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Restaurant Offends with Bruce Jenner Hot Dog

Restaurant Offends with Bruce Jenner Hot Dog

Senate Pub named its special the “Bruce Jenner 2.0” hot dog


The Senate Pub in Cincinnati came out with a dish called the "Bruce Jenner 2.0," which was reportedly billed as "half hot dog and half taco" and offended a lot of people.

The Senate Pub in Cincinnati, Ohio, decided to capitalize on the media firestorm following Bruce Jenner’s interview last night with Diane Sawyer by naming its daily special hot dog after him, but it seems to have primarily succeeded in annoying and offending a lot of people.

During the interview, Olympic gold medalist and Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Bruce Jenner came out as a transgender woman, saying, however, that he wanted to continue to go by Bruce and use male pronouns for the time being. Before the announcement, according to WCPO Cincinnati, the Senate Pub debuted their hot dog, which they called the “Bruce Jenner 2.0” and billed as “half hot dog, half taco.” It was served for one day only and consisted of a hot dog that had been cut in half and served in a soft taco, topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and sauce.

The Senate announced the hot dog Friday in a Facebook post that has since been deleted. On Friday afternoon, Senate owner Dan Wright reportedly said that all proceeds from the special hot dog would go to a charity on behalf of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen from Ohio who committed suicide in December. It is not clear whether the charitable angle was always the intent of the promotion, or if it was a response to the backlash over the Bruce Jenner 2.0 hot dog, which was criticized as offensive and transphobic.

Bay Area man wants to resurrect the famed Doggie Diner

1 of 8 Kip Atchley's Doggie Diner head sits in a parking lot in Napa, Calif., on July 5th, 2019. Napa resident Kip Atchley wants to resurrect Doggie Diner, the fast-food chain that maintained locations in San Francisco and Oakland from the 1940s to the 1980s Michael Short / Special to The Chronicle Show More Show Less

2 of 8 Kip Atchley poses for a portrait with his Doggie Diner head in Napa, Calif., on July 5th, 2019. Napa resident Kip Atchley wants to resurrect Doggie Diner, the fast-food chain that maintained locations in San Francisco and Oakland from the 1940s to the 1980s Photos by Michael Short / Special to The Chronicle Show More Show Less

3 of 8 Hotdog themed items line the walls of Kip Atchley's office in Napa, Calif., on July 5th, 2019. Napa resident Kip Atchley wants to resurrect Doggie Diner, the fast-food chain that maintained locations in San Francisco and Oakland from the 1940s to the 1980s Michael Short / Special to The Chronicle Show More Show Less

4 of 8 Kip Atchley poses for a portrait with his Doggie Diner head in Napa, Calif., on July 5th, 2019. Napa resident Kip Atchley wants to resurrect Doggie Diner, the fast-food chain that maintained locations in San Francisco and Oakland from the 1940s to the 1980s Michael Short / Special to The Chronicle Show More Show Less

5 of 8 Kip Atchley holds an artists rendering of what his new Doggie Diner's would look like, in his office in Napa, Calif., on July 5th, 2019. Napa resident Kip Atchley wants to resurrect Doggie Diner, the fast-food chain that maintained locations in San Francisco and Oakland from the 1940s to the 1980s Michael Short / Special to The Chronicle Show More Show Less

6 of 8 Hotdog themed items line the walls of Kip Atchley's office in Napa, Calif., on July 5th, 2019. Napa resident Kip Atchley wants to resurrect Doggie Diner, the fast-food chain that maintained locations in San Francisco and Oakland from the 1940s to the 1980s Michael Short / Special to The Chronicle Show More Show Less

7 of 8 Kip Atchley's Doggie Diner head sits in a parking lot in Napa, Calif., on July 5th, 2019. Napa resident Kip Atchley wants to resurrect Doggie Diner, the fast-food chain that maintained locations in San Francisco and Oakland from the 1940s to the 1980s Michael Short / Special to The Chronicle Show More Show Less

8 of 8 Kip Atchley points to a new design for Doggie Diner mascot "Dooger Dog" in his office in Napa, Calif., on July 5th, 2019. Napa resident Kip Atchley wants to resurrect Doggie Diner, the fast-food chain that maintained locations in San Francisco and Oakland from the 1940s to the 1980s Michael Short / Special to The Chronicle Show More Show Less

It took 10 months and $10,000 for Kip Atchley to secure an original Doggie Diner dog head, a 7-foot-tall smirking dachshund that is the best-known relic from the bygone Bay Area fast-food chain. His goal: to bring Doggie Diner back to life.

