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Ghost Pepper Wings at Uncle Mike’s Pub

July 10th, 2012 · 2 Comments

One more exciting thing from our weekend at the lake house, but let me back up a month. When I was last in New York, Dallas went up to the lake house. All the guys there thought it was a super good idea to go to Uncle Mike’s Pub and get some ghost pepper wings. Sara and Christine were texting me the play by play, including photos like this:


Dallas looks like he got punched in the face!

And Dallas was texting me to tell me how horrible it all was. So, I thought “ok, well, that’s the end of that.” Um… .yeh… so you probably know where this story is going. We were up at the lake house again and they all thought it would be a great idea to do it again.


Uncle Mike’s Pub Wings Menu

The ghost pepper wings are served with 5 in an order, which was perfect. Sara and I wanted no part of it, but the other five – Kelly, Todd, Dallas, Brian and Decker – were all into it and would eat just one wing each. Decker and Kelly had never had the wings before. How did it go? I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves. Let’s just say this was a NIGHT ENDING IDEA.


Wings are served with milk.


Oh Decker! So happy and innocent, before his first wing. All is good.


Dallas biting into his wing. All is still good.


Kelly. All is not good. She touched her nose and it was on FIRE!


Todd. All is not good.


Dallas. Not looking good. He touched his eye by accident.


Decker had to leave the table and go for a walk outside.


Brian. Trying not to cry!

Yikes. Do not try this at home. Also, FWIW, the menu says you have to sign a waiver to eat these wings and our waitress said so too, but we never did.


Almost Famous


1 million scoville

On a side note, this was in the women’s bathroom:


The Timeless Art of Seduction


Spotted on the way out.


Uncle Mike’s Pub

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Lake House Fun

July 9th, 2012 · 4 Comments

July 4th was so weird this year. One day off, in the middle of the week and Dallas and I both worked for at least part of it. So, we decided it take off a little early on Friday and join our friends up at their lake house. The temperatures were still in the high 90’s or 100 degrees, so we did a lot of this:

Swimming in the lake and riding the jetski. For once I feel like we really had reprieve from the heat. The water was so warm and shallow but still felt great.

I decided that Michelob Ultra Light Cider was to be my drink of the weekend. It was so light and crisp, and not too sweet. Very refreshing on a hot, hot day. Also? Only 120 calories.

One day we decided to visit some local bars and hang outs. We headed to Famous Freddie’s in Fox Lake, IL, where we were ignored and then served disgusting drinks (skunked kegs, weak mixed drinks). The food was ok. Ahem. The food that Dallas didn’t drop on the ground was ok. But, needless to say, we didn’t stay long.

We were just going to head somewhere closer to home, or go home, but on a whim we decided to pull into the most country-ish, divey-ish bar we could find along the side of the road.

We ended up at the PMO Club in Lake Villa, IL.

I have no idea what PMO stands for, but this place had a pool table and a round of 7 beers was only about $10, so we were happy.

PMO Club also gave me flashbacks to my family Christmases that we used to spend at my grandpa’s bar. It was the smell, I think. It smelled just like his bar. And the fact that it was cool and kind of dank added as well.

Next we headed back, closer to home and dropped into the Limerick Lounge in Antioch, IL.

This is basically just a sports bar. Not too much Irish-y about it. The guys played darts and music on the jukebox, the girls sat at the bar.

Limerick Lounge isn’t too special, but it will forever hold a place in my heart because it introduced me to my true love of the weekend: Rumchata.

I was out with Jess and Sara on Thursday night (Magic Mike!) and Jess had been in Wisconsin at a lake house earlier in the week. She told me about this mystical potion called Rumchata. The next day I went to our friends’ lake house in Wisconsin and what were they talking about? Rumchata. I had a taste of it here at the Limerick and it was so delicious. Like horchata, but with rum. Very creamy and a bit cinnamon-y.

The girls decided we wanted to go somewhere else, so we left Limerick Lounge, intending to walk across the street to Rugan’s. Somehow we got a little distracted by a cupcake shop, Sweet Discoveries and a pet store, Best Pets.

Kelly fell in love with all of the kittens, especially this brown tabby.

I was partial to this little guy.

We quickly realized that if we stayed any longer we would end up going home with armloads of puppies and kittens, so we hightailed it out of there. Back to Rugan’s, the original plan.

By then it was nice enough to sit outside and not be scalded, so we enjoyed some wine on the patio. The bartender filled us in on all the local Antioch gossip and before long the boys met us over at Rugan’s. They’d wished they’d stayed over at The Limerick playing darts, I think, because they all had to listen to us gush about puppies and kittens.

Our waiter introduced us to a drink called The Lunchbox, which was Gumballhead beer, orange juice and amaretto. It was ok, but it wasn’t my One True Love:

Back home Decker did his best Lennie Small impersonation… without actually crushing Bella, though.

And I sang a monster ballad to Simon, but he was not impressed. Maybe if I sang it while I held a steak in my hand, he would have been more into it.

Brian played Horchata by Vampire Weekend so I could sing some Rumchata lyrics. What else happened? Frankie took out some pent up aggression on the stuffed dog toy.

Dallas made us all kalbi Korean ribs for dinner. Sara made sure I still ate my vegetables.

That’s about all she wrote. Long fun weekend up at the lake and in northern Illinois!

PS, yes, that is Kelly Kapowski.

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