Sunday, September 29, 2013

Ghost Pepper Challenge: Level 4 - Jalapeno (2,500 - 8,000 SHU)

I'm thoroughly humbled right now. The jalapeno still wasn't all that bad overall, but I'll admit that it had a much bigger kick than I thought it would. I've had raw jalapenos in the past many times, but I've never had one like this. It wasn't really the spiciness that was bad as much as the fact that I just wasn't ready for it.

It wasn't so bad that I was dying for milk or anything, but I'm getting to the point where I might need a glass handy for future peppers. My next pepper is potentially three times hotter than this one.

For the sake of variety, after I ate the raw pepper, I tried to down a few of those little slices you get jarred at the store. Their heat was nothing compared to the raw pepper. In fact, I stopped eating them because they almost felt like they were cooling my mouth off.

So that's the jalapeno. I told you I would lose my arrogance once I hit a pepper that really got to me. This was it. I really wasn't expecting it to burn like it did.

This pepper has won my respect...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ghost Pepper Challenge: Level 3 - Anaheim Pepper + Sriracha Sauce (1000-2000 SHU)

Today I had an Anaheim Pepper. These peppers are rated between 1,000 and 2,000 SHU. The pepper by itself was pretty disappointing. However, I knew this pepper had a pretty wide range of heat. As I mention in the video, I've seen numbers for it as low as 500 SHU, and I just wasn't interested in another pepper so boring.

So I picked up a bottle of Sriracha sauce (~2000 SHU in US), cut a section of pepper off the bottom to form a sort of cup, filled it with the sauce, and downed it.

It took a second, but this was the first time during this challenge that I felt any real heat. The Bell Pepper, of course, is rated at 0 for a reason, and the Peperoncini was really more sour than it was spicy, though it did have a little kick to it.

Honestly, the Anaheim pepper, by itself, wasn't even as hot as the Peperoncini. It did have a little heat after a few seconds, but it was almost imperceptible.

Sriracha saved me...

(Hysterical laughter is due to off-screen shenanigans...)

So there was a little heat there, but still no challenge. No sweat, nothing serious.

However, I did feel a little. I look forward to the next few days. 

I'm still waiting to be challenged...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ghost Pepper Challenge: Level 2 - Peperoncini (100-900 SHU)

This was another boring day. I can't wait for tomorrow, but today I just had a Peperoncini. I can't say I'm intimidated by any pepper that comes on a salad, but once again, I'm sure I'll lose that arrogance in a few days.

For now, though, the most challenging thing about these early peppers is not the heat, but the lack thereof. Just like the Bell Pepper, there isn't much to say about the Peperoncini. I'm excited for this to start getting more challenging, though.

Tomorrow can't come soon enough.

Here's the video for today, though:

Ghost Pepper Challenge: Level 1 - Bell Pepper (0 SHU)

The humble Bell Pepper. To my knowledge, it is the only pepper with a Scoville rating of 0, meaning that even after being diluted 0 times, it has no detectable heat.

It's a pretty modest beginning to what I think will turn out to be a pretty difficult challenge in a few days.

The worst part of eating a chunk of Bell Pepper was all the bitter parts inside which I did not remove. The more intense peppers I'll be eating later will be eaten whole, so I decided to eat this pepper whole, too. I literally just cut a good chunk off and ate it. It actually tasted pretty awful.

Anyway, here's the video:

I'll admit I'm bored by this. I mean, it's a Bell Pepper! Challenge me! Oh well, soon I'll be eating my words...

When the peppers get hotter, I'll stick around for a bit after to describe the heat, etc, but for a Bell Pepper, there's not a whole lot to say. Who doesn't know what a Bell Pepper tastes like?

Keep following along! My prediction is that this will start to get interesting around Level 3...

Monday, September 23, 2013

Ghost Pepper Challenge

Redditor DiavelNJ has issued the challenge to eat a Ghost Pepper or a Trinidad Moruga Scorpian. I'm going to try both.

The rules of the challenge are:
  1. I must greet DiavelNJ in the video.
  2. Prove what the pepper is.
  3. Chew for 15 seconds.
  4. Swallow.
  5. Sing about what is occuring in my mouth.
  6. No liquids for five minutes.

  • Three months of reddit gold from DiavelNJ.
  • An additional month from Redditor_in_Wild.

