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House brand taste test… Ketchup!

I have a soft spot for store or “house” brands. I’m convinced that they are not made in actual houses, but in the same factories used to produce the national brands*. The difference comes when it’s time to slap on … Continue reading

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Saratoga Chowderfest 2012

Possibly because of the nice weather, Saratoga Chowderfest was slammed this year. (Event date was February 4, 2012.) There was a mile-long backup on the highway coming into town, no legal parking spaces anywhere near downtown (creating a ticket-writing field … Continue reading

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Turkey Joints from Nora’s of Rome, NY

I have a soft spot for unusual foods that are only available in a single, out-of-the-way location, and Nora’s Turkey Joints sure fit the bill. I heard about them from colleagues on the upstate boards of Yelp when somebody wanted … Continue reading

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If this is a “soft opening” you can tase my ass!

A new restaurant recently opened in our area and I went to try it out. The name and cuisine aren’t important. I drove a long way to order three things of which one was unavailable, one was extremely mediocre, and … Continue reading

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Cider Donuts

Cider donuts are a tradition here in upstate New York, where they make their appearances at roadside stands, U-picks and even major supermarkets during apple harvest time. In essence, they’re sugar coated cake donuts with apple cider used as some … Continue reading

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Trouble with Thai street food

Even since I’ve moved to upstate New York I have been hankering for real Thai street food. Not that I have ever been to Thailand, but I was spoiled for 20 years in Los Angeles by Patty at Arunee, who … Continue reading

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Our salami satisfies everybody (the red sauce topic)

I have been trying ever since I arrived in Upstate New York to understand the appeal of the “red sauce place”. This is a neighborhood restaurant that serves a limited menu of Italian-American staples, and many people are passionate about … Continue reading

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