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DEAR WINGMAN

Who can answer your wing-eating questions? The Wingman, that’s who!

Dear Wingman,

What are you man; what are you really? Are you secretly Tom Cruise replaying his role as Maverick? Are you the guy who hangs out with the guy that gets the girl? Are you part chicken? Do you just really make great wings? Are you a beer drinking bowler? Was Tikey Turkey really a turkey or was J.P. just hiding the identity of a rubber chicken?

—Kyle, Kirkland

Dear Kyle,

I’m definitely not Maverick because I would have swooped in on Meg Ryan after Goose died – but that’s another story…

No, The Wingman is a simple man; a man who has a passion for great wings and a phenomenal sauce; a man who looooves a tasty burger; a man who knows his beers; a man who is meant to serve you…and yes, The Wingman does bowl – because chicks also dig the big strike. (There’s nothing quite so sexy as a man in a bowling shirt and multi-colored shoes)

 

Dear WingMan,

Why don’t you go over 7-alarm? I think you could go to 14 or 15 alarm before you start hurting people.

—Mike, Bellevue

Dear Mike,

Alright “Tough Guy”…have you tried the 7 Deadly Wings Challenge?! When…IF you successfully eat SEVEN 7-alarm wings in 7 minutes with no beverages, napkins and lick the plate clean then you can talk to me about pain. I’ll also throw in a free t-shirt and won’t charge you for the seven 7-alarm chicken wings. Just remember what goes in, must come out! You will also need to sign a waiver admitting that your ignorant of personal danger, swollen lips, dry tear ducts, explosive bodily functions and overall unpleasantness after touching your eyes or various body parts. Good luck!

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Dear WingMan,

Will you soon be offering a “personal wiper” service?

I recently realized that I was loosing valuable wing and beer time because of the frequent face, forehead and hand wipings I was having to do. If you provided a personal towelling of the forehead, hands or mouth we would be able to eat more wings and drink more cold beer.

Just a thought.

—Aaron, Sammamish

Dear Aaron,

Whereas The Wingman appreciates your desire to eat more wings and drink more beer, a couple of things:

First – It’s THE Wingman to you.

Second – Miss Halone taught me to spell in third grade (loosing?).

Third – My Mom taught me how to wipe my own face when I was a young child – so man-up and eat like an adult. Personal wipings…for crying out loud…

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Dear WingMan,

I have arrived safely in Kent. My anticipation for the wing ding “7 alarm Chicken Wing Challenge” at Wing Dome is only matched by the Splendid Green of this area.

Our time frame has changed a little, I will be in for the competition Friday night 7:00 pm.

Was also curious if it would be at all possible for me to wear a SuperHero’s cape while entering the restaurant with the aid of a portable stereo playing the theme song to Rocky. IN ORDER TO BE THE MAN, YOU HAVE TO BEAT THE MAN. And you, Wingman, are the Chicken Wing man. The Bad Boy from Butte has come down so bring on your best (Hottest!!) dragon in your arsenal cuz the Dragon Slayer is in town. A new “Wing King” shall be crowned!!

Epicuriously yours,

—chris, Butte

Dear chris,

Glad you have finally arrived and are ready to take on the ultimate chicken wing contest! I would encourage you to wear your SuperHero’s cape which might help you out in this competition. Now…are you sure you know what kind of chicken wing you are going to be eating…? Do you know that this 7-alarm chicken wing is the hottest/spiciest chicken wing not just in Kirkland, Seattle, or Kent…but in the entire Northwest?! I will definitely need to judge how well you handle the 7-alarm chicken wing challenge. Best of Luck Bad Boy from Butte!

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Dear WingMan,

So, I ate my first 7-alarm wing today at your Kirkland location and the heat was unbearable, I was seriously crying. Do you have any advice on what to do to overcome the heat these wings contain?

—Johnny, Everett

Dear Johnny,

I feel your pain and can give great advise as the hot chicken wing king! First…you need to order a couple beers…or better yet a brewtender filled with your favorite beer! Once you start eating the 7-alarm chicken wing, you need to start pouring tasty beer down your throat to cool off the heat. You will be feeling much better after taking the Kirkland 7-alarm chicken wing challenge and downing a cold beer!

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Dear WingMan,

I felt I needed to sit down and write you this letter. On behalf of Big Sky Country and my nephew Trey F., the Seattle connection of the family. He has invited me out to take the challenge of the 7-alarm chicken wing challenge. Mind you sir, the challenge does not scare me in the least as I look forward to mowing down on the best the WA area has to offer. Please bear in mind, my culinary palette is quite refined and has made the “Wall of Flame” in MT and at that time set the new record. I am curious as to what the time record and number is for your 7-alarm wings. Be forewarned Wingman, the epicurious guantlet has been thrown down and the “Bad Boy from Butte” is coming down!

