The Great American Mid-West Hot Dog Tour

Many people were a bit disappointed that I didn't do my National Hot Dog Month Tour this year. For the past three years, I ate a hot dog a day at a different place every day in July. This year, I took a break.

To make a long story short, I ran out of places to visit close to home! Sure, I didn't hit every hot dog joint in a 50 mile radius, but I hit most of them. I also wanted to spend more time with my family during the summer. My wife usually spends a LOT of time coaching in July (including weekends), but this year, like me, she took a break.

So where does that leave the Hotdogman? Well, I still have a few surprises up my sleeve! This year, the family and I are going on a road trip to Chicago, Niagara Falls, and Montreal. On the way to Chicago, we'll stop at an iconic Hot Dog Joint.

While in Chicago, I will be guests of the good people at Vienna Beef - the makers of THE Chicago Hot Dog! I will tour their factory, attend Hot Dog University, and serve patrons at their factory hot dog shop. I also plan to hit several Chicago Hot Dog spots, ask Chicagoans "The Question," and a few other hot dog related surprises. On our way to Niagara, we're stopping for some Coney Dogs at another iconic joint in Michigan. Once we get "north of the border," Mrs. HDM will use her skills as the world's most renowned Poutine expert.

We'll be shooting video throughout the entire trip and our escapades will be featured over at Hot Dog Stories.

Stay tuned and KEEP ON DOGGIN!

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National Hot Dog Month 2014

HEY! It's July and that means it's National Hot Dog Month. Watch the video to see what's going on!

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Jason Hanson of Spy Escape answers THE QUESTION

I spoke with Jason Hanson, the former CIA Agent turned entrepreneur who successfully partnered with Daymond John on Shark Tank. He was looking for an investment in his Spy Escape and Evasion courses and Daymond liked him.

We spoke about his Shark Tank appearance, Daymond, life in the CIA, his past entrepreneurial successes, and his upcoming courses all over the USA.

I also asked him THE QUESTION:

"Do you put ketchup on your hot dogs?"

His answer: "ABSOLUTELY!"

He might need some evasion techniques when he teaches a course in Chicago next month; if he even mentions ketchup on a hot dog out there, he might be in for trouble!

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Dorene Humason, The Chef in Black, answers THE QUESTION

I spoke with Dorene Humason today. She's the owner of The Chef in Black which makes California Asian Fusion Salad Dressings. Dorene appeared on season one of Shark Tank; her episode re-runs on #SharkTankTuesdays on CNBC Tuesday, June 3. It's the first time her segment aired since 2010!

We caught up on her progress with her business and what really happened after the show. I asked about her dressing, her business growth, the Japanese prostitute on her initial packaging, and what being a Shark Tank "pioneer" was really like.

I also asked her THE QUESTION:

"Do you put ketchup on your hot dogs?"

Her answer:

"No. I do not. I like mustard, but I'm really a Chicago dog kind of gal. I also like that Slawsa Julie sent me."

Obviously 25 years in the food business made Dorene's palette sophisticated and mature! I wonder how her dressing would taste on a hot dog?

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