Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest: More than Just Competitive Eating

A brief look at the intertwined associations between Competitive Eating, Mukbang and THE King – Kobayashi Takeru.

A hazy summer day, I set out for Coney Island in Brooklyn on the Fourth of July. I worried about making it to the women’s set on time but was pleasantly surprised when I walked out of the subway and found a great vantage point for the contest. It was on a slight angle, and at that time – around 10 am- the sun was still hiding behind thick knitted blankets of clouds. In the sky, planes flew overhead carrying aerial advertisements at their tail. There was one for Dunkin Donuts, which seemed to have worked because the people who assembled and stood next to me had hot cups of coffee on a humid, 95°F day.

For the entire subway ride over, I thought about how I got to this point. I kept smiling and then catching the eye of someone – which caused me to quickly turn away. I didn’t want to be that weird person who was so obviously in their own world, they became a target for something bad. So I stayed alert and thought about how for years – I’d waited for this moment. Finally, I had a chance and free time to do something I’d always wanted – See Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest live.

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Celebrating Taiwanese Culture in NYC | 台灣巡禮文化藝術節

My fellow New Yorkers and visitors to the city, if you are up for a summer shindig be sure to check out the Passport to Taiwan Festival!

Admittedly, I had no clue that this was a thing until I finally decided to flip through this month’s issue of Chopsticks NY that I picked up last week. It usually features upcoming events towards the back of the magazine pertaining to general Asian culture.

The festival seems to be run in support by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the NYS Council of the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Looking at past experience, these entities seem to organize authentic, enriching experiences for attendees.

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What Do Cherry Blossoms Taste Like? | Sakura Goromo | 和菓子

Have you ever wondered what Cherry Blossom flavored items taste like? Anime always makes them look really great.
Today we’ll take a look at Sakura inspired creations and how they stack up against other Japanese snacks.

Oh Wagashi, How I love you so.

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Convenience Stores Are Calling Me

There is one Korean convenience store I know of in New York. It’s called H Mart, and I swear to you there have been many a times I have tried to find it to realize a block later I simply walked past it. I don’t know what it is, but Asian convenience stores are so easy to miss. There are no flashy signs, no markers that it is a store…hell now that I think about it the Sunrise Mart location downtown actually has this creepy (somewhat) marked elevator you have to jump in to get to the goods on the second floor. But what if I told you that I found a Korean convenience store, but I’m not sure I know anything else about it…Read on.

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