Sincerely,

—Chris "Dragonslayer", Butte

Dear Chris “Dragonslayer”,

Spicy chicken wings are one thing…but stepping up to the 7-alarm buffalo wing challenge separates the strong from the weak! I appreciate your confidence, “Bad Boy” from Butte, but that is some big talk – so I am expecting some serious follow through! As the ultimate chicken wing connoisseur, I want to test the audacity of your palette for spicy wings. Are you planning on visiting my Seattle, Kent, or Kirkland chicken wing joint? What date and what time are you taking on the 7-alarm chicken wing challenge? You better bring your “A – GAME” and be ready to grub on the spiciest chicken wing around!

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Dear WingMan,

I have just started pursuing my love of wings. What are the best chicken wings you serve at the Wing Dome?

—Mark, Seattle

Dear Mark,

Chicken Wings…Cold Beer…the combination is ultimate BLISS! Deciding on the best chicken wings served at the Wing Dome is a difficult question — It really depends on what your taste buds crave when grubbing on some buffalo wings. The most popular wings are the Kamikaze (For teriyaki lovers – a yummy glaze with fresh garlic and sweet pineapple juice topped with sesame seeds), Thai Sweet Chili (Sweetness with a touch of thai chili spice), and Triple Garlic (Garlic, garlic and more garlic with a taste of black pepper and sesame). If you are wanting something spicy…I challenge you to try a 7-alarm chicken wing! This should help excellerate your buffalo wing journey exploration!

WINGMAN

(Improving Life – One wing at a time!)

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Dear WingMan,

I just moved to a new place a few blocks away from your Kirkland chicken wing restaurant. It didn’t take me long to check it out and while eating some spicy hot wings, I noticed that you are having an online NFL tournament. I plan on playing, but would love to enjoy some wings and beer while I watch the games. Will you be open during every game?

—Alex, Kirkland

Dear Alex,

First, let me say welcome to the area! Second, FEAR NOT! Your Kirkland Wing Dome as well as our Kent and Seattle locations will be open each and every NFL game, so you can enjoy some spicy hot wings and cold beer while you watch the games. Also, since you are a fan of spicy hot wings and are new to the Kirkland area, let me give you some advice. There is no better way to celebrate your new place than enjoying a 7-alarm chicken wing. It’s the hottest chicken wing out there!

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Dear WingMan,

My buddies and I are pretty competitive with each other and we are always looking for a good competition. That is why I was so excited when my friend told me about the 2008 Pro Wing Bowl that you are having at your chicken wing joint. How can I play?

—Ethan, Kent

Dear Ethan,

Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? Wing Dome’s 2008 Pro Wing Bowl is a great way for you and your buddies to combine your love of wings, beer and sports. Just fill out your picks online every week during the NFL season, but be sure you get them entered before the first game each week. Then head into our Kent, Kirkland or Seattle chicken wing locations to watch the game, drink cold beer and eat some spicy hot wings.

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Dear WingMan,

My favorite things in life are Wing Dome buffalo wings, beer and sports. Your Seattle area sports bar and grill has always done a great job of bringing these three things together for me. I was wondering, with the football season coming up, will you be hosting a NFL Pool?

—Jeff, Seattle

Dear Jeff,

The answer to your question is yes! Wing Dome sports bar and grill will be launching our 2008 Pro Wing Bowl in early August. I cannot think of a better way to enjoy the NFL season. I’m thinking you are a little like me, just give us wings, beer and sports and all is right with the world!

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Dear WingMan,

Does Mrs. The Wingman love your hot spicy chicken wings as much as you Mr. The Wingman love the hot spicy chicken wings at your chicken wing joints in Kirkland and Kent and Seattle Wing Dome locations?

—Pat, Kent, WA

Dear Pat,

Let me tell you… Mrs. The Wingman can handle the hot and spicy chicken wings better than most men and has a passion for tasty chicken wings! If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is. And to answer your second question…all three of my chicken wing restaurant locations in Kirkland and Kent and Seattle are all a little different and cannot point out a favorite. The Seattle chicken wing location in Greenwood has a large patio which is great to hang out on during the summer. Kirkland chicken Wing Dome wing joint also has outside seating and a great location. The chicken wing restaurant in Kent is huge on the inside with great booth seating throughout the restaurant. I recommend checking all three out and letting me know which location you choose to be your home Wing Dome.

