This week the Feds rolled out a restyled Benjamin and everybody from banking big shots to hot dog vendors to the Secret Service are sitting up and taking notice.
It seems the treasury has contracted out to the game board people who make Monopoly for this redesigned $100. A blue 3-D security ribbon, gold lettering and a color changing inkwell adorn the crisp new note.
With only a few Jeffersons and a sawbuck in my money-clip I too am curious about the new denomination of somolies. My mind is relaxin’ when my wallet’s full of Jackson. (Being a former railbird at the horse track I am familiar with terms like ‘Grand’, “Yard’, and ‘Dead Presidents’).
The mint has released several interesting facts about their new release. There are currently about $900 billion in hundred-dollar bills in circulation. There is only one other bill with more circulation today than the hundred and that is the George Washington dollar bill. The estimated life span of the hundred-dollar bill is 15 years, which surprised me because the last one I had only lasted me about forty-five minutes. And any US bill can withstand about 8,000 folds, 7,500 smiley faces drawn on them and 5,000 phone numbers written on them.
So what has this to do with food?
Several alert readers have informed that a few establishments have hundred-dollar hot dogs on their menus. This is not a misprint. They are not dogs on a dollar menu. They are actually dogs that cost a hundred bucks.
An ambitious entrepreneur up in Vancouver is offering a dog for a C-Note, (Canadian). It’s a dog that is made with bratwurst, Kobe beef, truffles, $2,000 cognac and a dash of Maine lobster. No word whether mustard, ketchup, onions or relish are available.
Dogs are staples at ballparks, but a minor league team in Brockton, Mass is offering a one-half pound wiener with porcini mushrooms, truffle oil, white truffle shavings and caviar topped with crème fraiche. They hit you up for eighty big-ones for this creation.
And not to be outdone, a swanky bistro in Manhattan has a “Haute Dog” that is a footlong adorned with truffle oil on a pretzel bun that is topped with duck foie gras, heirloom tomato ketchup, caramelized Vidalia onions and black truffles. The price tag is a modest $69 bucks.
They are hot dogs dammit. Just dogs and on my backyard grill I call them tube steaks. So not to be outdone, here is my recipe for a patio inspired million-dollar hot dog.
The Million-Dollar Dog
1 Pkg. Good Beef Hot Dogs, (Hebrew National, Ballpark or Nathan’s)
1 Pkg. 99-cent Hot Dog Buns
Grill dogs, place on a bun, top with mustard.
Keep the change everybody.