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Slaw Dogs

Posted by firstman2006 on May 26, 2006

Slaw Dogs have been on my mind eversince Lizzy took me to Atlanta and had a coleslaw dog at The Varsity Jr restaurant I have looked and eaten them at all opportunities. slaw DogsA slaw dog is a hot dog with coleslaw. The slaw dogs at the varsity have a unique type of coleslaw that as Ed Williams says “sort of blends into the flavor of the wiener” . I will have to try the ones at Nu-Way, since they were declared the best in the nation by the NY Times. Hmm, must be good. Slaw Dogs not only have coleslaw, but can and should have other ingriedients also. I myself like a nice creamy coleslaw, but I start with a steamed New England style top split hot dog roll, then squirt a line of mustard inside, place the hotdog(preferably Kunzler) into roll, cover with chopped Vadalia onions if available, and then cover with creamy coleslaw. yum.

Slaw Dog list:

  1. CeGee’s Blandon, PA 610-944-8977
    • Hot dogs are available as plain or Coney Island. I had a Coney Island with Coleslaw. It was loaded with stuff to include chili, onions and of course coleslaw. Very tasty indeed. They also have pretty darn good milk shakes.
  2. CD’s Place 237 N Reading Ave, Boyertown, PA(610) 367-6734
    • With the encouragement of Lizzy and her family, CD put them on the menu. CD’s slaw dogs have onions, mustard and slaw. You can get two slaw dogs, a soda and chips for under 5 bucks. CD’s is great not only for the Slaw Dogs, but he has cool rock n’ roll stuff all over the place along with some groovy music continuously playing on the radio.
  3. Hatfield Ice Arena Cafe 350 County Line Road, Colmar Pa. 18915, (215)-997-3366
    • When my son had a match there, the owner of the cafe, made one when I asked him.
  4. The Varsity Jr 1085 Lindbergh Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324, (404) 261-8843
    • My first Slaw Dog, truly mouth watering.
  5. JukeBox Cafe, 535 S Reading Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512 (610)-369-7272
    • Very nice cafe- ordered a “Hound Dog” which is their hot dog and they will put anything you want on it, includeing slaw. Slaw dog came open faced, split in half, with both dog and bun grilled. It was quite tasty.
  6. 148A Bloomfield Ave Verona, New Jersey 07044 (973)-433-3074
    • I have never been here, but I read a review of the place and checked out their menu, slaw dogs are on it. Also saw some other interesting dogs…namely a hot dog with cream cheese and onions. Might have to make the 2 hr trip to check em out.
  7. Traub’s Doggies– 251 Main Street ; Emmaus, PA 18049, 610-967-5003, MOn-Sat 11am-8pm. Nice little place…mom and Pop store. Great rolls. Not an official slaw dog, but they do have little individual serving sizes in their cooler. Did I mention I liked their rolls. I talked to one guy, (a retired chiropractor) and he said he liked their dogs, but he thought it was too much roll.
  8. Talarico Sandwich Shop – 425 E. Philadelphia Ave. Boyertown, PA 610-367-2209. Again not an official slaw dog, but they have dogs on the grill and slaw as a side. I can make my own.(update:slaw is a vinegar type, not my favorite for slaw for slaw dogs)
  9. Hermans Drive-In– 50 W. Weiss St. Topton, PA 19562 Phone: 610-682-2128 – Soft serve ice cream along with hot dogs(Kuntzler I believe). They also sell individual servings of creamy style Slaw. I order two with onions and a side of slaw. Oh yea baby.

Got some places you think I should check out, let me know.

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Recycling: Does one have to be anally retentive to successfully recycle?

Posted by firstman2006 on May 25, 2006

Recycling Containers are not a current item in my home at the House of Bean. I have thought about getting a couple of bins- one for the inside and one for the outside. I suppose I should have more than one. In past lives, I recycled regularly to the extent of recycling newspaper, glass, cans, and plastic all in their respective recycling bins.

As a kid, I don’t remember having a recycle bin either, but mom was a frugal person and reused or recycled many things to include washing out and reusing plastic lunch bags. We have always kidded her about that. As kids living in Virginia we would collect bottles and turn them in for their deposit. Not until many year later, however, do I recollect actually having a recycling bin.