The Napa resident started planning the Doggie Diner revival a decade ago. He acquired the trademark rights, drafted the business plans and even found a location, but then a key investor pulled out of the project after losing property during the 2016 fire that swept through Lake County.

Atchley isn&rsquot giving up, though. He envisions a new Doggie Diner as not just a restaurant but a tourist destination in Napa.

&ldquoWe want to give somebody something fun to do here other than just wine tasting,&rdquo he said.

From 1948 to 1986, there were roughly 30 Doggie Diner locations throughout San Francisco, Oakland and other Bay Area cities. Families loved them for hot dogs, hamburgers, pastrami sandwiches and chili &mdash and the giant fiberglass dachshund heads that stood outside each restaurant. One remains near Ocean Beach and has been declared a historical landmark by the city.

Atchley knew that if he wanted to open a new Doggie Diner, he would need an original dog head. When the restaurants closed in the 1980s, most of the heads went to collectors or the dump. Atchley heard a rumor that one still existed in a collector&rsquos warehouse in Vacaville and spent several years tracking it down. He finally found the dachshund, with its white chef&rsquos hat and bow tie, sitting in a corner surrounded by antiques.

Anyone Want A Six Pound Donair?

Hey, who wants to head to Nova Scotia with me to take on this BIG BIG BIG meal?

Doesn’t that look great? I would love to bite down on this donair, wouldn’t you? What? You have a question?

Um, What Is A “Donair?”

Good question! The “Donair” is a uniquely Nova Scotia dish – and for those who don’t have a globe nearby – I do by the way – Nova Scotia is the easternmost of Canada’s ten provinces, north of Maine. describes the origin of the donair:

“In the early 70’s, a Greek restaurateur in the city of Halifax introduced the Donair. Within a few short years, virtually all pizzerias had added their version of the dish to their menus. Not to be confused with gyros, the Donair has a vastly different flavor.”

Now, You Can Bite Down On Six Pounds Of It!

According to the “” website, a restaurant in Nova Scotia is giving you the chance to eat six pounds of Donair – and of course there’s a prize attached:

“It’s six pounds of roasted meat, tomatoes, onions and sweet garlic sauce atop a pizza-sized pita – and so far no one has been able to eat it all.

Alexandra’s Pizza in Sydney, N.S., has been challenging people to devour its massive donair, but no one has finished it after 17 attempts in the last five months.

Up for grabs is a year of free pizza or donairs, $500 to a local charity of their choice, and a photo on the pizza shop’s wall-of-fame.”

Well, do you think you could handle all of this?

Each donair costs $59, and you can read more about this enormous meal at the “Global News” website here:

Thanks to my Canadian friend Sly LaCroix for sharing this with me! He knows that I love these “mega meal” stories, and have shared them before, like this one:

The World’s Largest Burger!

Now that is a big burger…but just how big? Well, here’s a clue:

If you want to know more about the world’s biggest cheeseburger, you can click here:

10 Best Regional Foods in America

The U.S. boasts an array of regional culinary creations that offer insight into the history, climate, and culture of the place. Though there are way too many to list, here are 10 different foods that are sure to whet your appetite, from po-boy sandwiches to key lime pie.

Lobster Roll Maine

Its origins may be a bit unclear, but there's no denying that Maine and lobster rolls are a match made in seafood heaven—it is the official state sandwich, afterall. New Englanders take pride in the hefty chunks of chilled cooked lobster meat lightly tossed with mayonnaise and served on a toasted hot dog bun. Though there are many twists on the recipe, including warm butter in place of the mayo or the addition of celery and a plethora of spices, true purists prefer their lobster rolls to be pretty bare bones.

Visitors can find this extravagant, yet humble, sandwich served at almost every restaurant in Maine, but there are a few places that bring it to new heights, including Shaw's Fish & Lobster Wharf in New Harbor, Bagaduce Lunch in Brooksville, and Waterman's Beach Lobster in South Thomaston, among many others.

Sourdough bread, San Francisco's specialty

Sourdough Bread San Francisco

The history of sourdough bread is closely related to the men who came to San Francisco in 1849 in pursuit of gold. These 49ers would buy bread "starters," a fermented mixture of yeast, water, and flour, to bake fresh loaves on the trail, but discovered a sour flavor to the bread unlike anywhere else in the world. It's because San Francisco's climate produces wild microorganisms unique to the area, giving the bread its tangy bite. Seasoned miners even came to be known as "sourdoughs" for their time spent fermenting in the mines.

