To close OregonMania II out, I wanted to at least do a food challenge alongside Naader. After all, one of the original plans was to do a team pizza challenge, which unfortunately did not take place. While this was more a cruise day for the Freak, it ended up being a harsh lesson for yours truly.
|Stopping at Voodoo Doughnut one more time before ending OregonMania II|
Despite that, I wanted to make some type of impact on the last day as well. I didn't have to, and in hindsight, I shouldn't have. Yet, the stubborn panda didn't listen.
Naader spent the night in Portland, and I made the drive up from Salem again. We opted to meet at the Green Castle food pod. While there, I saw Steven Shomler of Portland Food Cart Adventures filming a segment with the Flyin' Hawaiian food cart. Great food, and another highly recommended pick from me.
Naader started his day with a classic cannoli from Holy Cannoli Wicked Italian and then got a 12 oz. coffee from Todd Edwards' Ole Latte Coffee cart. The Green Castle pod has some great eats, and you really can't go wrong here.
We then headed to The Original, site of the 5-pound poutine challenge that Naader conquered two months ago in a record nine minutes. I hadn't really eaten all day, and despite still not feeling in the best of conditions (damn sugar), I wanted to try this one anyway. One of our friends, Kari, met us at the restaurant and witnessed all this.
|Waiver you must sign to take the challenge|
|5-pound poutine challenge. Damn.|
The brown gravy constantly dripped off the butcher's block onto my red gym shorts, and once I knew I wasn't going to finish, I started avoiding the hardening cheese and started wiping the gravy off my shorts. Meanwhile, Naader blitzed through the challenge yet again in a more leisurely 14 minutes. How the heck he does it, I have no idea. I'd have a better shot eating a half-gallon of ice cream than finish all that poutine.
I'm guessing I still had at least 1/3 of the poutine left to go. Not one of my best showings, that's for sure.
|That was painful. Pretty good, but painful.|
The three of us then moved on to Voodoo Doughnut Too, where Naader quickly dispatched the Tex-Ass Challenge. He needed 73 of the 80 seconds, and the panda scored perhaps the only non-spicy victory he'll ever get over the Freak. I now have a record similar to Glass Joe! (Mike Tyson's Punch-Out reference, FYI.)
|This is NORMAL on a summer weekend at Voodoo Doughnut Too|
|Flavors available on 7/29/12|
Extremely high-quality ice cream at this great establishment. We chose the 9-scoop "I Need Excess" option for Naader to complete solo. He got nine different flavors (eight ice creams and one sorbet), then five different toppings, each coming in a sampler cup on a separate tray. 14 minutes to nuke all that deliciousness. Naader's not human, but we all knew that, right?
|Doesn't that look amazing?! Damn.|
Ice Cream Renaissance in Vancouver, WA
|Five different toppings|
Peanuts, mangoes, M&Ms, graham crackers, Oreos
While OregonMania II's last day wasn't the epic closing act OregonMania I showcased, it still featured some superhuman feats that would leave many scratching their heads. The Mad Greek challenge will always stay in my mind as one of the most insane challenges I've ever witnessed live. At least Naader had 90 minutes when slaying Church St. Pizza's 12-pound pizza by himself. To do a comparable amount in weight in less than an hour is even more mind-boggling.
And of course, here is my highlight video of Naader's OregonManiaII dominance:
I'd love to head down to Southern California one of these days to meet Naader on his turf. CaliMania, perhaps? It would only probably be for a weekend because I'd be taking on some serious travel costs.
I'd like to attempt a couple of spicy challenges there, but it would be equally awesome to attend a Wreckless Eating filming. I'm huge fans of their work. If you're easily entertained like me, be sure to check out their YouTube channel.
Hope you enjoyed reading three days of Freak eating. While ideas are being thrown around for a third OregonMania, no date has been set. Whether Naader and I meet again in Oregon, Washington, California, or another state, it surely will be one worth blogging about.