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Taster’s Cherce

I’ve tuned into the Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest a few times. I’d never consider joining an eating contest, but I like a good gross-out as much as the next guy.

Eating challenges, on the other hand, those intrigue me. The Old ’96er for instance. There’s a whole show dedicated to them on the Travel Channel. The few times I’ve been to places that offered a challenge, I was tempted to try it.

Up all night on Monday at a concert in Newark, I was empty this Tuesday at lunch. I ordered this:

That’s a Grand Slam from Go Go Curry. A chicken cutlet, a pork cutlet, an egg, two sausages, a fried shrimp all covered in a thick, brown curry. There’s a pile of shredded cabbage on the side. And underneath all that is a mountain of rice. With nothing on the line but my pride and my 12 bucks, I bid adieu to all but the rice. The rice just kept coming and I ended up leaving about a handful on the plate.

Maybe if I wasn’t headed back to work and if I didn’t have to play basketball that night, maybe I could have taken it down. But I was happy I left it there.

How about you guys – what was your biggest eating challenge?


1 YankeeAbby   ~  Nov 17, 2011 2:16 pm

I've been known to tempt gluttony where a good rack of ribs is concerned. Add a side of double starches (hello mashies and mac & cheese) and it pushes me over the edge! ;-)

2 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 17, 2011 2:29 pm

I once ate a box of twinkies on a dare.

3 Boatzilla   ~  Nov 18, 2011 3:17 am

I can easily go through a whole box of saltines or Ritz in one sitting while watching TV and drinking. Whole bag of Snyder's pretzels (the big think ones) no trouble. And I can not stop eating popcorn or potato chips until every last one is gone.

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