Meanwhile, a French baker by the name of Isidore Boudin struck culinary gold when he combined the sourdough starters with French baking techniques. The finished product was a loaf of bread, crusty on the outside and light and airy with a bit of a tart kick on the inside. Sourdough bread is now sold all over the city, but you can still buy it from the bakery that started it all, the Boudin Bakery.

The po-boy sandwich originated in New Orleans

Po-boy Sandwich New Orleans

Though there are many competing tales of when the po-boy was created, most people believe that the sandwich came to be during the streetcar driver strike in the 1920s, when restaurant owners, Clovis and Benjamin Martin invented the cheap eat to support the strike and feed the unemployed streetcar drivers. When a worker would approach the rear of the restaurant to purchase a sandwich, the kitchen staff would yell out, "Here comes another poor boy!" Eventually, the name stuck.

The original po-boy was made using French bread, leftover bits of beef, and gravy, but there are many different versions today, including the popular shrimp po-boy, made with deep fried Gulf shrimp, lettuce, tomatoes, and hot sauce. Po-boys are sold in restaurants all over the Big Easy, but it's hard to beat Johnny's Po-Boys, which has been serving the affordable sandwich for more than 50 years.

Bagels New York City

Bagels may not have been invented in New York City, but they're as much a part of its culture as the Empire State Building. The recipe for the doughnut-shaped rolls came to the Big Apple in the 1880s, with the arrival of thousands of Eastern-European Jewish immigrants. In fact, so many individual bagel shops cropped up during this time that it became necessary to establish an International Bagel Bakers Union.

The New York-style bagel is made with salt and malt, and boiled before it's baked. The end result is a large doughy crust surrounding a fluffy and chewy interior. There is also great debate among New Yorkers on whether a fresh bagel should be toasted or not. Two of the more famous bagel spots are H&H and Ess-a-Bagel, but there are so many lesser-known places waiting to be discovered.

Key lime pie, the official desert of Florida

Key Lime Pie Key West

As the story goes, fresh milk wasn't so easy to come by before the railroad came to Key West in 1912, making it very difficult to create custard pies. However, the invention of Borden's sweetened condensed milk in 1859 put desserts back on the kitchen table, and eventually led to the invention of the official state dessert for Florida. No one is quite certain who made the first key lime pie, but there's no denying that the combination of condensed milk, local key lime juice, egg yolks, and sugar poured over a graham cracker crust put this southern Florida town on the food map.

Many pie lovers today are torn between pastry or graham cracker crust and whipped cream or meringue topping. Almost every restaurant on the island offers a variation of the tangy treat, but there are a few places that are noted for making the best Key Lime Pie, including Blue Heaven, Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe, and the Blond Giraffe.

Nothing says Philly like a cheese steak

Philly Cheese Steak Philadelphia

The Philly cheese steak, with its long crusty roll, filled to the brim with grilled, thinly sliced rib eye steak and smothered in neon orange Cheez Wiz, is as much of a Philadelphia icon as the Liberty Bell. There are several variations on the original sandwich, including provolone instead of Cheez Whiz, the addition of onions and green peppers, and thicker cuts of meat versus the shaved steak.

The mouthwatering mixture of cheese and beef was discovered in 1930 by Pat Olivieri, founder of Pat's King of Steaks, while making hot dogs. And though there's plenty of dispute over which of the city's restaurants reign supreme, Pat's and Geno's Steaks, located directly across the street from one another, are part of one of the greatest rivalries in food history.

Chicago lays claim to deep-dish pizza

Deep Dish Pizza Chicago

One thing is for certain about the history of Chicago pizza: In 1943, a restaurant started selling a new item under the name, "Deep Dish Pizza," and the city's food scene was never the same again. There is some debate over who was the genius behind the tasty variation on traditional pies, but the true identity remains a mystery. The creator may never be found, but his pizza, with layers of ingredients stacked like a casserole and finished with sauce on top, will live on forever.

The first thick pie was served in a restaurant on East Ohio Street by the name of The Pizzeria, which soon became Pizzeria Uno. The restaurant is still there today, but you can find a slice of deep dish on almost every street corner in the Windy City.

Barbecue styles differ with the region

Barbecue North Carolina, Memphis, Kansas City, Texas

Barbecue is serious business, and a surefire way to start a food fight is to claim that one region does it better than the next. Memphis, North Carolina, Kansas City, and Texas each represent a different style of barbecue: Memphis is known for its pulled pork shoulder slathered in a sweet tomato sauce and served with or without a bun Kansas City revels in dry-rubbed ribs Texas loves all things meat, from mesquite-grilled brisket to pulled pork and North Carolina is all about the whole hog, smoked in a vinegar-based sauce.

