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Growing Up With Bottle Village

Growing Up With Bottle Village

If you asked me to describe Bottle Village in one word I’d have to say art.  But it would be hard to stop there.  It is more than just art.  I feel like I grew up with Bottle Village always weaving in and out of my life and molding the adult I am today. In the early 90’s I went to Bottle Village often with my mom.  She was on the board for a (very) long time and the president for some of the time.  I’d go there (get dragged there) to help pull weeds or do other clean up.  Not fun for a teen, but I did it.  I remember roaming the buildings and finding something fascinating and running to find my mom to bring her back to see it and forgetting which building I had been in.  Bottle Village was a wonderland.  A place to explore for hours.  I’d often be mesmerized by the mosaics, dolls, trinkets, and walk building to building, lost in my own thoughts.

Celebrating Grandma Prisbrey’s Birthday. Cerra 1988.1988-bv

 

Picture of Grandma Prisbrey

Photo by Joe Ofria 1973 & 1978

Photo by Joe Ofria 1973 & 1978

Senior Recycling Art

Tressa (also known as Thresie) Luella Schafer (now affectionately known as Grandma Prisbrey) was born on a homestead in 1896 in Minnesota.  When she was 15 she became a sister-bride, marrying her sister’s ex-husband, 52-year-old Theodore Grinolds.  They had seven children. Earl (b.1913), Raymond (b.1914), Frank (b.1916), Velma (b.1918), Othea (b.1920), Florence (b.1925) and Hubert (b.1926).  Grandma Prisbrey leaves her husband in the 20’s, travels to the Pacific Northwest in the 30’s and settles in Santa Susana (now known as Simi Valley) in 1946.  In 1947 she married her second husband, Al Prisbrey.

In 1954-55 she needs surgery and sells her house and buys the lot that is now known as Bottle Village.  She started building Bottle Village in 1956.  The first things she built was a wall to keep turkey feathers and mud off of her property from the farm next door. She found out bricks were expensive and decided to create her own wall by using discarded bottles and mixing her own cement.  She built a wall 6 feet high and over 200 feet long.  Next came a building to store her pencil collection.  She collected pencils in her travels, namely political pencils.  They eventually numbered over 17,000.  From there she built more and more.  Some of the buildings are the Rumpus Room, Cleopatra’s bedroom, the Round House, the Schoolhouse  Most of the major construction completed by 1961 but she continued to add more on top of tables, create more mosaics, repair dolls and dress them, sometimes sewing new clothes for them and adding to the structures.  She often gave tours to people passing by and entertained her guests by playing the piano in the Rumpus Room.  During this time she was also babysitting some grandchildren on the property.

Grandma Prisbrey gathered things in her daily trips to the dump.  Headlights, beer bottles, Milk of Magnesia Bottles, dolls, old licence plates, toy guns, etc.  She created mosaics, decorated bottles, filled the walkways with her art.  People would drop off items to her and some would visit for a tour and upon returning home in other states or countries would mail her more to add to her collections.

Just imagine!  She was 60-years-old when she started Bottle Village

Grandma Prisbrey passed away in 1988 at the age of 92.  In that time she had some battles keeping the property and out of that rose a non-profit to help protect Bottle Village.  Preserve Bottle Village is a group of passionate volunteers that dedicate time to help give tours, fundraise, do repairs and educate others on this local treasure.  It has become a California State Historical Landmark, has had exhibits toured in Europe, has had visitors from all over the world and is even in public school textbooks.

Bottle Village isn’t only art.

  • It is recycling ahead of the times.
  • It is senior art.
  • It is upcycling.
  • It is a historic site.

There is so much it is impossible to describe it in one word.

Inside the Round House

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What Goes Up Must Come Down

At one time Bottle Village consisted of 13 buildings and 22 structures, wishing wells, mosaic walk ways and more.  In January, 1994 the Northridge Earthquake hit and a great amount of damage happened to Bottle Village.  Now many buildings are destroyed and others visibly damaged.  So much needs to be done but funds are needed.  Preserve Bottle Village has been working to get the buildings repaired so future generations can visit.  If you’d like to help we are always in need of docents, grant writers, help with tours, grounds keeping, community awareness, etc.  Preserve Bottle village continues preservation efforts, giving private tours to visitors.  Currently visitors can tour the grounds but can not go inside the remaining buildings due to repairs in progress.

Outside the Round House and Grandma Prisbrey’s ‘Spring Garden’ on the ground.

2016-09-15-18-29-46 Grandma Prisbrey’s Doll Head Shrine.  This either a love or hate structure by visitors.imgp2751

I’m now an adult and Bottle Village has come full circle.  I’m now on the board, giving tours and helping out.  I’m now dragging my kids to Bottle Village.  I love being here!  Seeing people that have lived in the neighborhood a few decades share memories of their childhood knowing Grandma Prisbrey. People from all over the world emailing us, wanting tours, sharing memories and photos.  School children writing letters after learning about Bottle Village in their classrooms.2016-09-15-18-32-05

I can wander the grounds of Bottle Village and after all these years have something catch my eye that I’ve never seen before.

In memory of Joanne Johnson.  She dedicated much of her life to Bottle Village. Not only was she a close family friend, she was a self-anointed fairy godmother to my children.

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Harvest Festival Art & Craft Show in Ventura

Harvest Festival Art & Craft Show in Ventura

Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds

This awesome fun event is coming up this weekend.  September 30th- October 2nd (also in Ontario Oct 7-9th).

Fall is here.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are all just around the corner.  I can’t wait to go to this to see awesome art and craft ideas for me to create at home or purchase at the fair.

Catering to parents and kids with something fun happening for everyone, each showcase features hundreds of exhibitors, specialty foods, live entertainment, contests, and a fun interactive Kidzone. I’d love to offer you tickets for contest giveaway to your subscribers. (Value $9 each and Kids 12 and under are free!)

Info and tickets are available at Harvest Festival or call 925/ 392-7300

Check out all sorts of trades and amazing craftsmanship harvest-2

I Love These Glass Pumpkins.  Perfect Halloween decorations and great for giftsharvest-1

A filled to the brim showcase of 24,000 handmade creations, the 27 th Annual Ventura Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft show gets underway Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Seaside Park at the beach becomes a hub of activities with shopping, live entertainment, contests, strolling entertainers, and a Kidzone with a pumpkin patch.

