Dinner Day 1
Reality is setting in. Now I realize what I've gotten myself into.
After a day of starch and meat, I'm craving fruit. Anything vaguely natural.
I head over to Andre's Watermelon about 9 p.m. for a light appetizer, the fruit-and-cheese kabob.
What I get are two small sticks with eight tiny slivers of fruit and five large cubes of cheese. Or processed cheese food. Not sure which.
This ain't what I had in mind.
Now I'm at the Food Building on Underwood -- Stick Central, as it were. I know I'll be spending a lot of time here.
I go to the Lee Ann Chin booth for lemon chicken and shrimp toast.
Finally, finally something light to finish off the late evening.
Wrong. So, so wrong.
What I get is a thin piece of chicken the size of my hand, deep-fried till the coating has a hard, shiny, oily sheen.
The shrimp toasts -- two per order -- are each the size of a deck of cards. Suspended somewhere in the spongy batter are a few shrimp. The four sauces are basically different versions of sweet-and-sour sauce.
I almost forgot dessert. Lord.
I bypass the Key Lime Pie, Fudge Puppies and chocolate-dipped nut roll -- Tonight? You gotta be kidding -- and go straight to the closest thing to real fruit: caramel apples.
First days tally: 10 sticks. A lot of trees are gonna die before this thing is done.
I've gotta walk this off tonight.