A misconception about barbecue is that it's dependant on grilling. In fact, most would agree that it requires a great deal of skill and time to slow roast pork or beef until the meat nearly falls off the bone, and almost every great barbecue master has a special method or technique to get it just right. This accounts for why there are so many different flavors and varieties of barbecue, and why each is tasty in its own right.

Maryland crab cakes probably originated in England

Crab Cakes Maryland

The idea behind crab cakes can be traced back to ancient times when seafood was scarce, and the best way to make the most out of the valuable commodity was by combining it with other ingredients in a patty. It's then believed that crab cake-style recipes were brought to the U.S. by English settlers during the colonial period, when Maryland locals used crabs native to the area to make the now famous crab cakes.

Basic Maryland, or Baltimore, crab cakes are typically made using fresh blue crab, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and a few binding ingredients before being formed into a patty and fried in butter. However, there are a plethora of variations on this simple recipe found all over the state, ranging from recipes served at upscale restaurants to sandwich shops.

Wisconsin loves its cheese curds

Cheese Curds Wisconsin

Since Wisconsin is fondly referred to as the Cheese State, it seemed only fitting to highlight one of its greatest culinary commodities, the cheese curd. These peanut-sized snacks are created during the cheese making process when the milk curdles and before the cheese is processed into blocks. Fresh curds are rubbery in texture, salty to taste, and "squeak" when you bite them, hence the nickname, "squeaky cheese." Curds that sit out too long lose their noise and become a bit dry.

Cheese curds come in a variety of different flavors these days, including dill, jalapeno, and bacon, but it's hard to beat the classic yellow cheddar curd. Farms, gas stations, and grocery stores all over the state sell the noisy treat, but Mars' Cheese Castle in Kenosha is one of the more popular places to get them.

The 50+ Best Coffee Table Books to Gift in 2020

They&rsquore meaningful, inspirational, and best of all: beautiful! Giving the gift of a coffee table book is a failsafe way to bring aesthetic (and literary) charm into the mix this year. Whether you&rsquore shopping for a new homeowner who&rsquos looking to warm up their spaces, or are browsing for a thoughtful&mdashand stylish&mdashbest friend gift, look no further than the almighty coffee table book for all your holiday needs. Baubles and accents aside, a stack of books can give an uninspired tabletop a new sense of style&mdashand purpose, so why not be the one to kick-start someone else's collection?

From the obvious contenders, like design-inspired recipe books and beach-forward travel guides, to more quirky niches, like a book of sneakers or an exploration of the color pink, we&rsquove compiled a well-rounded list of the best coffee table books we could get our hands (and eyes) on.

So take a look below for the coolest&mdashand chicest&mdashcoffee table books to buy (or gift!) this year.

What does it take to have an interior that's, well, superior? You can follow the advice of the pros, research best practices, even shop the look, but there's no better way to get inspired than with rooms that have made a mark in the world of design. With 400+ rooms to sort through, see the most notable spaces that decorators, designers, artists, style icons, film stars, and more have crafted for themselves.

According to a guard at the National Portrait Gallery, &ldquoNo other painting gets the same kind of reactions. Ever.&rdquo When Michelle and Barack's portraits were unveiled, they became one of the most celebrated of our time. This book&mdashwritten by Taína Caragol, Dorothy Moss, Richard Powell, and Kim Sajet&mdashoffers readers a deep dive into these paintings&mdashand portraiture as a whole&mdashwith remarks from the artists, the Obamas, and more

From Brooklyn to The Bronx and everywhere in between, New York City is a world unto itself. This book is part journey through time, part celebration of the present, with stories from 20th-century immigrants to cultural icons of today.

ELLE Decor A-lister and celebrity interior designer Jeff Andrews knows a thing or two about creating statement-making spaces. His signature effortlessness and trademark bold designs are something we can all dream of achieving, and now we can learn how. In his first book, The New Glamour: Interiors with Star Quality, Andrews takes readers through his favorite spaces&mdashincluding those of Kourtney Kardashian, Kaley Cuoco, and Kris Jenner, to name a few&mdashwhile sharing his design philosophy throughout.

In the land of lavender fields and fine cuisine, Provence is the cultural gem of the South of France. Before you book a flight, you can get a taste of the region with this striking photo book, filled with homes and interiors that give the area its name.

