“I love the whole princess mentality, but I also like throwing my hair in a ponytail and just wearing jeans, going on a hike and then eating a big chili-cheeseburger.” -Jennifer Love Hewitt
Training for the marathon caused me to eat pretty healthy. I figured it was important I had good fuel made of all that stuff Mom tells you to eat.
But sometimes, you just can’t listen to Mom.
Once in awhile, we all need a Ben’s Original Chili Half-Smoke.
I’m pretty sure most of you have no idea what that is, as I didn’t before Friday night. Ben’s Chili Bowl is a DC legend as far as food good for the soul and for an intern’s nonexistent salary, but probably not so much for the arteries. Located on U Street, Ben’s is in the heart of a funky and fun area of the District. And the late night hot spot has quite a history, as proven by the smiling, chili adorned celebrities who grace the walls.
After advice from some regulars, I decided on the Half-Smoke, a crazy combination of chili, sausage and everything-else-but-the-kitchen-sink on top of a bun. It’s the kind of thing you can probably have only once in a lifetime, and only the brave and strong of heart can handle two.
I might need to run another marathon to clear all of the cholesterol, but it’ll be worth it.