 

ENTER TO WIN

Right now one lucky person can win a family 4-pack to the festival.  Simply scroll down and leave a comment, answering, ‘What is your favorite holiday or season?’

  • Winner will be chosen at random.
  • Winner must be of the age 18-years-old or older.
  • Winner must be able to go to the Box Office at the Ventura Fairgrounds to pick up the tickets in their name during the dates of the event.
  • Winner will be picked Thursday afternoon.

 

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101 Things To Do On Catalina Island

101 Things To Do On Catalina Island

Catalina Island has so much to explore and see.  A perfect place for a vacation, honeymoon, day trip and more.  A perfect getaway and not too far from the mainland coastline of California.  We went there recently and stayed three days and explored every day.  There was still so much we missed.  I can’t wait to go back to this enchanting island.  It is like stepping into Hawaii without the airfare big hotels and crowds.  We took a 3 1/2 hour tour with our guide, Greg, teaching us all about the history of the island.  We went snorkeling, fishing, played miniature golf, shopped.  There is so much to do and the kids had a blast.  They said it was their best vacation ever.   The last time I was on Catalina Island was about 35 years ago.  I went with my mom, sister and a group of my mom’s friends and we camped on our own private beach for two weeks.  Catalina is approximately 88% natural conservatory and can not be built on.  It has two cities, both by the beach.  Avalon has about 4,000 residences and Two Harbors has about 300 residence. We stayed at Hotel Catalina Garden Suites.  It is a vintage building recently renovated.  The room was big with two king beds, a walk in bathroom and a small walk in kitchen area with a mini fridge, microwave, sink and small table with two chairs.  I took my two children, my sister and my nephew on the trip and we all fit nicely with the two beds and two couches in the room.  Next time I visit Catalina I want to check out the city of Two Harbors.  There isn’t as much there in size and number of people but it has a shipwreck, some bays and more.  So much to explore.  .  Next time we’ll stay a whole week.

