I have a sensitive stomach. Way too much acidity going on in there. Consequently, I have to be very careful about the foods I eat. Whenever I have foods that irritate or upset my stomach, it can get bad enough to give me a migraine headache. And no one wants those.
So when it comes to deli-style meats, I have to be very particular. Hot dogs are a food group I avoid like the plague. Not because I don't like them, but because they don't like me. I can have a hot dog well done on the grill, and get a terrible stomachache and long lasting heartburn. It bums me out, because I grew up eating hot dogs and enjoying a good Nathan's extra long. Growing up in New York, I'm familiar with dirty dog weiners smothered in onions and mustard - yum! But the sick feeling I'm left with afterwards is not worth the momentary pleasure.
On a recent trip to Ulta, my daughter suggested we stop off at Trader Joe's. For those who aren't familiar with this specialty geared grocery store, Trader Joe's sells mostly their own brand label products that are preservative free, dye free, and GMO free; lots of organic fruits, veggies, and meats, and overall good food. The closest Trader Joe's to us is by our Ulta, which is two cities north of us, but worth the occasional trip. Whenever we're in the area we like to stop by and see what's new.
It was July 4th weekend, so they were serving hot dog samples outside of the store. These hot dogs were advertised as being 100% all beef, no preservatives, no fillers, uncured, with no added nitrates or nitrites. The aroma of grilled hot dogs was too tempting to resist; and since it was just a sample, I figured, what can it hurt? I took the sample and hoped for the best.
Let me just say, this was the best tasting hot dog I have ever had the privilege of trying. I can't even describe the flavor, except that it's not like a regular grocery store hot dog. It's not like the stuff the street vendors are selling in NYC. It's not like the Coney Island hot dogs. It's way better. Like, 1,000 times better. I didn't want to swallow because I was enjoying the taste too much and I didn't want it to end. My son E, who isn't a big hot dog fan either, also commented on how delicious the hot dog was. I asked him to go check out the label again, and we went in search of them in the store. As I read the description, I was more convinced this could be a good choice for us, so I bought a pack and made hot dogs for lunch.
For the first time in years, I was able to eat a hot dog without it feeling like I had swallowed a brick and it was sitting in my stomach. I actually ate two hot dogs (gasp!) with no stomach upset whatsoever. It was amazing. To be able to enjoy a hot dog as I did when I was a little girl...well, to me, that's priceless.
If you have a Trader Joe's near you, I urge you to check it out. They have a lot more specialty items (my son would tell you their cookie butter is the best invention since sliced bread), and the food is all good for you - bonus! The prices are slightly higher than supermarket prices, but cheaper than Whole Foods. It's worth the price to put good stuff into your bodies, that's for sure.
This post is not sponsored. I purchased the products on my own, and this is my personal opinion. Trader Joe's doesn't even know I've done this review.