Wednesday, 15 June 2016

WWWWWW #77 - Reuban Paterson's The Golden Promise


World Wide Web Wacky Wing Wednesday. #lotwWWWWWW. Exploring chicken wing culture on the internet every Wednesday.


This week:


Reuban Paterson: Artist


I may not know art, but I know I like chicken wings and art. At the Albany campus of Massey University in New Zealand, one of his sculptures was installed named "The Golden Promise":



It is glorious and will be mine one day.

"An established Auckland artist renowned for his work using glitter, Mr Paterson used the metaphor of a wing symbolising protection and nurturing offered by the university to students at the campus, which was previously the site of chicken farming.)"

“This work especially refers to – and celebrates – the development of the university from its beginnings as an agricultural college, into what it has aspired to become over the course of its own history – and just as the university has transformed and grown over this time, so too has the pastoral land on which it is located at Albany,”
This video won't play here, but click to watch it over on Vimeo:

The Golden Promise, 2014. Install at Massey University, Albany Campus. from Reuben Paterson on Vimeo.


Art is subjective, but then again, so art chicken wings.
What do you think?

Friday, 10 June 2016

Harvey's & Kelsey's wing promotions


Found in my inbox:




Harvey's is doing up Buffalo Chicken flavours these days - and I do have to say I am a fan of the Buffalo Chicken sandwich - its crispy, saucy and has a bite.

Kelsey's on the other hand has both a Wing & Chicken Finger combo OR a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich for $10  - seems like a decent deal to me. I haven't had their wings for a while, but they used to be good.

Are you trying any of these? Have you already? Do you know any other deals? Let me know today!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

WWWWWW #76 - Josh Elkin's Chicken Wing of Thrones


World Wide Web Wacky Wing Wednesday. #lotwWWWWWW. Exploring chicken wing culture on the internet every Wednesday.


This week:



Josh Elkin: Chef | Food Artist

I originally came across Josh for his "Makin A Pizza" rap - and I could not get this song out of my head:




I was also like, this guy looks really familiar - have I seen him somewhere else before?

Yes, yes I have:



He used to be on Epic Meal Time. Epic.


Anyways, he made some internet waves when he combined 2 of my favourite things, GAME of THRONES and CHICKEN WINGS.

How?  He created a Throne of Wings:



When you play the game of thrones you win or you die. When you play the game of wings, you win and you cry.

The photo became so popular it led to its own fan art:



So check out Josh but make sure you come hungry (or full, otherwise you will get hungry).

Return of Wing



The Lord of the Wings blog has been stagnant for too long.

I love this blog and I love chicken wings and it`s time to get back to a state of regular posting and exploring chicken wings.

So to do so, I`m restarting WORLD WIDE WEB WACKY WING WEDNESDAY


I started WWWWWW as a way to force myself to post at least once a week and you know what? Let's do it again. The last time I posted a WWWWWW was 2013. That's ridiculous.

So every Wednesday, expect a post about someone else posting about chicken wing culture. Search #lotwwwwwww.



You know where else you can find me posting regularly? Instagram.


I haven't been blogging but I have been all over instagram for chicken wing photos. I have a viewer in the blog but I am going to re-post to the blog whenever I can. Re-post Sundays? Let's see how this goes. But find me at @lotw_wingking.



On top of all that, I want to get back to what LOTW was all about - reviewing chicken wings. I'm trying to streamline my methods because it takes waaay to long to post a review. Give me time, but we'll get there.




Friday, 26 February 2016

"Toronto's newest food truck serves up stuffed wings" says BlogTO








I do love chicken wings and I've been saying there aren't enough chicken wing food trucks. I'm going to try and check them out - let me know if you do too!


If you can't wait to find or want to try your own, I've dabbled in stuffed wings myself: Jalapeno Popper Wings.



Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Ronda Rousey & Hooter's Wings

Almost a year ago I had no idea who Ronda Rousey was. But I liked her love of wings.