I tried for quite a while to find these peppers, but finally had to order them online. I've got some time to kill while I wait for them to show up. So in the mean time, I'm going to eat peppers all the way up the Scoville scale until I get to the Ghost Pepper.

Here's the plan:
  1. Bell Pepper (0 SHU)
  2. Peperoncini (100-900 SHU)
  3. Anaheim Pepper + Sriracha Sauce (1K - 2.5K SHU)
  4. Jalapeno Pepper (2.5K -8K SHU)
  5. Serrano Pepper (10K - 23K SHU)
  6. Cayenne Pepper (30K - 50K SHU)
  7. Thai Pepper (50K - 100K SHU)
  8. Habanero Pepper (100K - 350K SHU)
  9. Red Savina Habanero (350K - 580K SHU)
  10. Bhut Jolokia "Ghost" Pepper (855K - 1,463K SHU)
Bonus: Trinidad Moruga Scorpian (1500K - 2000K SHU)

Tomorrow, it begins...

Two Week Burrito Challenge: The Wrap Up

So the chllenge is officially over.

Here is an update that Yishan posted half-way through the challenge.

Here is the announcement by Yishan that the challenge is over.

And here is the final results, also by Yishan.

I have sent the final verification to Yishan and he has given me a total of 24 months of Reddit gold, for 24 days of burritos.

Once I was free of burritos, I went and had sushi at Sakura, in Orem UT.

It's like a little japanese burrito!

So that's it for this one! Thanks to Yishan and thanks to everyone who followed along!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Two Week Burrito Challenge: Day 24

This is it. The big day. Today I eat my final challenge-related burritos. Tomorrow, I eat non-burrito food. I went back to Malena's today because a friend of mine told me that when I went yesterday, I did it wrong. Apparently, I should have gotten green sauce, not red, and pinto beans, not black.

So back I went.

He was right about the sauce. I'll give him that.

Then I went to work and finally finished off those disgusting microwave burritos. Had the last three. In a strange sort of poetic twist, I finished those dreaded, awful microwave bricks on the same day I finished this glorious challenge. They were my last meal.

So that's it for this one. One final verification will be sent to Yishan and I'm gonna hit the buffet.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Two Week Burrito Challenge: Day 23

Today we officially moved into our new place. The constant threat of homelessness is gone. We decided to celebrate by exploring our new locale, Ephraim, UT.

We found this little mexican place called Malena's Cafe. This place was amazing. Easily one of the best burritos I've had throughout this challenge.

Got a Beef Barbacoa Burrito. Also, horchata.

Later on, I went to work to use a computer to post this. We don't have internet in our new place yet. So while I'm sitting there waiting for my co-workers to finish their actual work, I decided to kill time by getting rid of a few more of those disgusting microwave burritos.

So that was my day today. I think I'm going to call tomorrow my last day of the challenge. 24 days. Two solid years of Gold. That's good enough. Besides, I'm excited to move on to the next challenge. 

Anyone know where I can get my hands on a fresh Ghost Pepper?...

Monday, September 2, 2013

Two Week Burrito Challenge: Day 22

Just had one burrito today at work. It had beans, ground beef, rice, cheese, sour cream. Pretty bleh, but it was alright.

Oh well. If I get hungry enough, I may break into the freezer again.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Two Week Burrito Challenge: Day 21

Went to a friend's church today to see his baby get blessed. Went to his house after for food and celebration.

He totally had a burrito bar!

This was the first time I'd met his family and I think I was the only non-family there, so I felt odd eating their food. However, the guy who's house it was demanded I eat a minimum of two burritos and make an extra to take home. So eat, I did...

Ground beef, rice, cheese, guacamole,
hot sauce, salsa, lettuce, refried beans.

The videos are from an odd angle because I didn't want to make them feel weird being taped, and I didn't want to have to explain to them what I was recording for, so I set the camera in my lap and did it that way.

It did eventually come out, though, and it turns out one other person there knew what I was doing and it made me feel less like a total weirdo. They all had a decent sense of humor and took it pretty well.

Let me share with you wisdom. If you meet a group of people for the first time and it comes out that you took an internet challenge to eat nothing but burritos for an indefinite amount of time and nobody bats an eye, then those are good people and true friends.

Anyway, it was a day of good food, good people, and some pretty funny stories.

Having home-made burritos again made me feel a billion times better about this whole thing.

On a side note, I have emailed written verification to Yishan, signed by several of my co-workers and friends, that I did abide by the rules of this challenge and I await his response.

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