Throughout the past year I spent a lot of time adventuring through New Orleans, Seattle, New York City, Washington DC, Phoenix, Houston, Oklahoma City and San Francisco. In each city, I found delicious dishes at great restaurants, awesome breweries, fantastic live music venues, charming boutique hotels and quaint shopping districts.
In 2016, I’m so excited to introduce my Food Bloggers Guide for where to eat, stay & play in dozens of different cities!
For the first city guide of 2016, I’m taking you through all of my favorite things to do in NYC!
As a foodie, food blogger extraordinaire, culinary creator, girl who loves to eat, whatever you want to call me, I almost hate to admit that one of my favorite foods is yes, the hot dog!
There’s something about a delicious, juicy grilled dog nestled in a nicely toasted, warm bun with a slight drizzle of ketchup that makes my mouth water every time!
While in New York I was lucky enough to attend a game at the beautiful new Yankee stadium!
First stop: obvi, hot dog and beer!
This is me, taking my “ketchup-placing-strategy” very seriously!
And now the ultimate moment has descended upon us. The time for Yankee Dog consumption.
Um ya people, that was delicious. I don’t think I even made it away from the condiment counter before the whole thing was gone and I was back in line for numero dos!
A little background on my Yankee Dog. While downstairs at the stadium there are Nathan’s hot dogs, upstairs there are Hebrew National. I’m telling you all, that’s the good stuff! Something about that “kosher-ness” that really makes for a delicious dog!
Just in case you’re not a dog lover like myself, never fear, Yankee Stadium has their own sushi.
Yup, they’re high-class in New York. I mean you can’t expect Jay Z to eat a hot dog, can you? Are you now picturing Jay Z grilling up a dog for Beyonce, because I definitely am!
But never fear Zooey Deschanel, you and the other Celiac peeps can eat at Yankee Stadium too!
While checking this item off, I felt another blog post coming to me, the show down between the Yankee Dog and the Fenway Frank. New York vs. Boston. Yankees vs. Red Sox. Who would win in the best darn dog contest?
After eating dinner at two different restaurants prior to arrival at the game, I still felt it was my duty to take down a dog and complete the challenge. So I maneuvered my way around the most confusing sports stadium in America to find my perfect Fenway Frank. One frank purchased, a squirt or ketchup and I was ready to go.
Chomp, chomp, chomp.
And the winner is…
The Yankee Dog, by a mile! No offense Boston, your city won my heart, but your Fenway Frank was a disappointment!
Barely warm, no juiciness to be found and the flavor just wasn’t there! Must be that “all beef Kosher-ness” that really puts the Yankee Dog over the top!
The battle is not over, I still must try dogs at each and every baseball stadium in America before I can name a true winner. But for now, the Yankee Dog has my heart!
Although I do realize that you can get Nathan’s Hot Dogs virtually anywhere these days, it was important to me, as a hot dog connoisseur, to eat an original as part of my bucket list!
After two fabulous nights in NYC, it was time to get a little gritty and head out to Coney Island for this bucket list experience.
Upon arrival, I knew I was not on the Upper East Side anymore!
The first stop was obviously Nathan’s.
And of course I knew my order from the minute I stepped on to the Island. One original hot dog, plain.
I felt that to get the true Nathan’s original experience, I had to enjoy the delicacy in its purest form, meat on a bun!
Just a couple of cuties ready to take down Nathan’s original!
The time had come to take my first bite and savour the dog in all its glory!
Juicy and delicious it was!
After chowing down on my original, we decided to take advantage of being away from the city and at the beach!
A little feet-in-the-water stroll was in order!
We then met up with my girl Katie from high school on the boardwalk for a couple New York brews at this cool little spot, Paul’s Daughter.
So fun to experience a different part of New York that most New Yorker’s themselves never even experience, and of course any day involving an original hot dog eating experience is a good day in my book!