Friday, April 5, 2013

Nathan's World Famous Hot Dogs Sail with Seabourn! Oh, Yeah, Seabourn Has Some Great New Fine Culinary Offerings Too!

Yesterday Seabourn announced it had added, changed and tweaked its menus providing some truly creative and innovative dining fare. 

Oh, I could talk to you about such new items as Truffled Corn and Mascarpone Tortellini; Farmed Goat Cheese Green Salad; Golden Mussel Chowder; Seared Cocoa & Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin; Cumin & Coriander Crusted Swordfish; and Sour & Spicy Assam Prawns.

I could discuss the new "Local Flavors" menu items which will follow the Seabourn ships as they travel the world including such things as Croatian Style Pan Roasted Sea Bass; Feta Stuffed Braised Chicken; and Grilled Dover Sole Fillets with caviar cream butter. 

Or even the expanded Vegetarian options including Vegetable and Potato Gnocchi Risotto, Spring Vegetable Paella, and Warm Baked Thyme Onion & Gruyere Tart.

I could even get into the esoteric details of Seabourn now using Jidori chicken which is organically raised on a vegetarian diet in California or its change from Sterling Silver to Double R Ranch Beef, whose cattle are fed only local crops, are massaged daily (only kidding!), and are raised with an eye on reducing environmental damage and a focus on restoring wetlands which cattle farming so readily destroys.

But I am not.  I am going to talk about Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs coming onboard Seabourn.  That's right, no matter when you are Australian, Norwegian, English, or even Andorran, you can now truly enjoy not only something as American as a hot dog, but the most American of all hot dogs!

I have never seen a Nathan's Famous look this pristine, but this photo is straight from its website!
These are "the" iconic New York Hot Dogs.  
They are made to be grilled; not boiled.
They have the right amount of "pop" when you bite into them. 
They just taste great. 

And you can trust me on this: Nathan's Hot Dogs are not made from coddled chickens or environmentally conscious beef. To be honest, New Yorkers don't really care what is in them. Fuggedaboudit!

So for those wanting to know more about Nathan's (rather than Jidori chickens), it all started on Coney Island, New York (home of the famous ferris wheel) in 1916. 



According to the Nathan's website Al Capone, Eddie Cantor, Jimmy Durante, and Cary Grant were regular customers. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt served Nathan’s Famous hot dogs to the King and Queen of England in 1939 and then them sent to Yalta when he met with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Barbara Streisand had them flown to London for a party; Jaqueline Kennedy had them served at the White House; and, Walter Mathau had them served at his funeral.

But I am actually quite disappointed in Seabourn.  Why?  Seabourn is not serving Nathan's French Fries with them!


Now with Seabourn bringing this iconic American culinary treat to its ships, I implore, beg and plead with you to watch this video.  Clint Eastwood says it best:   



If you are interested, there are only a couple of spaces left for the 2013 Goldring Travel Food & Wine Cruise on November 13, 2013 sailing on the Seabourn Quest from Rio de Janerio, Brazil to Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

While I have a wonderful Caviar and Champagne Event planned with Seabourn's supplier of its caviar, I just might have to put together a Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.  Joey Chestnuts is the world champ downing 68 hot dogs (with buns) in ten minutes this past year.  OK, maybe not!

But if you are interested in our Food & Wine Cruise, please give me a call or send me an email.