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Thursday, 27 November 2014

New Experience Challenge Week 47: Eating Challenge

There's a few different eating challenges you can take around Adelaide. The Maid and Magpie Hotel let's you try something called the "Mega Death Burger" - a burger so packed full of chilli that it comes with its own first aid kit. The Earl of Leicester has a beer club where if you can have one of every bottle of beer they've put on their list - there's probably 50 in total -  they'll give you a free t-shirt and put you on the wall of fame. You obviously don't do it one night, you're allowed to take up to a year to try them all. Mitchell and I decided to go to the American Cupcake Diner in Norwood to take up their eating challenge. Their challenge is simply to eat a really large burger and a basket of fries in under ten minutes. If you can do that, the meal is free.

We turned up on Sunday night to the tiny place. The walls were covered in cute pink-and-white-striped wallpaper and there was a glass counter taking up the whole left side of the shop that was filled with the most delicious-looking desserts. We walked up to the cute girl behind the register.
'Hi, what can I do for you?' She said in a typical Californian accent.
'We'd like to take up your burger challenge,' said Mitchell.
'Oh sure! Now, we need to make a booking so that we can get the ingredients. When would you like to do it?'
We hadn't expected that, so it took some deliberation. We decided to come back at 6:45 the next day. My commitments at the radio station would finish at 6, Mitchell would pick me up and we'd rush over. We'd do the challenge and then rush back to town so I could attend my open mic stand-up night.

'Great!' said the girl. 'Now would you like the 4-patty or the 7-patty burger?'
This was a much more difficult question. They have two levels of burger to try - one for beginners and one for champions. Mitchell had no trouble deciding. He was content just having the four patties. I'm a lot more proud. I'm a different kind of person. It feels like a disappointment if I go for the 4-patty when the 7-patty is right there, taunting me. It's less of a story to go with the 4-patty as well. But what's more important, getting a good story or finishing the meal?
'We've only had one person ever finish the 7-patty,' said the counter-girl. 'The rest have puked or made a horrible mess.'
Well, I guess I didn't want to make a cute girl clean up my bodily fluids. Not this early, anyway. I agreed to do the 4-patty.


When we turned up the next day, the girl was still there. She greeted us the moment we got through the door, almost as if she was expecting us. We'd decided we'd do it one at a time, so we could film each other. I drew the short straw to go first. Here's how it went down.


Next, it was Mitchell's turn. Mitchell's motivation was a bit different. While I only cared about downing the whole meal, Mitchell was more focused on just beating me. Take a guess on whether or not he beats me and tell me if you were right in the comments below ;)


Part of me wants to do that again. I would have started with the fries and left the buns until very last - it was all that mustard and tomato sauce on the bun that made me feel sick and held me back for two whole minutes. At least it didn't end up with any cute girls needing to clean up after me.

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  1. I've gotta say you were both so polite while indulging. Any true American Diner competition would've been too disgusting to watch. You were most concerned about not having a cute waitress have to clean up any mess. I have a suspicion, you still would've been concerned, were the waitresses not so cute. I thought Mitchell would win, only because he had the advantage of seeing you go first. At any rate, you both did good.

    Have a great weekend, Michael.

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    1. Hahaha I promise you I'm not a fan of making people clean up my vomit no matter how they look ;)

      That's exactly right, we both finished our burgers at the same time, but I called it quits at that point and Mitch took the last 20 seconds to shove down some chips.

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  2. haha you kept y ourselves nice and clean, pretty much, while eating. But I don't think you'll be winning any eating competitions any time soon.

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    1. Yeah we've got a lot of work to do to catch up to the Americans ;)

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  3. "I think I've gone blind!" Hahaha! You're much braver than I am. That was a LOT of food.

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  4. Well done, you. When Mitchell got off to such a slow, deliberate start, I didn't think there was any way he was going to beat you, but he proved me wrong. Of course, he had the advantage of knowing he just had to eat one fry to win.

    A few years ago, my son-in-law decided to enter an eating contest. He was just starting to eat his 7th burger when he hurled in front of a roomful of people. It was totally disgusting, and he says he has no desire to ever do it again. I think he'd tell you that you were wise to stick with the 4-patty. :)

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    1. Hahaha I haven't ruled it out for the future ;)

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  5. A valiant effort - and congratulations on holding your dinner.

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  6. A little tip from my brother, who helped pay his way through college with eating competitions: an hour before have a cup of yoghurt, and take ONE sip of water per minute during. It'll help keep everything down. ;-) Great effort! Oh, and I LOVE Mitchell's most excellent name, lol.