Flash forward and I've become a big fan of Ronda's (even if I don't watch MMA). Things were going awesome for her, then she lost, and then they weren't.

After she lost her big fight to Holly Holm things were tough for Ronda, but she upheld her promise to a Marine to go to the Ball with him, and it ended up with wings from Hooters.

How do I know? She told Jimmy Fallon:




I think she's cool. She loves wings, and she can kick ass. A true #wingwarrior

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Super Bowl 50 GTA Wing Deals


Tomorrow is the big day.




The Super Bowl. Super Bowl 50.

You might need some chicken wings & if you live in the GTA, here's where you can get some. Personally I suggest you make your own, but we don't always have time or energy, so sometimes pre-prepared or frozen is the way to go:



Food Basics: Prime frozen wings for $6.98 790-800g - not a bad deal for frozen wings. Never tried them though.





Loblaws: They are all about wings this weekend:

  •  $2.99/lb for fresh wings - not bad. 
  •  20 cooked wings (hot or cold) for $10.
  •  President's Choice wings (700-907g) for $9.99. They don't come down to this price very often.
  •  Pinty's NFL 50th Anniversary chicken wing: $14.99  for 800g. Not a great deal and I don't know what these are beyond their normal wings.




Metro:  Fresh 2 Go 15 Hot or Chilled Chicken wings for $7.99. Do not recommend these.




RCSS:  They are also bringing it all wings this weekend:


  • 30 wings for $10. They are already cooked and are chilled.
  • President's Choice Split wings Club Size air chilled wings, $4.53/lb. I don't like $4.53 a pound as a price for wings . . .
  • President's Choice frozen Club Pack is $19.98 for honey garlic or mild Southern-style wings (1.81kg*)


*what's great about Canada is that we like to mix our metric and our imperial measurement systems. Who knows how your wings are going to be weighed.




Sobeys:

  • Get a 16" take & bake pizza and quote "1kg and 3lb Chicken Wings" for $19.99. Does that mean you get 2 differently measured orders of wings?
  • Our Compliments frozen wings are buy 2 get the third box free. Not a wing brand I recommend either.




  • There is also 'Finger Food Faves' tray of 30 wings & 2 whole racks of wings for $44.99


Walmart:  Pinty's wings (810-950g) are $9.97 for a frozen box of wings. This is a big sale for Pinty wings which are usually $15 a box.




Those are the main sales I saw this weekend - do you know of any others? What did I miss? Tell me if you tried any of these and what you thought:


Friday, 22 January 2016

Google Celebrates Wilbur Scoville's Birthday!



Today is Wilbur Scoville's 151sts Birthday, and Google is celebrating!


Who is Wilbur Scoville?

He's the dude who came up with the heat scale in which we measure how hot a pepper is.

image source: http://www.lindos.bm/burning-love/

So I think it's awesome that Google is recognizing the man who taught us so much about their heat. Want to learn more?  http://www.google.com/doodles/wilbur-scovilles-151st-birthday


You can watch the video below, but for the rest of the day you can play the game!





I've eaten wings rated over 1 million Scovilles - how hot can you eat?


Happy Birthday Wilber Scoville!

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016




2015 was quite a year.


Wings @ O'Grady's Outpost in Ottawa in 2015. I took photos but never posted a review.


Life has been going at light speed and doesn't seem to be stopping. I love writing this blog but 2015 saw my worst year to date in keeping up with it. Not a single restaurant review (I documented places, but never posted). I hate saying things are busy because everyone is busy, but I stopped writing because I focused my energy elsewhere. Life changed.

What happened in 2015?

It was a year of ups and downs. I've been engaged to a woman I love, and have been planning a wedding. I had some health set backs that while managed, drained a lot out of me. I got some excitement back in the blog by teaming up with Sobeys to do some crazy recipes. I got a new job and move out of my 'palace in the sky.' I no longer live at my workplace, which I thought would lead to oodles of time to work on the blog, but it didn't. I traveled a LOT across the province, but rarely with any real recreation or rest. I got a cell phone (my first! I know I know) which has changed how I social media my wings. My grandma died just before Christmas. 2016 started with my future mother-in-law also dying.

