So yeh, hi I’m Josh of Josh VS Food. You may better know me as Junior, as I was lovingly referred to, but now I’ve spread my wings (so to speak) and come off the sidelines of the world of food blogging to get in there and hopefully make you laugh (mainly at my misfortune). Also to shed some light on the challenges around this great city of Sydney and who knows, maybe beyond, using the wonderful power of the internet and YouTube with video entries. By the way I’m not a professional eater just a hungry guy.
For this new section of Belly Rumbles I wanted to start with a bang and I love Schnitzel, so off to the Austrian Schnitzelhaus at Gladesville for a light lunch of 1 kilo of chicken schnitzel, chips, with 1 litre of beer.
WARNING: Do not jump straight into this challenge. Just don’t. Think of the children, please.
1 Kg Schnitzel with chips & sauce of your choice, plus 1 Litre of Beer (Erdinger weissbier or Stiegl Beer)
The Cost: $55
Free Dessert, T -Shirt, Schnapps, your Picture on the “Champions” wall of Fame and your picture on the Net.
Challenge is to be completed in 1 hour.
All the food on the plate, except garnish, is to be eaten
NO sharing with anyone
If you throw up…. you’re out of the contest
Finish the beer
Make a mess in the bathrooms – CLEAN it up or you will be charged $ 50.00 cleaning fee
Will be charged $ 15.00 to sit and watch at the table if they do not eat and drink
What can I say I was peckish and I love food and a beer every now and again. I went into this challenge with a smile on my face, a song in my heart, which went along the lines of Duran Duran’s “hungry like the wolf”, and 3-4 litres of water from breakfast. When we arrived we were greeted by our waiter, I’ve nicknamed Mr. Smiles, he was overly happy especially after he found out I was doing the challenge. It was a little unnerving but being the proud idiot I am, I dismissed that feeling and headed into the thick of it. Now I know why he was smiling, and I didn’t know this before but Beer is filling. I’ve found out first hand why it’s called liquid bread, especially German beers (they are a crafty lot).
The food is set down in front of me and the first thing I notice is that unlike the picture on their website showing a lovely side of chips on your plate, there is a kilo of them at least. First lesson learned don’t trust their pictures on the website.
Now as the picture quite clearly conveys the average size of the schnitzel, using a very technical measuring device, my head, is actually the size of my head. After wasting a minute of making mental notes on how to tackle the schnitzel I left all strategy behind and started eating like I’ve never eaten before. I have to say this was one of the most tender pieces of chicken I’ve had, It was moist and the chips more-ish. Hitting the 10 minute mark I had polished off the first head size piece, a quarter of the beer and a hand full of chips. I felt on top of the world.
15 minutes into the challenge I hit a wall half way through the second piece of moist, juicy fillet and the half litre of beer hits me. I shrug it off determined to finish the plate.
About 20-25 minutes in and the pile of food isn’t shrinking, it just seemed to stay there mocking me. I had to call it quits. I made myself feel better by setting this as a bench mark and telling myself that this is a humbling experience for the challenges to come.
So yeah, first post I may have failed the challenge but now to move on to the next one. Look forward to my next posts as I am leaving and will be back the 9th of December to share some stories from Fiji about the food, the people and the Islands themselves, so see you then.