Dan Gross: Next course for taco-chomping champ? The Wing Bowl

Posted: August 30, 2010

LISEL PARILLON's taco title is only days old, but she already has her sights set on Wing Bowl.

The 23-year-old graduate dentistry student at Penn hadn't heard of the annual 610 WIP celebration of gluttony (and strippers), but when we explained it to her yesterday she said she planned to try out for the contest, which hasn't had a serious female contender since pro-eater Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas won the crown in 2004.

On Aug. 20, Trinidad-born Parillon and friends were heading into Drinker's West (39th & Chestnut) when she decided to take the bar's taco challenge: If you eat 33 in under 13 minutes they're free.

Parillon rose above the challenge.

"My friends didn't think I could do it, but I wanted to try it," Parillon told us yesterday. "I surprised myself."

After completing the contest Parillon decided to go for the triple crown, performing the same at Drinker's Pub (1903 Chestnut) and then several days later at Drinker's Tavern (124 Market) where she did it in 9 minutes.

"I have a huge appetite, which nobody ever believes since I'm a size 0," said Parillon, who is 5-9 and says she weighs about 120. She's won free drinks for a year, up to $500, at all Drinker's locations, which are all offering $10 all-you-can-eat taco parties Sunday.

"When I was doing it, I was just focused. I didn't realize how big of a deal it was," she said. "It's nice to get compliments on eating, which is something I love to do," Parillon said.

What won't she eat? "I hate grapefruit, pickles and olives," she said.

Snoop signs cognac today

You may have thought Snoop Dogg was loyal to Tanqueray, the brand he name-drops in "Gin and Juice," but the weed-loving West Coast rapper will be signing $21.99 bottles of Landy Cognac from 3 to 4 p.m. today at the Wine & Spirits store at 1218 Chestnut St. in Center City. Snoop plays the TLA (334 South) tonight.

Out and about

* Phillies legend Mike Schmidt took in the American National Rugby League Grand Final XIII Saturday afternoon at A.A. Garthwaite Stadium (11th & Harry) in Conshohocken. Schmidt met fans in the VIP tent at his first rugby contest.

* While their men were away, a group of Eagles wives and girlfriends got together to play at Spa East in Liberties Walk Thursday. Whitney Kolb, Susie Celek, Cherie Mikell, Maggie Jean-Gilles, and Julie Dorenbos were among those having mani-pedis, along with Kijafa Frink, fiancee of Michael Vick, Jeneva Barrett, fiancee of Asante Samuel, and their host Amani Hassoun, Joselio Hanson's girlfriend.

Philly's Phunniest last chance

93.3 WMMR's Steve Morrison, of Preston & Steve, Comedy Central's Anne Harris and comedian BPhlat are judges at tonight's semifinals of the Philly's Phunniest contest at Helium (2031 Sansom). Tickets are $15-$20 for the 7 p.m. event. People Paper columnist Stu Bykofsky, Kildare's owner Dave Magrogan and Your Humble Narrator judge tomorrow's final round, which starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25.

'Calendar Girl' test screens

"Calendar Girl," which shot around town earlier this year, is holding a test screening Sept. 15 at the Trocadero (1003 Arch). The film, which starts at 8 p.m. and costs $10, features Corbin Bernsen, Gilbert Gottfried, Brian O'Halloran, the WWE's Blue Meanie and Al Snow, NBC10's Doug Shimell and the Geator himself, Jerry Blavat. Stars are Jensen Bucher, Nicholas Troy, Derek Lindeman, Jake Matthews, and Brian Gallagher. Lindeman also directed the film and co-wrote it with Faith Brody. Double Windsor Films and Honey Pot Pictures are producers. For more info visit calendargirlthemovie.com.

Softball game for MS funds

ESPN 950's Mike Missanelli and Jon Marks, 6ABC's Dann Cuellar and state Rep. John Sabatina will participate in Team Red Tiger Tae Kwon Do's softball tournament on Sept. 11 at Robert Iezzi Memorial Park in Bensalem to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Red Tiger owner Jim Roach's wife Nina has been fighting MS since 1998. The couple and Team Red Tiger have raised more than $260,000 for MS patients since 2001. Former Fox 29 meteorologist Rob Guarino will also take part in the softball game. His sister Terri Fresconi is afflicted with MS.

The game starts at 1 p.m., with a tae kwon do demonstration beginning at 11 a.m.. Admission is $25.

Sexy Single talks Stern

Daily News Sexy Single LoLo Burak just got sexier. She's a huge Howard Stern fan and will discuss all things Howard on the Super Fan Roundtable hosted by Mutt on Sirius Satellite Radio's Howard 101 at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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