After throwing back 27 wings while judging the Best Wings In Brooklyn Competition, my 2011 wing count was 268, putting me 31 wings ahead of pace (5.5 wings per day) for day 43. My digestive system had worked extremely hard to build me this lead, so I decided to reward it with a little wing-cation. For the next 7 days, I replaced wings with salads and veggies. By day 50, I was fully rested and feeling good. I was ready to do what I was brought to this planet to do – eat chicken wings.
A few weeks ago, TheBoken Online, a site that provides extensive coverage of the Hoboken, NJ restaurant, nightlife and bar scene, did a story about my New Year’s Resolution to eat 2,011 chicken wings in 2011. In it, they referred to me as “Hoboken’s Chicken Wing Super Hero” and wrote me a little note…
To you Ultimate Wingman we have a lot of questions we would like to ask, over wings of course, so to you sir come out of your “wingcave” and address the masses!
It was on! The Ultimate Wingman had a date with the TheBoken.
After reaching my first Meaty Milestone (consuming wing #100) on Tuesday, I decided to take Wednesday off. My digestive system deserved it.
Wednesday flew by and now it was Thursday. I entered the day with 103 wings down, only 1908 to go – I can do this! I had an interview coming up on Friday with the Dwyer & Michaels Morning Show in Davenport, Iowa, so I needed to go big. Scene of the crime: Black Bear Bar & Grill in Hoboken, NJ.
Now, I had wings at the Black Bear on November, 27 2010. You’re probably asking yourself, “how in the hell does he remember the exact date?” Easy. That’s where my friends and I watched the Ohio State-Michigan football game. That day we ordered 30 crispy mild wings and they were nothing to brag about – overcooked and wrinkly. Picture your fingers after you have been in the bath tub too long. Yep, that’s how they looked. Most people wouldn’t go back, but I did. Why? It was freezing cold outside and the nearest bar in sight. Plus, their beers were cheap and it was ladies night. I had a chance to kill two birds with one stone.
Yesterday I did my first ever radio interview. It was with Tom Dunne from News Talk Ireland in Dublin. He reached out to me last week after reading about my wing project. The chat was originally supposed to take place on Monday, but it got bumped back because the leader of their country was about to get kicked out of office – true story. I don’t follow Irish politics closely, but this was worthy of a little research. Ireland’s leader is Prime Minister Brian Cowen. Apparently, party lawmakers were unhappy with his handling of Ireland’s debt crisis forcing an early election. In September he was accused of being drunk and hungover during a radio interview. I like this guy. Anyways, back to my interview.
Since Ireland is 5 hours ahead of me over here on the East coast, the interview took place at 6:40am. That was a challenge for me. Let’s just say I’m not a morning person. The station called and before I knew it I was on the air, live and international!
After the jump is a complete transcription of the interview. It’s a little lengthy, but definitely worth the read. When you’ve finished reading, post your favorite quote in the comments.
After polishing off 18 wings on Martin Luther King Day, I entered Tuesday with 93 wings under my belt (literally). I was so close to 100 I could taste it. It was time for me to reach my first “Meaty Milestone”: #100. That entire day I sat in my cubicle with one thing on my mind. Where would I consume that precious 100th wing? After hours of Googling for the perfect place, a place I’ve never been before, I decided to hit up this small Irish pub under the Hoboken 14th street viaduct called Carpe Diem. It is considered by many to be a hidden gem in town. I’ve eaten at Carpe a handful of times, but I had never tried their buffalo wings. But I do recall seeing someone order them before and they looked legit.
After work I went home and relaxed for a bit and then made my way over to Carpe Diem. The bar area is really small but there is surprisingly a lot of seating. Bar stools and a few two seat tables surround the bar giving the room a cozy feeling. I got a seat at the bar, ordered a frosty Coors Light draft and asked for the menu. One order of wings was $9 and they offered 3 sauces: Buffalo, BBQ, or honey glaze. I went with BBQ. Before I could take three sips of my beer, my wings were served. Boy, did they look and smell delicious. It turns out an order is 10 wings, which isn’t too shabby if you ask me. One order at Green Rock will get you 9 wings and a lot of other places give you less than that. I was a happy camper.
It was time to eat. My milestone meat sticks were served and the presentation was very impressive. The wings were served on a full size dinner plate with fresh lettuce and baby carrots. The dipping sauce was ranch. I’m a fan of both bleu cheese and ranch, so that didn’t matter to me. The wings were coated with just the right amount of BBQ sauce. Not too much, not too little. They were average size, but not overly meaty. The meat though was very tender. I had them down in 15 minutes and was satisfied with my choice. I will definitely be back.
I’d like to thank the fine people at Carpe Diem for sharing my first “Meaty Milestone” with me and encourage all Hobokeners who dare to make their way Uptown to check out this hidden gem under the viaduct.
Milestones: I consumed wing #100
2011 Wing Count: 103
Rating: 4 Tums