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!!!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

LORD of the WINGS Blog: 10 Years TODAY!!!




I still can't believe it's been 10 years.



Back in the early 2000's I was living in Toronto, and had been trying to develop a website about my chicken wing adventures, but I was technologically challenged. Along came Blogger, and I decided a wing blog was the way to go.

  In the beginning there were some bumps and stumbles, and it would be several posts before I got into a rhythm of how I wanted to post information. 10 years later and the blog has come so far.



I set out to find the best wings out there, but I found so much more along the journey. Good food, good friends, and good times.

My adventures have included:

  • Judging
  • Interviews
  • Road Trips
  • Eating Challenges
  • Review
  • Recipes
  • News
  • Consultations
  • Social Media (Twitter, WKTV on Youtube)

Who knew that all of this could come from eating wings?


I decided to put together a quick time line and a LOTW by the numbers infographic. Enjoy:



It's been a long road getting from there to here. Thanks to all my friends, family and followers for reading and being a part of my wing experiences. If this is what the last 10 years has brought about, I can't wait to see what the next 10 years bring.

Keep checking the blog for more #LOTW10years retrospectives, info and posts.

Now I'm off to have some wings.

Wing Long & Prosper
Wing King



Wednesday, 27 May 2015

A Decade of Lord of the Wings???



Did you know that this week will mark 10 years of Lord of the Wings???

Crazy, I know.

Tomorrow, Thursday May 28th will be 10 years since I started this blog. I'm going to have a retrospective, some updates and celebrating with some folks over wings.

So keep checking in and see where LOTW came from, and is going!

#LOTW10years

Wing King

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Best wings in Kingston???





The Kingstonist had a poll recently about the best wings in Kingston Ontario:





Now I've only been to the Kingston Brewing Company, but what do you think? Where are the best wings in Kingston?



#LOTWwants2know


Thursday, 14 May 2015

TMZ interviews Ronda Rousey about wings


TMZ stopped Ronda Rousey, a mixed martial artist and recently turned actress in Furious 7 and the Expendables 3 and apparently a huge wing fanatic, to talk about wings in a quick chicken wing interview.

I have no idea how or why they started this line of questioning, but it's the fist time I was impressed with a TMZ interview:




Highlights:
  • "I like mine super spicy"
  • "someone brought me boneless breaded wings after I beat Sarah Kaufman and I cried. I literally cried. It has to be naked, an it has to have bones in it, and has extra hot sauce, and blue cheese"
  • "I like to take the two bones split in half and suck it off entirely on both sides"

This Ronda knows what she wants in a wing and I appreciate that. The passion for the wing, and for eating them after beating the crap out of an opponent, means I won't correct her that it's a wingette and a drummette (all wing) and not a leg . . .