America’s pastime – the hot dog.
Destination: Everywhere, USA
Mode of Transport: Hot Dog
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!
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?
There are 2 great imports from Germany: Jurgen 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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