In the fall of 1996 (YOLD 3162) some friends of mine and I challenged each other to a eating contest on Thanksgiving Day. The rules were simple: record everything you eat from midnight to midnight on Thanksgiving Day, and I would decide who ate the most. The winner would recieve the Order of the Fizzy Bicarbonate and the accolade of millions. Thus was born the Thanksgiving Day Challenge.
The tradition has continued on into its seventeenth year, changing little since the original contest. One no longer needs to eat the most (although that certainly helps), but rather eat the best in the Spirit of the Thanksgiving Day Challenge. That's a bit hard to define, but when looking at each entry every year, I usually find one that has just a bit something extra.
This year, the winner is Allison Harris, who not only has the first Thanksgiving Day Challenge entry submitted from the People's Republic of China, but also makes now the first spousal team to have won the Thanksgiving Day Challenge, joining her husband Gord Alvin Ko who was elevated to this position during the 13th Annual Thanksgiving Day Challenge. You can see a photo of Allison's award here, under the watchful gaze of Bean, Registrar of Documents, without whom no proclamation of The People's Republic of Ames is official.
1 cup coffee One bowl oatmeal with flax seed, sesame, raisins, milk One slice German sunflower seed bread with two slices cheese, raspberry jam One piece pomelo Half kiwi Scrambled eggs with spinach One shortbread cookie One vegetarian baozi Lotus and taro stew Pumpkin and red bean paste cake Tieguanyin tea from Fujian province 3 coffee candies (omg best candy ever) 4 pieces Chinese cabbage 2 servings dressing 2 servings vineagar pepper potato salad 1 serving lotus root with goji berries 2 servings garlic green beans 1 mug green tea 2 servings sauteed broccoli tofu mushroom One slice apple pie Two scoops vanilla ice cream Two slices French bread One box vanilla Vitasoy
1 bowl cereal 1 cup orange juice 3 hot dogs 1 swig of homemade beer 3 rice crispy bars 1 helping of turkey with gravy 1 sweet potato with butter 2 rolls 1 helping green bean casserole 1 helping corn casserole 1 helping baked beans 1 helping of salad with dressing 1 piece of cheese cake 1 boulevard wheat beer 10 servings of cracker/cheese/summer sausage appetizer
1c white wine 2c mimosa 1.5c coffee with cream and sugar 1 thick slice apple cinnamon pull-apart bread, buttered 1c vanilla greek yogurt topped with 1/2c blueberries and raspberries and 1T nuts and seeds 1 small piece pita with 1tsp hummus 1/2c mashed sweet potatoes 1 roll with 1T cranberry sauce 2 slices turkey breast 1c vegan stuffing 1c red wine 2 pieces pumpkin pie
Cup of coffee 4 baby carrots 4 slices sharp cheddar 1 wrapped pickle 6 black olives 6 slices cheddar cheese with cracker 2 wrapped pickles 1/2 cup stuffing 2 "chicken"/gruyer cutlets 1/2 cup corn 1 roasted sweet potato 1/4 cup gravy 1 tbsp dip 4 baby carrots 3 celery sticks 3 radishes 8 black olives 1/4 cup cranberry sauce 3 small dinner rolls 3 cheddar w/ cracker 2 cups coffee 1/8 pumpkin pie 1 cup coffee 1 handful salt and pepper kettle chips 3 wrapped pickles 10 black olives 6 cheddar with crackers 3 celery sticks 3 baby carrots 3 radishes 1 tbsp dip 1 cup coffee 1/8 pumpkin pie 12 oz hard cider 1/10 cheesecake 4 wrapped pickles 9 black olives 5 baby carrots 3 celery sticks 3 radishes 6 cheddar cheese with crackers handful of chips
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