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Ireland's West Coast: A Long Way to go for a Chicken Wing

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

As I enter my..grey years, I’m presented with some incredible opportunities. Contributing to this blog is one, tailing along on adventures planned by Beth, another. Although tagging along comes with a price...contributing to this blog. A vicious circle..lol

As you may have read, we decided to hike Crough Patrick in Northwest Ireland. An anti-religious pilgrimage of sorts for me as there was quite a lot of name-taking-in-vain going on. I don’t know what was worse, the calf muscles or the arches but my body's reaction to this activity was not good. After the torture of hiking was complete, I had expected my pub lunch reward to be a regional treat like an Irish stew, boxty (potato pancake but better) or colcannon (mashed potatoes). But no...omg...the Irish make the best wings I’ve ever tasted!!! My Texas neighbours may sue me for such outrageous claims, but it’s true.

My Air cooked Irish-Sytle Chicken Wings with Dipping Sauce

First had hike-ending celebratory wings in a pub. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, I was amazed at the quality of a pub snack. So, we ordered them again in the hotel restaurant. The same. Crispy, juicy, no sloppy sauces. Just a breaded wing, that seemed to be double fried and seasoned to perfection. They were served with dipping sauces but why bother. One more order at yet another establishment confirmed this was no fluke.

I could tell you that I tried lots of various recipes to make the wings; from baked to double fried to deep fryer, but I didn’t. On a lark I tried a Phillips Air Fryer. So, I’m just going to push this method and encourage anyone that’s thought about getting one to sign off this site and type in Amazon. Super easy and very delicious.

They were browned to a delicious caramel colour, juicy as all get go and I could have eaten a dozen.

So that’s my blog contribution for this trip to Galway, Ireland. Go to Ireland, climb a mountain, eat some wings...you’ll feel great. Don’t forget the plasters and aspirin!

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Fearing the empty nest? Don't! Since my children have flown the coup, I have had time to refocus on my passions of travel, art, and writing.  This little blog is a handy tool that helps me share what I have learned with others.


I grew up in the States, but have lived a large chunk of my adult life in the UK. I now split my time between London and South Africa as well as chasing the sun around the world. 


 When my nest emptied, I began to plan my trips according to my own schedule, indulging in going solo. Once one gets used to traveling solo, it can be a very freeing experience. I seek out interesting, informative and unique experiences, and proffer advice with my network of readers.  I also have a lot of fun!


 Spa retreats and personal growth travel are core to what I do.  If there was a master's degree in the art of booking massages, I would be a scholarship student! I also plan to conquer Europe one city break at a time and with all that effort, I need as many beach holidays as possible. 


So please enjoy reading my tales of travel. I hope you are encouraged to get on that plane and perhaps have a few giggles along the way.


When my large family was quite young, we lived in several international postings. In an age before Google Translate,  I negotiated the grocery stores of foreign countries in search of tasty ingredients. I soon became an expert at discerning information from food labels and also learned to cook healthy, quick meals from local sources. 


From this experience, I became quite the foodie, even before 'foodie' was a word. And now as an empty-nester and devotee of food travel networks, I  interpret those old recipes into smaller, even tastier versions. 


Being an editor and food/wine travel columnist,  I travel the world sampling indigenous recipes which I share on Old Bag on a Plane. I also love wine!


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