July 2, 2021 – National Anisette Day | National Hot Dog Month

If You Want To Beat The Record Holder For Hot Dog Eating You Might Have To Resort To This Insider Tip!

Welcome to July 2nd, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a special sip and doggone good bite.  More after the break.

If you enjoy the taste of licorice, then you’re in for a treat. The anise plant is part of the carrot family and is primarily used in licorice-flavored sweets and baking. But it’s also used to make a drink very popular in the Mediterranean—anisette. This liqueur is known by different names depending where you are. In Spain, it’s anís. In France, they have pastis. And the Greeks call it ouzo. The version most people know is the Italian one, which is sold as Sambuca. Italians consider it a digestive aid and will often drink a small amount after dinner, sometimes adding a few drops to espresso. On National Anisette Day, take a tour or the exotic with a drop or two that makes any meal go down smoother.

If you happen to be in Coney Island, New York this week, be sure to visit Nathans for the International Hot Dog eating contest.  You will want to get there early as this event draws a crowd from around the globe.  The contestants are announced by an old time carnival barker as if they are prize fighters. And the champion to beat is Joey Chestnut.  This man from Kentucky, holds the record for eating 74 hotdogs in just 10 minutes.  You still have two days left to train for this event, though you might not like this insider tip.  Most winners have to dip them in water first in order to gobble them faster.  Why not celebrate National Hotdog Month one dog at a time, with some good old mustard and onions? 

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Brian Reinbold.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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