  1. Go Fishing.  My son bought a $5 plastic thing with a line and hook and $3 for bait and he fished off the side of the Green Pier.  He got lots of nibbles and caught one fish!
  2. Go Parasailing.  There were a lot of people out there doing this (I’m too chicken).  I even saw some with two people in the ‘seat’ under the parachute. You can book this with Island Water Charters.
  3. Tour the island.  There are few ways to do this.  Bus with a group, private tour in a jeep.  Plus you can choose the outside or inside of the islands.  We booked it with Greg from Catalina Transportation Services.  He knew everything about Catalina from the native plants to the history of it.  He said he studies it in his free time so he can give accurate and updated information in all his tours.
  4. Go wine tasting.  There are a few ways to book this plus Catalina has it’s own vineyard (ask Greg for the history of it).
  5. Visit Catalina’s Museum.  They just moved to a brand new building and opened June 18th.  The ASA Blanche Wrigley Schreider Building showcases the history of the island from the Native Americans to today.
  6. Check out local exhibits.  The exhibits rotate but there is always something fun and educational.  Right now you can see Bettie Page Uncovered.  The exhibit will be up through October 16th.
  7. Mingle in the art galleries.  My favorite is A Fishinados.  Everything is ‘fish art.’  I even bought a few souvenirs there.  Everything is handmade by local artists.  They don’t allow photography inside so you’ll have to trust me on how awesome it is and go check it out.
  8. Go shopping.  Because, When In Rome’ right?  Or ‘While on Vacation.’  Get Catalina inspired clothing and more for your family or shop for Christmas gifts.  You’ll find a lot of one-of-a-kind shops.
  9. Get a massage.  This was the most awesome thing ever!  I got a massage in a cabana with the ocean breeze coming in.  Compliments of Massages By The Sea and located in Descanso Beach Club.  It was a nice stroll over there, about 20 minutes from the Green Pier.
    descanso beach club
  10. See a LIVE Concert!  Bands like Toad the Wet Sprocket and The Wailers.  Check out Live Descanso Beach Club for concert dates and to purchase tickets.  The concerts are on a green grass knoll with the ocean 200 yards away.
  11. Learn about hawks, meet an owl, check out the eagles and more at Catalina Falconry Experience.  Participants even get to put on a glove and hold one.
  12. Over 21?  Take a Happy Hour Cruise.  Wine tasting and beer bar plus the best views from the water.
  13. If you are in Avalon you’ll miss the sunset (it sets on the other side of the island) but you can see it reflect off of the clouds. Perfect time to get some awesome pictures.  While you are out there check out an evening Flying Fish Tour.  Go out on a boat for two hours at dusk to check out these winged fish.
  14. Go on a Scavenger Hunt.  This can be done walking, golf cart, Segway and more Catalina has five scavenger hunts to choose from.  You can schedule it with Urban Adventure Quest.
  15. Rent a Golf Cart and explore.  Since Catalina is mostly a nature conservatory the two cities are small and streets do not accommodate cars too well.  Most visitors travel on foot or rent a 4 or 6 person golf cart.
    catalina golf carts
  16. Rent Bikes.  Get some exercise and ride from pier to pier or around the city.  Some of the streets are steep (you might have to get off and push your bike) but there is a lot to see.
  17. Go Snorkeling.  We explored Lover’s Cove and Casino Point Dive.  Catalina Diver Supply company offers 24 hour rentals for snorkel gear and wetsuits.  Since the waters in Catalina are really cold these wetsuits are extra thick.  They also have scuba setups.
  18. Have kids that are easily bored while shopping or waiting for food?  Make up an I-Spy Game.  See how many statues you can find.  Guess if someone walking by is a resident or tourist.
  19. Go on a water tour and check out the sea lions.
  20. Take a tour offered by the local businesses.
    a. Two Harbors Tour.
    b. Cape Canyon Tour.
    c. East End Adventure.
    d. Undersea Tour.
    e. Avalon Scenic Tour.
  21. Get out at night and enjoy the sky!  Search constellations more.  I love the cell app Star Walk for star, planet, satellite and constellation identification.
  22. Rent Electric Bikes.  These are great if you want to be on a bike with the shining sun and ocean breeze but aren’t in the shape to peddle the hills.
  23. Take a Food Tour.  Taste of Catalina Food Tours is a fun adventure for foodies. This is for adults and teens and is an informative 3-hour tasting and cultural walking tour.
  24. Take a Glass bottom Boat Tour.  This was easy and fun.  Great for all ages.  The captain even feed the fish so more would come under the boat. The tour is approximately 40 minutes long and the kids had a blast.
  25. Dive in at Descanso Fresh… dive in the dessert bar that is!  Fresh desserts from ice creams and smoothies to infused 21-and-up Desserts.
  26. Guess where this Statue photo was taken!  If you know please post in the comments!  Hint- It is inside of a restaurant and from the outside window you might guess, by how eclectic the place looks.
    catalina statue
  27. Zipline across the inside of the island.  There are five lines total, taking you from the top down to Descanso Beach Club.  Tickets need to be purchased in advance.
  28. Tour the airport!  Did you know Catalina has an airport? I didn’t!  It even has a gift shop and small cafe.
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  29. Outside the airport you can check out some murals with the history of the island on them as well as a miniature replication island.
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  30. Search for Bison.  Learn the history on why these wild beasts are here and try to spot some on a jeep or bus tour.  Right no there is 150 on the island.  There used to be over 300 but the bison are on birth control pill to limit population do to the California drought.
  31. Take a Helicopter Tour.  Not only can you travel to Catalina via helicopter (15 minute ride) you can also schedule an aerial tour around the island.
  32. See the Eagles and the bird rescue habitat.  Right now they have three birds you can see.  Due to broken wings the birds can’t be released to the wild and will live out their lives in captivity.
    catalina birds
  33. View the LiveCam bird nests.  Right now there are eight cameras on eagle nests on the island.
  34. Try out a new sport call SNUBA and take a tour of the ocean floor.
  35. Rock Climb!  Descanso Beach Club has 8 separate routes on their rock climbing walls.
  36. Surf.  Rent a surfboard, boogie board or body surf!  The water is perfect and there is public access to the beach all over the island.
  37. Check out the old Stage Coach building on the route to Middle Ranch. It was a place for overnight stops back when stage coaches traveled the island.  Right now it is closed for repairs but can be viewed from the outside.
  38. Tour the Native Plant Nursery.  A group of volunteers grow all of the island’s native plants in the nursery and often explore the island digging up non-native plants and planting native ones.  No non-native plants can be planted on the island.
  39. Get amazing photos of the boats, ocean and skyline!  Catalina has the view for it all.
    catalina sunset
  40. Take a Skyline Drive Tour to see the vistas, canyons and airport.
  41. If you visit the airport you must try the DC3 Airport’s famous cookies!  Not kidding.  Best ones ever! The Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Walnut was my favorite.
  42. Go to the Movies!  The Avalon theatre plays recently released movies for young and old alike!
  43. Explore the Casino and schedule a behind-the-scenes tour backstage.  The Casino is not for gambling but takes the traditional sense of the word, a building or room used for social amusements.  It is over 80-years-old and just had a renovation.
    catalina casino
  44. Play golf.  Catalina’s golf course was built in 1892 and is 2100 yards with 9 holes (two sets of tees to play 18 holes).
  45. If golf isn’t your thing try out miniature golf.  It is 18 holes with all sorts of native plants.  Nice shade for hot days too.  If you get a Passport booklet there is a coupon you can use too!
    miniature golf
  46. Have some pizza and get off your feet while the kids play at the arcade and sports zone.
  47. Play on the beach.  Swim, build sand castles, search for crabs or shells, play tag.
  48. Rent a watercraft:
    a. Paddleboat.
    b. Kayak.
    c. Motorboat.
    d. Fishing boat.
    e. Paddle Boat.
  49. Go Tubing.
  50. Visit Two Harbors.  Most tourists stay in Avalon but there is another city on Catalina, Two Harbors.  It is a lot smaller but still has many activities.  *Avalon has 4,000 residence and Two Harbors has 300 residence.
  51. Go Sport Fishing.  Take a 1/2 day or full day trip and see what you can catch.
  52. Try to spot the Garibaldi fish!  This fish is gorgeous and stands out with its bright orange color. You can see it snorkeling, scuba diving and from the glass bottom boat.
    Garibaldi
  53. take an evening Walking Tour and look for Catalina ghosts!
  54. Dine at the water at Descanso Gardens.  We had lunch at Descanso Fresh and while we waited for our food to come the kids played at the waterline.
    Descanso Fresh
  55. Catalina is known for ‘5 Places With Spectacular Views.’  See if you can find all five of them.
  56. Make S’mores!  Our hotel, Hotel Catalina Garden Suites, had a firepit with chairs in the courtyard.  It is lit every night and guests are invited to roast s’mores.
  57. Visit the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden.
  58. Just relax.  Get a good book and relax on the beach.  Descanso Gardens has family cabanas available to rent too.
  59. Take the Trans Atlantic Hike across the whole island.  This is a 22 mile hike so something you need to pack and plan ahead for but the sites are amazin.
  60. Visit Catalina’s two public playgrounds.  The City Park and the People’s Park.  The People’s Park also has picnic tables.
  61. Take a Heli-Bike Tour near Two Harbors.
  62. Take a group tour of the island on a Segway.
  63. Tour the ocean floor on the Nautilus.
  64. See if you can find all of Catalina’s Native Fish with your family:
    a. Garibaldi.
    b. Flying Fish.
    c. Yellowtail.
    d. Pacific Mackerel.
    e. Male Sheephead (these are really cool) black and red fish).
    f. California Halibut.
    g. Kelp Bass.
    h. California Barracuda (my son caught one of these fishing).
  65. Find more about underwater Catalina with Catalina Island: The Indispensible Guide to What’s Really Down There book.
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  66. Take a Mystery Tour.  Learn about Catalina Island celebrities, UFO sightings, Ghosts and more.
  67. Sign your kids up for Catalina Sea Camp.
  68. Take a Sunset Cruise.
  69. Stroll the Green Pier.  Dine, fish, sit on the benches and just enjoy people watching.
  70. Go for a swim!  There is a lifeguard on duty June-September 9am-7pm on the public beaches in Avalon.
  71. Rent jet skis!  Jump the waves, look for flying fish, sea lions and dolphins or just enjoy the open ocean.
  72. Visit a Cemetery.  To each their own, but Catalina actually has a cemetery and a hospital.
  73. Go to church.  If you happen to be there on a Sunday you can check out a local church service.  Catalina has six different churches to choose from.
  74. Attend an AA Meeting.  Not for all, but for recovering alcoholics it is nice to know there are meetings you can attend while on vacation.
  75. RUN!  Did you know Catalina welcomes runners?  Catalina has more than 50 miles of rugged coastline and more than 42,000 acres.  This invites runners from 5k’s to marathons!  Catalina hosts 5 major running events a year.
  76. If you are on any of the land tours you can try to spot the Catalina Island Fox.  Small and cute but a bit shy.  I heard they are often spotted near the Catalina Airport cafe, in the seating area outside.  They hang out trying to get some crumbs of leftover food.
  77. Check out the festivals of arts in the square.
  78. Explore a shipwreck or attend a shipwreck! 🙂  Two Harbors has a Shipwreck Festival in March.
  79. Have a picnic.  Pick a place at the beach or on a hike.  Descanso Gardens and a lot of the local restaurants will even sell you to-go sandwiches and snacks.
  80. Check out the World War II Bunker. facing the water and abandon and not accessible but you can check it out from the outside.
  81. Relax in Soaking Pools at Island Spa Catalina.
  82. Take a Wine and Cheese Tour.
  83. Camp!  Campsites are available for rent by the day or week.  For a family or big groups, like Boy Scouts.
  84. Try Buffalo milk at Harbor Reef Restaurant.
  85. Visit the Inn on Mount Ada.
  86. Take a Land-Sea Tour.
  87. Try Bison Jerky.
  88. Visit the Catalina Nature Center.
  89. Travel to Mount Orizaba.  It is 2069 feet in elevation and is the highest point on the island.
  90. Snorkel in the Marine Preserve.  Scuba diving is not allowed but you can snorkel here.  We saw tons of fish and some sort of sea cucumber.
  91. Get under in a Submarine!  Take a tour on the Seawolf for an undersea expedition.
  92. Take a Night Zip.  Try a night tour on a zipline at heights of more than 300 feet above the canyon floor with one run that is 1,100 feet long at speeds up to 40 MPH.  Did I tell you it is at night? Definitely for the brave of heart.
  93. Take a night tour on Catalina’s biofuel Hummer under the canopy of stars.
  94. take a Sundown Isthmus Cruise.  Cruise from Avalon to Two Harbors viewing the 14 mile coastline.
  95. Have some pizza.  There are no chain restaurants on the whole island!  Support mom and pop shops while dining.  There are plenty of places to choose from plus grocery stores if you prefer to shop and eat in your hotel or rental.
  96. Enjoy your hotel’s history! A lot of the hotels in Catalina are very old and have a lot of history behind them.  We stayed at Hotel Catalina Garden Suites. The hallways and office showcase photos from the past with pictures of old-time Catalina and celebrities that visited.
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  97. Find the Oldest House in Catalina.  Our tour guide, Greg, pointed it out to us. People still live there so just drive by and don’t step on the property.
    oldest house in catalina
  98.  Propose! Find a private spot with a spectacular view and propose to your significant other to marry you!
  99. Check out the tiles on the walk to the Casino.  Gorgeous tiles of Catalina’s animals, plants and more stretch out along the walking path.
    catalina tile timeline
  100.  Find the Deagan chimes. They can be heard from all over Avalon since 1925 and chime from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  101. Take a ferry.  There are many ways to get to Catalina Island.  The Catalina Express transports visitors from San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point with times available throughout the day.

