Saturday, July 21, 2012

Krazy Dogz: A Delectable Treat

On any typical night on the South Side once the bars are beginning to close many Yinzers are always happy to stop for a slice of pizza, gyro, or a Primanti sandwich before heading home. What does not usually come to mind is stopping for a Hot Dog. Out of coincidence a few Blast Furnace members happened to pass Krazy Dogz on Carson Street before heading into Kopy's and later Bar 11. As the night was winding down we were a bit hungry and decided to check out Krazy Dogz to see what they had to offer. This was one of the best decisions we have made for late night snacking in quite some time and we are all sure to stop back.

Krazy Dogz is conveniently located at 1220 East Carson Street right in the heart of all of the night time shenanigans of the South Side. Upon entering we were welcomed by three friendly employees who chatted with us about how long they have been open and the highs and lows of business. The service was quick and they were helpful to point out the different ways that we could design our dogs.

The menu is very extensive.  Krazy Dogz has a wide variety of their own unique creations and a topping bar which patrons can use to design their own dog as well. All hot dogs are 100% pure beef franks and come on a nice soft bun. I was tempted to design my own dog, but since it was my first visit I decided that I would try one of their own signature creations. I went with the "Hot" Dog and the Fiesta Dog. The "Hot" Dog was covered in jalapenos, nacho cheese, diced hot peppers, and your choice of hot sauce. This dog has a great burn to it and made you want to eat another. The toppings were loaded onto the dog and not an inch was bare. Even if you don't like spicy foods, this is able to be handled and is an enjoyable experience. The dogs were two for $5 so for my second I had the Fiesta Dog which is loaded with chili, cheese, salsa, corn chips, lettuce, tomato, black olives, and onion. Think of it as a taco on a hot dog. This dog was so unique that eating one would have you repeating this order many times in the future.  I can't wait to try some of their other items.

Not only were the dogs delectable, but the price was perfect. How can you beat two gourmet Hot Dogs loaded with toppings for $5? The toppings and price are what separate these dogs from the rest of the pack. As someone who has sworn allegiance to The Original in Oakland everyone can admit that their prices and toppings can both be improved. Krazy Dogz beats out all of its competition in these two categories.  Krazy Dogz is sure to become a staple for Yinzers craving a great food experience that will satisfy their taste buds after bar-hopping, taking a lunch break, or taking a stroll dahn Carson Street in the middle of the day.

Bigelow_Blvd gives Krazy Dogz 6/6 Irons and hopes to return soon.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Pittsburgh: Yinz Probly Think Dis Song Is Abaut You

It sure has been a busy year for Pittsburgh.  Even when our sports teams are not winning championships, the city is earning accolades that may trump them all.  Most Livable City, Worst Dressed, Home of the Cross-dressing Beauty Queen are just some of the recent crowns to be proud of, but pride is the theme of the newest notch on the belt of Pittsburgh as Pittsburgh has just been named #6 on Men's Health Magazine's "America's Top 10 Vainest Cities."

That is right Pittsburgh now sits alongside of some of its arch nemeses such as Dallas (5), Tampa (1), and Plano, TX (2). At first, I thought that this moniker was kind of ridiculous considering the fact that we were named one of the worst dressed cities, but I suppose this just adds to the fact that even if we dress poorly, we think we look great. Some of the reasons cited for being vain include the number of tanning salons, number of people going for hair-dye jobs, and the high per-capita volume of plastic surgeons. Take a walk dahn da South Side or the Strip and I'm not sure that we would really see super models, but apparently the facts speak for themselves.

I am sure that Yinzers far and wide will have varied views of this new title for the city, but as Miyoshi Anderson, a model and executive director of Pittsburgh Fashion Week, says, "When you hear staggering number of diabetes and obesity, it makes people more aware of their appearance and the importance of looking great and feeling great."

Could our unhealthy food addictions and heavy beer drinking have been the driving force to becoming vain? We may never know. So the next time someone says that Yinzers are full of themselves, just say, "damn right yinz jagoffs."