Is That Truffle Cream Sauce, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

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Why is it that Japanese hot dogs always look so…enthusiastic?

Of course, if I were an ordinary “ballpark dog” and suddenly found myself smothered in Porcini Mushroom Truffle Cream Sauce, I might be forgiven for thinking I was God’s Gift To Sausages. And I admit I’d be more than a little excited if I were a skinny little wiener who woke up surrounded on all sides by The Bacon Of Vegetables. But that doesn’t explain why these ordinary frankfurterlings look so, uh, perky.

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