What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: used cars, closing time, TNO, artisan bread, La Serre, Restaurant Week, really good french toast, pork, excellent service, productive worms, a broken clock and zombies.

Kristi asked for suggestions about where to buy a used car.

His Crankiness is not a fan of the proposals to roll back the bar closing time in Saratoga.

Albany Jane had a blast at Troy Night Out.

Jennifer went to a bread class with Zoe "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" Francois at the Battenkill Kitchen.

Lois had "fantastic" Chicken Milanese at La Serre.

Daniel B has mixed experiences during Restaurant Week.

CAPow had some "really really good" french toast at the Halfmoon Diner.

One of Steve's readers passed a long a first impression of the much-anticipated Black Watch in Glens Falls.

BK held a gathering to appreciate some alcohol.

Silvia reflected on the evolution of dining options in Albany.

Mr. Dave can't pass up a smoked pork loin from Oscar's.

Matt got excellent service at the DiNapoli Opticians in Stuyvesant Plaza.

Leah's worms have been very productive.

Naomi listed 20 reasons to get rid of clutter.

Drew went for a hike up Crane Mountain.

Rob would like to point out that Albany's clock is broken.

And IBI thinks the closed Lillian's lot in Saratoga would be a good place to hold captured zombies.

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