As a lifestyle blogger, designer, and The New York Times bestselling author, Erin Gates knows a thing to two about crafting stylish yet functional spaces, while teaching others how to do the same. A follow up to her book Elements of Style, Gates' Elements of Family Style proves that finding peace at home amidst the chaos of family life is possible, and simpler than you might think.

This Virgil Abloh-produced monograph explores the designer's mastermind in a uniquely engaging&mdashand coffee table worthy&mdashformat. Throughout the &ldquothree-books-in-one&rdquo you'll find essays and interviews, archival work (including almost 2,000 unseen images) and an investigation of Abloh's artistic process as a whole.

If one person knows how to design around a white palette, it's The White Company founder, Chrissie Rucker. The retail empress and inspiring aesthete welcomes customers and fans into her personal world, through her three distinct and iconic homes.

Everyone wants to know what goes down in South Philly's Palizzi Social Club. The members-only spot took exclusivity to new heights, but it's the restaurant's old school charm that's kept people guessing for the century since it opened. While you may not get a seat at the table, this book will equip you with recipes to bring a taste of Italy into your own home.

Fuel your favorite dad&rsquos fire&mdashor make him confront it&mdashwith a book of &ldquodad&rdquo jokes worth cringing (and laughing) over.

Fashion designer Prabal Gurung's first-ever monograph is a worthwhile indulgence. A visually engaging journey through time through mood boards, runway shots, photographs, and more gives readers a chance to explore the creative genius that is this eponymous designer.

Get dating advice from Joey Tribbiani, learn how to dish a great comeback with Chandler Bing, even cook up a meal courtesy of Monica Geller. This all-purpose life guide and easy read is a dream book for the Friends fanatic on your list.

See the Pop movement through the eyes of the pioneer himself&mdashartist Andy Warhol&mdashwith this hyper-curated trove of his most quintessential works, from the Campbell's Soup Cans to the Marilyn Diptych and every evocative moment in between.

Your favorite childhood spook-fest is now available in a three-book collection by folklorist Alvin Schwartz. Whether you're taking a trip down memory lane or diving deep into spine-chilling scares, these short stories are a conversation starter&mdashand &ldquochill night&rdquo ender.

Perfect for your favorite feminist or a lady in your life, this collection of female-focused photographs&mdashdrawn from National Geographic's archive&mdashis an exploration of the lives of women across the glove, with interviews, portraits, and more.

We can all get behind this classic ROY.G.BIV cover work, but what you&rsquoll find within the pages of Colorstrology is equally enticing. Inspired by the Pantone color system, this book examines the way color ties into our astrology, numerology, lives, and relationships, with an exploration of color theory for every day of the year.

Whether you&rsquore a tourist, New York City native, old or young, passing by or stopping to enjoy a croissant outside, the windows at Tiffany&rsquos Fifth Avenue flagship are universally beloved, and transcendent over time. This glamorous book presents a curated tour of the displays that continue to make their mark of American culture and beyond.

If you know Gray Malin from Beaches or Escape, you&rsquore likely to fall in with his new, mesmerizing book: Italy. From the Riviera to Cinque Terre, his distinctive photographs highlight the bella vistas that the idyllic country has to offer.

Perfect for travel enthusiasts, culture lovers, adventurers, and more, this book features "an around-the-world, continent-by-continent listing of beaches, museums, monuments, islands, inns, restaurants, mountains," etc. Complete with goal-setting advice, how-to's, culinary advice, and more, this book is the complete package for anyone who wants to check more destinations off their bucket list, big and small.

This iconic tome features a collection of photos from one of America's most influential photographers, Annie Leibovitz. The perfect gift for photography junkies and culture-lovers alike, the exciting content and sleek cover is perfect for any coffee table.

A vivid inspection of the late and great work of artist Keith Haring, this color-punched book takes you through the controversial and dynamic work of one of America&rsquos most celebrated artists. His playful style, which includes street art, pop art, graffiti, and sculpture, tells not only the tale of his own creative development, but also highlights the visual culture of the 20th century.

The world would be a better place if we all just admitted that appetizers are the best part of a meal, right? If you&rsquore not convinced, this compilation of over 200 simple tapas recipes embodies all that is great about Spanish cuisine. From traditional creations to modern renditions&mdashwith drink pairings to bring it all together&mdashthis culture-forward cookbook is your tastebuds&rsquo new best friend.

