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Me vs. The Wings

A long overdue recap of the fourth annual showdown of Me vs. the Chicken Wings:

As you might remember, I was pretty nervous before my annual foray into overeating.  Eating like a cave man in front of a couple hundred people is weirdly intimidating.  Who knew?  But I told those wings what’s what.

Let’s take a look at some of the photographic evidence:

chicken wings

A few of my competitors....I'm the one on the right. Note the giant mountains of wings. Also notice that I may actually be partially asphyxiating in this picture.

Another "action" photo.

We’re going to need a close up of that one….

chicken wings

Not now chief, I'm in the zone....

I think, if you look close enough, you can actually see my sodium levels rising.  So how did it turn out?  My goal was to eat one more wing than last year…which would have brought me to 48 wings in 15 minutes.  Did I make it?!

You bet your ass I did.  And then some.

Fifty. One.

Fifty-One

Please note my face is plastered with both sauce and a smile.  At one point I actually had to eat blindfolded….psssh.  It didn’t even slow me down.

My wing eating efforts raised over $1,000 for the I-CARE charity founded by my friends.  So proud to work with them!

I was happy my nervous butterflies moved over and made some room for all those wings! Thanks for the emails and texts cheering me on.  Only 9 months until I weigh the pro’s and con’s of eating in 2011’s event.

xoxo The Flyover Foodie

p.s. I’m the worst blogger ever.  This weekend I was TOTALLY committed to writing several new posts.  And no joke, our internet was down.   I’m hoping that’s not an omen….

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Let’s Do This

Just a quick update before I head off to my annual foray into overeating….

My yearly tradition of competitive eating….

My yearly spike of sodium and caloric intake….

The Eat A Thon.

Bring. It. On.

I get weirdly nervous before this competition every year.  But we’re only a few hours out….so I’m ready to get in the mindset of eating some serious wings (for a good cause). So here we go…time for some motivational trash talking:

You are going down, Wings.  Just think just because you’re an appetizer I won’t annihilate you and all your friends?  Wrong.   You’re not even a tough appetizer: not wrapped in bacon.  No toothpick required.  You’re only a breath away from chicken strips and you know who eats chicken strips?  Little kids.

So don’t think your so tough, stacked up in a big pile hot from the fryer.  You’re all sauce and suckage, Wings.   I am going to eat you like I was born and raised in Buffalo.

Wish me luck!

xoxo Flyover Foodie

In Support of Overeating

“They that study hard ought not to eat so much as those that work hard, their digestion being not so good.” – Benjamin Franklin

There are a few times a year where we get to indulge; even a few times where we can overindulge.   But I’m a lucky girl: I actually get to overeat once a year to help raise money for a good cause!!

Clean and dainty...no overeating here!

October 20th is the 5th annual Iowa Central American Relief Effort (I-CARE) Eat-A-Thon.   I-CARE is a non-profit started by two of my law school classmates.  After studying abroad and then returning to Nicaragua, they were moved to action by the poverty they witnessed.  And ICARE has grown each year: this year the non-profit began a revolving micro-loan fund to empower people to build a better future for themselves.

Best of all: they cover all the expenses of the non-profit themselves so 100% of the money raised benefits their projects in Central America.  Please read more about I-CARE here.

This is where I come in.  This is my FOURTH year participating in their largest fundraiser: the Eat -A-Thon.  The rules of the Eat A Thon are simple: 2 rounds, 15 minutes total, eat as many chicken wings as possible.  My supporters pledge money per wing…so each wing eaten equals money for charity.

UNFORESEEN BONUS: This is one of the few times I can use “literally” correctly…I have literally eaten as many as humanly possible (without dying) each year.  The evidence:

EXHIBIT A: 2006

Not now bro, I'm in the zone.

The Results: 39 hot wings eaten in 30 minutes.

EXHIBIT B: 2008

Getting down and dirty

Please note the pained look....that is dedication people!!

The results: 46 hot wings eaten in 15 minutes.  (I know…I’m a monster.)

EXHIBIT C: 2009

This must be early...note the clean face.

And the results??  Last year I ate a personal best 47 wings in 15 minutes (Don’t act like you’re not impressed)

Over the  last few years I have eaten 132 wings and raised over $2,000.  Each wing has been worth an average of $10.00.  And next Wednesday….I’m doing it all again!!

If you are a fan of chicken, or charity, or just eating in general, would you consider helping me reach another personal best this year?  You have all been so supportive of this blog and I would love to have your support for my one annual charity event.  Your per wing pledge helps me raise money with EACH hot wing I consume and every penny goes to a good cause.

I mean…how often can you support a good cause that involves hot sauce and Tums.  Lots and lots of tums….

You want in?  Email me at theflyoverfoodie@gmail.com and tell me your pledge.  THAT’S IT!  After the Eat A Thon, the non-profit directors will contact you with the gut-wrenching results and the steps to fulfill your pledge (PayPal, baby!)

Thanks for your support, both moral and financial!!

Any of you ever dabbled in competitive eating?  What food would you dominate an eating contest in?

xoxo Flyover Foodie

p.s. I promise to post post-competitive results here, along with some love for my donors!