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Summer and Peeling Skin

April 26, 2018

I can’t remember the last time a post has gotten up this late. It’s been a long time. Last night was a late night. Not because I was out and partying with the creative set at Savoy.

Nope. I got caught by the cooking bug.

It’s totally spring now. The rain should be a good clue. As are all the buds on the trees, and the increasing greenery of the grass. It’s still going to be a couple of months until we start getting in fresh local produce from the CSA. But the warmer weather has an impact on both my cooking style and the dishes that I prepare.

Large boiling pots of pasta will soon be a thing of the past. The large scale production of chicken stock isn’t going to happen much any more. Maybe, if I’m lucky I’ll get in one more batch on an unseasonably cool night.

Right now, I’m trying to get ahead of the game. That was part of the logic of buying an Instant Pot. Sure, I haven’t been using it a lot in the winter and the unlocking. But my hope is that I’ll be able to keep on cooking beans, instead of having to resort to opening up cans.

That said, the bean dishes I make are going to be changing too.

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Eating Out and Saving Lives

April 25, 2018

Today is Wednesday? Who is going to Albany Med for the turkey sandwich? Well, if not today, maybe some other week. I also just found out about something cool happening tonight at Savoy Taproom. All the cool kids are involved.

It’s called Regrettable Tales and Redemptive Music: Edition II and is a project by Richard Lovrich. Music will be by DJ Trumastr and stage direction by Persephone Pomme. And while I haven’t met the folks from Troy Foundry Theatre, they have to be pretty rad to be hanging with this crew. Since it’s at Savoy, you know the cocktails will be fantastic. Plus I hear good things about the current chef and his menu.

But today isn’t about cocktails and dramatic performances of short stories. Today’s post is about tomorrow. Where once again I’m going to encourage you to go out, but for an entirely different reason.

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New York State Thruway Burgers

April 24, 2018

This is my life. I’m writing about burgers, and thinking about burgers, right before I get my cholesterol checked. So far, I’ve been able to manage my numbers with diet and a soupçon of exercise. The big question is now that I’ve been less fastidious with the eating, but still focused on healthier choices, are my numbers still in the clear?

We’ll have to wait and see.

What cannot wait, however, is the New York Beef Council’s 2018 Best Burger contest. Officially, I’m participating in the event through my association with Yelp. And I’ve got the honor of being one of the tasting judges.

Once the final four are determined, we’re going to drive around this great state eating burgers, evaluating them on appearance, taste, texture and proper cooking. It’s going to be one epic day (hopefully). Fortunately, most of the places in the top ten are off the NYS Thruway.

Curious to see who made the cut?

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The Secret Albany Med Turkey Sandwich

April 23, 2018

Happy Monday! This weekend was pretty epic, but past experience has told me that nobody wants to read about cocktails at the beginning of the week. And that’s totally fair. So I’m going to bide my time and sit on the story of the Albany Distilling Company cocktail competition and other cocktail tales.

In the meantime, today we have our first guest post in many many moons.

One of the things that should be no surprise to regular readers is that I’m continually looking for new voices to write about food in the Capital Region. It doesn’t matter to me if they Yelp, blog, or tweet. Instagram is cool too, but that’s mostly pictures. I really hunger for more words.

It’s also no surprise that I love lunch. Nor that I have strong feelings on sandwiches. And while I do try to stay on top of the food scene in the area, every now and again I learn that something has fallen through the cracks.

Well, my new friend Emily L. is another outlander who is on the hunt for some great things to eat, and it sounds like she’s found one. I’ll let her tell you about it. She even took a picture.

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Photo Friday: Getting Through Winter

April 20, 2018

Happy 4:20! There may be some of you who decide to celebrate the unofficial holiday today. And if that’s the case, my thoughts are two fold:

  1. People might not have the concentration to read words
  2. People might still like to look at pictures of food

Even if you aren’t going to wake and bake, it has still been three months since the last Photo Friday. So let’s take this moment to share some of the photographs I’ve taken as winter has stretched into spring, and I’ve tried to eat my way out of the cold. Read more…

On Second Chances

April 19, 2018

Yesterday I did something stupid. Twice.

There’s this Cuban restaurant that popped up on my radar a while ago—all the way out in Amsterdam, NY—and I really really wanted to try it. My eating schedule is fairly packed these days, so I pencilled in an outing on the calendar for last Saturday.

However, I needed to change my plans to tackle the project of taxes with Mrs. Fussy. Yay taxes! The less we talk about that the better. I’m just glad we’re done.

Well, last night I found myself alone in Schenectady around dinner time with a couple hours to kill, so I decided to make the trek out west and see what the fuss was about.

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The Bridge on Broadway

April 18, 2018

What does kippered herring have to do with Downtown Albany?

Nothing. I’m sorry. Sometimes I set out to create theme weeks and fail on the very second post. It happens. Especially when I’ve got a big Yelp event the very next day. But today I’m climbing back up on that horse, because last night’s Official Yelp Event was a lot more than just fun and games. It was important.

How can hanging out, drinking craft cocktails, and eating nibbles from Ama Cocina be important? And what does this have to do with Downtown Albany? Well, I’m glad you asked.

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