Man versus food

6 Dec

We’ve not watched much TV, well the children have, but the grown ups haven’t. Partly it’s because we’ve not often had access to a TV in the evenings because the children have been asleep, and partly because we’ve only had the free channels, which aren’t terribly good.

Special mention has to go to two programmes, The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills, which satisfied my I’m a Celebrity longing for a couple of evenings, and Man Versus Food. The latter basically involves a man, can’t remember his name, visiting restaurants around the USA and being challenged to eat gargantuan quantities of food in one sitting. The world’s biggest burger, that kind of thing. Man usually wins. As a format it gets tired pretty quickly, but for keen students of American culture, it has a lot to recommend it.

Today is our last day in America. I made a request that we go out and have a proper American breakfast. Steve chose a restaurant in the less fancy of Waikiki’s two Hiltons because it’s pancakes got a good write up in the Lonely Planet.

We arrived and looked at the menu, $15 for pancakes seemed a bit steep, but we were there and we’re used to sharing our food as portions are so big. Then we noticed the little announcement on the menu, “as seen on Man vs. Food”. We could not have chosen a more fitting venue for our last breakfast.

We just ordered one portion, the Elvis, with bacon, banana and peanut butter. It seemed only right.

Well. Apparently the record for one person to eat a stack of the Hilton’s pancakes is 15 minutes. He didn’t have to pay his bill. There was no way on earth we’d have achieved that. Each pancake was the size of a large pizza. Have you ever tried to eat a pancake the size of a pizza? I can confirm that it’s not easy. We struggled manfully for about 20 minutes with the delicious but ginormous portion, then our friendly waiter offered to box the rest up for us. It was without doubt the most entertaining meal we’ve had in Hawaii, and also the best value. $15 is a steal round these parts. And we’ve still got more than enough for tea.

PS picture above not actual size.


7 Responses to “Man versus food”

  1. jay (@cosmicgirlie) 07/12/2010 at 12:34 am #


    And also,


    (Still not jealous. Kinda.) xx

  2. eggscreamandhoney 07/12/2010 at 11:55 am #

    Oh Victoria breakfast in America! It’s not just a meal it’s an occasion. Charles still talks about his first time in the mid-West and seeing people so large they needed two seats in the diner we ate at. Pancakes are the best so you picked wisely. We always share plates when we eat out too. It’s crazy how much they give you as normal portions. People might spend more money if they were smaller!! Anyway glad you’re final day was so eventful. x

  3. Theodora 07/12/2010 at 12:12 pm #

    Not sure whether that’s a yum or a gag from me… The Elvis sounds like a toxic combination and recalls the way the poor man died. But then we’ve been in Asia so bloody long that banana pancakes are on our never-again list…

  4. If I Could Escape . . . 08/12/2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I could do with a stack of cakes right now!

  5. Simon 09/12/2010 at 11:31 am #

    Reminds me so much of the crazy US portion sizes.

    In one diner the kids had had enough of burgers and suchlike so they “kids salad meal” from the all you can eat buffet – simple healthy portion you would think!!

    Then the waitress arrives with 2 adult size (UK) plates of chicken nugget and chips – No! No! we say. we never ordered that, it must be a mistake.

    No! No! says the waitress “they come free with a kids salad meal!!!!!”

    Unbelievable! We sent her packing.

    Take care.
    The Bowmans

  6. Rosie Scribble 10/12/2010 at 10:20 pm #

    Fabulous. Not actual size? Oh shame. Just letting you know I’m following your adventure!


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