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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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A Little Fishy

April 17, 2018

Remember that old diet I used to talk about a lot?

Don’t worry. This isn’t about the diet per se. I’ve kind of let that slide, much to the detriment of my midsection. However, I’m still very much interested in healthful, delicious eating. At least that part of the diet remains lodged in my brain.

Which isn’t to say I’m not tempted to run out to Cheesecake Machismo right now. But instead of focussing on the foods to avoid, I prefer to think about all the foods I should be eating in moderation.

The goal is if I try to eat all the positive things I should, there will simply be no room for those amazing lobster tails at Villa Italia, or the doughnuts at Cider Belly. My old list of healthful foods included vegetables, heart healthy fats, unrefined grains, and fermented foods. One thing I really struggled to work into the diet was fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids.

I explored the wide world of sardines, and those were fine, but I never loved them. But just recently, I stumbled upon something in the tinned fish aisle at the grocery store that seems like the perfect food. But it can’t be.

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One Thing to Improve Downtown Albany

April 16, 2018

This week I’m going to talk a lot about Downtown Albany. Why? There’s a lot going on.

Right now, as we speak, it is Downtown Albany’s Restaurant Week. And there are actually a few really good menus out there. Wellington’s looks especially appealing, but I always get a hankering for the traditional red-sauce Italian-American spreads V&R offers during this promotion.

Tomorrow, I’m heading out to the Warehouse District for an Official Yelp Event at Albany Distilling Company’s new bottle shop and bar. Ama Cocina is going to get in on the action. Unfortunately, if you aren’t already on the guest list, the event is all filled up. However, I’m looking forward to trying some of the distillery’s signature cocktails and maybe discovering a new favorite.

But I also have tales, and a few pictures, from the brand new Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour which will be booking public tours soon. Plus theREP is putting on what seems like a delightful show, and I’ve got something fun lined up to go with that too.

That said, I think we have to back up just a second, and ask a fundamental question. Does Albany even have a downtown? And if so, where is it?

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