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Donut Habits Die Hard

July 22, 2016

Sigh. It will be interesting to get back home after this vacation and see how the scale thinks I’ve behaved. For the most part I have been pretty good. I ate a few wings and a couple slices of pizza at Screamen Eagle. There’s been a bit of cheese, a few fried foods, and a couple modest servings of ice cream. So far, I’ve avoided the temptation of fries covered with cheese and gravy with a little help from my friends.

But there was only so much I could do about the donuts.

Mary’s White Pine Bakery had been calling my name. Everything about the shop seemed like a winner. So I decided to brave the early morning drive into town and pick up donuts for the twelve humans cohabiting in this rental house.

So here’s a question for all you normal people. What would the appropriate quantity of donuts be for such an errand? I only ask, because I’m clearly far from normal, and I’m kind of curious what you would do.

Because this was my approach.

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The Poutine That Broke My Back

July 21, 2016

On Tuesday I pulled a muscle in my back while dragging the canoe out of the water on Fourth Lake in order to try a local restaurant’s poutine. I never got to try the poutine, because it turned out the restaurant was closed.

That meant I spent much of Wednesday recovering. There was stretching. There was ibuprofen. There was a lot of complaining and groaning. But there was resting. Actually, the resting led to napping. And when I awoke, I found the rental house mostly empty.

Fortunately, one human was left behind just in case of emergency. She told me that the rest of our crew went across the river to get some poutine.

Come on! Talk about adding insult to injury, but I may have gotten the last laugh.

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Popcorn and Soda

July 20, 2016

There is a poutine place on the far side of the lake. So I hopped in the canoe and decided to traverse the lake to see if this remote outpost in the Adirondacks might have a source of cheese curds that retain their squeak when tossed with crisp fries and hot gravy.

Do you know what went squeak though? My back, as I was pulling the canoe out of the water onto the landing at the other side of the lake. And to add insult to injury, the restaurant was closed on Tuesdays.

Now it hurts when I stand, hurts when I sit, and hurts when I lay down. So if I’m a bit extra grumpy for the rest of the week, you may understand why. Fortunately, our rental house is stocked with plenty of old VHS tapes, so I may be able to find ways to distract myself.

I’ve got plenty of popcorn and soda in the house too, which I picked up before the back went out at the local market. And I was both delighted and dismayed about what I found there.

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The Best Soft Serve East of the River

July 19, 2016

This year’s soft serve tour was supposed to take an intrepid group of eaters to Schenectady in order to sample the Electric City’s classic seasonal swirls. But a freak fire ruined not just our plans, but seriously put the dent into a much-beloved local business.

While the initial reports suggested that Dairy Circus would rebuild, more recent stories have indicated the opposite. So I’m bummed that I never had a chance to go.

However, a fire isn’t going to stop the Fussy Little Tour. It might slow us down. But there were still plenty of soft serve places to explore, so we set our sights on the other side of the region. Then on Saturday, July 9, several brave souls set out on an epic journey. Together we would eat at five different beloved soft serve stands, mostly east of the Hudson, looking for the very best.

Some of these eaters were veterans. Others were virgins. But all of us were guided by the same scoresheets that served the Fussy Little Tours so well in the years before.

So how did it all work out? Well, I’m glad you asked.

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First Corn

July 18, 2016

Greetings from the great Adirondacks! I’m going to keep this short because I have some canoeing to do.

This is the third year in a row that the Fussies have met up with some of our old college friends to rent a house somewhere on the edges of civilization and spend a week together. The first year was by some crazy lake in Pennsylvania. The second year we went to the part of Maryland that’s surrounded by West Virginia.

I’m not sure how we ended up so close to home on this vacation, but I’m not complaining. It meant that I got my first ever trip to Martha’s Dandee Creme on the way up to the rental house.

Oh man. That reminds me, I still haven’t posted the official results of the most recent Tour de Soft Serve. Fortunately, I brought the score sheets with me, and I can’t paddle the canoe forever. Tabulating those results will be a nice break.

Needless to say, one of my favorite things about these vacations are the family meals. In the past I’ve come back with some very simple and delicious techniques that I’ve been able to use in everyday life.

Now if you’ll give me a minute, I’d like to talk a bit about corn.

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Photo Friday From Little Pecks

July 15, 2016

I can’t believe it’s already Friday!

What a week. The only way I got through it was because of Little Pecks. I made the mistake and originally thought this place was called Little Peck’s. You know, since it’s the adjoining sister cafe to Peck’s Arcade. But Vic told me that there is no apostrophe.

The official grand opening will be soon. This week the cafe was in its soft opening phase. So food options were limited, and I was told the horchata latte was still being tweaked. All the same, I’ve been waiting for something like this to open up since I first met Vic while he was building out the Lucas Confectionery and bringing Blue Bottle coffee to the Capital Region.

Now they have switched over to Tandem Coffee roasters out of Maine. And the New Orleans iced coffee has been converted over to Tandem’s malted cold brew. But enough words. Let’s get on with the pictures.

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Good News at the Asian Market

July 14, 2016

I’ve got produce on the mind. Last night was the Official Yelp Event at Dali Mamma that focused on seasonal, regional produce. I met Capers from Denison Farm and Dietrich from Indian Ladder Farm. Also on the Yelp front, I’m helping to promote the FarmOn! Foundation’s annual Hootenanny on July 30, which is all about local farms.

Plus it’s summer, so we’re in the throws throes of the Roxbury CSA season. My fridge is full. I’m going through olive oil at a shocking clip. And I’m eating salads.

What’s for dinner tonight? I’ll probably have a salad. Friday’s are still roast chicken nights, but there will absolutely be salad on the side. And Saturday, we’ll pack up all the produce we haven’t eaten and bring it with us into the Adirondacks.

Even though I’m not in the market for more produce right now, there was a recent investigative report on the sometimes shockingly inexpensive fruits and vegetables sold at Asian markets.

Did you see it?

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