By: Emily Fazzina
Many people know what a hot dog, hamburger, and a sandwich are, but are they the same thing? That is what I have set out to find! I interviewed a few teachers at Wethersfield High School to get their opinion and you’ll never guess what I found out.
When interviewing math teacher Mr. Bucchi, I found out that his favorite of the three foods is hot dogs. His favorite place to get a good dog is Capital Lunch in New Britain. He also said that he disagrees with the statement that a hot dog is a sandwich. He mentioned something that no one I interviewed brought up.
“Technically no [in reference to my initial question], but I have put a hot dog cut up into halves and quarter it, so it's laid out on a piece of bread,” said Bucchi.
Following this, Bucchi turned around in my interview to ask me a question, and what he asked was eye opening. “I’m going to flip the table, have you ever eaten a hamburger with a hot dog bun?” This comment opened my eyes to the unfairness of the way we treat hot dogs and hamburgers as American foods.
My next interview was with Science Teacher Ms. Alexopoulos . When asking what her favorite type of food staple was, she said that she likes both hot dogs and hamburgers. And if put in a social gathering of sorts (like a picnic or barbeque), she asks for both.
When I asked her the question of the hot dog being a sandwich she also disagreed with my statement. When asking her more questions, she revealed that she eats her hot dogs with no bun! Shocking!
Technology educator Mr. Sikora tends to put his own spin on the foods, making his own. He preferred the hamburger meat to be shaped into tiny sliders, adding A1 sauce to the patties after being cooked. When he isn’t at home making his own burgers, Sikora enjoys a good hamburger at Goldburgers in Newington.
When I asked the relation of hot dogs to sandwiches, Sikora told me that he considered the two foods to be like cousins. Where hamburger and sandwiches look similar, a hot dog has the same elements of a sandwich but a different complexion.
After that, I headed across the art wing to art teacher Mr. Bayak’s room to get his opinion. Shockingly enough, I found out that he is a vegetarian. Another fun fact, he has eaten the same lunch for the past twelve year while working at Wethersfield High School, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Sticking with the theme he answered that he would eat sandwiches for the rest of his life, because he’s already doing so, considering his daily lunch choice. He also said that his food lifestyle doesn’t hold him back from eating hot dogs. Rather, he enjoys veggie dogs and veggie burgers, which he told me were just as delicious.
Ms. Campbell’s had her own opinions on the debate. She agrees with my statement by the notion that you can eat both with your hands. She also enjoys a good hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut. And depending on the day, she likes to grab a good cold cut sandwich from D'angelo's.
Finally, I stopped by English teacher Martin’s room to get a final opinion on the question that is rattling everyone’s brain. He doesn’t agree with the statement that hot dogs are sandwiches because his point is that culturally they’re two different things.
“If you asked a member of our world community that's not from the United States and ask ‘What is the most American food?’ They would probably say, ‘hot dogs or hamburgers’” said Martin.
His argument is that hot dogs are a different food species than sandwiches, but the same genus as hamburgers.
Martin also doesn't trust hot dogs. Weird, right? He says that he saw a video of what is truly in the meat casing of the hot dog, and has been grossed out ever since. But that doesn’t stop him from eating veggie dogs or shrimp burgers, but by far his favorite place to go for a burger is Max Burgers in West Hartford. And if given the choice to eat one of the three food staples for the rest of his life, he chose sandwiches for the reasoning that there is an endless possibility for food that is labeled as a “Sandwich.”
At the end of my interviews, I was surprised to find that a majority of the teachers don't consider a hot dog as a sandwich. I also found out that if they had to eat hamburgers, hot dogs or sandwiches for the rest of their lives; a majority of the teachers said that they would eat a sandwich for the rest of their life. Understandable.
But given the choice, What would you choose? Would you make the right choice? Would you be surprised if you asked for a sandwich and was given a hot dog. Or would that make sense to you?
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