Love it or hate it, there&rsquos no denying that Supreme has made a great dent in the world of fashion. Perfect for any hypebeast or fashion junkie, this book&mdashwritten by Supreme&rsquos founder James Jebbia&mdashprovides a comprehensive outline of how the New York City-based, skater-forward brand became a symbol of modern-day street fashion and business.

Aside from the irresistible creamy pastel-striped cover, American Boys is a tender and exciting trove worth digging into. Filled with portraits of the trans-masculine community, you will find within the pages an evolution of gender identity (and fluidity) in American culture over the years.

Groove to the music&mdashand the pages&mdashof this Bruce W. Talamon book, which is filled with the photographer&rsquos intimate depictions of some of soul, funk, and R&B&rsquos most notable stars. From Marvin Gaye, to Donna Summer, Diana Ross, and more, many of these photos were largely unpublished or unseen, until now.

In the world of photography, Walter George Chandoha was the crazy cat man. The prolific photographer&mdashbest known for his portraits of cats&mdashmade his mark through his captivating depictions of our favorite feline friends. Now, the late photographer&rsquos most iconic work has been compiled in this tributary book, with work from 1942-2018.

This enticing and inspiring travel book features a vivacious selection of homes from one of the world&rsquos most culture-rich destinations: Morocco. Barbara and René Stoeltie&rsquos picks are not only a demonstration of Moroccan style, they provide a transportive journey through all that the country has to offer.

Vogue Fashion Director Tonne Goodman has made her mark on the industry for decades. From her early modeling days, to her freelance fashion reporting, to her wildly successful time at Vogue, Point of View celebrates the life and career of one of fashion&rsquos biggest names, written from her perspective.

Sneakerheads, rejoice. The Ultimate Sneaker Book, written by Simon &ldquoWoody&rdquo Wood&mdashthe founder of magazine Sneaker Freaker&mdashtakes readers through the 100 years+ evolution of the kicks that transverse over time. With over 650 pages of &ldquofunny and serious, meaningful and pointless at the same time&rdquo work, this book is a history lesson&mdashand source of inspo&mdashthat every fashion junkie should have.

Eating salad will never feel like a dietary chore again, thanks to Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists. Based on the Salad for President blog&mdashwhich features dozens of recipes and artist interviews and contributions&mdashauthor Julie Sherman proves that salad can be fun and delicious, and can be paired with soups, entrees, and even cocktails&mdashfrom light to hearty. This book follows dozens of artists&mdashin the kitchen&mdashand explores the ways in which they craft their own delectable versions of this staple.

#68 I Dream of Weenie, Nashville

This Nashville gem is the definition of funky: It’s a decked-out VW bus with a front porch and a walk-up window, and it’s unlike anything else that’s out there, to say the least. But it’s not just a sight gag: The hot dogs here are spectacular, and insanely unique. All-beef, charcoal-grilled, and served on half of a soft Italian roll, you never know what kinds of crazy toppings will be on offer. Caramelized Vidalia onion marmalade with goat cheese? Sure. Fresh grilled corn salsa? Sounds delicious. Ginger hoisin sauce, Asian slaw, and crunchy chow mein noodles? Nothing wrong with that! How about mashed potatoes and gravy on an English banger, red beans and rice on andouille, or chorizo topped with tomatillo slaw, avocado, and sour cream? The possibilities at I Dream of Weenie really are endless.

Bibo Bar & Grille – Bibo, New Mexico

There’s an old Lebanese proverb that says, “some men build a wine cellar after only finding one grape.” That proverb aptly describes the many rags to riches success stories among Lebanese immigrants to the Land of Enchantment, primarily to our state’s northern villages. Some of New Mexico’s most prominent names in business–Maloof, Bellamah, Hanosh, Ghattas, Sahd and others–embody the spirit of that proverb.

The progenitors of many of New Mexico’s Lebanese immigrants left Lebanon during the repressive Ottoman Empire, the main exodus occurring in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Escaping persecution and poverty, some arrived with nothing but aspirations, dreams and hopes. The frontier territory of New Mexico was replete with opportunity (and the prospect of freedom) for them.

The bar at Bibo Bar & Grille

Like their Phoenician forefathers had done, many of them began as door-to-door peddlers, many eventually launching trading posts or general stores in the small villages in which they settled. The “Arabes” as they are sometimes still called by Hispanics were hard workers, shrewd businessmen, community-minded and family-oriented. They fit right in with the tight-knit Hispanic communities which shared similar values–so much so that Los Arabes of New Mexico, a wonderful book written by Monika Ghattas is subtitled Compadres From a Distant Land.

