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The Sonic God
05.01.2006, 13:42
Just something weird, or interesting depending on how you look at it.

These are things that you never think of, the origins of the food that you eat.

But what about the names?

A hot dog is the American term for a "Frankfurter," curiously, the name is derived from Frankfurt, Germany.

The name "hamburger" is derived from Hamburg, Germany.

Hmm, maybe I should look this up.


Hamburger - Cheeseburger
"The origin of hamburger is unknown, but the hamburger patty and sandwich were probably brought by 19th-century German immigrants to the United States, where in a matter of decades it came to be considered an archetypal American food." The trademark for the name "cheeseburger" was awarded in 1935 to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In, in Denver, Colorado.


Sports and hot dogs go together like cookies and milk, a truly American institution with a rich and interesting history. Whether you call them hot dogs, red hots, weiners, franks or frankfurters, learn the good, the bad and the ugly, and try some hot dog recipe ideas.

Hot dog history
Although the history of sausage goes back a long way, hot dogs are as American as apple pie. There's no sure etiology of the term hot dog, but two theories are the most prominent.

The popularity of the term hot dog is generally attributed to sports cartoonist T. A. "Tad" Dorgan, who caricatured German figures as dachshund dogs just after the turn of the 19th century. His talking sausage cartoons generally denigrated the cheap wieners sold at Coney Island, crassly suggesting they contained dogmeat. It was such bad publicity that in 1913, the Chamber of Commerce actually banned use of the term "hog dog" from signs on Coney Island. The term actually first appeared in print in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1900.

German Americans brought us weinerwurst, German for Vienna sausage, which eventually shortened to wiener. Other German immigrants referred to smoked sausages as bundewurst, German for dog sausage. By the late 1920's, weinie roasts became the rage, with guests bringing their own hot dogs to roast over an open fire.

Credit for putting the hot dog into a warm bun and topping it with various condiments goes to Harry Magely, catering director of New York City's Polo Grounds, who reportedly instructed his vendors to cry out, "Red hots! Get your red hots!" Also credited for the idea of warm buns is Charles Feltman, of Feltman's Gardens in Coney Island amusement park. Corn dogs were introduced in 1942 at the Texas State Fair, created by Texan Neil Fletcher.

Now I know why they call it a "Cheesy Coney" instead of a Chili-Dog in Kentucky. ^^

And for the heck of it:


Ketchup
Catchup on Ketchup
The word ketchup is derived from the Chinese ke-tsiap, a pickled fish sauce. It made its way to Malaysia where it became kechap and ketjap in Indonesia. F. & J. Heinz Company began selling tomato ketchup in 1876.

I'd post mustard, too, but we all know that it's from the mustard seeds.

anything spicy
26.02.2006, 18:54
I kindov heard about that .
my mum says pretzles originated from Jerusalem or something like that.
Im not sure if thats right though.

The Sonic God
27.02.2006, 05:31
That's because pretzels are knot bread. (Get it? "Not" bread? lol)

Wow, I nearly forgot that I posted this topic.

I love bratwurst, heavy on the sauerkraut. ^^