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Absolutely no offense was taken. Just wanted to explain my approach to writing up a place.
Holly, I mean’t no offense as I have been a visitor to your website for several years. I enjoyed the pics and particularly that you usually included the menu with the ability to make it almost a full page.
My comments were not derogotary, just a point.
Good luck and keep up the good work and the next time you are in Tennessee, please visit the eastern part.
Paul E. Smith
Hi. Holly here. Thanks for the kind comments on HollyEats here and elsewhere on Roadfood.
For the record I referred to John Fox as Hot Dog John. The reporter chose to use the term mailman. I always refer to John as Hot Dog John. He is my muse, hot dog wise. He is also my go-to source whenever I need detailed information on hot dogs. And yes it was Hot Dog John who got me started on North Jersey Dogs. I grew up in North Jersey – Mountain Lakes a town about 30 miles west of NYC. Yet during those formative years I never made it to any of the North Jersey Dog Joints listed on my site. Took Hot Dog John to open my eyes.
While I’m at it, Paul wondered about my relative short write-ups. Two reasons for that. First I used to work for an ad agency. The creative director there, Alan Johnson – most famous for coming up with "A piece of the rock" always reminded everyone that no one reads copy. That’s an exageration, but I am of the picture equals a thousand words school of writing.
Beyond that, one of the joys of being my own editor and publisher is that I can write only what I want to write about a place. Back in my newspaper writing days, every place got 800 or so words. With HollyEats, the places that inspire me (see Charlie’s Pool Hall) get the equivalent of a column. The places that are grease-stain worthy but where I couldn’t grasp a hook to write about, get a paragraph or two. I long ago escaped writing bite by bite reviews.
Signman: Thanks for posting that about John. As another poster indicated, we are fortunate to have three experts on the forum.
CSD, Steve doggy and John have got the USA covered.
I am going to be in Chicago/Milwaukee area in a few weeks and I am gonna look up CSD, buy some of his dogs and perhaps travel to Milwaukee with CSD to get some corned beef at Jakes.
Paul E. Smith
We’re lucky to have John Fox on the East Coast, Chicago Style Dog in the Midwest and Steve Doggie Dog over on the left coast! These 3 folks are a wealth of information..
How sure are we that John Fox was the mailman referred to in the article?
John Fox has hosted a most enjoyable and informative hot dog tour of North Jersey’s famous joints for the past two years. We hope he will be willing to do it again this year.
Well, according to Roadfood he’s our resident Northeast Hot DOg expert- see his various posts on the Hot dog thread.
Who is John Fox? According to Google, he’s a college professor, football coach, or comedian.
I never heard of John Fox before now, so I’ll take your word for it.
I don’t remember how I came across hollyeats.com, but I’ve had it bookmarked ever since I found it. Much like Jane and Michael, Holly rarely steers you wrong.
Actually, it sounds like he’s giving credit to John for introducing him to North Jersey’s varied hot dog styles, which served as a catalyst for his whole hot dog project.
I agree it would have been nice if he had acknowleged John’s expertise in the area.
Nice article for Holly, not so nice that he refers to John Fox as just some mailman. John’s knowledge of hot dogs runs circles around Holly.
Having grown up in Philadelphia, I have many happy memories of the places he reviews.
I enoy Holly Eats very much. I have pulled up the web site many times over the years.
The only thing it lacks is some detail of his visits. His reviews tend to be short. I guess I have got use to the longer ones on Roadfood.com
He sure does cover Philly extensively. I guess that is because it is his home base?
Paul E. Smith
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