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Good Food, Bad Decision

March 23, 2015

It’s not even spring, and there are too many good things. Once the weather gets nicer, and more people start leaving their houses, it’s as if the events tap get opened up and everything happens all at once.

Perhaps the fact that it’s technically spring has something to do with it.

This past weekend sure didn’t feel like spring. But below-freezing temperatures didn’t stop a line from forming at the door of The Low Beat on Sunday of people trying to get into this month’s Rock N Roll Brunch.

By the time the doors opened, the line stretched all the way down to the corner. For brunch. It was remarkable. Clearly chef Josh has struck a nerve with his changing menu, sustainably raised ingredients, and thoughtfully integrated vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Brunch was delicious, but it was a terrible idea.

Hopefully one of you can tell me if the Miss Albany Diner had a dish called the Rocky Mountain High. It sounds familiar, and I’m guessing that’s where it came from. But even lacking the historical reference point, I couldn’t resist the Ode to Rocky Mountain High II (which also makes me think Josh had done something similar in the recent past).

But this was baked cornbread french toast, swiss cheese, braised bacon, and tarragon aioli, topped with a duck egg and served with homefries. Holy cow was that good.

The only problem was that as soon as I finished brunch I had to jet over to the Jewish Food Festival. And there I noshed on pastrami, brisket, matzoh ball soup, bagels with smoked salmon, whitefish salad, chopped liver on challah, egg creams, tzimmes, pickles, more pastrami, more brisket, and more, and more, and more.

Honestly, I could not even try a bunch of things that looked promising. Once again, I felt like the worst food blogger ever. But I did get to talk with the people from Bilinski’s, and now they are making a line of organic sausages. That’s exciting. I’m looking forward to catching up with the local manufacturer and seeing what else they’ve been doing lately.

At the end of the festival, I had wanted to drive out to West Wind Acres to pick up some happy meat for the week. But I was just beat. As soon as I got home, the food coma hit, and I took a much needed nap.

But I also missed Fin’s first Sunday supper. I saw a friend check-in on Yelp, and cursed the limits of human capacity once again. This is the tragedy of my life. I want to eat all of the things, but I can’t eat all of the things.

Hopefully by the time Wednesday rolls around I’ll be hungry again, because that’s the night of All Over Albany’s annual birthday party bash. Greg and Mary are celebrating the site’s seventh birthday, and this has always been the highlight of my social calendar.

Although, now I find myself organizing a lot more parties myself, and while they may not be as big as annual AOA affair, I’ve been pretty pleased with how much fun they’ve been. The next big Yelp event is coming on April 1. And it’s going to be awesome.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Elizabeth permalink
    March 23, 2015 10:31 am

    IIRC, Miss Albany’s Rocky Mountain High was eggs and meat (bacon maybe?) on cornbread, covered in cheesy jalapeno sauce. I would have eaten the heck out of Josh’s version, too :)

  2. March 23, 2015 10:45 am

    After the Rock n Roll Brunch, I had to visit my mother to drop off the Girl Scout cookies she bought from my daughter. She made frozen pizza for us. After that great brunch, I got to eat bad pizza and thin mints.

  3. March 23, 2015 5:38 pm

    FWIW, I found the old MIss Albany Menu.

    The Rocky Mountain High was cornbread, topped with eggs, bacon and jalapeño cheese sauce. Damn, I want one.

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