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  7. So that tactic of just not feeling full until you have been eating for 20 mins didn't go down that well Mike.... Mitch is just a gem with his sharp claws of fate :P Jerida :)

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    1. I didn't feel full, I felt queasy. There's a difference ;)

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  8. Dear Lord, dear Lord, dear Lord! That made me sick just watching you! Did you hear me shouting to just stop eating?! I never understand these kinds of timed challenges, because you don't even get to enjoy the food.

    Now, it's kind of ironic that I've said all that, considering that it is Thanksgiving day here and I'm about to go stuff myself with a whole, huge turkey dinner and will easily end up feeling sicker than you. That is called a planned binge :)

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    1. Well the fact that you've got no time limit means you can enjoy that turkey as much as you darn-well please ;)

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  9. Would you ever do ever another burger or even another food challenge again?

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  10. Aw man, you ate the bun and burger separately! That's against the whole spirit of a hamburger! Could you eat a 4 kilo burger in one hour and then fast for 4 days? I call that 'The Lion Challenge"!

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    1. I'm surprised you can talk about lions that casually, Gorilla ;)

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  11. I think I would die if I took on this challenge. If I even overeat a little bit, I wake up the next day feeling hung over... but then again I am probably one of the physically weakest humans on the planet. I didn't know which one of you to bet on since neither one of you really look like pigs. I thought you were both out of your element to be honest with you.. this is the type of behavior for the Homer Simpsons of the world to engage in.

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    1. I think you nailed it ;) Neither of us have that level of piggotry.

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  12. First, I am disappointed it wasn't a cupcake eating contest as the name of the place implied. Second, you too need to eat your burgers like a real American. Shove it in hand over fist. We didn't get to be so fat eating all dainty like you two did ;) But A for effort!

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    1. Actually, I've tried to eat stuff fast before and worked out that it's quicker to take smaller bites. But good point about the cupcakes :P

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    2. *two. I hate it when I come across my own typos lol.

      If you ever do find that cupcake eating contest, give me a call. I'll gladly challenge you to that :)

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  13. I have two questions...1. Are cupcakes an American thing? 2. Since when do people from Cali have accents??? Lol

    That being said, you did a heck of a lot better than I would so you could take pride in that. Lol!!! You should have recorded the stand up routine you had to do after that. Hopefully your grand finale wasnt a barf show!! Haha

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    1. 1. No, but the flavours and sugar content was definitely American ;) 2. You can tell if someone's from New York/Boston, Cali, South Carolina or New Orleans by listening to their accent. They're all different :)

      Hahaha nope, never barfed once!

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    2. How can you group NY and Boston.? Eep!!!! We are so different...one has COUGH-ee and the other has CAFF-ee. Haha

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    3. Put that down to my Australian ignorance ;)

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  14. That was a valiant effort, and I applaud you for not hurling. It looked like a fun challenge, and knowing when to stop is part of the fun. Pushing yourself to eat something until you vomit? Not so fun.

    I'm thin, and I usually eat pretty modestly, but when push comes to shove I can eat a lot... so I'm not sure if I should be proud or offended when someone tells me, "You should try an eating contest! You'd be good at that!" AKA "you'd be good at shoving your face full of food." Uh... thank you?

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    1. Well as long as they're saying that because they've seen you eat, not because they've seen how you look ;)

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  15. Challenges are fun. I find them easier and more fun if others do them along side of me. I suck at self motivation. I did better being on a diet with my husband. Then I slacked a bit when he stopped. I need to be better with that.

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    1. I get it, it's always more fun and motivating with people alongside you.

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  16. We had our own eating challenge on Thanksgiving.
    We won.
    So did our bottle of antacids.
    But, there WAS pie.

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    1. Very good effort. But where's the footage? ;)

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  17. A 4-patty burger? I would never be able to do that. First, I don't eat meat, but even if it was veggie patties I still wouldn't be able to do it. LOL!

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    1. I was expecting some sort of moral backlash from people who didn't like the gluttony or the meat consumption, but people have been very understanding :)

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  18. My son wears his monster calzone eating tee with pride. Definitely a guy thing- I don't know any girls who brag about how much they eat quickly...though I'm sure there are some!

    The beer challenge had me worried. 50 in a night would get you a place of honor in the ER, I would think.

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    1. Actually, my friend Sarah says she could have beaten the both of us, despite being as skinny as a rake.

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