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Dear WingMan,

My picture is proudly displayed at your Kirkland buffalo wing restaurant for eating my first 7-alarm chicken wing. If I take the same challenge at your Kent and Seattle Wing Dome locations, can my picture be posted there as well? Do you have any insider tips for eating a 7-alarm buffalo wing?

—Steve, Kirkland

Dear Steve,

Of course! If you eat a 7-alarm buffalo wing at my Kirkland and Seattle chicken wing restaurant locations as well, the Wing Dome crew will post your picture on each wall of flame. Your claim to fame will be much deserved when conquering the spiciest chicken wing around — AGAIN! An insider tip…you might want to keep a cold beer handy to help wash down the hottest buffalo wing created!

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Dear WingMan,

I just moved near your Kent chicken wing joint and love the spicy buffalo wings! Every college basketball game I have been indulging on some hot wings and cold beer. With the final basketball games ahead, how would you recommend getting into prime chicken wing eating shape?

—Joe, Kent

Dear Joe,

Ahh…I love to help improve lives – one chicken wing at a time! Nothin’ better than sports bar atmosphere, hot wings, cold beer and getting ready for the final basketball games! Well…my recommendation is to eat chicken wings at least four times this week before the big game. Try the BBQ chicken wings, Thai Sweet Chili chicken wings, Triple Garlic chicken wings, Kamikaze chicken wings, Honey Dijon chicken wings, Rasta chicken wings, Sweet & Tangy chicken wings and other flavorful buffalo wings…well…you get the picture. You can also try out my Seattle chicken wings and Kirkland chicken wings on top of visiting your neighborhood Kent Wing Dome location. With this schedule… I’m sure you will be ready for the big game!

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Dear WingMan,

Huge lover of everything spicy, I live and work only a few minutes away from the Kirkland location, and wanted to know. when you might have a Wing Eating Contest, or possibly Recipe Contest. with the popularity of the Food Network Challenge, or Create your own recipe contest, you should capitalize on the Foodies in the East side and start promoting something fun for the summer. As a Hobby Chef and Wing eater, I would love to be apart of either one. Looking forward to your reply.

—Jordan, Kirkland

Dear Jordan,

Contests that involve spicy chicken wings and tasty sauces are a great idea! I would recommend signing up for the Frequent Flyer Club located above. Not only will you receive the best Kirkland buffalo wings but can stay on top of future contests and promotions by signing up for the frequent flyer club.

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Dear WingMan,

I moved down to Portland about a year ago, and I often find myself seriously craving your wings! Do you currently sell (or plan to) sauce by the bottle? Mail-order would be excellent, but if I could buy in bulk it would be worth the drive. Thanks!

—Ben, Portland

Dear Ben,

The crave for spicy wings tends to become more intense the longer you are away – I Understand! Unfortunately, we do not have bottled sauce currently. But as the Wingman, I am always trying to find a way to look out for my buddies. Selling sauce by the bottle is definitely in my plan, but just a matter of time.

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Dear WingMan,

I just wanted to know how much love do you put in the Sweet Thai Chili? They are by far my fav non-traditional wings ever! Thank you wingman. I also wanted to let you know that I have created a blog about all wings in Seattle. You guys will get some grassroots press from me on the love of wings.

http://seattlewingman.wordpress.com/

Cheers,

—Greg, Seattle

Dear Greg,

The sweet thai chili wings are made with unspeakable love! Such a mouth waterin flavor (spicy yet sweet)…mmm…I am gettin hungry just thinking about them! Thanks for spreading the love of wings – great blog!

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Dear WingMan,

I live in Illinois and come to the Seattle area every now and then. Unfortunately my wife does not want to move up here so I can only taste those delectable wings once every other month. My question to you is, what is the most effective way to store these in your suitcase?

—Jerry, Mascoutah

Dear Jerry,

The key is fitting as many wings as possible and loading them with plenty of sauce. You should pack as many into zip lock bags and store them securely in your carryon luggage. This way the wings are safe, close and will have plenty for the trip. Maybe your wife would be willing to lend a spacious bag for such delicious hot wings!

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Dear WingMan,

I discovered the Wing Dome about 12 years ago when I used to live in Seattle. The old Fremont/Wallingford location was a favorite haunt. I must secretly hate my mouth because I love to abuse it with spicy foods and the Wing Dome was just the ticket. Life intervened, however, and I moved away to Portland. There are hot-wing pretenders in our neighbor to the south but they either don’t put enough sauce on or just can’t make a good sauce to begin with. It truly is a shame. I fondly remember the Wing Dome having plenty of delicious, spicy sauce for the wings to wallow in after taking a bite or two off the bone.