In the vernacular and tradition of Hispanic Northern New Mexico, few–if any–titles were held in such esteem and reverence by elder generations as “compadre” (male) and “comadre” (female). In his Dictionary of New Mexico & Southern Colorado Spanish, Ruben Cobos defines a compadre as a “ritual co-parent a term by which godparents address the father of their godchild and by which the child’s parents address the godfather.” That’s the esteem to which many of the Arabes were…and still are held today.

Bibo Bar & Grille Dining Room

On January 1st, 1913, a mature beyond his 22 years of age Arabe named Joseph Hanosh opened the Hanosh Brothers Trading Post in the small village of Bibo, New Mexico. Most of his customers were either Native Americans from nearby pueblos and Spanish descendants. Joseph befriended many of his neighbors, joining in holiday festivities and celebrations as well as day-to-day activities. He ran the operation until 1946 when his daughter and son-in-law purchased the mercantile in which they operated a grocery store on one side and a bar on the other. As time went by, the bar became the focal point of the family business.

Today the Bibo Bar & Grille is owned and operated by Joseph’s grandson Eddie Michael who also serves as Cibola County Commission Chairman. Surmounting a rough patch after the nearby uranium mine’s closure, the Bibo Bar has become a popular Cibola County destination frequented by motorcycle and car clubs from throughout the north. At least some of that can be credited to the food prepared and served on the premises.

Green Chile Cheeseburger – Much Better Looking When Photographed in the Restaurant than on the Dashboard of my Car

The green chile cheeseburger, in particular, warrants acclaim and was placed on the New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail in both 2009 and 2011. My first visit was prompted by an email from Randall, one of the most passionate commentators on this blog. Randall made the audacious claim that Bibo’s green chile cheeseburger is even better than the one served at the 66 Pit Stop, home of the Laguna Burger. Randall might just be right!

4 January 2021: The green chile cheeseburger is a beefy behemoth–half a pound of beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, cheese and green chile with mushrooms and bacon available for a bit more. The beef patty is hand-formed and extends beyond the six-inch buns. It’s a thick patty prepared at not quite medium-well with enough juiciness to warrant at least three napkins and so much deliciousness, it may make you swoon. The sesame seed buns aren’t quite up to the task of holding in all the contents of this burger, but on the other hand, at least you’re not choking down more bread than beef. The green chile (spelled “chili” on the menu) is pleasantly piquant. It’s an outstanding green chile cheeseburger which sadly didn’t photograph well on my SUV’s dashboard.

5 January 2021: The menu isn’t a one-trick-pony, featuring everything from grilled chicken sandwiches to hamburger steak to pulled pork sandwiches and much more with your choice of fries or onion rings(much better than the fries). Pre-Covid, you could belly up to the charming bar and get to know the friendly staff and enjoy the black-and-white photographs festooning the dining room’s walls. During our January, 2021, visit, the bar and restaurant were practically hermetically sealed, a consequence and necessity wrought by the pandemic. We missed banter with the friendly staff. We missed the old normal.

5 January 2021: Should the New Mexico Tourism Department ever decide to publish an official New Mexico Salsa and Chips Trail, that trail would meander through Bibo where the housemade chips and salsa are worth a trip. With a pleasant piquancy and inimitable tinge of freshness, the salsa is an exemplar of deliciousness. A generous portion of crisp, low-in-salt triangular-shaped corn tortilla chips means you’ll probably run out of salsa before you run out of chips.

It’s entirely possible some readers have never heard of Bibo, New Mexico. Bibo can be reached by taking exit 114 off I-40 then heading 11 miles north of Old Laguna on Highway 279. The scenery along the route is spectacular…and so is the green chile cheeseburger.

Bibo Bar & Grille
Mile Marker 11 Highway 279
Bibo, New Mexico
(505) 552-9428
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LATEST VISIT: 5 January 2021
1st VISIT: 11 June 2014
BEST BET: Green Chile Cheeseburger, Fries, Onion Rings, Salsa and Chips

Once upon a time.

. there was a little boy who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but with strings attached, of course. And he lived in Shaker Heights.

Born on the cusp of Sagittarius and Scorpio, my birthday was hijacked by a national tragedy. My father is the son of a Jewish carpenter (seriously) and my mother the daughter of a Methodist hog farmer. Even my siblings are half brothers. My cousins are all older than I their children all just that much younger - so we share no commonalities. I have no one else that remembers the things that I remember.

