I seriously <3 mental_floss...
As an intermittent hot dog blogger, I have failed to provide any feedback regarding the eating of real hot dogs. This will soon change. Next weekend promises to be a day of epic gastronomical proportions, as I will be dining at both Hot Doug's and Moto. The hot dog-related focus will obviously come from Hot Doug's, but Moto has also been known to serve a dish that tastes like a hot dog but looks like something else very unrelated, or serve this for dessert:
I've watched the YouTube footage and you can't really tell that they're actually cooking the hot dogs. The close-up pics clearly show that they are indeed cooking hot dogs.
I'm a huge fan of the show Top Chef and in last night's episode, the Elimination Challenge was to create your own hot dog. I've included a clip that includes the the bit about it:
The winner of the Elimination challenge, Radhika, did an Indian take on the hot dog, doing a kabob style with lamb, pork and ground chuck. The fixings on top were caramelized onions, cucumbers, and tomato jam.
One of the two runner-ups, Fabio (my personal favorite!), had a Mediterranean spin on the hot dog. He made an andouille sausage hot dog with goat cheese, and roasted bell pepper, topped with sun-dried tomatoes.
The other runner-up, Hosea, did a pork hot dog with smoked bacon, roasted pepper, roasted jalapenos, and red vinegar.