MassBytes: El Pelón Chilli-Eating Story Live

Eating half a habanero pepper nearly destroyed me. To see how some dudes fared trying to eat 15, head to (Photo by Sarah Sparks/

Sarah Sparks of MassBytes – a fantastic Boston-based food blog – asked me to write up a habanero-eating contest at El Pelón in Brighton Thursday night. I’d never covered competitive eating before, but hey, ESPN broadcasts the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest every year. That makes it at least as much of a sport as professional poker, right?

To help me understand the event, I voluntarily ate half a habanero after finishing my post-contest interviews. That probably wasn’t my smartest decision ever.

Anyway, the story’s now live on

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