Apr 292016

This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list.

ez1From the beginning of this #HsvHotWings endeavor, my friend Jason mentioned the Carolina Reaper wings at The End Zone. They are only open Friday during the week for lunch, and we made it down to have those reaper wings today. Be aware that this is a bar, so you must be 21 to enter, and smoking is permitted throughout the facility.

Jason and I sat at the bar with several Friday lunch regulars, two of whom had been coming for eight years. (That tends to be testimony to a good kitchen.) The Friday lunch special, which is seven wings, fries, and a drink, is $9.81 before tip. Or, you can get wings for $.82 each. Celery and dressing accompanies. Our server Lori was prompt and personable.


Quality: 8/10. My seven flats and three drums were of pleasing size, without excess fat, and generously sauced. They were cooked perfectly, and served hot enough to necessitate separating them to cool a bit.

Flavor: 8/10. These wings are straight down the middle of a classic buffalo vibe, with the Carolina reaper peppers prominent in both the smell and taste. The finish is vinegary, but not unpleasantly so. Well done.

Heat: 7/10. The textbook progression of a Capsicum chinense cultivar is present here—that strong burn that comes on just a little too slowly for a novice to realize s/he’s in trouble until it’s too late. First, I was between a 5 and a 6. Then, I was between a 6 and a 7, and 7 is where I stayed. This is a searing ride with a nice forehead glow, and heat primarily on lips and tongue.

On my tenth #HsvHotWings outing, we have a new leader in The End Zone.

 Posted by at 12:52 pm
Apr 282016
  • We watched The Force Awakens this past weekend. Yeah, that’s a fine film indeed. No regrets giving it a 10/10.
  • I had a can of coconut water with my salad at Earth Fare once. I didn’t like it. Now Lea and the boys have tried coconut water from Aldi. They didn’t like it either. We’re all done with coconut water for the rest of our lives. We feel fine about that.
  • I lost my online relationship with one of my favorite young people last week. Best I can tell, she read a post on BoWilliams.com that she didn’t agree with and blocked me everywhere. That’s what too many of us do now, and it seems to me the younger the person, the worse the tendency. You disagree, you disappear. She’s smart, and a talented writer, too. It’s really too bad. I’ll miss her.
  • Purple Rain is not a very good movie, but it’s (of course) worth seeing for the music. It’s on the big screen in the Huntsville area through the weekend.
  • So I hear hither and yon that the next Alien movie is going to ignore 3 and Resurrection. I think that’s really the only way you can do it. I think Alien³ might have been really amazing with a more mature David Fincher directing it. As it sits, it’s one of the more splendidly illustrative examples of a squandered film. Of course, this is a chance for Newt to live—but as she’s 40 years old now and never acted again, I think she’ll need to be recast.
  • New Nintendo console coming early next year. Sounds like they know they need a big differentiator.
  • Need plans for Saturday? Come out to Straight to Ale for the 1st Sicario Heat Challenge. I’m entered. Activities begin about 3, with the challenge itself at 6.
 Posted by at 12:26 pm
Apr 262016

This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list.

tbwings0I just did a full-up review of Toy Box Bistro at Rocket City Mom, and enjoyed it very much. I went back for wings yesterday for lunch. This is where Beauregard’s used to be on the southwest corner of Jordan and Holmes.

At Toy Box Bistro, the hottest wings listed on the menu are simply “hot.” When I asked if those were the hottest, I got “nope, we have ghost pepper butter too.” Ah. Yes, please. You can order six, twelve, or twenty wings. I did twelve, which turned out to be eight flats and four drums. They were served with a few carrot sticks, and they were $14.16 before tip. Our server Joseph did a fine job.


Quality: 9/10. These were lovely wings of considerable quality. They were meaty, uniformly sauced and cooked, and served at ideal temperature.

Flavor: 6/10. These are not buffalo wings, but they don’t really fit into any ready variety. There is a basic flavor profile here of chili peppers and sugar that doesn’t ever really change. They’re fine—I ate them all—but they’re very simple.

Heat: 4/10. Well, shoot. We’re regressing on heat again. There is a small but immediate punch, so I’m thinking something else accompanies the ghost peppers in this sauce. The back side heat comes online quickly, but unfortunately peaks much too soon, never getting above a smolder. The tingle is on the lips and tongue. I didn’t need a drink.

These are the prettiest wings I’ve had so far, but they could use a little passion. Double the heat, or maybe a good shot of garlic? Or both?

 Posted by at 7:07 am
Apr 252016

upaWell, everyone’s favorite lecherous pepaw has hung around long enough to get hisself his very own beer, complete with a delightfully suggestive logo! Salty Nut Brewery will offer Unimpeachable Pale Ale for a limited time, with swag available now.

(You’ll perhaps recall dear Dr. Bentley’s fondness for touching soft, round things from his phone sex recording.)

Keep putting the guber in gubernatorial, Guvnah!


 Posted by at 6:26 pm
Apr 212016

Photo by Scott Penner; license CC BY-SA 3.0

Prince died this morning at his home near Minneapolis. He was 57 years old. As I type the cause of death has not been released, but he had been battling influenza for several weeks.

Prince was one of the primary cultural architects of my beloved 1980s. He not only wrote and recorded key parts of my formative years’ soundtrack, but made films, discovered and mentored several new artists, and wrote big hits for other established stars.

He created all kinds of music, from danceable funk to heavy rock to ethereal ballads. Sometimes he took pieces we’d think shouldn’t go together and make something bigger from them. Other times he would find sophistication in starkness. (Who else ever wrote and performed a worldwide dance smash with no bass line?)

Prince was an artistic genius, blessed with nearly unimaginable talent. We were blessed to have had him. Black? White? Straight? Gay? His early hit “Controversy” invited us to consider these questions. Let’s discard them all and just go with “force of nature.”

God be with his family and friends. RIP.

 Posted by at 2:12 pm

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