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98 California Food Challenge Restaurants

98 California Food Challenge Restaurants

This is an amazing list of California Food Challenges, all over California. It’s a big state, be sure to check out the whole list! Sorted alphabetically with details of difficulty, description and the prize.  Find the ones near you and go with some friends.  Pizza, steak, sushi and more.  Prizes vary from a t-shirt to $2500!  Definitely worth trying if you think you can gorge that much food in a limited amount of time.  If you know of others in your city please add them in the comments.

 

california food challenge guide

8 Buck Pizza Plus

               Difficulty: 4 out of 5

               Team Challenge

               Cost: $60

               Time: 1 Hour for 2 / 30 Minutes for 3

               Description

               – 30″ pizza, LOADED with toppings.

               Prizes

               – Free Meal – Free T-shirts – Picture on Wall of Fame – $2500 cash to the first team of 2 to finish in less      than 1 hour – $750 cash to the first team of 3 to finish in less than 30 minutes

AJ Spurs Saloon (Buellton, Templeton, Grover Beach)

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Steak Challenge

Cost: $39

Time: One Sitting

Description

–  35oz steak served with a few sides

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Meal not free or discounted

Amato’s Cheese Steaks (Willow Glen Center)

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Sandwich Challenge

Cost: $33

Time: 2 Hours

Description

– A long cheese steak sandwich with lots of toppings

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

American Sushi House

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Sushi Challenge

Cost: $40

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

– 18 inch sushi roll, with fish, avocado, and lots of rice.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame

Baja Sharkeez (Hermosa Beach)

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Taco Challenge

Cost: $28

Time: 20 Minutes

Description

– 10 large Baja fish tacos

Prizes

– Free Meal – Gift Card

Ballpark Pizza

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Team Challenge

Cost: $40

Time: 1 Hour

Description

– It’s a 28″ cheese pizza that is extra thick

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame – $100 cash

Bamboo Café

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Soup Challenge

Cost: $21

Time: 1 Hour

Description

–  2.5lbs of noodles served with 2lbs of meat

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Be-Bop’s Diner

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $25

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

– 13 quarter pound burger patties with cheese and 2 lbs of fries and a 25 oz shake

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Bella’s Sports Pub

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Wing Challenge

Cost: $15

Time: 10 Minutes

Description

–  12 wings with very spicy ghost chili sauce on them

– You must lick your fingers before the 7 minute “afterburn” period begin and you may not use a napkin to wipe or drink anything until afterwards.

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted

Big Mama’s & Papa’s Pizzeria (Burbank)

Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Team Challenge

Cost: $218

Time: 2 Hours

Description

– A 54″x 54″ square pizza served with one topping of your choice.

– Seven people get 2 full hours to eat the entire pizza + toppings.

Prizes

– Free Meal – $1000 cash

Big Mike’s Subs (Hermosa Beach)

Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Sandwich Challenge

Cost: $33

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

– Three feet of sandwich with cheesesteak and lettuce and tomato.

