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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Eating Challenge

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.

12 comments:

  1. We have a show here called Man versus Food and that's what the guy does - eating challenges. From what I've seen, he says the secret is going back and forth between the items and drinking a little bit of water in between. (Milk when he's doing a hot challenge.)

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    1. That's a good tip! My main problem was that I was sick of the burger by the end of it.

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  2. Hey, I remember that eating challenge! That was a fun! ...to watch. I love eating, but I don't love that feeling I get when I've eaten enough meat to murder a vegan.

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    1. I was once at a friend's house having kebabs (not sure if they're a thing in America; meat and salads smothered in tzatziki all wrapped in flat bread). My friend mentioned that his family record was three kebabs in one sitting. I unbuckled my belt and said "This is going to happen."

      Four kebabs later, I'd broken the record, but I was in a lot of pain for the rest of the night. Totally worth it.

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  3. If you're doing one of those eating challenges, do it while you're young and have a fast metabolism to burn off all those calories. Once you hit middle age spread time, a huge meal like that will just go straight to your ass and stay there for the rest of your life.

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    1. Hm, that's a good point. Sin now, repent later ;)

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  4. I could never eat so fast and it gets so messy. I do like the test to do something new each week. Harder than it sounds

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  5. I think you are wise to avoid those eating challenges and to be careful what you put into your body. Such wisdom for one so young! :)

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    1. Hahaha thanks. Although the point that Debra made above gives me pause to reconsider...

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  6. You did really well. I can hardly eat a single patty burger much less a four patty. The sauce looked gross!

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