Sunday, May 31, 2009

Japan's Kobayashi beats Chestnut in eating rematch

Japan's Kobayashi beats Chestnut in eating rematch
Takeru Kobayashi from Japan, shows his abdominals after defeating his opponentAP – Takeru Kobayashi from Japan, shows his abdominals after defeating his opponent Joey Chestnut in a pizza-eating …

CULVER CITY, Calif. – In a chewy chow-lenge, Takeru Kobayashioutlasted Joey Chestnut when the eating titans faced off to see who could devour the most pizzas.

Kobayashi, a six-time world hot dog eating champion from Japan, consumed 5 3/4 P'zones in a six-minute span of chaotic consumption Saturday to edge Chestnut. The 25-year-old from San Jose, Calif., wolfed down 5 1/2 P'zones on Stage 15 at Sony Studios.

"I'm a little bummed," Chestnut said. "There's nobody I like beating more than him, he pushes me harder than anybody."

The arch rivals are best known for their annual Fourth of July hot dog eating showdowns on New York's Coney Island. Chestnut has beaten his Japanese competitor the last two years, winning last year in a five-dog eat-off after they tied at 59 frankfurters in 10 minutes.

This time, they went cheek-to-jowl in a stomach-centric contest sponsored by Pizza Hut featuring the P'zone, a pizza weighing one pound with pepperoni and other ingredients sealed inside a crust. At nearly 12 inches long, it resembles a calzone.

Jaw strength and stomach capacity were sorely tested in consuming one of the most filling foods on the competitive eating circuit.

A serious-looking Chestnut prepped by opening his mouth wide and loosening his jaw. Kobayashi stretched his lean limbs and whispered with his interpreter.

Then it was time.

Chestnut took an early lead, squeezing a P'zone in his left fist while alternately slugging from a water bottle. Soon, liquid splashed all over Chestnut's white jersey and dripped from his mouth.

Kobayashi took a tidier approach.

He roared back to take the lead for good on his second P'zone, tearing off bites of the golden crust, then folding it over and sipping carefully from a series of white paper cups that he refilled with water.

"The crust was very chewy so my technique was to try to drink as much water as possible to soften up the crust in my mouth," Kobayashi said through his translator.

No dunking was allowed, and containers of marinara sauce accompanying each P'zone were tossed aside by both chowhounds.

A small crowd gathered a few feet from the elevated food fest cheered the men on, with Chestnut's highway patrolman brother yelling inches from his face to eat faster.

Chestnut couldn't keep up with his 31-year-old rival from Tokyo.

At the six-minute mark, Kobayashi raised his arms in triumph and lifted his red jersey to show off a set of washboard abs.

"It was tough. Kobayashi came to win," Chestnut said. "I was raised on pizza so it was natural for me to eat it, but I was a little slow to get going and he came out fast."

The thought of a Japanese outeating an American in a pizza contest wasn't lost on Kobayashi, who is recovering from TMJ, a painful jaw disorder.

"I love pizza," he said. "When I come to America, pizza is my happiness. I look forward to eating it."

Chestnut said he wasn't used to eating pizza that quickly.

"It's doughy," he said. "It takes a lot of chewing. He got off to a really good technique early on, his rhythm was drinking water and swallowing. I changed mine a couple times and never got in the right rhythm."

Kobayashi ended a three-event losing streak to Chestnut, a 25-year-old whose weekday job is in construction management.

"I wanted to prove that I'm champion," Kobayashi said. "A champion will stand up to any battle."

He said he would go for another Fourth of July hot dog championship and then probably retire. Chestnut will be ready and waiting on Coney Island.

"I'll see him in five weeks and I'm going to push him really hard there," he vowed.

Portions of the pizza event will air on the Spike TV "Guys' Choice" show on June 21.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Quick-thinking pizza man leads cops to rape victim

Quick-thinking pizza man leads cops to rape victim
Pizza deliveryman Chris Turner is photographed Friday, May 29, 2009 outside theAP – Pizza deliveryman Chris Turner is photographed Friday, May 29, 2009 outside the Capelli's Pizza and Subs …

GATLINBURG, Tenn. – Chris Turner normally wouldn't drive into the remote Tennessee mountains just to deliver a pizza. The one time he did, he came upon a scene that drained the color from his face and made him "numb from head to toe" — a woman with her hands tied, silently begging him to call 911.

It was no joke, and Turner, 32, rushed to a nearby house and made the call. Police say the woman was jogging in her Atlanta neighborhood when she was whisked away by a man who frequented her business. Authorities say he drove her off, raped her and held her captive inside a cabin. The 24-year-old woman was rescued by Sevier County deputies on Tuesday evening because of Turner's quick thinking.

Turner told The Associated Press on Friday that he noticed the woman pop up from a couch while the suspect signed the credit card slip.

"While I was standing in the door all you could see was the back of the couch," Turner said. "And then she popped over the back of the couch and showed me that her hands were bound. And she was just mouthing, 'Please call 911.'"

Turner at first thought it was a joke.

"When I realized what was going on, I went numb from head to toe and turned pale white," he said.

Turner tried to look calm. "Have a nice day. Enjoy your food," he told the suspect, who tipped him $5 on a $37.69 bill. Then he rushed back to his van, where his wife, Nease, was waiting behind the wheel.

"Go, go, go!" he told her.

The cabin location was out of cell phone range. So they drove to a nearby house and called police. They waited to make sure the suspect didn't flee. Then Turner stayed to see the man arrested and the victim taken away in an ambulance. "I wanted to make sure she was OK," he said.

The woman told authorities she was jogging near her home about 11:50 a.m. Tuesday when a frequent customer at a restaurant and bar owned by the woman and her husband asked her to see his new car. She got into the vehicle, which turned out to be a rental, and was immediately tied up.

