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Friday Follies: Eating Like a Monk During Lent

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»


Living like a monk. It’s an old stereotype, a cliché. Sackcloth and ashes, dry bread and bad water. Lots of meditating while digging weeds out of the garden. The occasional beer. Unless you’re like Friar Tuck.

Lenten traditions about eating and drinking may bring the stereotype to mind, especially to those who don’t know the traditions. Truth is, the whole thing isn’t that bad. No, really. Trust me.

And if you do think it’s terrible, then here’s a novel way out. A man in Adams County, Iowa has decided to eat like a monk during this Lent. He’s gone back to a very old tradition, when some monks abstained from solid food for the whole season, all 46 days.

He’s going to scrape by on beer.

Two Beers

Not just any beer, but “liquid bread.” Doppelbock, to be precise; “Double Bock.” Now, I’ve had Bock style beers that you almost had to chew, they were so solid. A good Double Bock is even better, and trust me, it’s not one of those wimpy, watered-down, no-calories-here modern beers that the ads all entice you to drink. No, calories won’t be an issue.

If you think about it, though, this is still an amazing hardship. Where’s the chips and salsa? The pretzels, the sausage, the sardines and crackers? Man, he’s really gone way overboard on this thing, if you ask me. At least he’ll have four healthy portions of brew a day. And all the water he needs. (He’s bought a couple of minis, I hear; should be plenty.)

So what’s your guess: Is he going to make it? Will he lose or gain weight? Will he ever return to solid food again? Inquiring minds want to know!

Enjoy the (Liquid Lenten Lunches) Heat!

Entries in this series:
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  2. Friday Follies: Cakes That Make You Laugh (Maybe), and Which Food Best Represents Your State
  3. Friday Follies: Green Bugs to Replace Red Meat On Your Plate?
  4. Friday Follies: How to Pour a Beer Every Second (Almost)
  5. How Beer Saved the World (and, You Heard It Here First!)
  6. Friday Follies: Become a Professional Beer Expert (And You Thought All You Had to Do Was Drink)
  7. What's for Dinner Gets Automated, In a Weird Sort of Way
  8. Follies Extra: Is That a Chile Pepper On Your Plate, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?
  9. Friday Follies: Oh, You Wanted the Mayo On the Side, Eh?
  10. Friday Follies: Eating Like a Monk During Lent
  11. Friday Follies: O No, You Got a Spork in the Salad Shooter!
  12. Friday Follies: Food Network Now Wants to Play Ball
  13. Friday Follies: Chile Underground Voted Number One Food Blog
  14. Friday Follies: Beer, It's What's for Breakfast
  15. Friday Follies: The End of the World is Nigh, and Bacon is to Blame
  16. Virtual Reality Gives “Cookie Monster” a Whole New Meaning
  17. Friday Follies: Do-It-Yourself Egg Art, and That’s No Yolk
  18. Burger Follies: A Fight Over Killer Burgers, In-N-Out in Texas, and Burger America Goes Second Edition
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  21. Follies: Barbeque That Goes Where You Go, All Day Long
  22. Follies: How to Carry Your Liquor, and Don’t Do’s at the Bar
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  25. Follies: Edible Clay, Eu de Play-Doh, and a Website You Can’t Live Without
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  27. Follies Extra: A Multitude of Uses for Beer (Besides Drinking)
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