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I'm the Bartender at the Corporation Bar, Do You Remember Yesterday?

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 04.16.2014 | Weird News
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Leslie, the aforementioned bartender of the Corporation Bar in New Orleans, probably greets a lot of people with the above salutation. The Corporation...

Writing About Drinking While Drinking While Writing: Part Three -- National Bohemian 'Natty Boh' Canned beer

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 04.02.2014 | Weird News
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The final installment of my favorite dive bars in NYC has me drinking my all time favorite beer -- Natty Boh from Baltimore.

Green Egg Substitutes and Un-Ham

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 04.01.2014 | Weird News
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I eat professionally but write as an amateur to maintain my Olympic status. With apologies to Theodor Geisel... That Satian-I-am! That Satian-I-am! I...

The Wolfing (Down) of Wall Street

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 03.12.2014 | Weird News
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Eat this, Scorsese! I've read Jordon Belfort's book of excess, greed and over-consumption yet I felt it paled in comparison to the same qualities, but...

Writing About Drinking While Drinking While Writing: Part Two -- Lagavulin 16-Year-Old Whiskey

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 03.06.2014 | Weird News
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While still composing my ode to my favorite NYC dive bars, I am quaffing Lagavulin's 16-year-old whiskey from Islay.

Writing About Drinking While Drinking While Writing: Part One: Abita Grapefruit IPA and Brennivin Schapps

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 03.05.2014 | Weird News
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While listing my top ten New York City bars today, I am swigging Abita Grapefruit IPA and sipping Brennivin Schnapps from Iceland. Over twenty years of late nights, early afternoons in drinking holes and saloons, these are the ten or so that put my liver back in a New York Groove.

Dive Bar Beauty -- Anna at Coyote Ugly

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 02.27.2014 | Weird News
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The roar of the crowd over the cranked juke box tells you that this is where to be on a rainy Wednesday afternoon and no where else.

Indy -- My Kind of Town!

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 02.11.2014 | Weird News
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I have always relied on the kindness of strangeness, so 24 hours of shrimp cocktail, beer and whiskey in Indianapolis required a stumble to the dark side, with some nice folks along the way. As a city on the competitive eating circuit, Indy has often confounded me.

The Assassination of Twinkie the Kid by the Coward Crazy Legs Conti

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
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I had arraigned to meet the yellow bellied sponge cakester at an hour past high noon at the World Twinkie Eating Championship at the Bally's Tunica Casino.

Is Twinkie the Kid a Zombie or a Vampire? By Crazy Legs Conti

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
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I have kept the same heroes since the eighth grade and it has been a great month for my own personal hero worship.

They Can Shut Down the Government, but They Can't Stop the Chili

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
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In 1968, as Washington, D.C. was overcome by riots, Ben's Chili Bowl not only stayed open, but served the rioters on one side and the police on the other, proving that chaos may reign in the streets, but chili brings only peace.

Get Him a Body Bag Filled With Frozen Yogurt, Johnny

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
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The Phantom Gourmet Food Festival is in its tenth year, under the shadow of Fenway Park, with 50 vendors giving out food from The Sausage Guy to Uppercrust Pizza to beer. Lots and lots of beer.

Take the Gun, Eat the Cannoli

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 11.12.2013 | Weird News
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The cannoli is the perfect Italian dessert and its most unforgiving. One must have a crunchy jagged shell pockmarked like the moon. Its shape is an open cornucopia allowing filling from both sides.

The Buffalo Wing Festival in Two Bites. Part Two: I Am Woman, Hear My Stomach Roar!

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 11.05.2013 | Weird News
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On the Major League Eating circuit the hot dog is the toughest food in competition due to the meat and bun combo, but the chicken wing is the most difficult.

The Buffalo Wing Festival in Two Bites -- Part One: From Sage Daiquiris to Chicken Feed

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 11.03.2013 | Sports
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Over a decade ago, I went to my first Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York. Hungry Charles Hardy and I spent a half week enjoying the greatest bar food city on the planet.

About Last Night's Kimchi

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 10.14.2013 | Weird News
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My weekend in The Windy City included gourmet hot dogs, Comicon, a Kimchi Eating Contest, Superhero Strippers and a 8 to 10 pound weight fluctuation each day.

Is Competitive Eating Too Sexy for the 4th of July?

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 09.07.2013 | Weird News
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Someone who can fit sixty-eight wieners in his mouth must be confident in his sexuality, however, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, in a July 4th burst, irrevocab...

Destiny and Pig Racing at the New Jersey State Fair

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 09.01.2013 | Weird News
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Mixed with the animal aromas are heavy notes of deep fried everything -- welcome to the scent of the New Jersey State Fair.

The Magnificent Mollusk

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 08.04.2013 | Weird News
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Since 2002, I have competed in every Acme World Oyster Eating Contest that Nola has held. The mighty mollusk now has its own festival devoted to it, the first weekend in June.

But Is It Art?

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 07.12.2013 | Weird News
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George Shea, the head of Major League Eating, has often compared our sport to, "a ballet of the buffet." He is often ridiculed for comparing traditional art to, well, stuffing one's face for prize money and a trophy.

Is Competitive Hot Dog Eating a Young Man's Game?

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 07.08.2013 | Weird News
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A lot of competitive eaters wear open-toed shoes during competition, a fashion faux pas, I find both disturbing from a social etiquette issue to a health department concern. Perhaps, that's why Major League Eaters refer to retirement as, "hanging up the esophagus."

The Triple Crown of the Chowdown

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 07.01.2013 | Weird News
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Major League Eating has it's own Iditarod and butter is not on the menu. It's known as The Triple Crown of the Chowdown -- three eating events in three days and only the strongest weapons of mass digestion survive.

The Magna Carta of Meat

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 06.25.2013 | Weird News
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The symbiotic relationship between a man's fingers and a chicken wing is at its best when the sauce covers both, camouflaging a melding of man and bird as one.

The Greatest Place on Earth -- New Orleans

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 06.23.2013 | Sports
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I look out into the crowd and realize that New Orleans is the world's hometown and it's great to be home -- it makes me happy.

Fear, Loathing and Chicken Wings in Panama City, FLA; The Hooters World Wing Eating Championship and 42 Year Old Returns to Spring Break: Part Two

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 06.17.2013 | Weird News
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Spring break in South Padre Island, could be described as, "sloppy." I didn't think that it would carry over into the competitive eating events, however, at minute six of the collegiate Huveos Rancheros contest, something happened that I had rarely seen before.