Dear Mr. Gold:
When I visited Miami recently, I kept hearing about something called a Colombian hot dog, which was dressed with strange condiments nobody could quite describe. Fruit and mayonnaise? Something like that. Is there such a thing as a Colombian hot dog in Los Angeles, and if so, where can I find it?
—Bert R., Valley Village
The Colombian hot dog, an odd, semitropical wiener sandwich whose toppings include ham and pineapple, is not infrequently found in sandwich stands under the elevated 7-line tracks in Queens, although, until recently, I had never seen an example in California. But the new, Colombian-owned yogurt shop Tutti-Frutti, in the same Pasadena complex as the venerated Euro Pane bakery, practically specializes in the things: a Hebrew National hot dog tucked with ham and mozzarella cheese into a bun with raw onion, spackled with crushed pineapple, sprinkled with crushed potato chips and finished with a three-squeeze-bottle lattice of catsup, mustard and mayonnaise. It is impossible to eat the thing without smearing condiments on your nose, but it isn’t bad — the pineapple serves the same basic sweet-sour function as pickle relish, and even the crushed potato chips make a certain kind of textural sense. 950 E. Colorado Blvd., No. 105, Pasadena, (626) 793-3662 or www.tuttifruttila.com.
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