A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from May 30, 2011
Food Wall (eating endurance limit)

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‘Man v. Food’ host Richman knows food… and NFL football
By Michael Fabiano NFL.com
Fantasy Editor
Published: March 28, 2011 at 06:05 p.m.
Adam Richman will sign copies of his book, “America the Edible: A Hungry History, From Sea to Dining Sea,” at the Barnes & Noble at the Grove in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. PT.
Richman: My most memorable food challenge was probably the Big Texan in Amarillo. All the big executives called me because it was such an iconic challenge, and a victory in that would be a legitimizing device for myself as much as for the show. And as someone who competed in athletics as a kid, to know that I could do that was a very big litmus test. So here I am, sitting down with this 72-ounce steak, shrimp and a salad. It was this really carpe diem moment. You can seize the moment and to borrow from Ricky Bobby, “wrestle it to the ground like a demon cobra,” or you can succumb and let the chips fall where they may. I remember there was one moment a little over halfway through the steak where I looked at my series producer, Dan, he looked at me over the monitor and said, “You got this, this is big.” And taking down the Big Texan was a watershed moment. The first time you hit the food wall, the first time the protein hits your body and you get the meat sweats, the first time you realize that you’re dealing with a challenge that is so recognizable that you have an obligation larger than yourself. That moment was a very big point for me.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, May 30, 2011 • Permalink

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