It wasn't a great start to a new year. But like 2015, it will be filled with highs and lows. I have so much to be thankful for and to look forward to: my wedding is in a couple of months; I love where I work; my apartment is great; so are my friends. And I know that this year I will not get back to writing this blog like I used to - its just not possible. But I am committed to keep exploring chicken wing culture, writing when I can, and not feeling guilty when I don't. As I write this I am excited because I'm about to test out a new deep fryer, and then Instagram my meal, which posts to Twitter, and then post it on here.

I often fear that my blog will become one like my wing graveyard. Sometimes I think I should just give it up. But so often people ask me how is the blog, or why haven't I posted in a while, and it makes me feel like I've made a positive impact. When I realized we were celebrating 10 Years of Lord of the Wings, I knew that this was something that has to go on.





This is a passion project for me, and writing about food is very important to who I am. So don't give up on Lord of the Wings blog, because I haven't. I look forward to exploring strange new wings, to seek out new wings and new wing civilizations. To boldly go where no wing eater has gone before . . .

So 2016, bring it on! I'm ready for you.




Wing Long and Prosper
Wing King,
Lord of the Wings.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Great Scott! Happy Back to the Future Day!


"Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads!"
Doc Brown, BTTF II



HAPPY BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY!


Today is the day Doc and Marty went to the future, or today, but was the future in the 1980's, What a great movie.



Back to the Future II did give us a cool glimpse at what people envisioned having in the future regarding food; Pepsi Perfect, and dehydrated pizza. But missing was chicken wings of the future.

I haven't had a chance to work on a recipe, but they'd by called 1.21 Gigawatt Wings; they'd be crispy but probably made with a Pepsi-based sauce. I  picture a 'white' heat (because of the lighting) so maybe something with horseradish?  I don't know.

What would your BTTF wings be?




Monday, 12 October 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!




This year I'm thankful for a lot of things:


  • Chicken wings
  • My fiancee
  • My family
  • Chicken wings
  • My Friends
  • My Job
  • My Apartment
  • Chicken wings
  • People who still read this blog
  • This Blog
  • and did I mention chicken wings?

What are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

LOTW

Monday, 7 September 2015

Friday, 29 May 2015

10 Year anniversary dinner


Last night was a celebration night of 10 Years of Lord of the Wings, and a few friends came out to celebrate with me.


Desiree, Priya, Sally and Nathan joined me at Duff's, one of my favourite places for wings in Toronto.


Their dill dip with celery - creamy, dilly, delicious.


Crispy naked wings with sauces on the side: medium, honey garlic, spicy honey garlic, bbq, spicy bbq and some super hot. Also some crispy fries. I was very happy.


Artistic re-rendering of a blurry wing photo.


Such great friends, I was going to treat them, but they treated me!  Thanks everyone!

#LOTW10years

BEST IN CHOW - Chris Meets the Lord of the Wings



Back in May of 2014 I met with Chris Nannarone, host of Best in Chow, aka Wing Wars, Pizza Wars, Burger Wars etc.

He interviewed me about what makes great wings, and if you haven't seen the whole episode, here is a clip from my meeting:




I gotta say, they made me look a lot cooler than I really am.

Thanks Chris and the crew of BIC!!!!

National Burger Day 2015

With all my #LOTW10Years celebrations, I almost forgot about National Burger Day.


I didn't have a burger today, but I did this past weekend, and it was fantastic.


From THE WORKS, I got the GETTING PIGGIER WITH IT.  



What's on that?
  • Bacon & beef patty
  • Canadian bacon
  • Smoked bacon
  • Bacon ketchup
  • Cheddar
  • Onion Strings


So meaty, beefy, bacon-ey good!!!