Cheezilla

Cheezilla
Five Cheese Marinara intriguingly tossed on a heap of Cavatappi
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Some people climb Everest and feel no sense of accomplishment or relief, but only the thirst for a greater challenge, one that may not exist, and the quest for which will ultimately destroy them.

End Of The Week

End Of The Week
Meat Sauce gingerly fused with Angel Hair, replete with Italian Sausage
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I've never been married, and if I make it through 49 days of the Pasta Bowl, I likely never will.

A Day At The Fair

A Day At The Fair
Chicken Fritta delightfully swathed in a deep well of Whole Wheat Linguine, drizzled with Five Cheese Marinara
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Something about the unnatural orange goo of 5 Cheese Marinara, combined with the crusty breading of Chicken Fritta, along with the tough wholesomeness of the Whole Wheat Linguini really brings to mind the heatstroke-filled days of the summertime fair.

Red Sky At Night

Red Sky At Night
Alfredo ensconced by a bundle of Spaghetti, adorned with Shrimp Fritta
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"Oh, that sounds *good*!" encouraged our waitress as I dictated the ingredients for my next masterpiece.

Day 2

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"Ah, you have the Pasta Pass. It is a very good deal," the manager informs me. "You are very lucky." He is not smiling.

I return his blank expression with a nod and a beatific grin as I lick clean my third bowl of pasta.

Lunch was "My First Dinner For Two".

Dinner was comprised of three plates of pasta:
"Pizza Hut Special"
"Long John Silver"
"Stouffer's"

Only two days of the Never Ending Pasta Bowl have elapsed, and it seems that I've already made a name for myself. I expect to see much more of the manager - lord knows he'll see more of me.

A special thanks to my dining companion, Alycia!

My First Dinner For Two

My First Dinner For Two
Marinara placed upon a ball the size of a chihuahua's head of Angel Hair, festooned with Meatballs
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If you are a certain type of gentleman, this dish will immediately transport you back to the age of three weeks after your eighteenth birthday, with a dinner date scheduled for that very night.

Pizza Hut Special

Pizza Hut Special
Chicken Fritta covered in Spicy Three Meat Sauce, wrapped in a cave, boy! A cave of Whole Wheat Linguine
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Many Pizza Huts feature a buffet, and that buffet typically contains some kind of noodle dish, which usually is not more complicated than poorly-cooked noodles and a vaguely "spiced" red sauce.

Long John Silver

Long John Silver
Shrimp Fritta combined with Cavatappi, skillfully smothered in Alfredo
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I've never actually ordered seafood at a Long John Silver's, but I've seen commercials, which is more than enough for me.

Stouffer's

Stouffer's
Alfredo swathed in a mound of Angel Hair, bursting with Meatballs
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Anyone who has ever been poor, or been lazy, knows the sodium-dripping logo of Stouffer's, purveryor of fine frozen foods.

Day 1

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The day - a beautifully clear and crisp autumn, the kind which exists in North Dakota only for a few fragile, perfect weeks - was ideal for the start of a journey. A journey that would take me from the lowest caste of mortal to the highest echelons of noodles, sauce, and toppings (starting at $2.99). A journey of pasta.

Lunch was "The Classic+".

Dinner was comprised of three plates of pasta:
"Cock of the Walk"
"Cheesetube Extreme"
"Catch of the Baltic"

Today, I took my first step on that journey. It was not easy - even now, my stomach aches with the effort of digesting a bolus of pure carbs - but nothing worth doing ever is. And I say without irony that this journey is the most worthwhile thing I've ever done.

A special thanks to my dining companion, Nick!

Catch of the Baltic

Catch of the Baltic
Cavatappi nigh-erotically drizzled with Marinara, tossed with Shrimp Fritta
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I admit that the presence of the Shrimp Fritta topping among the Pasta Bowl options puzzled me.

Cock of the Walk

Cock of the Walk
Meat Sauce joined with Chicken Fritta, dropped on a lump of Spaghetti
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As an alternative to the more traditional Meatball or Italian Sausage, Chicken Fritta adds a fresh, comparatively bright feel to the dish - though one would hesitate to call it "lighter" thanks to the meat sauce and the breading of the topping.

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