It seemed like a great idea.
They were on the Nation’s BEST OF list.
So what does that mean?
We have to go try them.
After cheeeezzzzeburgers, a good chicken wing is my next favorite thing.
Although recently, I’m loosing my love for the wing.
I’ve pretty much lost all love for the bird itself.
It tastes dirty.
The bird tastes dirty.
Not just the dark meat.
All of it.
Well tonight, the remaining love of wings, may have left what tiny bit of love remained…..on the windshield of my beloved Norman.
So this local place – was one of the top 50 places in AMERICA to eat wings.
So we went.
I made reservations.
Yes, one of THOSE places.
NOTE: every where in Miami is one of THOSE places – even Taco Bell. You get over it.
But you know, with Open Table, you get points of reservations. You go anywhere that may take reservations, you make one on Open Table so you get a coupon eventually towards a free meal. It’s worth it.
The Mister drops me off, I go in to secure our precious reservation while he parks the car. Of course, parking the car in this area is a small two day mission. I order a glass of wine, review my Facebook, check us in, read my emails, decide what I’m having for dinner, take some snaps of the restaurant, chat with the waiter, read my work emails, search the internet about a storm hitting Alaska, comment on friends’ Facebook posting, text the Mister to ensure he’s not lost, research Pygmy goats, take more pictures of the restaurant, ponder why there’s an overwhelming amount of men to women in this establishment and then finally the Mister arrives.
Emmett came and took our orders.
Most importantly……I had to know, “how many wings come in an order?”
…..insert my Bambi stare here….. blink blink…..blink….blink…..
In Alaska, we’d go to our favorite place, the USCG station and order 50.
Okay, let’s roll the dice. I accept the swine challenge of four.
We enjoy our beverages and a serving tray arrives with half a chicken. NO. It’s the four wings. It’s a drumstick AND a wing. Times four! Nicely played. These are as big as my hand!
Let’s back up. Did I mention….if you expect me to eat wings like a lady, you’re eating wings with the wrong lady? I’m like a one year old with their first birthday cake. I’ve got sauce all over my face, up my nose, in my hair and smeared on both cheeks. No, that’s not a hickey on my neck, it’s hot wing sauce. Trust me….. Go ahead, I’m like a scratch and sniff sticker but different. Lick it.
Emmett comes back. What do we want for dinner?
We both decide….ribs. It’s half a rack.
The smell in this place is delicious.
Half way down the block you could smell the smoker. Nom, nom, nom.
Smokey wood burning.
Oh and brussel sprouts. We want those too.
Before I can finish my second half of chicken this mound of rib arrives on a wooden platter. This mound was the size of a 15 pound meatloaf. It was literally stacked three layers high with ribs.
Yeah, well. Did I mention we don’t eat pork?
At home we’re vegetarians. No meat. No fish. No chicken. No lunch meat. No eggs. No milk. Some cheese for tacos. No pork. This is overload.
I eat three ribs. Who can eat this amount of food? Godzilla maybe. This is insane.
Yes, I’ll need a box.
We decide to enjoy a cup of coffee and split a salted carmel milkshake. I mean really, the damage was already done. So let’s really set ourselves up for misery and put our digestive tracts into a tailspin of sugar mania. We’ve lubed up our internals with fat and meat….now let’s coat them with sugar and more fat.
I can hear my arteries heave now.
If you listen closely they’re already sending morse code signals to Shamans in the Amazon jungle.
After about 3 hours of pure hog heaven, we hire the valets to wheelbarrow us out to the car. I truly think I need to make an incision into my abdomen to let out some of the pressure. I have eaten too much.
Two half chickens, disguised as “chicken wings”
Half a salted carmel milkshake.
Either I ate too much or there is an alien about to be born out of my gut. At this point I may take the alien option. As I drive home, I am gripping the steering wheel as my stomach rolls and tumbles.
I am burping.
I continue to grip the steering wheel. I think my intestines are reorganizing themselves into a holiday bow. I refuse to pull over and poop on the side of the road. In previous chapters of my life, I’ve pulled over to pee. And yes, I’ve pulled over to vomit. I will not pull over to poop. This chicky has her limits.
I’m sorry Norman, but this is I95 and you’re going to fly like you’re a Virgin Atlantic flight on a nonstop from Miami to Aventura. Landing gear is down and we’re on direct flight.
I hate hot dogs.
(Okay, there was a time when I liked the processed ones with the little cheese bits in them, but that was like a decade ago.)
(Oh yeah and when we go to holiday parties….don’t stand between me and the Little Smokies in the hot pot. I’m like a blue haired lady on double bingo night. Get out of my way!)
I feel so ill. It’s like the time when I was little and thought it was a good idea to eat 6 hard boiled eggs.
What compounds the problem is that I can’t get rid of the smoker smell off my hands. What I enjoyed so much at the restaurant….a wood smoke smell from what I can only imagine is an enormous smoker in the back recesses of the kitchen….is now stuck to my hands like a foul tattoo.
It’s like having hairy palms.
I can’t get rid of it.
I hate hot dogs.
Still….after several washings.
I tried two different types of hand sanitizer.
I get home and use lemon soap.
The cats are now intrigued and wondering how to nibble off one of my thumb pads. I’m being stalked by three furry critters who are trying to figure out how to hold me down just long enough.
Great. Every time get a whiff of my hands, my stomach rolls. This can only mean one thing.
I’m going to have to sleep with gym socks on my hands tonight.
That’s all fun and games until I wake up in the middle of the night, forget about the socks and freak out believing I’ve developed some strange mitten hand disease overnight from the swine all the while thumping The Mister in the head while screaming repeatedly until he wakes up.