What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the burrito baby Jesus, memorable walks, NYSTI, talking during Black Swan, Christmas in 1910, the Tour de Hot Dog, 677 Prime, Four Loko pickles, the chutney fairy, Clifton Park, cookies, a few idiots, zippers, festive pets, Christmas lights, tracks in the snow and mall parking lots.

Matt and Pastor Charlie had an exchange about the burrito in the nativity scene in Bombers window.

Jackie remembered a close friend through the walks they took together.

Albaniana went to the last NYSTI performance.

Kevin watched Black Swan at Spectrum over the talking of the people behind him.

Akum concludes that our Albany "forebears had no better idea what to buy for men than we have today."

Now the story can be told of the Tour de Hot Dog. Jerry participated and has a few observations.

Albany Jane says she had "an excellent evening" at 677 Prime.

Mr. Dave is making Four Loko pickles. Yes, you read that correctly.

The chutney fairy delivered a jar of "soooo delicious" locally-made chutney to Silvia.

Leah the Nosher stocked up at the Troy Winter Farmers' Market.

Steve wonders if an upscale restaurant could make it in Clifton Park.

Jen and Rebecca went to a local food blogger cookie swap.

Rochelle had a "pretty good" French dip at the Alexis Diner in North Greenbush.

FiS Dan lamented that "a few idiots" are responsible for the drive-up mailboxes being taken away from the Post Office on Broadway in Saratoga.

One of Kristi's readers asked about where to get a zipper fixed. And another asked about finding a "patient" dentist.

Mark is collecting festive pet photos.

Rob's not a fan of the LED Christmas lights spreading through his neighborhood.

The Exiles hunted for paw prints in the snow at Five Rivers.

And Chuck recounted the story of when holiday cheer failed in the parking lot at Crossgates.

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