Hell Night at East Coast Grill. This was my fourth experience, and of course I'll be back, because there's just no stopping this addiction. I wrote about my first time in detail here, so this post will mainly be photos.
By the way, just as I'm starting to get comfortable with ghost chili, a hotter pepper claims the title. Enter Naga Viper. Doesn't that sound totally badass? Vipers > Ghosts, definitely.
Before I post a giant string of photos, I just want to say an extra special thanks to Meesh of Just Add Cheese! and Emily of A Cambridge Story, two bloggers whom - before last night - I really only knew from the internet. (Well, I met Meesh briefly at a blogger event recently as well.) I had some last minute cancellations at my table, and Meesh and Emily heard my battle cry on Twitter and joined our table for a night of torture and euphoria.
Yep, euphoria. Really, really spicy food has a strange effect on me, and maybe on you as well. Through the pain, through the sweat, through the simultaneous chills and tastes-like-burning, a curious lightheaded euphoria seeps through, and that's why I keep going back. The closest feeling I can think of is a runner's high...but you don't need to run for this one. You just need to eat. (Hmmm...I think I prefer the chili high.)
Anyway. Spicy food porn time.
|This time around, the Hell Pasta consent form was grinch-themed.|
|Joel signed away our lives; we all tried the pasta.|
|Bloggers Meesh (Just Add Cheese!) and Emily (A Cambridge Story)|
|Cornbread provides sweet, sweet relief. Better than ordering "the antidote" because they don't mock you for the cornbread!|
|Chris (far right) also got one of the eight-bombers. (Actually, the person on the left is also Chris.)|
|Masala Rubbed Grilled Giant Shrimp with Radish - Cucumber Relish & Hot Peach Chutney|
|Middle Eastern Style Smoked & Slice Lamb Shoulder with Sweet n' Hot Apricot Relish, Mint Cous Cous & Pomegranate Glazed Carrots - Mild and wonderful. A good cool down dish if you're looking for one.|
|This must have been a late addition to the menu because I'm not seeing it online, but it was tuna and it was tasty.|
|Smoked Pork Carnitas Stuffed Whole Roasted Banana with Pequin Pico de Gallo & Green Sour Cream|
|West Indies Smoked Pork 3 Way... Jerk Shoulder, Crispy Ribs & Scotch Bonnet Sausage, with Guava Lava Glaze, Real Inner Beauty Hot Sauce, Curried Pickled Pineapple & Stewed Callaloo Greens|
|Emily's husband Chris prepares to try the pasta.|
|Meesh contemplates how much this is going to hurt.|
|Emily has some regrets about that bite of pasta.|
|Dan is on fire.|
|The legendary Dr. Pepper|
Ah, another Hell Night come and gone. I guess I'll have to make it five and go again next time. Until then, where can I get me some of those Naga Vipers?