What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the earthquake, a dinner at home, a little thing, the Altamont Fair, winners and losers at The Track, Elissa Halloran, local honey, hidden gems, DiBella's, the Meat House, kittens, and the State Fair.

Rob had his priorities straight during the Earthquake of 2011.

Dinner with a friend on leave from Afghanistan put some things in perspective for Leah.

The Exile experienced a little thing that made a difference at Spill'n the Beans in Troy.

Kim held an alligator at the Altamont Fair.

Albaniana wouldn't leave the fair until her son and his friend looked at some chickens -- whether they wanted to or not.

Stephanie won on her first-ever bet at The Track.

Kristi came across an unexpected prohibition at The Track.

Silvia got a vintage belt that had belonged to her mother transformed by Elissa Halloran.

Daniel got taken to task for not buying local honey.

One of Steve's readers asked about hidden restaurant gems in the Capital Region.

Jerry had a "spectacular" sub from the DiBella's in Latham.

Mr. Dave sampled the steak tips from the Meat House and ruled them "pretty enjoyable." (He also braved the oatmeal machine at a gas station in Troy.)

The Idiot counted ponies and mentioned a few spots in Saratoga worth noticing.

Overwhelmed with CSA produce, Emily threw everything into a pot -- with great success.

The Bee Balm Gal went to a knitting circle in Congress Park.

Jackie rescued some wild kittens (and, yow, they are cute).

And Chuck will be well represented at the State Fair.

Comments

I'm heading out Saturday to see how my pictures did, and am hoping that either my photo of Lodge's Department Store or my photo of the Washington Park Bridge earns some silk in Syracuse. Much thanks, as always, for the blog support, Greg and Mary!

The Bee Balm girl link leads to the FussyLittleBlog.

Editors: Erp. Fixed. Thanks.

Elissa Halloran is a genius.

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