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Photo Friday: 1800

June 12, 2015

There are too many posts on the FLB to count, so I have to trust the WordPress dashboard. It tells me today we’ve reached 1800. Yowzers. We’ll celebrate in six months or so when hopefully the blog will pass the 2ooo mark.

That will either feel like a tremendous accomplishment or a colossal waste of time.

Today, instead of sharing news from the community, I’m just going to put up some pictures. But before I do, I’ll tip my hat to a few community events.

Tonight The Cheese Traveler is having a cookout from 5-8p at his shop. I can never seem to make these, but they look fantastic. There’s a also tasting at fin – your fishmonger on Thursday, June 18 from 5-7p to help Dora and Pete find their new fish taco. That’s only $7 and I’d totally be there if I didn’t have a prior commitment.

But now onto the photos.

Since the last Photo Friday I’ve had boiled dumplings from a highly recommended Chinese takeout place in Albany and in an equally convenient restaurant Beijing’s PKU Global Village. See if you can guess which one is which.


Ooh, that was fun. How about some more Chinese food comparisons. For example, which of the following looks more like Chinese food to you?

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I don’t want you to be kept in the dark. That last picture is cold yam with blueberry sauce. And yes, it’s totally Chinese. Honestly, it’s not a dish that I’ll be pining away to eat again, but it was fascinating to try. But now I feel like I’ve been ripping on our area, and that’s not fair. We’ve got some good stuff, like these items from the last Third Thursday Tavern Time.


The Towne Tavern’s smoked wings with hot Buffalo sauce, won the night.


The Jalapeno’s stuffed with cheese, sausage and served with melba sauce were also quite good.


And I don’t think a meal there would be complete without a basket of potato pancakes. But the best thing that I’ve eaten since I’ve returned surprised the heck out of me for several reasons…


That would be the calamari from Yanni’s 2-Go food truck at Alive at Five. Wow. Just wow. Such a light and crisp breading. Tender, succulent, and almost buttery squid. And while I doubted the white wine and garlic sauce that came on the side, I was quickly converted to this delicate accompaniment that accented the calamari and didn’t obscure it. Bravo! I’d brave the crowds on Thursday just to get another $10 basket of the stuff.



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  1. June 12, 2015 11:12 am

    I’m pretty confident the top one is Beijing just on the evidence that it’s on a plate (you said you ate it in a food court) and the other in a takeout container. And I’m a little sad for our local place because their dumplings look squished and less generous.

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