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    Posted February 4, 2014 by
    Brooklyn, New York
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    Do you eat ethically?

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    Hot dog heaven-Nathan's famous!


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     BQueen1 is a New York resident who believes that a big part of ethical eating is supporting your community and its history by eating locally. Anyone who has been to Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, knows that Nathan's is a cultural fixture that attracts people from around the world with its famous hot dogs. "All year, not just in season, you can see people from different countries and lands, speaking different languages while eating away at their Nathan's hot dogs," she said.

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    To eat ethically I try to eat in the neighborhood that I'm at. In my case it is often Coney Island as I like to go there on weekends and I try to patronize the local venders. I know Nathan's doesn't need my business but its an artful adventure eating their hotdogs especially at the original Surf Ave. location. Homage to it has even been painted on the NY aquarium educational center's concrete wall on the boardwalk- picture #1.
    Legend has it that Charles Feltman a German immigrant who arrived in NY harbor at age 15 soon started pushing a cart with hot sausages on a bun around the beach and boardwalk charging ten cents. Later he bought a small plot of land with money he earned and went on to open Feltman's mini empire in Coney Island which had a restaurant, beer garden hotel, amusements and also it is said, to save money on utensils he served his sausages on a roll.
    A light bulb went off in the head of one of his employees, Nathan Handwerker a Jewish immigrant from Poland, who sliced the buns for his operation to undercut him by five cents on the dog idea and he eventually was able to save from his earnings as well and went on to open Nathan's famous Coney Island on Stillwell.
    Nathans offers a variety of foods today, homemade local chowders, the lobster bisque to die for, clams on the half shell and even frog legs. But the dogs are still my favorite. You can get them with a variety of toppings as well, chili, relish, sauerkraut, onions.
    I don't count calories when I go to Nathans. I enjoy myself, the place, people and the atmosphere I relax in, off season.
    Some hot dog trivia- Hot dogs go way back to Ist Century A.D- Emperor Nero Caesar's cook who is said to be one of the first to stumble across the idea while opening up a cooked pig.
    Jayne Mansfield the actress bombshell-1933-1967 was miss hot dog ambassador in 1950.
    The famous dramatic actress Marlene Dietrich once mentioned that her favorite meal was hot dogs and champagne.
    You can get to Nathans from NYC transit subway system. Get off at Stillwell. It's across the street.
    February 3, 2014.
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