What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: no effing clue, VegFest, DIY, farm breweries, doulas, Fudge Fancies, savory waffles, loukoumathes, calamari, a lunch secret, a vineyard, a four bagger, no-longer car dealerships, the Madison marquee, and paradise.

On parenting, Stephanie concluded, "I HAVE NO EFFING CLUE AS TO WHAT I'M DOING." But her family found some perspective among the hustle and bustle and other young families at Colonie Center.

Silvia said she "was awestruck by much of" Albany VegFest. Albaniana left the event thinking about her enthusiasm for her own favorite cause.

Albany Jane walked through the steps of the DIY bathroom renovation in the house she and Albany John recently bought.

Greg Back attended the fundraiser for the new farm brewery institute at the Carey Center.

One of Kristi's readers asked about doulas.

Jerry focus-grouped some Fudge Fancies. (Also: "I had the pleasure of crunching into a fresh cannoli shell for the first time since moving to the region almost 17 years ago.")

J+R enjoyed a savory waffle at The Iron Roost.

Steve said the loukoumathes at Athos is "an utterly winning dish."

Jen said the calamari she had at New World was one of the best she's tried.

Ashley shared a Saratoga lunch secret.

Katy did some exploring and checked out a vineyard in Fort Edward.

Randal scored a "four bagger."

Carl pointed out buildings along Central Ave that had been car dealerships.

Chuck got an up-close look at the marquee on the Madison Theatre.

And Jackie "glided effortlessly into Paradise" on the Hudson.

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