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  • Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest

    For most Americans, the 4th of July brings many to mind a wide spectrum memories, experiences, sights, sounds, and smells.  Whether it is a fun filled summer backyard barbeque with family and friends, a trip to the county fair, or a brilliant fireworks display, there is something special about 4th of July. One event I try not to miss is Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. This year, it will be televised on ESPN on July 4th at 1 pm Eastern/10 am Pacific and is quite a spectacal to watch.

    In recent years, an estimated 40,000 fans have made the pilgrimage to the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island to watch the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest in person. The ESPN telecast of the event drew an audience of over 1 million viewers in 2012. It is anticipated that Nathan’s Famous will make a donation of 100,000 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs to the Food Bank for New York City, as it does each year.
    Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA, holds the world record for eating 68 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes, and he will seek his seventh straight title this year – a world record.

    Sonya Thomas, known as the Black Widow, of Alexandria, VA, will defend her title as Female Champion.  She consumed 45 Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes last year, setting a new women’s world record.

    According to archives, the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has occurred each July 4th in Coney Island, NY since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened the legendary restaurant. Major League Eating, the governing body of all stomach-centric sport, sanctions the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Circuit and ensures the contests are judged professionally and that safety standards are in place at each event.
    I don't know about you, but when I go to Costco, after one hot dog, I am done. Being able to eat 40 or 60 in 10 minutes seems totally insane...but it is pretty wild to watch. Check it out on ESPN this 4th of July at 1 pm Easterm/10 am Pacific.

    But 60 hot dogs is 10 minutes is nothing when you consider that on 4th of July, Americans consume over 158 million hot dogs. That is some serious heartburn.

    For more information on this crazy 4th of July Tradition, go to http://www.nathansfamous.com/index.php/hot-dog-eating-contest
  • Can the Giants pull off a win against New England?

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in California, Home Buying in California, Home Selling in California  |  January 24, 2012 8:26 PM  |  844 views  |  4 comments
    Madden seems to think so - check it out here

    Joe Namath on the other hand, changed his pick mid-week.

    The Giants beat NE on the road during the regular season.  Can they do it again at Indy?

    All I know is the halftime show is going to be one to miss this year.

  • Nathan's International 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife, Home Buying, Home Selling  |  July 3, 2011 9:38 PM  |  3,013 views  |  No comments
    If you have never seen this, it's pretty wild.  Check out ESPN on 4th of July at 12 pm EST/9 am PST.

      When these ladies who lunch go out to eat, they know how to put away an awful lot.

    These four women are going head to head in the first ever women's eat-off  at the Coney Island hot dog eating contest on Monday. Sonya 'The Black Widow' Thomas, who is the favourite to take the title is hoping to beat her personal best and women's world record of 41 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes.

    Feeling peckish: Joey Chestnut said he expects to eat 20,000 calories on Monday

    Ladies who lunch: Contenders LaRelle Marie Mele, Juliet Lee, Sonya 'The Black Widow' Thomas and Laura Leu are getting ready to eat

    The 42-year-old Burger King manager from Alexandria, Virginia, came fourth in last year's competition, and is hoping to become the first women to raise female competition's pink belt trophy and the $10,000 prize money.

    The women said that they have always been big eaters.


      'I didn't have a lot of talents growing up, but I could always eat, and my parents always said I had a big mouth,' said Laura Leu, 33, a food writer from Brooklyn, who used to be a cheerleader at the contest.

      Ms Thomas' main rival for the prize will be Juliet Lee, 45, from Maryland who works as a beautician. She has previously managed to chomp through 28 hot dogs in the contest.

      Fellow contender LaRelle Marie Mele, 47, a personal trainer from Pennsylvania, added: 'To me, this excitement is similar to when women were given the right to vote.'

      In the male competition, Hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut estimates he will eat about 20,000 calories in one go at the eating contest, but he says his doctor doesn't mind.

      'In the long run I'm really not consuming that many more calories than most people,' the four-time Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest champion said ahead of the annual Fourth of July eat-off.

      'I run. I really try to stay healthy. I count my calories rigorously when I'm not doing the contests,' he said.

      On Friday, Chestnut gathered near New York's City Hall with other eaters including the presumed female front-runner, 105-pound Sonya 'The Black Widow' Thomas.Reigning champion: In 2009, Mr Chestnut set a world record when he ate 68 hot hot dogs in 10 minutes

      Reigning champion: In 2009, Mr Chestnut set a world record when he ate 68 hot hot dogs in 10 minutes

      This is the first year Nathan's is holding a separate eat-off for women.

      The San Jose, California, resident said that at 27, he's young enough to get away with his competitive binging for a few more years.

      His doctor checks his blood work and has told him not to worry as long as he gives himself time to recover, doesn't gain weight and doesn't develop diabetes, Mr Chestnut said.

      Mr Chestnut is 6'1" and weighs 218 pounds.

      A physically active man of his age, weight and height should be eating 3,200 calories a day to maintain his weight, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

      Get ready: Mayor Michael Bloomberg oversees the official weigh-in of Joey Chestnut, favourite to win Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

      Get ready: Mayor Michael Bloomberg oversees the official weigh-in of Joey Chestnut, favourite to win Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

      In 2009, the contest's reigning champion set a world record when he ate 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Last year, he won with just 54 dogs.

      Last year's competition was overshadowed by the arrest of previous six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi, who jumped on the stage after Mr Chestnut's victory.

      The 33-year-old from Japan had refused to sign a contract with Major League Eating and so was barred from competing.

      This year, Mr Kobayashi will hold his own unofficial event miles away on a Manhattan rooftop. He'll watch the Nathan's contest on TV and try to out-eat all the competitors.

      Face off: Sonya Thomas and Joey Chestnut are preparing for the contest

      Face off: Sonya Thomas and Joey Chestnut are preparing for the contest


      2010: Joey Chestnut (54 hot dogs)

      2009: Joey Chestnut (68)

      2008: Joey Chestnut (59)

      2007: Joey Chestnut (66)

      2006: Takeri Kobayashi (54)

      Contestants have ten minutes to eat as many hot dogs as they can

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