Neither fish nor fowl, I have spent a great deal of energy swimming against the currents and being picked over as a human. Life's chief lesson? Nothing in life is easy even the easy stuff is hard fought over. But I am a survivor.

I have developed my own take on the world and these are my musings for me to get out and possibly for you to enjoy.

Tastes Like Chicken, Not a Copyright

A common refrain: “There must be a way to protect this idea, either by trademark or copyright.” Regrettably, in many instances, the answer is “none of the above.” Take, for example, the humble chicken sandwich.

Late last week, a three-judge panel at the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld a granted motion to dismiss with a holding worthy of a double take: “the district court properly determined that a chicken sandwich is not eligible for copyright protection.”

The plaintiff, Norberto Colón Lorenzana, was a former employee of South American Restaurant Corporation (“SARCO”), a franchisee of Church’s Chicken in Puerto Rico. During his employment as a manager, Lorenzana came up with “the concept for a new chicken sandwich that could be included on Church’s menu.” As alleged in Lorenzana’s complaint, the concept was a hit, and SARCO/Church’s began offering the new sandwich – dubbed the “Pechu Sandwich.” SARCO eventually obtained a federal trademark registration for the mark PECHUSANDWICH in 2006, though SARCO did not file a five-year declaration under Section 8, and so the registration was cancelled in 2013.

Lorenzana’s relationship with SARCO and Church’s soured from there, and Lorenzana brought suit in the District of Puerto Rico, alleging that SARCO “received economic benefits from plaintiff’s creation” without compensating him, and that SARCO “intentionally, willfully, fraudulently, and maliciously procured the registration of Plaintiff’s creation in the Patent and Trademark Office without his consent and proper compensation” — essentially a claim for fraud on the PTO. Lorenzana sought “no less than $10,000,000.00 as damages.” (You can read the full complaint here)

SARCO quickly moved to dismiss Lorenzana’s complaint, asserting that it did not state sufficient facts to allege fraud on the PTO. Ruling on the motion, the District Court for the District of Puerto Rico agreed and dismissed the claim. The court then generously read in a claim for copyright infringement (the complaint made no specific reference to copyright protection or the Copyright Act), but summarily dismissed that claim as well, holding “Neither plaintiff’s idea for the chicken sandwich recipe or the name ‘Pechu Sandwich’ is subject to copyright protection.”

Lorenzana appealed to the First Circuit, which unsurprisingly affirmed the District Court. As a quick refresher, according to Section 102 of the Copyright Act, there are eight categories of creative works eligible for copyright protection:

(1) literary works (2) musical works, including any accompanying words (3) dramatic works, including any accompanying music (4) pantomimes and choreographic works (5) pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works (6) motion pictures and other audiovisual works (7) sound recordings and (8) architectural works.

Those categories make no room for recipes, which are functional directions to achieve a result rather than a creative work. Therefore, the First Circuit concluded that “[a] recipe — or any instructions — listing the combination of chicken, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and mayonnaise on a bun to create a sandwich is quite plainly not a copyrightable work.”

From there, the First Circuit turned “to the meat of [the] allegations” (pun presumably intended) and held that Lorenzana failed to sufficiently allege “that any false statement exists” that would constitute fraud on the PTO. So while the name PECHUSANDWICH is certainly eligible for trademark protection as evidenced by the registration, Lorenzana did not sufficiently allege factual grounds for fraud. Lorenzana did not claim ownership of or priority to the PECHUSANDWICH mark, presumably because SARCO, not Lorenzana, was the party to actually use the mark in commerce.

While Lorenzana is left uncompensated for his sandwich, we at least have the comfort of knowing that chicken sandwiches remain above the copyright infringement fray.

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In this post: Style guide.

So here’s the thing, fashionistas. Next time you’re having a bad hair day you should think of life in North Korea, the garden spot of Asia, where monster-in-chief Kim Jong-un has established MANDATORY HAIRSTYLES for men and women. Women may choose from any of the 18 fashion-forward cold war haircuts pictured below.

In case you’re wondering, long hair has been discouraged by North Korea since 2005 when a campaign warned men that too much hair “consumes vital nutrients” and stunts brain development. (I’m not joking about this.) Men are required to schedule haircuts every 15 days. Under the circumstances, I would imagine that barber is the least creative job in North Korea.

In other news closer to home, there isn’t much to report except for the following: 1) I have a headache 2) FedEx delivered my new Wal-Mart toaster oven 3) we’re not having any weather and 4) I can’t think of anything else.

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