But hey! Here I am living in the Puget Sound area again and I’m looking forward to some scrumptious wings. My question for you is: when will a Wing Dome open up down here in Tacoma? Surely the City of Destiny could use some 5-alarm wings.

—Matt, Tacoma

Dear Matt,

Thank goodness you were able to come back and enjoy the mouth waterin’ goodness of “REAL” HOT WINGS! There is just no comparison to Wingdome’s flavorful sauces and delectable wing meat. My dream is to spread the joys of tasty 5-alarm hot wings to everyone. Luckily you can visit the Kent location for the time being – it is WORTH IT!

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Dear WingMan,

If someone asked “What do you miss most about Seattle?”,

then I would say, without hesitation, that is the Wing Dome.

When I was at U-dub, I stopped by U-district Wingdome every week. Now I miss hot spicy wing very much. Especially now I’m pregnant, that it makes me miss wingdome more. Could you drop a hint to make delicious spicy wing? Then I’ll be good even I’m still in Korea, not in Seattle.

Miss,

—Jiyoung, Seoul, Korea

Dear Jiyoung,

I don’t blame you – I would be missing Wing Dome as well! Our tasty sauces are filled with flavorful natural spices that are addictive and unfortunately top secret. Next time you visit the area, I would load up on the hotwings as much as possible to help fix the craving.

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Dear WingMan,

Hi, my name is Hiroaki Hayashi, I am living in Tokyo, Japan.

One of my friends said “Wingdome is one of the best wing restaurant in the world”.

But I am living in Japan so I cannot visit the U.S easily. So do you have any plan to have Wingdome branch in Japan?

Many thanks,

—Hiroaki , Yokohama, Japan

Dear Hiroaki ,

I agree with your friend 100% – our wings are one of the best! It would be great to have Wing Dome restaurants around the world for everyone to enjoy. As of now, we do not have any plans to branch into Japan, but will keep you updated if anything changes. Planning a trip to the U.S. for our wings and to visit your friend would be well worth the trip!

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Dear WingMan,

Do you know if the wings are gluten free? I have recently found out I’m gluten intolerant and used to eat at the Wingdome all the time. I am wondering if the wing sauce has any gluten ingredients in it (i.e. flour or modified food starch) or if the wings are fried in the same oil/fryer as the other flour-coated items… Any info you have is greatly appreciated.

—Jeni, Seattle

Dear Jeni,

The tasty wings and sauces are gluten free, but are fried in the same fryer as the onion rings, poppers and fried chicken. A great alternative would be the “boneless chicken wings” which are prepared on the grill!

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Dear WingMan,

3 weeks ago I chose to become a vegetarian, but now I am craving the tasty wings from WingDome. How to I over come this predicament?

—Ryan, Issaquah

Dear Ryan,

No worries my friend! You can still enjoy the irresistible hotwing sauces. When combining the flavorful sauces and the screamin veggie burger, your crave will be fixed in no time.

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Dear WingMan,

Is it really true that your Kent Wing dome are serving cocktails and Martinis? Just wondering and very thirsty!

—The King of Martinis, Seattle

Dear The King of Martinis,

It is REALLY TRUE! The Kent Wing Dome location currently has cocktails available and my Seattle chicken wing joint is also serving booze. Go venture to taste the hot chicken wings in Kent and the new cocktails…now you can have plenty of hot chicken wings, beer, cocktails, garlic fries, in your favorite chicken wing joint/sports bar!

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Dear WingMan,

How do I get on the Wall of Flame? I’m coming to the area and can’t wait to try the wings…the hotter the better.

—Marty, Spokane

Dear Marty,

If you are able to eat our hottest wing around – the 7 alarm, you can take part in an exciting experience and have your picture proudly displayed on the Wall of Flame! It is a fun challenge to see if you can take the heat.

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Dear WingMan,

I have been visiting your Seattle chicken wing joint and love the hot and spicy wings! From all the chicken wing restaurants I have been too, I can honestly say that you have the best hot spicy chicken wings in Kirkland, Kent, and Seattle…well pretty much in the Northwest. Do you have any fun chicken wing eating contests or other promotions coming up?

