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.

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So I think it's awesome that Google is recognizing the man who taught us so much about their heat. Want to learn more?

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.