This was a treat. My old friend Brian, of the recently-launched KQX Morning Crew (Brian, Ali & Justin, 6-10 a.m., weekdays on 101 WKQX), joined me to take on a food challenge at the legendary Chicago Culinary Kitchen (773 N Quentin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067).
In less than 30 minutes, we had to finish seven pounds of certified dry-aged angus beef (aged 45 days), macaroni and cheese and two baked potatoes. How’d we do? Well, you have to listen to find out. Discussed as we took on the challenge (and after the fact):
- I didn’t drive the Autobarn Mazda of Evanston’s car for this episode, because I didn’t want to imperil the interior as Brian and I took on the “Scorpion Steak Food Challenge.”
- The warning signs of a heart attack.
- Owner Greg Gaardbo was discouraging: “You’re not going to finish.”
- We ate over $300 worth of meat.
- Our meal was pornographic.
- “This is bringing balance to the Force.”
- “Have you gained weight from doing this podcast?” “Of course.”
- “I’m starting to sweat.”
- We didn’t want to double-doink the food challenge.
- Sludge’s bachelor dinner the night before: Beans & caramel corn.
- “I guess this was inside an animal.”
- “I’m afraid if we keep eating, something bad’s going to happen later.”
- We’re like Olympians. Even better than Olympians, in fact.
- We ate while a 15-pound cutting board straddled our laps.
- “I might be feeling a little dizzy.”
- I almost killed Brian on the way to Chicago Culinary Kitchen when my car wouldn’t stop in the snow.
- “This is the best steak I ever had.”
- What was it like for Brian to return to Chicago after being off the air here for… a while?
- Brian would be totally down with an arranged marriage.
- What would each of us do with a billion dollars?
- How did I not know that Brian is a horror movie fan?
- We get blurry vision and meat-drunk.
Car Con Carne is presented by The Autobarn Mazda of Evanston.