If You Can’t Stand The Heat Skip This Contest

City Paper does what you do to interns, enter them in a spicy food eating contest.

Sam Tremble enters Chabaa Thai’s Spicy Contest and sets about training for the contest.

Training began Dec. 14, leaving me exactly two months before the registration deadline, plus a practice week before the final round. I started off with a handful of small green Thai chilies, a few long greens and two jalapenos raw while my roommate filmed my reaction with his digital camera. (I needed a stony expression if I wanted to win this thing.) But the kernel of my eventual failure was already planted: I had no poker face. Still, my ability to endure increased, and I built my tolerance for pain like a circuit drunk builds his route.

Could Sam win? Read on to find out.

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