Princes take rugby rivalry to a new level

first_imgWith the Queen now aged 90, Prince Harry and Prince William will replace their grandmother as patrons of the English and Welsh rugby unions respectively, it was announced Tuesday.Britain’s long-serving monarch will step down as the patron of 25 UK organizations, including the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, the British Cycling Federation, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Holocaust Memorial Trust.The Queen will pass the patronages on to other members of the royal family in the coming months.According to Buckingham Palace, she is patron of more than 600 organizations and will continue to represent hundreds of other charities and institutions.The decision follows the example set by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who resigned from a number of patronages when he turned 90 in 2011, Buckingham Palace said.The Queen has been patron of the English Rugby Union (RFU) since taking over the role from her father, King George V, in 1952. She has attended two World Cups in the United Kingdom, in 1991 and 1999.Both William and Harry are keen rugby fans and have served as vice-patrons to the Welsh and English unions since 2007 and 2010 respectively.They were pictured enjoying a good-natured rivalry during the 2015 Rugby World Cup when Wales upset host nation England in the pool stage.”His Royal Highness has been a great ambassador, not only for the Welsh Rugby Union, but for young people and for sport generally,” WRU president Dennis Gethin said in a statement.RFU president Peter Baines said it had been “a privilege and an honor” to have the Queen as patron for more than 60 years.”She has been a fantastic supporter of the union and we thank her for that and her contribution to the game of rugby in England,” he added.”Prince Harry has been a regular at England Tests at Twickenham … and a brilliant ambassador of our work in the community and our charities as well as internationally for the union as president of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.”last_img read more

In search of delicious wings

first_imgThere are only two kinds of food that I am really picky about: sushi and chicken wings. So when I moved to Costa Rica I had pretty much set myself up for constant disappointment. The wings I found, in particular, were always dry and bony, with almost no meat.After almost a year of wingless resignation, I vowed to find decent wings in my new home. My quest was not as difficult as I imagined.I decided to start with the obvious, making a beeline toward one of Costa Rica’s newest U.S. chain restaurants, Chili’s. Just like the Chili’s back home, the Escazú version has excellent boneless wings available in either honey chipotle, buffalo or BBQ sauce. Chili’s newest chain opened in December in Lincoln Plaza in Moravia.Next on the list was the perennial expat bar Chubbs in downtown San José. Chubb’s has served Costa Rica’s expat community for years and its menu is filled with burgers and sandwiches that would make any homesick North American salivate.Unlike most wings in the country, those at Chubb’s are thick and meaty. Some aren’t even wings at all, but instead entire chicken legs doused in either buffalo, BBQ or honey mustard sauce.After my visit to Chubbs I heard about Beso, a popular restaurant in La Sabana that started a wing lover’s special every Saturday. Wings at Beso are ₡100 a pop with a choice between honey mustard, buffalo or BBQ sauce.Beso’s wing sauce was exceptional, but the service was not. We waited for over an hour before discovering that our waiter had completely forgotten to place our order. Though not entirely worth the wait, Beso’s wings were certainly fit for a wing-lover with a good book to read.Chubb’s and Beso’s are both long popular in San José and while both have wings on the menu, I wanted a place completely dedicated to the craft of the chicken wing.Enter Buffalo Joe. The new restaurant with locations in Belén and San Francisco de Heredia calls itself “the wing expert.” Abandoning the policy of most wing joints in Costa Rica of only offering the traditional three flavors, Buffalo Joe adds teriyaki, sweet & sour, garlic parmesan and asian sweet sauces to the menu, which also includes burgers, salads and traditional chifrijo.During my search I was also encouraged to try Wing Shack, a hole in the wall sports bar in Barrio California, but struggled to catch the bar during operating hours. With a Facebook page that hasn’t been updated since 2011 and a phone number that is not registered anywhere, actually getting your hands on Wing Shack’s wings is a rewarding experience in itself. They rank among the best in San José, with all of the classic flavors to choose from, along with garlic parmesan and teriyaki. Most importantly, every wing has plenty of meat on the bone.Although my search was mostly limited to San José, I also got word of what one expat called “the best wings in the Central Valley” at Bar Calipso in Heredia. In addition to what I am assured are fantastic buffalo or BBQ wings, the bar has four pool tables you can rent by the hour.But the clear winner for best wings in Costa Rica is not in San José, or even in the Central Valley. The Jolly Roger just outside of Dominical has the best wings I have had in this country and possibly anywhere.If you can make the journey up a steep, dirt jungle road to the mountainside bar you will be rewarded not only with delicious wings, but also with an incredible ocean view. The Jolly Roger’s impressive menu features 19 completely unique flavors that will blow your mind.Since my discovery of the Jolly Roger in December, I have made several repeat trips to Dominical almost exclusively to eat wings, including an impromptu 4-hour drive on my birthday to completely stuff my face. Shameful, perhaps, but really they are just that good.n Where to Eat WingsBar CalipsoAddress: In front of the pool at the Palacio de los Deportes in HerediaContact: 2262-1804Price of Wings: ₡1,700 for two wings and french fries or ₡4,500 for a plate of seven or eight wingsBesoAddress: 150 meters west of the comptroller office, La SabanaContact: 2290-6301Price of Wings: ₡100 a wing every Saturday Buffalo Joe’sAddress: west of the sports plaza in Belén and in front of the Taco Bell in San Francisco de HerediaContact: 2239-0685Price of Wings: six for ₡3,290, 12 for ₡6,490, 18 for ₡9,790, 24 for ₡12,590, 30 for ₡15,390 No related posts. Chubbs BarAddress: 50 m north of the Del Rey, downtown San JoséContact: 2222-0835, www.chubbsbar.comPrice of Wings: six for ₡2,500, 12 for ₡5,000, 20 for  ₡8,000 Jolly RogerAddress: Off the coastal highway across from hotel Cuña del Angél, Escalares, DominicalContact: 8706-8438Price of Wings: ₡4,500 for 10 wings of one flavor.  Facebook Comments Chili’sAddress: Multiplaza Escazú and Lincoln Plaza MoraviaContact: 2519-9500Price of Wings: plate of nine boneless wings ₡5,350last_img read more