I Have Wiiiiiiings!
Today was a day filled with wings, both personal and edible!
I had a great day at the gym! Earlier this week I read a post from Elina at Healthy and Sane about pushing yourself when you work out. Today on the treadmill I really thought about that. I have been running for 25 minutes and a little over 2 miles fairly consistantly for a few weeks now. At 2 miles I am always pleased with myself, and allow myself to stop because I have done a great job. But how am I ever going to make it to 3 miles doing that?!
Today, when 2 miles came around at about 20 minutes in to my run, instead of slowing down I said to myself “5 more minutes!” And I cranked up the speed from 6.3 to 6.5. I felt the sweat begin to pour, but I zoned in to the show on TV (Cash Cab!) and let my mind wander from what my body was doing. My legs were flying, I had wings!! 5 minutes went by in a flash, and before I knew it I was slowing the pace down to a jog and looked at the milage: 2.54! That is the farthest I have run in a while, and I was pumped! I left the gym feeling as though I got a real workout!
Tonight was a night off cooking, and Z and I went to continue our Hunt for the Perfect Wing at The Avenue in Allston. We were not intelligent wing-stalkers and didn’t realize that The Avenue has 30 cent wings from 4 – 7 pm every day. We walked in at 7:15 and had to pay $8.99 for a plate of 12. Timing fail! We had our minds set on wings, though, so we got them anyway. I enjoyed a Magners while I waited.
The Avenue started off with extra points for having cider on tap (gluten free)! Plus, Magners is one of my favorites, not too sweet 🙂
Then, the wings came out!
The wings were incredibly meaty! They also weren’t breaded, so extra GF point. The sauce had a nice kick to it and even some red pepper flakes thrown in, which I have yet to see in a Buffalo sauce. The blue cheese was quality, having actual blue cheese chunks (and wasn’t ranch, like some other places I know would serve. Who serves ranch with Buffalo?! Nobody.) Z and I gave them a 4 out of 5. I like my wings a little crispier, and they didn’t give me the OMG reaction that I have with truly awesome wings. Plus the plate was a little pricey. But for the 30 cent deal, I think this might become my go-to place for wings and beer (/cider)!
In all, I loved The Avenue! It has the atmosphere of a lot of dive bars I love in Brooklyn. There weren’t too many people around, but the bar had a nice buzz, a great place to chill and chat with friends. I’ll probably avoid it on a Friday or Saturday; I saw a sign that they have a DJ and I can imagine it turns pretty fratty. But since the 30 cent wing deal extends all day Sunday, it would be the perfect place to watch a game and chow down. The only thing missing is a pool table 🙂 Z and I had a great time watching some college basketball and conducting some wing-analysis. Thanks, The Avenue, for having the best wings so far!