A few months ago I went to Seattle with D and my brother to visit my dad and stepmum. Dad was (and still is) undergoing treatment for a tumour in his throat so we thought it might be nice to surprise him and give him something to smile about while undergoing chemo and radiotherapy. So, there he was at home one Thursday afternoon when he gets an unexpected knock at the front door and opens it to find the three of us standing there! Needless to say, he was a bit shocked.
After we gave him time to digest the fact that his quiet afternoon was thrown into chaos by our sudden arrival, we went and picked up my stepmum from work and headed out for some food as we were STARVING.
My brother, who will hereafter be referred to affectionately as GDU (garbage disposal unit), was itching to get to XXX rootbeer. So within about two hours of landing, this is where we found ourselves. They are (in)famous for their XXX burger and GDU was keen to get his teeth into one. As we ordered, the waitress commented on our accent and we told her we were fresh off the plane from Australia. Next thing we know, one of the owners comes out to tell us that an Australian holds the record for eating the XXX burger in record time. Well folks, GDU is the proud holder of this record. I stupidly tried to eat one of these burgers on our first trip a few years ago and was defeated. When he went over for the first time about 18 months ago, I told him there would be no way he could finish it. Well he proved me wrong, finishing it, AND his chips, in under four minutes! He tried to break his record but didn’t. To be honest, I’m not sure that is such a bad thing! Check out the size of the burger in comparison to his hands! If you’re really keen, feel free to watch the video he took of the experience.
I had a philly cheesesteak – my wallet in the background is about half the size and it is 21cm long!
Welcome to America!
Thankfully, we didn’t always eat like this, but we did go back to some of our favourite places in and around the outer Seattle area.