Every house (except for the current one) that I have lived in since being an adult has had atleast one recycle bin, if not more. The current town I live in for some reason, does not require its residents to recycle. Most of the other towns I have lived in not only required it, but would actually fine residents for not recycling. Although, I thought this was just a way of getting more revenue for the city.

Did a search for recycling bins, and found a nice looking recycle bin at They have bins of various sizes and uses. I particularly like the Hexcycle containershexcycle, which can come with a frame to help organize them, and hinged lids that won’t get lost.  They also have a lid that keeps the elements out. Don’t ever remember seeing one with a lid. Great idea to keep insects out too. Hmm, perhaps I will order one.

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Exercise Options

Posted by firstman2006 on May 23, 2006

Have had soo little exercise since Lizzy broke her foot. We were out for a little ride, actually Lizzies Daugher, and I had ridden over to the diner for a bite. Lizzy is currently being influenced by the evil cult of Jenny Craig and their head mistress Kirstie Alley, so she was not willing to accompany us, because she is afraid of what the Head Mistress would think. LOL. Actually she has a goal, and is well underway to achieving it. Well we were almost done eating, and Lizzie decides to come and find us to go for a ride after dinner. We get maybe two blocks away, and Lizzie falls off her bike and twists her ankle, due to a seat that is too high and a pair of weak supporting flip flops.

Well a month later, we are a bunch of jelly donuts. No exercise, buts lots of activity in the House of Bean. Since Lizzy was unable to do much, I was triing to help out as much as possible. But I must say I am a weak substitute for a mother of 4. As much as I tried I was unable to keep up with all that laundry. And the dishes in the kitchen were continually overflowing the sink, since Lizzy usaully does them in the morning when she is able.

But anyway, 4 weeks later, and Lizzie is getting back in the groove. Her and the boys had a folding party last night. I came back from visiting my kids, and they said that they folded laundry and the bulk of it was mine. Hmm.

Gonna start swimming this week, hopefully today. We shall see.

I have gotten a bit of exercise the past several days. Started making a garden in the back yard. Lizzie's mom has little tiller, which is barely able to break the clods. On Sunday night I broke ground with the tiller, and my forearms were numb. Went over it yestereday several times, and started turning it over with a shovel. Then this morning I ran the tiller again and shoveled around the perimeter. Lizzie's mom is anxious to get planting. I want to go and get some mushroom soil from a farmer I know and till it in. My eventual plans for the garden are to make it a raised bed garden , but that will have to wait until the end of the planting season. Will get my dad to bring some soil to put in to make it a real raised bed garden.

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Posted by firstman2006 on May 23, 2006

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The House of Bean

Posted by firstman2006 on May 5, 2006

    I first met Lizzie while selling insurance in her little angry town. The only town where I was actually threatened with violance. I guess the agents before had been really dishonest. Any way the first time I met her, was on her porch. She was a little overweight(according to her) I don't remember her being over weight, but I do remember thinking she would be very dateable if she was not smoking. She says she thought I was only 28 or so, way to young for her. She also said she felt sorry for trapping me on her porch for such a long time. Truth be told it wasn't that long. She did buy 3 insurance policies, making me the hight seller for the day. Truth be told I believe those were the only sales of all the agents that day, and the only sales I made the whole week I was in that close minded little town.

    Several years latter, I met her again on the Yahoo personnals in 2004. On a fluke she came on and was about to change her profile. She apparently was getting nothing but responses from bikers and the like. I told her it was the way her profile appeared. It did seem a little provacative as an "artist trapped in corporate america", which is really no refelection of her true conservative demeanor. So we chatted a while and eventually met for lunch at a dinner. At this point we still did not know we had met priviously to connecting on-line. Half way through the meal it clicked that we had met. It is no wonder I didn't recognize her, she had many changes in her life since we first met. She had quit smoking, got in shape, and cut nearly 2 ft off of her hair. After that brief meeting, we talked and she asked me out again. Things progressed in our relationship at a good pace.

    Today we live together in her humble abode with a few of her teenage children Bob, Dave, Tom, and sometimes Cat with ages currently running 18 to 10. I too have children(Mike 10and Becky 6), but they live with their mom in another pinched PA town. "Pinched" by the way, is a word I got from Lizzie, which means anal retentive and controlling.

    Lizzie has a way with kids. She sees them as people, and tries to treat them as adults. Rules it would seem are vague, and the ones that do exist can be broken if rationalized.

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