Prizes

– Free Shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – $30 gift card –: Meal not free or discounted

Blake’s Place (Anaheim and Los Alamitos)

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Sandwich Challenge

Cost: $16

Time: 20 Minutes

Description

– Slow smoked pulled pork, pulled BBQ chicken, chopped beef brisket, cole slaw, pickle, red onion and Blake’s BBQ sauce, oversized fresh baked bun.

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Free bumper sticker – Picture on Wall of Fame – Challenge not free or discounted

Bob’s Donuts

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Dessert Challenge

Cost: $8.95

Time: 2 Minutes

Description

– Extra large “Big One” donut(equal to 14 regular donuts)

– 5 options: Glazed, Chocolate Frosting, Sprinkles, Maple, and Crumbs

Prizes

– Finish within 3 minutes: Free T-shirt and get your name on Hall Of Fame – Finish within 2 minutes: Free Meal + Free Drink + T-shirt + Hall Of Fame – The price of the drink is included (not extra) whether you win or lose

Bourbon Street Cajun Cuisine

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Spicy Burger Challenge

Cost: $35

Time: 1 Hour

Description

3lb burger is topped with ghost chili paste.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Broken Yolk Café (Pacific Beach, Eastlake, La Costa, Downtown Gaslamp, San Marcos, Oceanside, Point Loma, Carmel Mountain, Temeluca, Mission Valley, Orange, La Quinta, El Centro)

Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Omelet Challenge

Cost: $34.95

Time: 1 Hour

Description

–  12 egg omelet filled with mushrooms, onions, and cheese, covered with special chili and more cheese

– Includes a huge pile of home fries and 2 large biscuits

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Name on Special Plaque

Buddy’s Bites & Brews

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Wing Challenge

Cost: $11

Time: 8 Minutes

Description

– 12 (1 lb) extra spicy wings, 8 minute afterburn period before taking a drink

– Sauce includes Jalapeno, Habanero, Serrano, and Trinidad Scorpion Peppers

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Buffalo Fire Department Restaurant

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $30

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

– 2lb patty with lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes, on a bun and 1lb of fries

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Bull’s Smokin’ BBQ

Difficulty: 3 out of 5 :

BBQ Challenge

Cost: $70

Time: 1 Hour

Description

–  8 Smoked Pork Ribs, 6 Smoked Beef Ribs, 1/2 Smoked Chicken

Prizes

– $25 gift card – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted

BullChicks Bar & Grill (Chula Vista)

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Wing Challenge

Cost: $10

Time: 5 Minutes

Description

– 7 Fire Level 15 hot wings

-No drinks, napkins, or dipping sauces

Prizes

– Free T-Shirt – $10 Gift Card – Wall of Fame

Cali Comfort BBQ

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Wing Challenge

Cost: $14

Time: 10 Minutes

Description

– 6 super spicy ghost chili wings.

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted

Caminiti’s Pizza & Sports

Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Team Challenge

Cost: $60

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

– 35″ Pizza loaded with choice of toppings

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirts – Pictures on Wall of Fame

Cataldo’s Pizzeria (Bakersfield~Niles St, Riverwalk, Roberts Ln.)

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Team Challenge

Cost: $50

Time: 1 Hour

Description

– 30″ pizza loaded with toppings, available for teams of two to try.

Prizes

– Free meal – Picture on Wall of Fame – $100 cash

Chile Red Mexican Restaurant

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Burrito Challenge

Cost: $12

Time: One Sitting

Description

– This is a very large burrito with choice of meat, topped with sauce.

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted

El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant

Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Burrito Challenge

Cost: $40

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

–  30″ burrito complete with sauce and choice of meat

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

F McLintock’s Saloon (Dining House and San Luis Obispo)

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $25

Time: 1 Hour

Description

–  1 1/2 pounds of ground beef topped with cheddar cheese on a giant hamburger bun and fries.

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame –  Meal not free or discounted

Fab Hot Dogs (Reseda)

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Hotdog Challenge

Cost: $3.75/each

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

– The hot dogs are not very big, but you have to beat the current record to win.

Prizes

– Free T-shirt or hat – Picture on Wall of Fame –  Meal not free or discounted

Fat Sal’s Deli (Hollywood, San Diego, and Westwood)

Difficulty: 5 out of 5

Sandwich Challenge

Cost: $50

Time: 40 Minutes

Description

–  Cheesesteak, cheese burgers, pastrami, chicken fingers, bacon, mozzarella sticks, fried eggs, jalapeno poppers, fries, onion rings, chili, marinara, fat sauce, on a 27 inch garlic hero.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame – Name and create a fat sandwich

Fenton’s Creamery (Oakland and Vacaville)

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Ice Cream Challenge

Cost: $15

Time: 15 Minutes

Description

– Banana Split,  6x the size of a normal one, all topped with a cherry.

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Meal not free or discounted

Frank’s Famous Hot Dogs

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $22

Time: One Sitting

Description

–  10 Mini burgers with cheese and tomatoes

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Meal not free or discounted

Giovanni’s Isla Vista

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Calzone Challenge

Cost: $35

Time: 1 Hour

Description

– Calzone, filled with choice of toppings, topped with sauce and cheese

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Gogi House

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Asian Challenge

Cost: $40

Time: 1 Hour

Description

– 5lbs of Korean meats

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Golden Grill @ Golden Acorn Casino

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $18

Time: One Sitting

Description

– About 1.5-2lbs of beef with some toppings

Prizes

– Free Dessert – Meal not free or discounted

Graziano’s Pizza

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Team Challenge

Cost: $46

Time: 45 Minutes

Description

– You and a friend must take on the 24″ monster pizza with plenty of toppings

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirts – Picture on Wall of Fame -2 Free future pizzas

Guahan Grill

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Asian Challenge

Cost: $25

Time: 1 Hour

Description

– 6 pounds of chicken fried rice, 6 over easy eggs on top

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free Shirt – $25 Cash – Wall Of Fame

Harry’s Plaza Café

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Dessert Challenge

Cost: $25

Time: One Sitting

Description

– Banana Split with 9 scoops ice cream with bananas and toppings

Prizes

– Free Meal – Wall Of Fame

Harvest Moon Restaurant

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $16

Time: One Sitting

Description

– A large burger served with some fries with delicious toppings.

