So sometimes you just have to go big, Cali-style. Today is such a day. Hence the Williams Selyem Pinot. Red and dark fruit and forest berries on the nose with whiffs of mulch, cinnamon, grains of paradise, vanilla, and wood. Raspberry cordial on the palate with blackberry and blueberry notes, vanilla, wood, and cinnamon. Solid Cali-style Pinot Noir. On the expensive side because of the name, but certainly doesn’t disappoint. It’s just hard to find real value at this price!
2 lb chicken wings, separated into drums and flats
Seasoning blend (you may or may not use all of it) - 5 tbsp of each: smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper, granulated garlic, granulated onion, Indian red pepper, hot paprika, cumin + 2 tbsp kosher salt, + 1 tbsp baking powder
Ingredients for Sauce
½ cup Honey Chipotle barbecue sauce (purchased from Williams-Sonoma)
¼ cup Peri Peri sauce
3 tbsp sweet chili
2 tsp raw honey
½ apple cider vinegar
Preheat the oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit.
Clean and completely dry your chicken wings using paper towels.
In a large bowl, toss your chicken wings into the coating mixture and ensure that each wing is evenly coated.
Using a baking sheet (preferably with a wire rack), place the chicken wings in a single layer and cook for 20 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
After the last 15 minutes, remove the wings from the oven, turn on your oven’s broiler, brush the chicken wings with the sauce and broil for 1-2 minutes until caramelized.
Repeat on the opposite side of the wings.
NOTE: using a wire rack helps with the air circulation and ensures that the entire wing gets crispy.
Remove from the oven, garnish with fresh cilantro, and serve.
So I went window shopping yesterday and Ruby and I walked past William and Sonoma (I LOVE THAT STORE, I know sounds such like a domestic mom thing to say) and I commented that Ignis would love to shop there. And Ruby was like that would be a great headcanon what would they like to do hit up for shops and food at the Mall. So before I finish up my newest chapter of Family is Forever let’s have some fluff.
Preface: So I am going to base this off a mid-level mall not a super fancy one and not a low rent one either. So decent food court, good selection of shops and a movie theater with arcade. If you live out of the USA and don’t have these stores, I’m quite sorry if these are confusing or just make no sense I’ll try to explain them best I can!
Noctis: Bass Fishing Pro shop, Dicks Sporting Goods, is our Princes’ favorite shops to visit in the mall. He prefers Bass as it has everything he’s looking for on the fishing front but if it’s a smaller mall it has Dicks and the selection is a bit smaller but still enough to supply his needs. For clothes Noctis likes to hit up Hot Topic it has everything he likes, he use to go to Spencers but they are more retail than clothes. The arcade in the theater would only be a spot for him if he was going to the movies as you can’t go to it unless you did buy a ticket. Plus the games aren’t that much the selection is small and only the super popular stuff is there. So he would rather go to a real arcade. Noctis is one to show up during the afternoon and right before close to the mall, never the first person to show up that is for sure. He likes to wander around and window shop from time to time if it is a rainy day. Noctis likes to eat pretzels from Auntie Anne’s and the cinnamon ones are his favorite. He also washes that down with a lemonade slush.
Prompto: Any photography store, FYE, Gamestop, Hot Topic and the candy kiosk are his go to shops. Prompto loves the mall, loves all the people the only time he doesn’t like it is during the holidays and middle of summer if it is a indoor mall it gets too crowded and not for him. He gets overwhelmed. (Honestly who wouldn’t, beyond Gladiolus?) Prompto can’t help but take the samples that the kiosks offer, he feels bad if he doesn’t at least acknowledge their presence! So often times Prompto ends up getting half a manicure, some lotion on part of his other hand, a spritz of cologne and some food samples he’s back with the group. Prompto loves to be there all day, specially if it is a open air mall or one that is outside like a town-center it is given for more photo opportunities! His favorite foods are from Sbarro, Subway, Cinna-bon (extra icing, please!) and the Smoothie Shack, he can never make up his mind what is his favorite so he has his “i’m in the mood for”.
Ignis: Williams and Sonoma, Sears, Starbucks and Perfumania. Ignis isn’t fond of going to the mall but he will if he needs to, he will make sure to go during the middle of the week so it’s not busy so he doesn’t have to deal with that. He just doesn’t like how crowded it gets, people stealing, loud kids the works too annoying for his taste. Williams and Sonoma is his main spot to hit up it is really his only spot he would go to if he didn’t have to go and pick up Noctis a lot. If W&S doesn’t have what he needs he goes to his clothes store which doubles as his back up store, Sears. Ignis likes to go to Perfumania to get some good colognes so he can spray the group when he needs to mask their scent after not showering for a few days. Ignis will go first thing in the morning or not at all you will never see him there on the holidays or right before close. If you ask Ignis if he eats at the food court he will deny it until he’s blue in the face. BUT if you sneak and catch him eating Dippin’ Dots, Starbucks coffee (Double Tall latte, 2 raw sugars) and popcorn from the kiosk.
Gladiolus: Spencers, Dicks Sporting Goods and Barnes and Nobles. Gladiolus can get all his camping gear at Dicks Sporting Goods, plus muscle shirts, footwear and they give him a discount all the time. Spencers is great for Gladiolus because it has a ton of joke stuff that he likes to toss out at the others though if he leaves any of the joke items out and around Ignis will take them and use them against Gladiolus in a much more disastrous manner. Gladiolus doesn’t actually walk around the mall because he always ends up going when it’s busy and he bumps into people a lot and he finds it annoying. So he B-lines it to his needed spots then goes to the bookstore and sits in the cafe for hours until closing time. He will get a drink from the cafe, read and be at peace. His favorite foods is from Sarku, Panda Express, Yogurt Mountain and free samples from the liquor store.
Yeah, I turn on the TV and I see everything lookin’ so glossy and pretty. You know, those people with their apartments in New York City that are the size of airplane hangers, and decorated from Williams-Sonoma, and yet they’re all in their early 20s and haven’t figured out what to do with their lives. I don’t understand that. What planet are people living on? So we wanted to do something that, while it’s heightened, and the situations are ridiculous, at least the world the people live in is a little more believable.- Rob-Mcelhenney