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May 6, 2013

Wow, is it gorgeous out. Saturday night was so delightful that Mrs. Fussy and I set off on foot for a casual dinner at a local patio, but we didn’t return until we had walked over eight miles. Walking through neighborhood after neighborhood, we passed many people enjoying the evening outdoors too. Many around fires.

It’s no wonder that year after year blog traffic begins to dip a bit around May. When it’s nice outside, who wants to spend even an extra minute in front of a computer? Fortunately, FLB readers have tended to come back inside to welcome the air conditioning come August.

Generally that means during these late days of spring and early days of summer I try to keep post topics light. But as this summer of 2013 ends, there is going to be a big change here at the FLB, and I didn’t want it to come as a surprise.

Now seems as good a time as any to tell you. Whether this is good news or bad news depends on your point of view.

The Fussies are leaving Albany.

Now, don’t cry. We’ll be back. And while our absence will be for the next academic year, I’m sure the time will fly by for everyone involved. Mrs. Fussy is taking a sabbatical, and our family decided to tag along.

Some people go to great exotic places on their sabbaticals. There was some hope that we might travel to Paris. Palo Alto would have been decidedly less of an adventure, but it too was dismissed after some long and hard consideration. Instead, we’re headed to Jersey.

Come September the FLB will be coming to you live from Princeton.

I fully expect the blog to continue. After all, while it may be anchored in my food experiences around Albany, the thrust of the blog is about improving food in general. There will be new restaurants to explore. Invariably comparisons will be made to similar places up in the Capital Region.

There are major events coming to the area that I’m going to be truly bummed to miss. Whole Foods will be arriving to the region while I’m away. The Supermarket Wars will intensify. And I’m hopeful that in my absence the seeds of a great food, wine, and coffee culture that exist today will continue to blossom and grow.

I’ve got a lot to get done in these next three months before we leave. Not least of which is hoping against hope that I can inspire more people locally to take up their laptops and help spread the word about what’s truly best in the region while I’m gone.

But this isn’t permanent. I promise. We aren’t selling our house. Mrs. Fussy isn’t quitting her job. At the very latest we’ll be back in August of 2014. And hopefully after some time away from the Capital Region, I’ll come back with a fresh set of eyes to comment on the culinary landscape.

Still, it’s a big change. And I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens.

28 Comments leave one →
  1. Theresa518 permalink
    May 6, 2013 9:06 am

    I have a happy and sad face at the same time. Not a pretty sight. Great for you and the family!

  2. Jess permalink
    May 6, 2013 9:16 am

    Good luck! Enjoy a little change. We’ll still be reading!

  3. May 6, 2013 9:22 am

    Please tell me there will be one more Tour before you depart. :)

    Also, congrats to Mrs. Fussy, and luck you guys to be in a position to tag along. That’s awesome. Selfishly, I wish it was a little closer to somewhere we visit often (NYC and Ithaca come immediately to mind), but this is truly wonderful news for all of you.

    I am also glad you’ll be back. :)

  4. Eric Scheirer Stott permalink
    May 6, 2013 9:33 am

    Will you be able to fit the Wings de Troy Tour in before you depart?

  5. May 6, 2013 10:06 am

    You will be missed. But you will have plenty of food issues to tackle while you’re down there.

  6. May 6, 2013 10:54 am

    Shucks, Fussy, we’ll miss you around here! You’re a great advocate for the area and your voice on all things Albany will be a tough loss, even temporarily. At least you’ll get to enjoy cheap gas, a plethora of Trader Joe’s, Wegmans and the best public transportation on the East coast.

    I’ll second the request for a farewell tour!

  7. May 6, 2013 11:14 am

    Chiming in on the ‘one more tour’ call! ProFUSSor, we’ll miss you, even if it’s just for a year.

  8. Doug permalink
    May 6, 2013 11:37 am

    A sabbatical is an opportunity never to be missed, even if it’s Podunk U. I’ll look forward to your insights on the Princeton food environment compared to the Capital District, and even more so to your return. Enjoy!

  9. May 6, 2013 12:08 pm

    So much fun food in the Princeton area. Grounds for Sculpture is a delight. Trek north to the Liberty Science Center with the kids. Enjoy Philly and NYC being closer than they are now. Find great bagels and eat them every day. And pizza. And as I said on the FB post, you wouldn’t really take Exit 9. I think if you took 95 at all you’d take 8A, but more direct would be 287 and avoid the turnpike all together.

  10. May 6, 2013 12:29 pm

    Great news for you guys, not such good news for the rest of us. I look forward to being made jealous about the food scene in NJ and thereabouts, though.

  11. May 6, 2013 1:16 pm

    Best of luck! You will be missed!

  12. Kerosena permalink
    May 6, 2013 1:37 pm

    Oh, Boo! You will be missed. Have a great year, Fussy Family!

  13. May 6, 2013 3:08 pm

    Best of luck! My husband has a sabbatical next year, and we are still in the planning stages.

  14. May 6, 2013 4:20 pm

    I never comment! And I’m commenting now: you’ll be missed!

    Also, one more tour Pre-Princton (and hopefully not in June, which is already booked solid).

  15. May 6, 2013 5:01 pm

    Good luck to both of you during your time in Princeton! I’ll look forward to reading about your food-related discoveries down there.

  16. May 6, 2013 7:34 pm

    Best wishes to the entire Fussy fam. You’ve been a good addition to the local food scene.

  17. lakesider permalink
    May 6, 2013 8:19 pm

    Occasional poster here (I only commented once before so guess I’m a lurker?): Generally, talented people don’t stay in one place for very long….kudos to Mrs Fussy on her sabbatical….but I truly hope you return. Always look forward to reading your take on what’s going on in our area.

  18. Jessica R permalink
    May 7, 2013 8:52 am

    This is sad news, but I’m glad it’s temporary!
    Regarding what we discussed before, if it’s still in your plan, maybe we can have lunch in Schenectady sometime next week.

  19. May 7, 2013 9:14 am

    You can start a new blog called, “The Ridiculous Food Society of North Jersey.” I will mentor you through the process.

  20. May 7, 2013 1:55 pm

    Best of luck, and we’ll miss you while you’re gone. Will you still be here for the SPAC Wine & Food Fest in early September? Are there regional foods from Southern Jersey/East Pennsylvania/Philly that you are looking forward to trying? It seems the growing season is significantly longer in South Jersey, do you think this will provide an opportunity to try new foods? Will you join a CSA?

  21. Awesomedude permalink
    May 7, 2013 5:06 pm

    I’m going to miss your musk!

  22. May 7, 2013 8:24 pm

    Glad it’s only for a year, Fussy. The time will fly. And you can make it go even faster by organizing a Tour de Hoagie in the City of Brotherly Love… we will caravan down and bring you Turkey Joints and fried mozz with melba sauce as a memento.

  23. enough already! permalink
    May 7, 2013 10:27 pm

    Bad news for us..Good luck to the Fussys all for a great year. Don’t forget to come back!

  24. addiesdad permalink
    May 8, 2013 11:46 am

    Most importantly: will “Ask the Profussor” continue?

  25. May 14, 2013 1:45 pm

    Besides saravanaa Bhagwan there is paradise Biryani pointe, shalimar (for kebabs) over in sideline, Mithras for chaat and sweets, Ming for Indian Chinese, and pad thai in highland park.

  26. Randy K permalink
    May 17, 2013 10:05 am

    Makeda for Ethiopian food in New Brunswick!

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