Prizes

– Free Hat – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted

Heroes Bar & Grill

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Pancake Challenge

Cost: $12

Time: One Sitting

Description

– 6 large pancakes, bacon, and fruit

– Only served during Sunday brunch

Prizes

– Free Meal

Hoggs Gourmet Grill

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $16

Time: One Sitting

Description

– This burger is 4 patties, served with some chili cheese fries

Prizes

– Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted

Iguana’s Taqueria (Downtown San Jose, Evergreen, and Santa Clara)

Difficulty: 3 out of 5:

Burrito Challenge

Cost: $21

Time: 1 Hour

Description

–  18″ burrito with choice of meat and served “dry”

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Meal not free or discounted

Iron Hog Saloon

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Steak Challenge

Cost: $100

Time: 1 Hour

Description

– A 72oz steak served with 2 sides of your choice

Prizes

– Free Meal – Wall Of Fame

JJ’s Homemade Burgers

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $20

Time: 20 Minutes

Description

– Large 2lb burger, with fries, and milkshake.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

La Casa Garcia Mexican Restaurant (Anaheim)

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Burrito Challenge

Cost: $18

Time: One Sitting

Description

– A giant burrito with choice of meat, lots of veggies, and plenty of guacamole

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Challenge not free or discounted

Legendary Pho Kitchen

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Soup Challenge

Cost: $25

Time: 1 Hour

Description

– 2.5 lbs of noodles and 2lbs of meat.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Lopez Restaurante Y Cantina

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Spicy Challenge

Cost: $16

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

– This burrito is regular sized, but it has ghost chili sauce on it with your choice of meat.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Los Gringos Locos Mexican Restaurant

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Burrito Challenge

Cost: $15

Time: One Sitting

Description

– A 4lb burrito topped with sauce and lettuce

Prizes

– Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted

Luigi’s At The Beach

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Team Challenge

Cost: $44

Time: 1 Hour

Description

–  30″ pizza

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirts – Pictures on Wall of Fame

Lumberyard Tavern & Grill

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $25

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

– Four 1/2 lb. patties, four slices of cheese, four pieces of bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onions & pickles, topped with a fried egg, on a pretzel roll, surrounded by 1 lb. of fries.

Prizes

– Meal discounted to $4.44 – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Lumpy’s Diner (Antioch)

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Omelet Challenge

Cost: $35

Time: 1 Hour

Description

–  Large omelette filled with bacon, sausage, ham, & hot links,  bell peppers, onions and mushrooms

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Challenge not free or discounted

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Breakfast Challenge

Cost: $35

Time: 1 Hour

Description:

– 1.5 pounds of hash browns, six eggs, one pound of cheddar cheese, & 2 pieces of bacon, 2 sausage patties, 1 thick-slice ham, 1 hot link linguica, 15 ounces of gravy, & 1 hamburger patty, 1 chicken-fried steak patty and 2 biscuits

Prizes

– Free Shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $35

Time: 1 Hour

Description

– 4lb patty with bacon and cheese, served on a large bun and 6 condiments.

Prizes

– Free Shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted

Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Team Challenge

Cost: $100

Time: One Sitting

Description

– 10lbs of beef in two layers, surrounded by toppings and bun with 6 condiments

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-Shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – $100 cash

Mad Dash Pizza & Wings

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Wing Challenge

Cost: $10

Time: 6 Minutes

Description

– 12 wings with very spicy ghost chili sauce , 6 minute afterburn before you can drink anything and you must lick your fingers clean before the afterburn period begins

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame

Madison Bear Garden

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $50.50

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

– A stacked burger with four 1/3 lb patties and two 1/4 lb bratwursts,  onion rings, cheese, and bacon served on 2 large buns with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and 1,000 Island Dressing and 1lb of fries.

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – $30 discount  – Coupon for future free meal

Manuel’s El Tepeyac Café (Los Angeles and Industry)

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Burrito Challenge

Cost: $26

Time: 1 Hour

Description

– This is a wide pork burrito the size of the plate.

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted

Marisa’s Mexican Restaurant (La Mirada and Downey)

Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Burrito Challenge

Cost: $19

Time: One Sitting

Description

–  7.5lb burrito

Prizes

– Free meal if finished at all – $50 cash if finished under 30 minutes

McGonagle’s Cheesesteaks

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Sandwich Challenge

Cost: $30

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

– 3 cheesesteaks,  loaded with cheese and steak

Prizes

– Free Meal – $20 cash – Picture on Wall of Fame

Mix n’ Munch Cereal & Grilled Cheese Café

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Sandwich Challenge

Cost: $36

Time: 1 Hour

Description

– 6 grilled cheese sandwiches and a jumbo cookie cereal bowl.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame

MooTime Creamery

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Ice Cream Challenge

Cost: $20

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

– 15 large scoops of delicious ice cream topped with sprinkles and a cherry

Prizes

– Free Meal – Wall Of Fame

Neighbors Pizza (Olivehurst and Yuba City)

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Team Challenge

Cost: $33.25

Time: 45 Minutes

Description

– 24″ seven pound pizza, 1 topping, water and/or fountain drink

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame

Nicky Rotten’s Bar & Burger Joint (El Cajon and Coronado)

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $24.95

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

–  2.5 pounds of beef (single patty) topped withcheese,  tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles and “rotten sauce”, fries on the side

Prizes

– Free T-shirt if finished under an hour – Name engraved on plaque in the restaurant if you finish within 1 hour

– Free meal if finished in under 30 minutes

OB Noodle House

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Soup Challenge

Cost: $25

Time: 42 Minutes

Description

– Eat 2lbs of noodles with 2lbs of meat.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

OB’s Pub & Grill

Difficulty: 1 out of 5:

Taco Challenge

Cost: $30

Time: One Sitting

Description

– 10 of OB’s large tacos, choose chicken, beef, pork, or fish soft tacos (flour tortilla), topped with cheese, lettuce, and sour cream

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Name on the “Taco Tuesday Big 10 Club” Wall Of Fame – Meal is not free or discounted

Oh My Burger

Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $50

Time: 50 Minutes

Description

– Burger made of ground beef, franks,  bacon,  vegetables and a couple buns.

