A couple of months ago Emily popped up in the office and asked, “do you like hot dogs?” You may have guessed my response which was something like, “what kind of a question is that?! Do I like breathing?!” So yes, I like hot dogs. But it wasn’t until this past Saturday that I had my first Nathan’s Hot Dog.
While Nathan’s stands are in probably half the airport and train terminals across the country, I would only settle for the genuine article, at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Brooklyn, New York. So Saturday afternoon we rode our bikes out to Coney Island, braved the madness, and settled into the sand with our “World Famous” dogs and french fries. They were salty and savory, with that quintessential frankfurter snap.
This Monday, and every Fourth of July, Nathan’s will hold its annual hot dog eating contest. I don’t necessarily advocate eating contests (Slow down! Chew for goodness sake!), but I must admit that Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest is, if anything, a mind-boggling display of appetite and jaw agility.
As much as I like them, I can’t imagine eating 68 dogs in buns in 10 minutes (!!!). That’s what I’ll be celebrating this 4th of July: the freedom to eat just 1 hot dog (or not dog) as slowly as I please. Wishing you a happy Independence day!
(photo courtesy of the Dallas Observer)