon Rosé PC: Emrys Horton EPH Photograpy EPH4796

The Ball Park Foot Long Wiener dressed with Mustard, Relish, Ketchup – Cracker Jack garnish. Paired with Moët Chandon Rosé PC: Emrys Horton EPH Photograpy EPH4796

In a continuation of its very successful Hot Dogs, Cool Bubbles event this past June, TWB –The Wine Bar is once again morphing into The Wiener Bar at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 31 with Haut Dogs, Size Matters – Big House Champagnes and Foot-Long Hot Dogs.

Provence/TWB Wine Director Joshua Carlson came up with the idea as a tribute to London’s famed Bubbledogs. “We received such great response to our June event, we decided to do it again,” says Carlson. “This time, instead of Grower Champagnes, I’ve enlisted David Hall of Charton Hobbs and Moët Hennesy who will be guest pouring champagnes from their portfolio.”

Carlson, along with Provence/TWB Executive Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia and Chef de Cuisine Sheldon Maloff, have created two very haut pairings available for only $30:

The Coney Island Foot Long Hot Dog
Dressed with Chili, Cheese, Onions – Tater Tot garnish
Veuve Clicquot Rosé

The Ball Park Foot Long Wiener
Dressed with Mustard, Relish, Ketchup – Cracker Jack garnish
Moët Chandon RoséAs with the previous event this is first-come, first-served with the Haut Dog pairings available only while supplies last.

In addition to the two rosé champagnes featured in the above pairings, Hall will also be pouring an assortment of champagnes which may include some from  Krug, Ruinart, and Dom Perignon at the ‘dealer’s choice’ price of only $25/glass and TWB will be offering a 25% discount on all bubbles that night.

Join The Wiener Bar (aka TWB-The Wine Bar) for a very special sparkling Saturday starting at 5 p.m. on August 31 for Haut Dogs, Size Matters. Cheers to ‘no champagne, no gain!’

Champagne poured into glasses

A Hot Dog from Across The Border – Not to be Missed

What pops into your mind when you hear Mexican food?  Tacos? Nachos?  How about “hot dogs”?   Now the hot dogs that I am talking about are not like the ones you get at Nathan’s Famous or Pink’s.  Hot dogs from just across the border from Arizona are a new taste treat.
Over Spring Break earlier this year I decided to get some sunny, warm weather in Phoenix, Arizona. While there one of my goals was to attend a Cactus League baseball game in Phoenix, and eat a hot dog with the standard toppings.  I watched Seattle play Arizona, and had a fabulous time.  But, I had one other goal during my Arizona trip, and that was to try a “Sonoran Hot Dog”.  But for that adventure, I had to travel about 2 hours south of Phoenix to Tucson.  Some enterprising Mexicans brought their version of the hot dog to Tucson several years ago, where it has received rave reviews; check Yelp.  The restaurant, El Guero Canelo, who brought the hot dog to Tucson, was started by the Contreras family in 1993.  It is in a very unassuming building, and looks more like an outdoor concession stand that you would find at the PNE, except that it has a roof over the seating area.  People from all ages were lined up for their Sonoran Hotdog while I was there.  In fact a ladies baseball team just arrived after me, and they looked very hungry.
El Guero Canelo in Tucson

El Guero Canelo in Tucson

What makes this hot dog different from the one you can buy at a baseball game here in Vancouver, or elsewhere?  For El Guero Canelo there are 4 components: 1) they use a Mexican bolilo bun which is soft and has some sweetness to it, and makes a nice pocket for the hot dog and condiments, 2) the hot dog itself is wrapped in bacon then grilled or pan fried, 3) beans, mayonnaise and mustard are added by the cooks, to which you can add other condiments, and 4) it is accompanied by a grilled jalapeno pepper on the side.

The beans were boiled, but do not have any syrupy sauce as you may imagine from a can of pork and beans.  They are also not mashed or refried, but gives weight and texture to the hotdog.  The combination of the sweet bun, the crunch of the hotdog and bacon, the creaminess of the mayonnaise, and tartness of the mustard made a wonderful flavour combination and made me have to go back and order a second hot dog.  The jalapeno pepper, which you may think would be quite spicy was very delicately smoky flavoured, and not hot at all unless you decided to eat the seeds located at the stem of the pepper.
The Sonoran Hot Dog

The Sonoran Hot Dog

This Sonoran hot dog has inspired me to try making them this summer on my patio, introducing the South of the Border flavours to friends and family, and trying some condiments that I would not have thought of before, like beans and salsa.  I have not checked around Vancouver for bolilo buns, but I think Filipino Pan de Sal buns may work in a pinch, or use a regular hot dog bun.  Give these hotdogs a try.  It might be yours and your family’s new favourite summer treat.  Here is a recipe for Sonoran hotdogs from Food.com.  Enjoy!