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Ten Days

April 14, 2010

The past few days actually writing about food have been fun.  I felt the need to take some time off from the campaign to get the truly best businesses in the Capital Region recognized by the 2010 Times Union poll.

But just because I haven’t been writing about the FUSSYlittleBALLOT does not mean things haven’t been happening.

If I expect you to spread the word about this effort, you deserve a full update.

I have personally sent out scores of emails to friends, associates and Yelpers in the area.  Others have copied me on the emails that they have sent to their friends asking for support of the FUSSYlittleBALLOT.  And some have written me to tell about their email efforts as well.

There has also been a lot of support for this project.  The ballot has recently been mentioned on:
Albany Eats

Albany Kid

All Over Albany
The Guilderland blog on
Ridiculous Food Society of Upstate New York
Under The Copper Tree

And on Twitter by:
Leigh Cummings

Michael Janairo
Amy Mengel

The news hasn’t all been positive.  One of the emails landed in the hands of the man who owns Paesan’s Pizza.  And he’s not too happy with me.  But I suppose that is to be expected, plus I’m hopeful we can work things out.  I used to live in Brooklyn too, you know.

Anyhow, the FUSSYlittleBALLOT has become one of the most read posts on the FLB.  And I suspect it will even eventually eclipse The Secret to Oddly Tender Chinese Meat. I am also encouraged by how many people have clicked through from the FLB to the Times Union poll.

I couldn’t be happier with these results.  But to get the chain restaurants off the 2010 Times Union Best of the Capital Region list, we need to achieve a critical mass.

Now there are just ten days left until the ballots close.  And before I get back to writing about food and cocktails and such, I wanted to make sure people are staying actively engaged in the process.

If you haven’t voted, it’s time for you to vote.
If you have voted, it’s time to tell your friends to vote.
If you have told your friends, it’s time to tell your colleagues.
If you have a blog, it’s time to write about this grassroots campaign.
If you have no friends or colleagues, and you don’t have a blog, simply tell one of the restaurants you voted for them because they were on the FUSSYlittleBALLOT.

Thank you for your support.

And if you have any questions, or if you have any concerns that are holding you back from supporting this effort, please let me know.  Seriously.  Ask the question.  Make the comment.  Give me the chance to address it and maybe, just maybe, I can convince you to join us.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lorenzo permalink
    April 14, 2010 10:47 am

    Hi Dan,

    I’m the owner of Paesans Pizza and I’m not upset with you liking another pizza over mine I just want you to compare apple to apples. You can’t judge a delivery pizza or a reheated slice with a pizza you eat at a restaurant fresh out of the oven. As everyone in the business knows once that pizza goes in the box that crispiness is gone. Go to anyone of my stores and order a whole pizza and eat it right out of the oven and then judge it. No hard feeling whether you like mine better or not, I just want a comparable evaluation.


  2. Kate permalink
    April 15, 2010 3:12 pm

    Did my ballot today and then compared it to yours. A lot were the same, but since I’m on the East side of the river, they reflect my geography. The only chain I had on mine was Best Buy for best appliance story. I had to buy a fridge this year and they were the only place I could get someone to help me without a hard sell. (oh, and I picked TJ’s for grocery store, sorry wegman’s but I need me some chipolte salsa)

  3. Ana permalink
    April 15, 2010 5:41 pm

    I have a concern about your nomination of the Bears Steakhouse in Duanesburg. Have you actually been there? I went there, and I’m baffled by its popularity. I live within easy driving distance, my husband loves steak, and we will never ever go there again. The steak was very average and the service was not at all ‘warm and personal’ like so many internet reviewers suggest. I couldn’t get a decent glass of wine to go with my steak, the side dishes were ho-hum and the prices and portion sizes were terribly inflated. What other places did you consider?

  4. April 17, 2010 8:48 pm

    Nice comment, Lorenzo. I actually find Paesan’s pizza to be some of the best take out pizza. That said, it’s funny how much variety there is between the different outposts.

    Dan, which of the Paesans locations have you been to?

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