America’s pastime – the hot dog.

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Destination: Everywhere, USA

Mode of Transport: Hot Dog

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GO USA – we watched every game! Wearing our colors: red, white and blue!

Well, what can I say? I’m exhausted! I rooted for my team with all my heart, and yesterday they were eliminated from the 2014 World Cup. Although they didn’t make it to the quarterfinals, I’m proud of my team anyway because they really put their soul into these games. Especially Tim Howard! Today and always, I’m a proud American! Thank you U.S. Soccer Team!

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Tim Howard – 16 saves! Amazing, most in World Cup History!

As I look into the stands during the World Cup Games, I always wonder what the fans are eating. Are they eating traditional Brazilian food? How about at the Manaus Stadium? Are they eating traditional Amazonian goodies?

 

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Jurgen Klinsmann and staff.

There are 2 great imports from GermanyJurgen Klinsmann and the frankfurter. In New York and all across America, our stadium staple is the hot dog. In New York specifically, it’s usually Sabrett’s, Nathan’s, Boar’s Head or Hebrew National hot dogs; grilled, with mustard, in a hot bun. Hot dogs are everywhere during any sort of sporting event in NYC.

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See the stands up there? What dish are they snacking on?

My favorite part of being at the ballpark is to wave over the hot dog vendor. If I happen to be seated in the middle, the hot dog is passed from person to person until it gets to me, and money is passed from person to person until it gets to the vendor. This “dance” happens thousands of times in one game. I love it because it brings everyone in the stadium closer together and trust is immediately ignited among the participants.

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Legendary Katz’s Delicatessen in NYC’s Lower East Side

Since we’re not in the stands at the World Cup in Brazil, Andrew and I ventured our way to Katz’s Delicatessen on Houston and Ludlow to have our hot dog fix.

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Another shot of Katz’s Deli

Katz’s has been a NY institution since 1888, so they know their hot dogs. There is a very specific way to order, eat and pay at Katz’s, so if you go, please pay attention to their system, or you will be penalized. These instructions are clearly posted.

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Make sure to follow the rule!

Andrew has been coming to Katz’s since he was 4 years old, and I’ve been coming since I’ve been with him, in 1998. We don’t come very often to eat here, so when we do, Andrew gets a bit gluttonous. He ordered 3 hot dogs for himself straight away, and I ordered one. I had mine with mustard and sauerkraut and Andrew had one of those as well. His second dog had relish and mustard and his third hot dog was ladden with stewed onions and mustard.  After inhaling the first 3 hot dogs, Andrew also ordered a chili dog!

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Grilled hot dogs – YUM!

This Friday is also the 4th of July, our country’s Independence Day, which is also a huge day for eating hot dogs. It is estimated that Americans will consume 150 million hot dogs on this day alone. On this very proud American holiday, we celebrate our independence and enjoy the annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island. Joey Chestnut and Sony Thomas, both Americans, are the defending champions. Another match we will be watching this week!

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One for me and Three for Andrew! Of course, some Budweiser too!

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To top it off, a chili dog for Andrew! Just a little gluttonous, no?!

What do you typically eat during a sporting event? Let us know in the comments. Do you like hot dogs? Let us know your favorite condiments in the comments! Did you like this article? Please share it with your friendsI would be so grateful!

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0 Replies to “America’s pastime – the hot dog.”

  1. Thank you for visiting Camesha! Sports, hot dogs and beer…a great American summer pastime. Enjoy it!

  2. I’m not a huge fan of hot dogs, but a good bratwrust with sauerkraut and mustard is a fave, so are grass-fed beef burgers with all the toppings.

    1. Oh I love a good bratwurst and yes, grass-fed beef burgers too! Thank you for coming along for the ride Lily!

  3. That chili on top of the hot dog looks amazing…I would eat that for sure! Since I’m not a big fan of hotdogs, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I went to a live sporting event I’ll vicariously through your enjoyment of yet another fun adventure and tasty outing.

    1. I have to admit Stacy, that I also had to have some of that chili when I saw it – and yes, so good! I’m so happy to bring enjoyment! Thank you for joining the adventure!

  4. My boys are huge hot dog fans, so I do have them on occasion. Katz’s looks like an interesting place … it reminds me of the “soup nazi” episode of Seinfeld.

    1. Boys really love hot dogs huh? LOL, Beth you are so right about Katz’s – it’s definitely an establishment just like the “soup nazi”, just not as strict! It’s so old-time New York! Thank you for coming by Beth!

  5. Isn’t this time of year just precious Nina? Really love it! Thank you so much for coming by!

  6. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 15 years and I can’t tell you how excited I was to find a veggie dog! I’ll chop up onions relish ketchup and mustard yum yum yum!!

    1. I’ve never had a veggie dog before but with those said toppings I may have to give it a try Jamie! Thank you for visiting!

  7. You americans sure do make good hotdogs! We don’t have the variety here in Australia.

    1. Thank you Steve! Next time your in New York, you must make Katz’s a stop! Thank you for coming along for the adventure!

  8. yum! i never ate at Katz’s deli and I live right near NYC — I will definitely have to check it out!

    1. Nicole, definitely check it out and let me know what you think. Thank you for visiting!

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