Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lack of Spice in mah life.

Right now I'd have to say I'm in a bit of a spice slump. I haven't had an epic spicy experience of note lately. I mean the kind of experience like in "Spies Like Us" where they test their resilience to extremes of temperature by taking on a flame thrower. Yeah, like that. I've lacked that in my life lately and it's utterly depressing me. some nights I can't sleep, some days I won't eat. I've resorted to huffing jars of expired salsa in the back of grocery stores to get my fix. I have no shame. But, things are looking up. Ever since an episode of Man vs. Food visited a humble curry shop in NYC called the Brick Lane Curry House I've been dying to give it a go. Brick lane serves a curry they claim is the hottest anywhere on the Earth and possibly Jupiter. They call this concoction Phaal, which they list on their menu as "An excruciatingly hot curry, more pain and sweat than flavor, for our customers who do this on a dare, we will require you to state a verbal disclaimer not holding us liable for any physical or emotional damage after eating this curry. If you do manage to finish your serving of curry, a bottle of beer is on us." Did you catch that last part? Free Beer! Anyway, the story goes that the chefs who prepare Phaal have to wear filtered masks over their faces which makes them look like they're about to go out and bomb a buffed out subway train. Now that's multitasking.

So as luck would have it Twinkie Chan and I are off to NYC in a couple of weeks. So I guess my luck is beginning to change. It's like a veritable change of seasons inside my head. I have a purpose once again. It is my destiny to meet and destroy the Phaal at Brick Lane Curry House. My only issue with this challenge is that bowl of curry looks like it was built for two. I am not normally considered "he of the big appetite," so finding room for it in my hamster sized stomach may be an issue. But, I shall endeavor to try. Free beer is on the line.

The Spice must flow....................Just not from our arses.

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