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August 12, 2013

This weekend in Providence has been amazing. Shabbat dinner with French brioche instead of challah was spread with Italian butter just to be super decadent. There was a flight of macarons at a local bakery, lobster roll, full belly clams, meatballs, pizza, Lomo Saltado, empanadas, tres leches and more.

I even got to cook scrambled eggs in my mother’s cast iron skillet and prove to her once again how easy it is to make delicious eggs that don’t stick to the pan.

There was also stuff that didn’t involve food like taking in WaterFire on a gorgeous night, accompanying Young Master Fussy to his first planetarium experience, and standing alongside Little Miss Fussy on the carousel to ease her worried mind.

It’s a ton of fun, but it’s also a bit exhausting. So I’ve got a bit of a cheap trick in store for you today. Although there does seem to be some magic in the numbers 2, 3 & 4.

Two times four is eight.
Three times four is twelve.
Watch out for these numbers below.

There have been four (4) blog posts over the past four (4) years on August (8) twelfth (12). Two (2) of them were about the Old Fashioned Cocktail. Two (2) of them were complete cop outs where I didn’t really write any new content. One has eight (8) comments. Another has three (3) comments.

Plus, everyone knows that three is a magic number.

Silliness aside, sometimes I’m compelled to go down memory lane. Mostly out of sheer laziness. Man, there’s a lot I need to be doing with the blog. I need to take down the Open Letter to Chefs now that I’m trying to be a bit less Albany-centric. I really should revise the About statement to reflect the current situation of the blog. And really I want to add a blurb that directs readers to the recommendations tab, because there’s some good stuff there dammit.

That will have to wait. Because today is another fun day of getting outside and doing vacation sorts of things. There are only a couple more days in Providence before swinging through NYC on the way back to the farm in Pennsylvania. It feels like a million years since I was there, but I know it’s been less than two weeks.

So I’ll leave you with this.

August 12, 2009 – Where’s the Love?

In which I lament a few of the earliest posts on the FLB that seemed to get completely overlooked. If you are new here or feel like going way back down memory lane, you might want to check it out. But wow, was I needy back then or what?

August 12, 2010 – Good Food at Fair Prices in New York, Pt. 2

This is still a major issue for me, and this piece gives some specific examples of how an Albany institution is overpriced both in comparison with a much more famous restaurant in NYC and when compared to a similar establishment in a more comparable market. I thought it was a pretty damning argument, and I explained what I hoped to gain from the exercise.

August 12, 2011 – The Old Fashioned Old Fashioned

It’s one of my favorite drinks, but one I’ll rarely order out because most bartenders don’t really grasp the brilliant simplicity of this drink. They overwork it to death. And this kind of zealousness has widely destroyed the grandfather of all cocktails. So learn about how to make it right dammit, otherwise….

August 12, 2012 – Notes on a Bad Old Fashioned

I swear that I had no idea when this post went up last year that it was lapping an Old Fashioned cocktail post from the year prior. Spooky. But I ran this post as a guest post since like today, I was feeling a bit drained from all the vacationing.

There is still a delinquent Ask the Profussor that I owe you all. Plus a crack team of eaters went out on behalf of the blog this past weekend on the Tour de Buffalo Wing: Troy Edition. I’ve got to get those scoresheets into my hot little hands and then try to comb through them for valuable insights, which I will pass along to you.

Hopefully this will settle The Ruck vs. Ale House debate for good, and help cast a light on just how much better they are than their top regional competitors.

So while I don’t have much for you today, there’s at least some good stuff on the horizon.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2013 10:26 am

    How fun to read a post about your adventures in my little city of Providence, which is full of awesome food to eat and things to see and do. (But it sounds like you have some roots there, so you probably already knew that!)

  2. August 12, 2013 10:45 am

    Probably a good thing that you’re trying to make the blog a bit less Albany-centric. Many of us travel, and the impressions you have of the restaurants and food trends you encounter are often as valuable as a simple review of a local eatery or a call-out to local chefs to do something differently (which may happen, but more often will probably not) simply because you can relate to Capital Region readers, having lived here, and make those impressions more vivid by comparing them with what they’ve experienced. I guess that’s not strictly “less Albany-centric” in intended audience, but certainly in what you choose to write about.

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