Tuesday, July 01, 2008

It’s A Mess O’Fun Wrapped In A Tortilla

I'm reposting today since I am too busy meditating in order to calm myself down about having to go back into the office tomorrow after a week off. With one of my favorite competitive events, the annual 4th of July Coney Island Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, just a few days away, I thought this one was appropriate...


The AP reported Sunday that Coney Island hot dog eating contest regular Eater-X won the world burrito eating championship. In 12 minutes he ate 10 ¾ burritos. One of his closest competitors was another hot dog perennial contender and my personal hero, Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, the world lobster-eating champ. Come on, how did I miss that opportunity? I haven’t eaten a whole fresh (meaning non-frozen or just a tail from Costco) Maine lobster since the summer of 2001. Give me the opportunity to compete today and I’d triple the world record. Then I would collapse and have to have my stomach pumped. Then I’d wake up and cry that I wasted so much lobster. I mean a good hard ‘I can’t believe they cancelled ‘Reba’ cry.’

Well, speaking of Maine (sorry segues were never my strong point), the burrito-eating contest was held in South Portland, Maine. Hmm, does that strike anyone else as the slightest, leastest (my word, but you can steal it) bit odd? Let’s see, Maine…of course there’s lobster, maybe chowda (that’s a regional dialect), maybe even natural casing hot dogs with spilt top buns, but burritos? I would think that would be held in one of the southwestern states like the one I currently reside in. Although now I am kind of curious about the taste of a Maine burrito. See, say it out loud. It doesn’t even sound right. Ok, not that I write my posts while speaking out loud…unless I’m having a problem with sentence structure. It would be like having a Gumbo eating contest in Needles, California or the Danish tourist town of Solvang, California. Or how about a Poi eating contest in South Dakota instead of Hawaii. Heck, how about lutefisk in Rhode Island? Whoa, I think I just found the theatrical companion piece to my musical ‘Nylons in Arizona’ – ‘Lutefisk in Rhode Island.’ Email me now and I’ll give you a percentage of the licensing, like little lutefisk shaped oven mitts.

Now, back to the burrito. Hey, I should write that down. It’s a got a nice ring to it, too. Well, maybe not. I’ve already written enough today. Can you imagine that many burritos in one sitting? Can you imagine more than one in one sitting? Gheesh, think about what that would do to the stomachal region (seriously, I saw that in a medical reference book…or maybe it was MASH or Emergency or even Scrubs…it really doesn’t matter). Just think gastric blowout because that’s the nicest term I can come up with. I mean I just drank a spicy V8 and am feeling the effects!

Downing hot dogs and buns soaked with water is one thing, but downing whole burritos with rice and cheese and salsa is something entirely different. I’m assuming that elastic waistbands are necessary when attempting this type of feat. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be around the competitors after the competition as the body tries to process what was just forced into it. Just think about the noises, the…on second thought, never mind. I wonder if Eater X now makes everyone announce him as the World Burrito Eating Champion every time he enters a room in the same fashion that the President gets to hear Hail to the Chief every time he enters a room. I also wonder when Eater X is going to want to go out for Mexican food again. Something tells me it’s going to be awhile. At least I hope it’s awhile, as do those that have to spend time around him for the next few days.


Next time I’m in Maine I guess I can add burritos to the to-do list. Maybe they’ll put lobster in them! Though even if they do, I'm still only eating one...

6 comments:

Mel Heth said...

Wasn't there a song in the 80s called 99 Lutefisk Balloons?

I think those competitive eaters end up having ruptured stomachs and riceball blockages and stuff. I'm pretty sure Grey's Anatomy or ER did an episode with a hot dog eating champion who died. Dangerous sport, I tell ya.

cmk said...

Competitive eating, now THAT'S a job! Trouble is, I don't know of any one thing I like well enough to eat competitively. Although, cream cheese wontons come mighty close. Mmmmmm.

Eva said...

Mmm. I just invented a lobster burrito in my head.

Employee No. 3699 said...

Nylons in Arizona sounds a wee bit uncomfy. I think if I lived in Arizona I'd make sure my legs were tan.

I can't even eat one whole burrito...but then again, some of the burrito places I've been to around Chicago, I wouldn't want to.

Natalie said...

It really depends on the size of the burrito, are they talking taco bell or chipotle?

Employee no. 3699, I don't know what burrito joints you are hitting up here in Chi town but you may need to find a new one. There are so many great burritos to be had.

meleah rebeccah said...

Burritos are one of the best foods ever invented.

Hot dogs? Not So Much.