“Dr. Jules Hilbert: Hell Harold, you could just eat nothing but pancakes if you wanted.
Harold Crick: What is wrong with you? Hey, I don’t want to eat nothing but pancakes, I want to live! I mean, who in their right mind in a choice between pancakes and living chooses pancakes?
Dr. Jules Hilbert: Harold, if you pause to think, you’d realise that that answer is inextricably contingent upon the type of life being led… and, of course, the quality of the pancakes.”
– Stranger Than Fiction
I heard about the Spitalfields Pancake Race before I moved to London and it’s been on my list of Weird British Traditions to Take Part In since then. This year I FINALLY got to go see it in person. Here are some snaps (and a couple of videos) to help you get a feel for this wonderfully ridiculous day.
The friend I was with made a cool video of the happenings with the app Cameo. I might just start using this thing for my walks! It’s pretty great.
Obviously after all this talk of pancakes we were ready to eat a stack ourselves. We found our way to The Breakfast Club where they had a special challenge going on for the day: eat 12 pancakes in 15 minutes or less and get your meal free. If you fail, you donate £17.50 to the charity they were supporting. I didn’t feel like vomiting so I opted out, but lots of people took it on and a few even won. Here is one of our neighbours beginning his challenge.
And some choice shots of his face as he approached the finish line.
Finally, I finished off the day (after a respectable interval, obviously) with a stack of British pancakes at home, made to order. A Pancake Day success if I do say so myself.
See you next time!
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