I once thought that being vegan, gluten free and healthy meant forgoing street food. That notion has since been proven wrong by a host of gourmet food trucks I’ve visited on my travels. I did think though that it definitely meant no hot dogs consumed al fresco. WRONG! My recent trip to New York had the whole gamut of eating experiences. When I was given the tip off about a street vendor who was making dogs, not only vegan but gluten free too….I made a plan to visit.
I was salivating when I arrived at the Yeah Dawg pitch on the Lower East Side. It was outside a boutique shoe shop, the window filled with pretty heels I wanted to covet. It was actually a VEGAN shoe shop. The styles were very contemporary and a far cry from the heavy goth platforms and boots of yesteryear. I’d planned my lunch to coincide with a visit to the Tenement Museum, a place I HIGHLY recommend putting on your New York ‘to do’ list. They run about seven guided tours that take you through the history of the tenement building and their various inhabitants, you get to learn all about the immigrants and the tough times they had upon arrival to the New World. They have traced back to the original families and their stories are bought to life by animated storytellers. It is all told as you walk around the actual building on Orchard Street. Totally fascinating.
I made a short video of chatting with the sweet Founder of Yeah Dawg, Marina Benedetto.
Yeah Dawg’s hotdogs are full of flavour and the texture is dense and ‘sausage’ like. The toppings are super healthy but they taste like they are not. Marina does not have hot dog buns yet that are gluten free so you get a load of her well dressed, massaged kale salad. Lovely! Go visit her when in NYC. Give her a hug from me.