– Served with 12oz of fries and a 20oz shake

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame

Oink and Moo Burgers & BBQ

Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $40

Time: 47.5 Minutes

Description

– 4 sets of hamburger buns, 8 patties (4 habanero patties), 1 whole pulled pork sandwich, 1 Mac and cheese fritter on top, 5 fried eggs and onion rings, 2 pickles, lettuce, tomato, & onions, 12 slices of bacon & 12 slices of cheese, one whole Kielbasa sausage, 21 oz soft drink (must be finished),  and 2 lbs. of waffle fries.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Ola Hawaiian BBQ

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Sushi Challenge

Cost: $25

Time: 15 Minutes

Description

– 9 Musubis with 3 different meats, macaroni salad

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame

DIfficulty: 4 out of 5

Sushi Challenge

Cost: $35

Time: 35 Minutes

Description

– 7lb musubi roll with 3 layers of meat and 4 layers of thick rice

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame

Oriental Kitchen

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Sushi Challenge

Cost: $40

Time: 2 Hours

Description

– A 6 lb roll of sushi consisting of tuna, salmon, tempura shrimp, marinated crab meat, imitation crab meat, soft shell crab, spam, katsu chicken, avocado, cucumber, yellow radish, scallion, tobiko, dragon sauce (avocado and spicy mayo), sweet sauce, avocado sauce, and dry seaweed.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Sushi Challenge

Cost: $39.99

Time: One Sitting

Description

– A 4.3 lb roll of sushi consisting of tuna, salmon, tempura shrimp, marinated crab meat, imitation crab meat, soft shell crab, spam, katsu chicken, avocado, cucumber, yellow radish, scallion, tobiko, dragon sauce (avocado and spicy mayo), sweet sauce, avocado sauce, and dry seaweed.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Sushi Challenge

Cost: $15

Time: One Sitting

Description

– Before you can order the Atomic Roll, you must finish the TNT, Maui Valcano, and Fire Bomb rolls

– After signing a waiver, you can attempt the Atomic Roll

Prizes

– You get the $5 Atomic Roll for FREE  – Picture on Wall of Fame

Orochon Ramen (Burbank and Little Toyko)

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Spicy Challenge

Cost: $10

Time:30 Minutes

Description

– You must finish a bowl of their spiciest ramen

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Bravery –  Meal not free or discounted

Osuna’s Mexican Grill

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Burrito Challenge

Cost: $23

Time: 45 Minutes

Description

– 2 ft long burrito with your choice of meat

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – $15 gift card

Philly Cheese Steak Shoppe (Arcata)

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Sandwich Challenge

Cost: $50

Time: 2 Hours

Description

– Eat 8 Classic Cheese Steaks with some fries

Prizes

– Free hat – Picture on Wall of Fame – $100 gift card – Meal not free or discounted

Pho Bac Hoa Vietnamese Restaurant

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Soup Challenge

Cost: $22

Time: 1 Hour

Description

–  2lbs of meat and over 2lbs of noodles

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Certificate of completion

Pho Century

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Soup Challenge

Cost: $30

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

– 2lbs of noodles with 1lb of beef.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Pinky’s Cupcakery

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Dessert Challenge

Cost: $30

Time: 9 Minutes

Description

– This giant cupcake is over 2lbs which equals 14 regular cupcakes

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Pizza Party

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Pizza Challenge

Cost: $20

Time: 1 Hour

Description

– 20″ diameter 2-topping pizza that is loaded with toppings

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – One free XL pizza each month for a year

Pizza World

Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Burrito Challenge

Cost: $25

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

– 3ft long burrito with your choice of meat.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – $10 gift card

Rib Line BBQ & Grill (SLO and Grover Beach)

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Sandwich Challenge

Cost: $30

Time: Current Record

Description

– A 2ft steak sandwich with delicious sauce, served on a hoagie bun

Prizes

– Picture on Wall of Fame – Free lunch at the restaurant each Friday until your record is broken – Meal not free or discounted

Roy’s Chicago Dogs

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Hotdog Challenge

Cost: $25

Time: Current Record

Description

– 22″ long hot dog loaded with 3 toppings, side of fries included along with a milkshake

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Rudy’s Pub & Grill (Newport Beach and Lake Forest)

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Sandwich Challenge

Cost: $35

Time: 1 Hour

Description

– Pulled pork sandwich, order of fries, pitcher of beer.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

San Francisco Creamery

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Ice Cream Challenge

Cost: $47.95

Time Limit: 30 minutes

Description

– 8 huge scoops of ice cream, sherbert or sorbet, 3 bananas, almonds, cherries, & whipped cream

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Free ice cream for a year

Sauced BBQ and Spirits

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $40

Time: One Sitting

Description

– Two 1/2lb Angus burger patties,  4 kinds of cheese,  4 slices of bacon,  brisket, pulled pork, & fried pickles,  “tin roof” BBQ sauce,  topped with a “hand gernade” (fried jalapeno popper)

Prizes

– Free Shirt – $20 Gift Card – Wall Of Fame – The meal is not free or discounted

Seiad Café

Difficulty: 5 out of 5

Pancake Challenge

Cost: $15.95

Time: 2 Hours

Description

– 5 large pancakes

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame

Sequoia Brewing Company (Tower District and Champlain)

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $16

Time: 5 Minutes

Description:

–  Bun,1/3 pound Angus beef patty, two slices of ham, two fried eggs, four slices of bacon, onion rings, three slices of cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato, pickles and Thousand Island dressing and wedge fries.