—Brian, Seattle

Dear Brian,

Great to hear you love the hot spicy chicken wings and hanging out at all three Kent, Kirkland, and Seattle locations! Any promotions??? Only the best NFL confidence tourney…its that time of the year where the love of football, chicken wings and beer takes our attention from our daily jobs and our household projects so we can spend time on more important issues – like making our NFL picks! (Much to the chagrin of Mrs. The Wingman). Let me tempt you; The Wingman is willing to fork over some HOT CHICKEN WINGS and two 2009 SEAHAWK SEASON TICKETS! So come register at any Wing Dome location (Kent, Kirkland, Seattle) or online for the tournament during the month of August. Let me repeat this one more time…hot spicy chicken wings, beer, football, and the chance to win some amazing prizes! My recommendation is to sign up right away. Good luck and see you at the Wing Dome!

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Dear WingMan,

Which beer goes best with number 4 and hotter wings?

—Frank, Kent

Dear Frank,

Mac & Jacks beer would definitely cool down the burn after a 4-alarm chicken wings. Nothing better than a tasty Seattle microbrew and hot chicken wings! Make sure to order plenty rounds of Mac & Jacks beer when tasting anything higher than the 4-alarm buffalo wings. See you at the Wingdome!

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Dear WingMan,

We have been coming to the Wing Dome for years and is THE place for hot chicken wings with a great variety of buffalo wing flavors in Kirkland and Kent and Seattle…actually in the Northwest! I love how I am able to get every chicken wing possible: hot spicy chicken wings and mild chicken wings and barbeque chicken wings and garlic chicken wings and thai sweet chili chicken wings and boneless chicken wings tossed in your favorite sauce…well Wingman you get the point…I am in love with your wings! Should I call you the Seattle chicken wing wingman, Kirkland chicken wing wingman, or Kent chicken wing wingman? Do you have any chicken wing eating contests coming up? We definitely want to participate and help taste your wings anytime!

—Doug, Kent

Dear Doug,

Glad you are lovin’ the wings – keep up the good work! And YES I do have super powers: they involve bowling, watching sports, eating wings, and drinking beer! You can call me the wingman of all chicken wings! Will definitely keep some wing eating contests in mind and would recommend making sure your picture is up on the wall of flame. Have you conquored the 7-alarm challenge yet? Bring in a few buddies to make an event out of it. I would recommend eating a few other flavors before lighting your mouth on fire. Whoever can eat the 7-alarm chicken wing the fastest definitely deserves having the group buy him/her a pitcher of their favorite beer! Keep me updated with whoever comes in first place. GOOD LUCK!

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Dear WingMan,

How do you eat wings with braces?

—Maryam, 26909 Saxon, ct. Kent, WA.

Dear Maryam,

Well…eating hot spicy chicken wings with braces is going to get a little messy, but it well worth eating the tastiest buffalo/chicken wings in Seattle, Kirkland, and Kent! Out of all the chicken wing eating techniques known to man, I would recommend eating the hot chicken wing like so…”grab the end of the chicken wing with your thumb and index finger. Put the entire chicken wing into your mouth where you lips are now touching the top of your index finger, gently bite down and pull the wing out of your mouth, which will leave you with a mouth full of chicken wing. (Only try this on non-drumstrick chicken wings). If you end up having any chicken wing left in your braces, you can always use a tooth pick afterwards. ENJOY!

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Dear WingMan,

How often do I have to wipe? It’s such a waste of sauce.

—Jason, Kirkland

Dear Jason,

There’s no denying that the sauce makes the hotwings. But wiping is both important and inevitable, if you don’t want to look like a clown. I say just order your chicken wings extra wet and lick your fingers often.

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Dear WingMan,

I say hot chicken wings are the perfect choice for our wedding reception. My fiancé says no way. Could you settle this debate for us?

—Jeff, Seattle

Dear Jeff,

Call me biased, but I believe hotwings are the ultimate wedding reception food. Just think of the symbolism— chicken wings and drummies coming together, united in sauce, on a silver platter. Besides, everybody loves ‘em.

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Dear WingMan,

One of our buddies is a hot chicken wing hog, always eating more chicken wings than drummies. What can we do?

—Cisco, Kent

Dear Cisco,

It may be time for a talk. When friends share a platter, the unspoken rule is that each person should eat an equal ratio of both types of hotwings—unless they work out some other agreement beforehand. Besides, everyone knows it’s good luck to eat an equal number of hot chicken wings and drummies.

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Dear WingMan,

My new girlfriend’s totally hot but only orders 1-alarm chicken wings. Should I dump her?

—Steven, Bellingham

Dear Steven,

No way! Sounds like her hotness is enough to offset her mild-mannered taste in chicken wings. An added bonus: she’ll never try to eat any of your “way-too-hot” hotwings.

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