May 11, 2004

Christina's B-Day Dinner

POST #    1022

Last night, a whole bunch of people went out to celebrate Christina's 2xth birthday. She's such a youngen'. We went to dinner at Tennessee Mountain Restaurant for some hot BBQ action. Lucky for us, Monday nights is all you can eat for $14.95. What better way is there to celebrate a birthday? None, if you ask me. Foolishly, I learned nothing from watching Crazy Legs Conti eat and I was done after about a plate and a half of ribs. I'm still kicking myself.

Despite my poor showing, there's just something about all you can eat. When presented with it, you can't refuse, but after you're done, you wonder what the hell you were thinking. At least when you're full to the point of illness, you can say, "I got my money's worth!"

Anyway, happy birthday Christina!

Posted by tien mao in Birthdays at 8:44 AM



There's a Tennessee Mountain Restuarant in NYC? I guess you guys really DO have it all! I would expect to find that in one of the towns along the appalachian trail, not the big apple.

Just a plate and a half? For shame Tien, for shame! Clearly you need to train yourself to eat more. Fortunately, this is an easy process, so even someone as slothful as you can do it. You just eat bigger meals, especially breakfast and dinner. Slowly your stomach will stretch, and you will then be capable of eating slightly more. You see how this cycle goes.

On a related note, crazy legs and other uber-eaters should really take up long-distance backpacking. The reason is simple: constant walking greatly increases ones appetite. Yet it really isn't that difficult to do - not like marathon running or anything. You would be amazed what a skinny thru-hiker can put away at an AYCE buffet! In fact, I can offer real life evidence of this. When I thru-hiked the AT in 2001, I averaged roughly 18 miles or so per hiking day - burning thousands of calories. Yet thanks to the many restaurants near the trail and my ravenous appetite, I actually gained 15 pounds! (gaining weight on the trail is very unusual, I assure you) While hiking, I was able to eat a 40oz steak dinner - imagine what crazy legs could do! And he already has the perfect trail name!

Posted by: Justin at May 11, 2004 9:39 AM

Ahhh yes, what a feast it was. good food, good company. thanks for such a great birthday guys!
On a side-note, when I home and put all the leftovers in the refrigerator, it just made me queasy looking at food. I'm never eating again.
Oh wait, I'm eating right now.

Posted by: christina at May 11, 2004 9:46 AM

christina - one would hope you're not eating the leftovers.

justin - i just didn't have it last night. i know. bad. so crazy legs is part of that "new breed" of eater that is actually "healthy" and fit. he runs a lot (maybe even a marathon) and works out. the tsunami is skinny as a rail and lifts weights and stuff. clearly, thin is in, in competitive eating.

Posted by: tien at May 11, 2004 9:57 AM

There may be a natural selection thing going on there, with the thin eaters, over time ...

Posted by: Oscar at May 11, 2004 11:33 AM

i'm so all over the TN mtn AYCE. YUM. yummy bbq stuff. i went there about a month ago. i don't do well with AYCE, but i try!!

Posted by: jeannette at May 11, 2004 11:58 AM

i'm with you tien, i don't think i ever really get my money's worth on all you can eat, but i always order it anyway!

Posted by: dahl at May 11, 2004 2:00 PM

not only am i always ordering the all you can eat, but i also tend to get the larger size if the cost difference is minimal. for example - pizza - if a large is $2 more, i always get the large.

Posted by: tien at May 11, 2004 2:13 PM

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