She told police the suspect drove her more than 200 miles to the cabin in Tennessee and raped her. The Associated Press does not identify alleged sexual assault victims.

Police arrested David J. Jansen, 46, of Snellville, Ga., without a struggle on charges of aggravated kidnapping and rape, Sheriff Ron Seals said in a statement. He was released on $800,000 bond late Thursday. His attorney, Donald Bosch of Knoxville, had no comment Friday.

Capt. Jeff McCarter refused to discuss the case Friday. But he earlier told The Mountain Press newspaper that officials believe the woman was in imminent danger.

The victim and her husband visited Turner at Capelli's Pizza and Subs in Gatlinburg before heading home Wednesday. "She was just thanking me ... for trusting her," Turner said. "She said he was going to kill her ... after he got done with her."

Turner's boss, John Henry, said the cabin was about 30 miles from his pizza shop.

"We usually don't go out that far," he said. "But he said, 'Yeah, I will take it.' It was just luck. For her, it was."

Friday, May 22, 2009

Ring The King!

This was sent via email from Indiana. I looked up Pizza King Indiana and was treated to what looks like a damn good pie. It looks like a chain through out the state. If anyone out there has a review of this place send it in. Thanks Soda for sending this in. Next time in Chicago I might just have to make a run to the border. Oh check this out they do Fed Ex Over night! HMMMMM.

Shipping Pizza General Information

We only ship 12" size pizzas.

To ensure quality, all Special Order Pizzas require at least a three (3) day notice before shipping date (longer if possible). Pizzas are packaged in an insulated box for shipping. Cost is $7.50 per box.

All Pizzas are made on a par-baked dough with fresh ingredients then vacuum packed and frozen solid prior to shipping.

Pizzas can be pre-ordered and picked up at 109 E. McGalliard, Muncie, IN 47304. Call 765-288-7724 to order or for additional information.

Pizzas may also be shipped. We normally use Fed-Ex priority or standard overnight.

Following is the information we need to ship your Pizza:

  1. Name of party receiving Pizza.
  2. Company (if that applies)
  3. Address-State-Zip (no PO Boxes)
  4. Phone with area code

Standard overnight may not be available, especially if the destination is in a rural area. If this is the case, it goes to priority overnight and can be expensive. (Overnight shipping applies to continental United States.)

Shipping prices for one (1) to ten (10) Pizzas can range from $40.00 to $120.00. WE CANNOT GIVE AN EXACT QUOTE FOR YOUR ORDER UNTIL YOUR PIZZAS ARE MADE, PACKAGED AND WEIGHED. (With energy cost so high, shipping cost will fluctuate.) We can only ship the amount of product our boxes can accomodate.

We ask that you notify the party prior to shipping so the Pizzas can be inspected and placed in a freezer immediately

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bachelorette hopeful - Pizza Entrepreneur?

Meet Denver's Mark Huebner, Bachelorette hopeful

By Michael Roberts 

Jillian Harris, a 29-year-old restaurant designer from Vancouver, Canada, was given an especially brutal heave-ho by Jason Mesnick on the last season of The Bachelor -- a move so nasty that Colorado's own Bachelorette prize, Ryan Sutter, felt compelled to weigh in. Fortunately, Harris received a reward for becoming an object of national pity: She's the season five star of The Bachelorette, which launches on Monday, May 18 -- and among her suitors is Mark Huebner, who's described as a "pizza entrepreneur" from Denver.

Hard to tell what that means at this point. Huebner's LinkedIn profile says he's the managing partner of Denver Pizza Company, but there's no website listed for the joint. Instead, there's a link to Motive Branding, located in Cherry Creek South, which describes itself as "an independent marketing agency that offers inventive branding products and services to strengthen the presence of your business among its target audience." But a Google search for "Denver Pizza Company" turns up a small piece of evidence about its possible existence -- namely a Craigslist ad recruiting "Delivery Drivers, Cooks, and Managers at our location in the Golden Triangle located just south of Downtown Denver."

Don't let this one get away, Jillian. Looks like you can get in on the ground floor

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4 AM Delivery?

Saw this van outside Normandie's on Jefferson in the Mid-City / Culver City Area. It takes Meatballs to drive around in a van declaring yourself #1 in Los Angeles. Although it delivers till 4 am. I will be the judge Berri's Cafe.

Beach Pizza, No I Will Just Have The Salad

Friday was Beach Pizza in Manhattan Beach. I drove past this joint a week earlier on the weekend while at the beach. I couldn't wait to get my hands on a slice by the looks of the people on the sidewalk I thought this is gonna be good.

What I didn't like. I am not sure how to list the issues I had with this place so I will go in order. (A) Parking sucks. (B) I sat down and waited 10 minutes before I realized that no one was going to take my order unless I went to the counter. (C) A little less attitude little lady behind the counter. (D) Why am I paying now. What if I want another beer do I need to get up and walk up to the counter to order.  (E) THE PIZZA.

What I did like. (A) The Chopped Salad is so chopped you need a spoon to eat it and it is slammin. Well that's it for what I like other then they have beer.

The Chopped Salad pictured above is soooo good. 
Taste: The Pizza, were to start. The sausage was that small crumbled kind you find on frozen pizza's that looks like dog food. It was greasy and I was suprised with my IBS and the walk to my car which was parked 1 mile away I didn't soil myself.

The Deal: Beach Pizza is OK if your in the area but don't hold your breath for service. Cash,Credit Card, ATM.

Beach Pizza
3301 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
T: 310.546.5401
I cant rember cause I wanted to get out of there. but it felt like an hour to get to my car.

Slice Scale: 1 and half out of 5