Summertime, The 4th of July…Hotdogs!

5 Jul

Hello Everyone! I apologize for being “off-air” for the last few weeks. I was fighting a sinus infection for more than a month and having work done on my kitchen but now my kitchen and my sinuses are back in working order.


Hotdogs with our favorite toppings!

To me, the official start of summer is not Memorial Day but the 4th of July and with that, it is the season of eating hotdogs.  I am a pretty healthy eater but there is something about a hotdog that I cannot resist. And no, no fat-free turkey or chicken hotdogs, I am talking real beef and/or pork hotdogs cooked on the grill until the skin cracks.

Here are a few hotdog facts that are kinda crazy from the National Hotdog and Sausage Council:

In 2010 consumers spent more than $1.6 billion on hotdogs in the United States.

On the 4th of July Americans eat more than 150 million hotdogs!

L.A. consumes more hotdogs than other city in the U.S. (funny stat considering how it’s supposed to be such healthy city of thin people)

From Memorial Day through Labor Day 818 hotdogs are consumed every second-Wow!

The winner of the Nathans World Championship Hotdog Eating Contest held yesterday, July 4th is Joey Chestnut-he ate 62 hotdogs with buns in 10 minutes-this is his fifth year winning.

And the first ever Nathans Womens Hotdog Eating Champion is Sonya Thomas-she ate 40 hotdogs with buns.

I won’t be doing that anytime soon. I can eat about 2 tops and speaking of toppings my favorite is sauerkraut! The options are endless with chili, cheese, coleslaw, onions, relish, ketchup, mustard and so on. There are restaurants devoted to hotdogs and of course every major city has carts that sell the “dirty water dogs”  and now they are popping up in small towns all over the U.S.  My favorite hotdog joint is on St.Simons Island in Georgia, Hotdog Alley.  It is the most charming, friendly little place tucked away about a block from the Village: great hotdogs, delicious sweet tea and always with a smile.  The other is in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina-The Trolly Stop.  Again, it is a tiny little place with a menu of dogs with lots of different toppings and now they have hamburgers and other items on the menu but you really need to have the hotdog.

So welcome to summer and enjoy a hotdog!

3 Responses to “Summertime, The 4th of July…Hotdogs!”

  1. Barbara July 6, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Great Post! I did enjoy several hotdogs this 4th of July. Yummy!


  2. Rhonda Long July 6, 2011 at 5:56 am #

    I love your blog!! I needed a smile-thank you! I subscribed. Thanks for sending me the address. Hope you are well!!


  3. Kim July 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Christina, you kill me! love it. Hope you are doing ok. See you soon I hope!


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