Food Challenges – My New Hobby
Ok, so I’ve always wondered about the food challenges that you always see in restrauntants. It usually consists of: Eat “insert massive amount of food” and get your picture on the wall and a free t-shirt. It intrigues me. I have always been able to eat entire cows in one sitting and why not get a t-shirt for it?
My friend Chad Ricks told me a couple weeks ago that he had successfully completed the Sensious Sandwich challenge (2-foot sub). I was super jealous that I hadn’t been there and told him that we should do the next one together. He called on Wednsday!
We went to Fudruckers in Orem, UT. The requirement: 1, 1-pound burger, a side, and a shake. I ordered the bacon cheddar 1 pound burger, with a side of wedge fries, and a Reeses Peanut Butter shake.
I really wan’t too nervous going in and felt quite confident throughout. Chad finished before me and I thought I had it in the bag until after I finished the burger and fries and started to polish off the shake. I ran into something I didn’t see coming. At the bottom of the shake glass there was a lot of solid reeses peanut butter chunks. That was super difficult to put down but I did it.
Thats right we both completed the challenge. Here is the sad part. At Fudruckers you have to do the challenge three times in order to get your picture on the wall and get the tshirt. They gave us a little card and stamped it to reflect our single victory. We will be going back again in May and June to finish it off.
Looking back I have decided to make this a new hobby. I want Simon to grow up knowing that his dad’s picture is on the wall of several local eating joints. This is a great new part of our Paulsen Family Culture:)
Ok, part of me remembers the “Pig’s Dinner” challenge at Snelgrove’s Ice-Cream Parlor. It was 17 scoops of their rich product with nearly as many toppings in a huge bowl. Mostly, people bought it as a group fling, and each one had his own serving bowl and spoon. But there were those who put it down as individuals. I always was tempted to try it…and now that I can’t I wish I had.
The other part of me says, what kind of family culture model is it to make gluttony acceptable? And I’m not sure which part of me would be “right.”
Where is this Snelgrove place, I’m on that! As for the family culture it is about being unique and about winning a challenge!
Sounds like “I dare ya” stuff to me. But there could be a good side to that, of course. I think Snelgrove’s is gone. It was on 21st south in the Sugarhouse area, about 7th or 9th east, maybe. I went there for many celebrations as a teen, including HS graduation. At the front of the store was a giant double-scoop ice-cream cone–do you ever remember seeing that when we drove by? I think I pointed it out more than once when you were kids.
I think it’s great you’ve found a hobby; especially one that will make you a legend to your children and families stopping their RVs at Fudruckers in Orem during family vacations. I’m glad you’ve found your immortality.