The Evolution of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

The 1969 edition had a fiberglass chassis with Pontiac and Ford design features.

When I was a kid in Minneapolis, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was a sight to be savored. My friends and I would see it only once or twice a year, in the parking lot of a shopping center in the 'burbs, or idling in front of a department store like Dayton's or Donaldson's downtown. Then we'd come running.

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Boo! All the Halloween Coverage on Fork in the Road So Far

Scary security guard at Chelsea Market

The Fork in the Road staff takes Halloween quite seriously. As evidence, here's a rundown of the gruesome-holiday coverage we've offered so far this year, and a chance to catch up with the posts that you missed.

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Vestiges of Norway in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn: Kringler, Firklover, and Knackebrod

Don't let all the trolls in the window scare you away from Nordic Delicacies.

When the Norwegians -- and later, other Scandinavians -- arrived in Bay Ridge late in the 19th century, they loved its open countryside and expansive views of the ocean. The Narrows of the Lower Harbor, now spanned by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, supposedly reminded them of a fjord. From the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th, Bay Ridge became known as Little Oslo, and by 1930 there were over 60,000 Norwegians living in the neighborhood. Many found work as seaman and shipbuilders in the Brooklyn waterfront.

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Brad Pitt and Other Celebs Shilled for Food Before They Were Famous

George Clooney might be well-known as the face of Nespresso, and the image of Padma Lakshmi munching away at Burger King is forever ingrained in the minds of 14-year-old boys. Other celebrities have endorsed food products, too ... only in roles before they hit stardom. The Daily Meal has a fun roundup of now-famous celebrities in commercials for various foods. Brad Pitt proves that, when it comes to Pringles, once you pop, the fun don't stop.

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Pigskin Preview: Eating the Barbecued Hog Head at Fatty 'Cue

Ta-dah! Here's your blackened pig head.

A couple of nights ago, Mayur, Jessica, and I went down on a pig head ...

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Heather Eats Too Much, and We Get a Food History Lesson

For a college course called Eng 444: Psychedelic Studies, someone named Heather was assigned what might have been a mundane multi-media project. Instead, she created a lively food tour of the American 1960's, year by year, each year represented by a food product that was introduced in that year. So cool!

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A Look (and Listen) Back at Delmonico's, New York City's First Restaurant

New York's first restaurant was as locavore as it gets.

If you were a young go-getter or a cigar-smoking CEO working on Wall Street in the late 1830s, chances are you dined at Delmonico's. New York historians, The Bowery Boys, known for their entertaining podcasts (downloadable for free from iTunes), offer some insights into the history of the restaurant in their latest episode.

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Food & Wine Writer Hangs On to Old La Fonda del Sol Menu for 45 Years

At a luncheon for the Septima winery's new vintages at La Fonda del Sol today, food and wine writer Sharon Kapnick reached into her roomy handbag and produced a folded piece of colorful high quality-stock paper. She unfolded it to reveal the surprise: a vintage menu from the original restaurant dated circa 1963. Chef Josh DeChellis came out of the kitchen to check out the relic menu, which featured 25-cent glasses of sherry, churrasqueria section, and several egg dishes for $1.85.

"I was interested to see all the eggs they were doing. The sheared eggs were really popular again a few years ago," said DeChellis. "I actually had the opportunity to work with one of the original chefs, Victor Broceaux. Back then, they had a lot of Latin American dishes, whereas now we're trying to keep the focus on Spanish."

He thanked Kapnick for bringing in the old menu, which she dug up at her parents' home in Mount Vernon after they passed away, within a year of each other. She remembers having her sweet sixteen at the original Fonda, but can't recall what she ate.

"Linda Fairstein, (the former chief prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A. office's Sex Crimes
Unit and author of the crime novel series starring sex crimes prosecutor Alex Cooper), was there, I think," said Kapnick. "We were friends."

A trained sommelier, who has contributed food and wine articles to Time, Food & Wine, Hemispheres and, Kapnick says she kept the menu not out of a longtime love of food, but rather out of an appreciation for paper.


"I love ephemera," she confessed, noting how well the menu has held up over the years. "I guess it's pretty expensive paper."

80s Creme Brulee


Gotham Bar and Grill (2 East 12th Street) is celebrating its 25th anniversary by reviving some of its classic dishes from the 80s and lowering the price of their $31 lunch prix fixe to $25 for the month of March. One of their classic dishes is a Maple Crème Bruleé from 1988, pictured above. The recipe is after the jump...
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Martha As She Once Was


This Martha Stewart cookbook from 1984 came into our lives this weekend, and we just had to share. This is Martha in more innocent times...before she went to prison, before there was a cupcake shop on every damn corner, before there was a Bush in the White House. She wears a yellow dress reminiscent of a Mormon compound on the front; inside she shares recipes that often involve a melon-baller, something piped on a cucumber, and/or something in the shape of a heart. A few favorites after the jump.

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