Hey there! Yesterday after I got back from taping Good Morning America I took some time to welcome in the summer. Sure it started back on the 21st of June, but summer time doesn't start for me until I get my hands on some Nathan's goodness at Coney Island. That's my bacon cheese dog on the right, my guy sacrificed and took the less bacon-y dog on the left. Sweet huh? Also got chili cheese fries and some beer, but it was so hot and I was so hungry, I dug in. It was only a few bites in that I realized Michael Jackson was pumping on the sound system. It was such a neat treat because I'd just enjoyed my morning in the park at the Mary J. Blige show and even commented on the blog how she was my fave next to Michael. It was the perfect first bites of summer for me, kicked off by a perfect morning. Can I get old school for a second? I used to watch General Hospital back in the day and one of the characters, Sonny Corinthos, took a girlfriend there for a date. It looked like so much fun and I can't even remember what state or even country I lived in at the time, but I do remember thinking I'd love to, but probably never get to Coney Island. Now, it's in my backyard ... unbelievable. We thought the lines would be long, but we ordered pretty fast and even found a seat in the back of the patio area. Take a look at the scene ...
Totally dejavu for me, check my other posts from year's past about my annual trek to Coney Island. There's Saturdays at Coney Island from 2008 and Which is Yummier from last year. I usually visit Coney Island a few times during the summer. How neat to live so close. After washing down the last bite we took a walk on the boardwalk to work off a few of the calories and I ran into an old buddy!
That's Badlands Booker, a competitive eater I met while taping Sunny's Summer Eats. He lives right here in Brooklyn and travels the world eating and rhyming. Yep, he also raps. Very nice guy and he gave me great tips on eating wings fast when I met him in Buffalo, NY at the Wing Fest. Of course I'd run into him there, in just under 24hours he'll compete in Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. If you have never seen this type of contest before ... it's a must watch. ESPN airs the show tomorrow at noon.
Ok, have fun grilling tomorrow if it's in your plans. I'm on The Today Show Monday which means a rehearsal tomorrow, so I'll get to escape the grill for a few minutes and head to the city for work. I'll have some great recipes and tips for grilling throughout the summer months. Until then, if you missed my visit to GMA Friday in Central Park, here's a link to the video called The Best 4th of July Ever on ABC. Watch Chris Cuomo get egg on his face :-) and enjoy the weekend!