Seven hot dogs, three cokes, a bottle of water and a half a bag of peanuts - that was the price for my dignity today as I stuffed my face at the All You Can Eat event at the Rogers Centre. I was proud and ashamed of myself all at the same time.
If you were one of the lucky ones to have enjoyed seats in the All You Can Eat section earlier today, you not only got the opportunity to chow down nonstop until the end of the seventh inning, but you also were treated to one hell of a ball game.
The food setup was very streamlined for this special affair. The sections were quarantined off, meaning you had to have a special bracelet to get in. From there, you could walk up to any food stand in the designated area and just serve yourself. People definitely took advantage of this and would literally stuff their shirts full of chips and peanuts, then grab four hot hogs and head for their seats.
At no point was there ever really a shortage of food. I was surprised that the stands could actually keep up to the demands, but Aramark proved they were ready for the hoards of hungry Blue Jays fans.
The strangest part of the afternoon was when our sections started chanting "pizza, pizza, pizza" in hopes that the Blue Jays would get their seventh strikeout to win them a slice of pizza. What, did they not get enough fill of hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, pop and chips that they needed a piece of pizza too? Glad to see they had their priorities straight.
One small complaint I have is that they didn't serve the typical Lester's ballpark hot dog. It didn't appear regulation size and resembled that of a regular hot dog. After a few innings, I checked a different stand and they were actually serving the ball park hot dogs. I guess it all depended on where you went.
I tried to follow my Guide to Gluttony and ate as quickly as I could. I started off with four hot dogs and two pops, but as the innings progressed I found myself unable to keep up the pace established earlier in the game. In fact, it almost took me a whole inning to finish my last hot dog - which was seven in total. By the way, Tao and Archi - you both owe me five bucks!
And just for those who are calorie counters, I added it all up and it turns out I consumed approximately 2845 total calories at the All You Can Eat game.
After all that I could probably use a coronary, so if anybody knows a good cardiologist, please ... hook a brother up!