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Meal not free or discounted

Shakespeare Pub & Grille

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Seafood Challenge

Cost: $29.99

Time: 45 Minutes

Description

–  2lbs of fish served with 2lbs of fries along with just a few peas.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-Shirt

Smoke City Market

Difficulty: 3 out of 5:

BBQ Challenge

Cost: $75

Time: 1 Hour

Description

– 1/2 lb moist brisket,  1/2 lb lean brisket, 1/2 lb pastrami, 1 beef rib, 1 rack of pork ribs, 1/2 lb pulled pork, 2 sausage links, 1/2 lb turkey, 1/2 chicken, 1 pint of beans, 1 pint of mac n cheese

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – 10% discount on all purchases at restaurant for a year

Smoke Eaters Hot Wings (Santa Clara, Cupertino, San Jose)

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Wing Challenge

Cost: $21

Time: 10 Minutes

Description

– 12 Wings In 10 Min + 5 Min Afterburn

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted

Sonora Cantina Mexican Restaurant

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Burrito Challenge

Cost: $18

Time: 45 Minutes

Description

– A wide burrito with delicious red sauce and cheese sauce

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted

Spanky’s Dog House

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Spicy Challenge

Cost: $10

Time: 15 Minutes

Description

– A foot long polish sausage on a French roll with cheese,  jalapeno, and topped with a chili that contains extra spicy ghost peppers

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – 4 free hot dogs

Streets Pub & Grub

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $25

Time: 40 Minutes

Description

–  Eight 4 oz burger patties, 8 slices of cheese,  8 slices of tomato and 8 big slices of lettuce, 1 lb of thick-cut fries & 1 lb of onion rings

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt

Sunset Deli

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Sandwich Challenge

Cost: $24

Time: Current Record

Description

– Large deli sandwich with many deli meats and veggies

Prizes

–  Picture on Wall of Fame – Break the record and get it free with a T-shirt as well

Surfside Burger Shack

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $25

Time: 1 Hour

Description

– A stacker burger with lots of toppings, served with 1lb of fries

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted

Sylvester’s Burgers (Los Osos, Oceano, and Atascadero)

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $34.95

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

–  2.5 lb single patty burger with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, cheese, and Sylvester sauce

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – If you lose, you get a different shirt and pic on Wall Of Shame

Taqueria El Rey

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Burrito Challenge

Cost: $14

Time: One Sitting

Description

– 2.5lb burrito and 2.5lb torta with all the toppings and fillings.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame

The Bull Shed Bar & Grill

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $22

Time: 45 Minutes

Description

– 3lb patty with some toppings, served on a huge bun, surrounded by 2lbs of fries.

Prizes

–  Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

The Net Grill (Fresno)

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $25

Time: One Sitting

Description

– Two thick 1lb patties served with toppings and bun

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted

The Original Pancake House

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Breakfast Challenge

Cost: $30

Time: 45 Minutes

Description

– 8 scrambled eggs, 6 sausage links, 6 pieces of bacon, 12 buttermilk pancakes, and one apple pie

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame – $100 gift card

The Potholder Café (East Broadway and West Broadway)

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Pancake Challenge

Cost: $12

Time: One Sitting

Description

– A huge 18″ pancake served with 2 eggs and bacon

Prizes

– Free T-shirt – Meal not free or discounted

Up & Under Pub and Grill

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $40

Time: 45 Minutes

Description

–  Burger with avocado, chicken, beef, fried eggs, onions, tomatoes , and lettuce, served with 1.5lbs of chili cheese fries.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Valentino’s Pizzeria

Difficulty: 5 out of 5

Pizza Challenge

Cost: $40

Time: 90 Minutes

Description

– It’s a 28″ pizza, with two toppings.

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame – $200 cash

Victory Grill

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Burger Challenge

Cost: $12

Time: One Sitting

Description

– Four bacon infused patties  with toppings, and 1lb of fries.

Prizes

– Picture on Wall of Fame –  Meal not free or discounted

Vincenzo’s Pizza (Newhall)

Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Pizza Challenge

Cost: $32

Time: 30 Minutes

Description

– 20″ thick crust pizza loaded with 8 toppings

Prizes

– Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame

Wakasaya Japanese Restaurant

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Asian Challenge

Cost: $50

Time: 15 Minutes

Description

–  5 lb bowl of rice, veggies, & meats

Prizes

– Free Meal – Picture on Wall of Fame

Westside Pizza (Arcata, Redding, Fortuna)

Difficulty: 3 out of 5

Pizza Challenge

Cost: $27

Time: 1 Hour

Description

– 18″ Extra Large Death By Pizza(toppings include pepperoni, beef, bacon, sausage, and Canadian bacon, mushrooms, olives, pineapple, onions, & green peppers)

Prizes

– Free Meal – $50 cash ($100 if you break the record 22:58 as of 3/15/2015)

 

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Four Ways To Make Your Next Family Trip A Success For Everyone

Four Ways To Make Your Next Family Trip A Success For Everyone

Dealing with the wants and needs of a full family isn’t easy on a daily basis. When it comes to taking them somewhere on a vacation, then it becomes even more difficult. However, it’s not impossible. With the right research and a bit of preparation, you can make sure your next destination is much more successful than you’ve ever been before. Not just for the kids, but for you, too.

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Taking the stress out of the trip

The first way to make yourself a bit happier is by getting a lot of the organizational stuff out of the way. Make it less stressful on yourself. Prepare a checklist of everything you need to take with you. Sites like http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/family/articles/your-family-travel-packing-list can help you with that. Do your research on places you can eat and stay well in advance of even booking it.

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Dealing with toddlers

When you’re trying to keep a family on a vacation, you need to keep everyone safe and happy. For older kids, this can get at least a bit more manageable. Toddlers, however, require a bit of preparation all on their own. For instance, toddlers can be overwhelmed by airports and airplanes. Their tantrum isn’t entirely their fault, but it can make the journey a lot worse for them. Giving them a new toy to engage and play with can go a long way in taking their mind off their surroundings. Encourage your child to socialize under your supervision, too. Toddlers can be wary of new experiences so just be prepared for that.

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Find that one big attraction everyone’s going to love

It can be difficult to keep everyone happy on a trip. Each stop or thing you do is going to be boring for at least one person or another. That’s why you should do your research on the locations that the whole family will enjoy. http://gogocharters.com/blog/why-disney-absolutely-owns-the-travel-industry-in-america can help. It’s a map that shows some of the most popular destinations for families by state. With no surprise, Disney ranks the highest for a lot of states. But you might think your family would prefer something different.

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You don’t have to break the bank

One thing that’s definitely going to make you happy is not spending way more than you planned. Start by putting together a budget based on research of how much things cost in your destination. Then find lots of little ways to save money there. That way you can spend more on the big things that really make the trip. For example, one thing you can do is make a big, main meal out of lunch. Restaurants in tourist destinations tend to charge up to 30% during lunch hours than they do for the evening dinner. There are lots of little ways you can cut down those costs.

 

Balancing a trip for everyone has its difficulties. We hope that the four tips above make it a bit easier to do this time. No trip is ever perfect, of course, but the little trials can make it more memorable in their own way.

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