You might recall that Sunday morning I wrote about what a strange food Matzoh Balls are, and how I had planned on making some that afternoon in the soup to take out a cold. Therefore it was with some delight that I read Emily Yoffe's article in Slate about the wonderful, but disturbing "Ruthie & Gussie's/Empire Kosher Matzo Ball-Eating Championship" held (where else) at the Friar's Club.
I say disturbing because I picture the contestants swelling up after the contest like Violet Beauregarde after she ate the blueberry gum, and being taken off to be juiced from the balcony of the Henny Youngman terrace (Note: If the Friar's Club does not have a Henny Youngman terrace, it should). My brother Daniel has attended the annual Fourth of July hot dog-eating contest at Nathan's Coney Island, and he says it is really quite a spectacle. I'll see if he can send some pictures. By the way, mutiple spellings of "matzoh" are correct, I happen to like the silent "H," I think it rounds out the word in print.