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Funday: Meat, Cheese & Freaks

August 8, 2014

Oh, it’s Friday. I should probably send you into the weekend with tales of cocktails or thoughts on what wine to drink during these unseasonably cool summer nights. I could tell you where to find duck eggs for a decadent weekend omelette at home, or remind you about some of the better brunch options in the area. Or maybe it would be better to point you to some inspiring recipe from a local food blogger who really knows her stuff.

Instead, I’m going to share some of the press releases I’ve gotten over the past few days. Hey, it’s part of the deal. I really like how clean the FLB is with predominantly just one post of original content per day. Yes, there are rare exceptions when I deviate from the script. But for the most part, people who come to the blog can expect a fresh story every day.

Sure, some may be better than others. But that’s how it goes.

Still, I can’t write about everything. And I believe that those folks who have taken the time to reach out to the FLB in order to spread their message, should get some kind of reward for their bravery.

So without further ado, here’s what the PR community wants you to know.


Texas de Brazil is Now Open in Albany

Crossgates Mall is Now Home to the Company’s Fifth New York Location

(Dallas, TX; August 5, 2014) – Texas de Brazil, the nation’s premier Brazilian steakhouse has just opened in Albany, New York.  The new location was welcomed by Crossgates Mall and joins four other New York locations: Manhattan, Syracuse, Yonkers and Buffalo.

The new 7,500 sq. foot restaurant features a stunning chef’s table, an open-view grill in the dining room and a bar/lounge area.  The space accommodates 230 guests and also offers indoor patio dining.

“Many residents of New York State already experience our elegant atmosphere and unique menu,” stated Salim Asrawi, Chief Operating Officer of Texas de Brazil.  “We look forward to bringing our authentic Southern Brazilian cuisine to the New York State Capital for more guests to partake of and enjoy.”

The steakhouse’s menu boasts 16 cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage, which are prepared in the traditional Brazilian method – over an open flame – and carved tableside by the restaurant’s gauchos. The concept comes to life through the illustrious red and green cards, which guests use to indicate when they’d like to sample more cuts of meat, or when they need to take a break. In addition, diners can also help themselves to the fresh gourmet salad area, which features more than 50 delicious items, such as imported cheeses, charcuterie, Brazilian black beans, roasted vegetables and the ever-tempting lobster bisque.  The dining experience is also enhanced by the extensive award-winning wine list, rich in South American varietals.

Area residents can sign up for the Texas de Brazil e-club and start receiving special promotions and exclusive offers to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and much more. Simply visit and click on “Receive Deals” to join.

Texas de Brazil at Crossgates Mall is open for dinner Monday – Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Friday, from 5:00 p.m. – to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; and Sunday, from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The dining prices are $42.99 for a Regular Dinner and $24.99 for Salad-Area Only Dinner (prices exclude beverages and dessert).  Children under 2 years old are complimentary; ages 3 – 5 are $5.00; and youngsters, 6 – 12 dine for half-price.

About Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil is a family-owned and operated restaurant company providing traditional Brazilian hospitality and cuisine to thousands of guests each day. Founded in 1998 and based in Dallas, Texas de Brazil is recognized as one of the country’s premier Brazilian Steakhouses, known as Churrascarias. The company operates 29 domestic locations and 3 international restaurants with planned openings in Cleveland, OH; Huntsville, AL; Miami-Dadeland, FL; Nashville, TN; Norfolk, VA; Oklahoma City, OK; Rochester, NY; Tulsa, OK; Washington D.C., and international locations in Dubai, Mexico City, and Seoul. For more information, please visit


The Cheese Traveler to Host Washington County Cheese Tour: Meet the Cheesemaker Tasting

Where:  The Cheese Traveler, 540, Delaware Ave, Albany
When:  August 14, 2014, 5-7 PM
Cost: $25, Go to or visit the shop to purchase tickets.

The Cheese Traveler, Delaware Avenue’s European-style cheese shop, will host the Washington County Cheese Tour: Meet the Cheesemaker Tasting at its shop at 540 Delaware Avenue in Albany on August 14h.

The Washington County Cheese Tour is a two day self-guided creamery tour. This year’s tour will take place on September 6th and 7th.

The Meet the Cheesemaker Tasting is organized as a prelude to the tour.  Meet the cheesemakers and enjoy cheeses from five Washington County creameries, paired with beer from Rare Form Brewery and accompaniments by The Cheese Traveler.

“The Washington County Cheese Tour is Upstate New York’s premiere cheese event,” says Eric Paul, the owner of The Cheese Traveler.  “The tour features the region’s best cheesemakers.  It is a great way to visit the farm’s pastoral setting and the inner workings of the creameries, and, of course, to taste great cheese.”

Additional cheese and beer will be available for purchase at the event or to take home.

For ticket information go to the event page or call The Cheese Traveler at 518-443-0440.


Just what the Capital Region needs… more FREAKS!

AS SEEN ON TV (Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, ESPN, FOX and more)!



Where:The Fuze Box, 12 Central Avenue, Albany NY 12210
When: Friday, August 29 / Doors at 8pm/shows start at 8:30pm
Cost: Tickets are $10 at the door / AGES 18+

Online invite:

HELLZAPOPPIN CIRCUS SIDESHOW REVUE presents a menagerie of strange people and novel entertainers!  Seen at Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Guinness Book of World Records and on national television commercials with NASCAR and Tony Stewart!   Hellzapoppin is a KIDDIE SHOW FOR ADULTS, an Underground Rock-N-Roll Circus Stunt Show Extravaganza where some of the most deadly stunts in live entertainment are performed to the sounds of screams and Rock-N-Roll Music.  These bewildering stunts are performed by some of the biggest and best sideshow performers in the business.

This Vaudeville freak show of wonder of dark humor features LIVE stunts like: The Bed of Nails * Glass Walking * Glass Eating * The Human Block-head * The Razor Sharp Machete Walk * Acrobatic Stunts * The Human Dart Board * Fire Eating * Fire Breathing * Sword Swallowing * The Famous Blade Box Illusion * Human Oddities, Curiosities and much more…  Your patrons will experience extreme acts of the human anatomy and death defying acts of mind over matter, yet with no blood and no pain.  Our touring hell on wheels is the real deal and makes one hell of a party that has left concert goers spellbound the world over.


Chicago’s Riot Fest, NASCAR, OZZFest, Warped Tour, The Family Values Tour with KORN and Deftones, Metal Town in SWEDEN, G-Fest in Denmark-Faroe Islands, Pedal to the Metal tour with Mudvayne, Static X and Black Label Society, the West Coast Riot Festival and Peace and Love Festivals in Scandinavia, Sturgis Bike-Week, Laconia Bike-week and more.


Bob Dylan, KORN, Marilyn Manson, The Replacements, Rancid, AFI, Bad Religion, Blink 182, Violent Femmes, Danzig, 30 Seconds to Mars, Slipknot, OZZY, Gogol Bordello, RAMSTEIN and literally hundreds more.

Be sure to check out Hellzapoppin’s new website at featuring their new YouTube Channel and merchandise page with Hellzapoppin Hoodies, T-shirt and more.

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