A couple of years ago, my friend Brett and I were sitting in the office (at the “day job”) and I noticed he looked less jovial than usual. When I asked if he was okay, he conveyed that it was his birthday which (as an adult) wasn’t itself a big deal – but it was is fortieth birthday. It seems no one had made any grandiose plans for his going “over the hill” and it was kind of bumming him out.
Not one to miss an opportunity for an adventure, I told him to call his wife and tell her that he’d be home late tonight and that we had plans. “We are we going?” he asked.
Being a fan of Man v. Food, I had begun my hobby a few years back of visiting locations from the show. The Shula’s Steak House in Miami was featured in an episode as having a legendary 48 oz. steak challenge.
I drove Brett and I a little over two hours to the restaurant and bought us dinner. Here’s my post from the meal that night: http://www.tomcroom.com/archives/6941
Last night, Brett returned the favor. We drove to the Don Shula’s Steak House in Orlando, Florida and relived the adventure all over again to celebrate my fortieth (this past Sunday.)
The servers there were great and had fun with us the whole time as “those guys” doing the food challenge. A couple at the table to Brett’s left got into it, too, constantly cheering us on. It was food made fun.
FINISHED. It was done. 48 oz. steak consumed.
But was that enough for us? HELL NO! The servers insisted on comping me a desert for my birthday:
I’m not sure, to be honest, how we finished as much food as we did last night. I’m assuming that adrenaline and a touch of insanity has something to do with it. In either case, we did it. Again.
(Luckily, neither of us is turning forty a second time – so we’re clear of having to repeat this particular bit of craziness!)