Part E of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge, where every day this month except Sundays, I'll be talking about things I love - one thing for each letter of the alphabet.
I've always been intrigued by eating challenges. People who know me will probably know a love any sort of challenge and since I also love eating, the eating challenges you get in restaurants (eg: eat a foot-long schnitzel and fries in under ten minutes) are right up my alley.
But I never take up these challenges. I'm too careful with what I eat, and they're awfully expensive. I just picture spending $40 on a burger and then giving myself a heart attack and I end up reluctantly turning it down. Being a male with an Italian background, I think I could beat a lot of the challenges. One time I was out with friends at a restaurant and we all had their giant schnitzel. There was no challenge associated with it, it was just huge. None of my friends could finish it, but not only did I finish it, I then went up to the salad bar for more.
I did once take on a proper eating challenge. It was during my New Experience Challenge - I project I did in 2014 where I had to do at least one new thing each week for the year. Late in the challenge (week 47), my friend Mitchell and I took on the American Cupcake Diner's 4-patty burger challenge. We had to pay $38 for a burger with four thick patties and a basket of fries, and if we could eat it in under 10 minutes, we'd get our money back. Here's how I went.
I want to go back and do it again. It was the thick layers of mustard and tomato sauce that got me. I think if I went with the fries first, I'd do better. But fear of being a glutton holds me back. Something about cramming all that down just for the sake of pride seems like a sin. Never rule it out though.