Show 104, January 3, 2015: Dog Haus and Pasadena’s Cheeseburger Week

DogHaud Slider Eating CompetitionThe slider eating competition at Dog Haus Biergarten (gourmet hot dog concept) in Old Pasadena on Saturday, January 10th will kick off the community’s fourth annual Cheeseburger Week (January 11th to 16th) with a challenge for their fans. Ten competitors, selected through qualifying rounds held at each Dog Haus location during the month of December and early January will face off to see who can eat the most Dog Haus sliders in six minutes. Last year the victor consumed 38 sliders in 6 minutes!

There is historical documentation tracing the probable origin of the cheeseburger (putting cheese on a burger) to a café Pasadena in 1924.

Dog Haus is Southern California’s craft casual hot dog concept with a passion for creativity quality and commitment to community. The first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena in 2010 offering signature 100 per cent all-beef skinless Haus dogs, Haus Sausages and natural Angus beef burgers on grilled King’s Hawaiian Rolls. Guests can customize their own creations, too, choosing from a selection of more than 40 quality toppings.

Fine-dining chef Michael Brown joined the team last year as Culinary Director. Food Network’s Chef Adam Gertler is Dog Haus’ official “Wurstmacher.”

In addition to five franchise restaurants, Dog Haus currently operates three-company owned locations in the greater Pasadena area.

Founding Dog Haus partner (one of the real Top Dogs) Hagop Giragossian provides a briefing.

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January 26: Pop-Ups, Eating Las Vegas, Barbara Fairchild, Bricia Lopez

Podcasts

Segment One: Helena Brown and Helen Springut, “this is not a pop-up.” Part One
Segment Two: Helena Brown and Helen Springut, “this is not a pop-up.” Part Two
Segment Three: Al Mancini, restaurant critic for CityLife (Las Vegas)
Segment Four: Barbara Fairchild, food and travel journalist, educator, former Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appetit Magazine
Segment Five: Bricia Lopez of the Guelaguetza restaurants in Koreatown and Plaza Mexico in Lynwood Part One
Segment Six: Bricia Lopez of the Guelaguetza restaurants in Koreatown and Plaza Mexico in Lynwood Part Two

There is a new twist in pop-ups (restaurants) locally and you’ll hear all about it.

The definitive dining guidebook to the best eating in Las Vegas is Eating Las Vegas 2013.The mastermind behind the ambitious project, Al Mancini, will be with us to explain it all.

What’s it like dining in Washington, D.C. during the recent inaugural festivities? We’ll have a report.

Our tequila and mescal expert is back with us to guide us through a tasting!

This is not a pop upWhat’s new in pop-up restaurants? Helena Brown and Helen Springut joined forces to create “this is not as pop-up.” Thursday through Sunday evenings at Square One in Los Angeles a guest chef presents a 5-course tasting menu under this umbrella for one week.

Currently cooking is Food Network’s Adam Gertler with a deli menu.

Bruce Kalman of The Churchill starts his guest chefing run next week on January 31st.

With dining prices on the rise in Las Vegas you don’t want to make a bad dining choice, and there is no reason to with the vast resources available to savvy visitors.

The best dining guide to the City is Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants from Huntington Press.

It is written by the three top restaurant critics in Las Vegas who agree on very little and couldn’t be more different! Co-author Al Mancini, who developed the idea, is our guest.

Barbara FairchildBarbara Fairchild, the long-time, former editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit Magazine checks in with a report on dining in the Nation’s Capital during the just-concluded inauguration festivities.

Time to learn the finer points of Tequila and Mezcal appreciation. The delightful Bricia Lopez of the Guelaguetza restaurants in Koreatown and Plaza Mexico in Lynwood is in-studio to be our guide and instructor. Ole.

Podcasts

Segment One: Helena Brown and Helen Springut, “this is not a pop-up.” Part One
Segment Two: Helena Brown and Helen Springut, “this is not a pop-up.” Part Two
Segment Three: Al Mancini, restaurant critic for CityLife (Las Vegas)
Segment Four: Barbara Fairchild, food and travel journalist, educator, former Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appetit Magazine
Segment Five: Bricia Lopez of the Guelaguetza restaurants in Koreatown and Plaza Mexico in Lynwood Part One
Segment Six: Bricia Lopez of the Guelaguetza restaurants in Koreatown and Plaza Mexico in Lynwood Part Two