What’s football (or any sporting event) and no chicken wings? Nothing.
But not any chicken wings, it has to be buffalo wings. And that’s not an easy task to get in Costa Rica.
Yeah, you can try a few of the places that say they have buffalo wings, I won’t mention their names, but I would rather not. Part of the problem is preparation, the other part is not growing up with the tradition.
There are several different claims about how Buffalo wings were created. One of the more prevalent claims is that Buffalo wings were first prepared at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, by Teressa Bellissimo, who owned the bar along with her husband Frank.
Another claim is that a man named John Young served chicken wings in a special “mambo sauce” at his Buffalo restaurant in the mid-1960s. His wings were breaded. Young had registered the name of his restaurant, John Young’s Wings ‘n Things, at the county courthouse before leaving Buffalo in 1970.
Either way I grew up near Buffalo, in a small place known to Toronto, and where Buffalo wings are as close to the wings in Buffalo.
So, I think I know a little bit more about Buffalo wings that the rest here, since I have yet to meet someone who claims to be from Buffalo. In all my years in Costa Rica, I have so far met only one person – a tourist – that lay claim to being from Buffalo.
Back to the chicken wings.
On Costa Rica Extra and reposted on QCostarica, I give you my recipe for making the best Buffalo wings on this side of Buffalo. Even though the recipe is not secret or anything special, after all its wings and sauce, it’s in the making them and that you have to find out on your own.
For those of you who want the easy way out and staying home, I suggest the Tyson fully cooked Classic Buffalo “style” wings. I’ve only found them at Pricesmart (not my favourite place). They are pricey, at about US$30 for a 5 pound bag. Just thaw them, heat them up and serve. I like heating them in the toaster oven, found using a muffin tray the best to keep them from sticking to each other ..
Either way, a cold beer (Rock Ice my favuorite when I do drink), buffalo wings and great soccer is on tap for my day today. What’s yours?