We're sure you all know by now that Hostess (legendary maker of Twinkies) has filed for bankruptcy. Meaning, Twinkie's days are numbered. Then along comes this Takeru guy in his v-neck sweater; who goes on the Wendy Williams Show, and inhales fourteen of them in ONE minute to set some record that doesn't even matter! This behavior will certainly leave us mortals forced to deep fry secondary artery-clogging, obesity-inducing snacks such as Oreos, Snickers bars, and churros. Or we may even resort to Beef Twinkies.
If Kobasyashi keeps this up, what will become of us all? Who will we turn to, Little Debbie?
Saturday, April 10, 2010
1pm-1am (12:30pm for tickets)
333 East 47th Street (Btw. 1st & 2nd Aves)
New York, NY 10017
$5 Suggestion Donation
**Tickets first come, first serve**
Feast your eyes, and mouth, on everything Japan and its culture has to offer. J-CATION-Taste Japan, hosted at the Japan Society on Saturday, April 10th, is a day-long event filled with classes, lectures, art and films, and tastings-all Japanese, all day. Japanese culture is taught through food at j-CATION.
This Fourth of July passed like any other; parades, cookouts, fireworks…and Nathan’s Annual Hotdog Eating Contest. The iconic hotdog company hosts the event at Coney Island every Independence Day, honoring one of America’s most prized values—pigging out. 40,000 spectators showed up to the sunny Brooklyn boardwalk to watch the world’s number one competitive eater, 25-year-old Joey Chestnut, beat his longtime archrival, Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi.The champ scarfed down a grand total of 68 franks over the Tsunami’s meager count of 64. Not bad for a 10 minute contest. Japanese born Kobayashi is a six-time title holder for the world’s most prestigious competitive eating event, but the past three years in a row the unassuming 218 lb Joey Chestnut has taken home the grand prize Mustard Belt and $20,000. God bless the USA.
I’m not sure how old I was when I first became aware of the annual 4th of July Coney Island Hot Dog-Eating Contest, but I know that I was less blown away by the fact that such a contest actually existed, than by the feat its diminutive winner. I remember watching World Sport on CNN, and for the “play of the day” they showed this little Japanese man, donning a funky baseball hat, who had just eaten 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes. The previous record was 25. Ever since then, Takeru Kobayashi has been one of my heroes.