Tag Archives: Upstate

Five top foods in Saratoga Springs, NY

I have been sitting on this post awhile because I didn’t really know what to call it. “Best eats in Saratoga” is a little presumptuous because I haven’t tried everything at all the high end places, plus I’m not going … Continue reading

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One simple trick to avoid a “nothing burger”

I stopped in at Country Drive-Inn, a locally famous spot in Clifton Park NY, to pick up some food for a road trip. I ordered their legendary onion rings plus a cheeseburger. Couldn’t resist a nibble of the rings before … Continue reading

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Battle of the tiny tube steaks: mini-hot dog taste test

In honor of National Hot Dog Day we attended a mini-hot dog taste test, comparing five prominent vendors in upstate New York. Interns from Gramercy Communications sped to the five locations and brought back their payload at roughly the same … Continue reading

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New York Bakery Bites at Queens Day in Albany

Last Monday I attended the first ever Queens Day in Albany, sponsored by the Queens Chamber of Commerce and a number of Queens-located businesses. (Queens is one of the seven five boroughs of New York City.) A busload of Queens … Continue reading

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Burger Boo

My blogging colleague Daniel B had an interesting idea: a tasting tour of seasonal burgers served at the food stands of upstate New York’s Capital District. Winterizing is expensive in this harsh climate, so many food places open only from … Continue reading

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A tour of Saratoga mineral springs

My baker friend Tom turned me on to the Cooking Issues podcast of Dave Arnold, who is an artisanal cocktail maker in Brooklyn among many other skills. Arnold recently visited our fair city to sample and make cocktails from the ubiquitous … Continue reading

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Ribbon cutting day at Chester’s Smokehouse in Albany

Chester’s Smokehouse is a throwback to the days when refrigeration was spotty and every town had a smokehouse to preserve meat. It recently opened in an ungentrified district of Albany, taking over a building that allegedly housed a pretty rough … Continue reading

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The Italian Trade Commission comes to Price Chopper, and that’s a good thing

Why are Italian delis filled with shelves of enticing jarred and canned foods, but not American or Jewish delis? Why is your supermarket stocked with box after box of Italian pasta in shapes you could never imagine? Because the Italians, … Continue reading

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A visit to the Casola Dining Room at SCCC (Schenectady County Community College)

There are two things that the Casola Dining Room has in common with the legendary Chez Panisse in Berkeley. First, you have to call exactly two weeks in advance of your desired dining date and time to have any hope … Continue reading

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Where to eat lunch in Saratoga Springs, NY

Welcome to my fellow bloggers who are in town for Wordcamp on October 11, 2014. Here’s where to eat lunch in Saratoga. The following list is not exhaustive but covers the spots I recommend. These are quick, grab-a-bite places so … Continue reading

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