Thursday, November 26, 2009
The "Puka Dog" Story
It was an ordinary day. We were searching for something to watch on TV. Kinda hard to do some days, isn’t it? “How about the show on PCN,” I questioned. “PCN Tours. Can’t be any worse that what we’re watching now.” I continued. Carol replied, “If we must.” PCN is the Pennsylvania Cable Network and PCN Tours is a show about industries in PA. Sound neat to you? Hey, that’s because you never watched it! We hit the button and there it was! “Holy Cow. The ‘Puka Dog Machine’ is made in Pennsylvania? Wow!!” I said. You see, years ago we traveled to Hawaii just to get a Puka Dog. Not really, but it was a highlight of my trip. Months before our trip we were watching The Travel Channel and the show called “Hot Dog Paradise” and saw this unusual hotdog that they were making on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i. I told Carol that if we are going to Hawaii, I want to have a Puka Dog, so we planned to make Kaua’i one of the three stops we would make on our vacation. Beautiful island and probably one of my two favorite islands in Hawaii. We saw that the Puka Dog shop was located near Poipu Beach so we searched for a resort near Poipu for our lodging. The Sheraton Kauai was our choice, right around the corner from the shopping center where we could get a Puka Dog. A Puka Dog is really a sausage that is inserted into a mini-sub roll that has been toasted in the center. An unsliced roll is pushed onto a 1” round heated post that toasts the inside of the roll. Accompanied photo will how the machine does the toasting. Special tropical sauces such as mango, pineapple, coconut and papaya are placed inside the roll, then the sausage is forced into the roll. Unbelievable taste! A meal in a roll!! I’ll put it this way......we had more than one! Back to PCN. The owner of Ashland Technologies in Hegins, PA was on his honeymoon in Hawaii a few years ago and also had a Puka Dog. He was hooked, also. He asked the owner about franchises. The owner said he had made his own grill unit and didn’t know where you would buy one to start a franchise. The owner of the Ashland company said he would make them, and the results of his efforts were what we saw on PCN. I could almost taste the Puka Dog just looking at the TV. I’m sure we will have a Puka Dog franchise in our neighborhood soon. You might also!! It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.