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Beef vegetable soup at Chuck Wagon Diner

Let's face it, beef can be boring. And most times, it is. Burger joints focus on loading up toppings instead of creating a flavorful patty. Steak is almost always overcooked and improperly seasoned. Soups made from beef stock are nearly universally oil slicks, too unctuous to sip. Fortunately for me,... (read the rest)

Vegetable stew at Kismet

Hey, there you are, autumn! I've been waiting for you, patiently tapping my foot with arms crossed, hoping you would show up soon. Not that I was getting tired of all those garden tomatoes or anything, but I'm ready for colder weather and hot soup. Kismet provides.... (read the rest)

Cereal sundae from Bumpy's Polar Freeze

The lies we tell ourselves as adults: It's completely fine to eat ice cream -- just ice cream -- as a meal if 1) you skipped some other meal in the day, or 2) you've been sick/it's been a bad day, or 3) it's the only viable thing you can... (read the rest)

Breakfast sandwich at Wren & Rail

A little piece of nirvana exists in the geographical center of Albany County. It's tucked away in a gravel yard in New Scotland behind a series of red barns, an unassuming tin-roofed trailer bordered by enormous pine logs and framed by a few ecru umbrellas. Unless you were passing by... (read the rest)

Neba Sandwich from Mike's Neba

Whoever coined the saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder" probably didn't mean for the quip to apply to a sandwich. Hey, love comes in many forms, including -- but not limited to -- roast beef layered between bread. When people speak of comfort food, sandwiches are rarely listed in... (read the rest)

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA... + Michael asked about where to get a thorough interior cleaning of a car. + Here's a quick overview of the plan for a new bike/walk trail between Rensselaer and Hudson. + Deanna tried the wagel bagel at West... (read the rest)

Wagel bagel at West End Bagels

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, right? So it's no surprise that for as much attention as "mindful" or "healthy" eating receives, things like over-the-top bagels exist. Social media was stormed by the rainbow bagel phenom out of New York City, and now we have our... (read the rest)

Halal options at Zaitoon Kitchen

How bold is this claim: The best new dining hotspot in the Capital Region is that area around the Latham Circle. I mean it. When was the last time you dined there? I bet you opened social media in the last week and found a photo of someone eating in... (read the rest)

Ice cream sandwiches at Different Blend Bakery

Summer, man. It's fleeting. It is hard to believe that already, here we are in mid-July. I recently had a conversation with my dad about how time just speeds up as you age, and I feel that phenomenon is finally happening to me this summer. I'm nostalgic for summer before... (read the rest)

Lamb sloppy joe at Chez Mike

Sloppy joes were a mainstay in my culinary repertoire growing up -- mainly because you can't burn them. See, my mother (bless her) went through a period of time when she confused the smoke alarm with the kitchen timer. About the same time, my dad was the volunteer fire chief... (read the rest)

Pizza at Anna's Wood Fired Pizza

I was recently talking to a Capital Region native who moved to NYC for a few years before settling down back home. He said of all the great things New York City offers, the pizza in Albany is undoubtedly better, and so are the music venues (the little clubs that... (read the rest)

Capital Region school budgets approved, teen arrested in connection with arson/hate crime, Albany parking tickets on the rise again, blind veteran athlete joins NY Veterans Hall of Fame

School budgets School districts in the Capital Region approved their budgets and capital projects on Tuesday, most by large margins. The Albany Public Library budget was also approved by 76 percent. There were changes on a number of the region's school boards. [TU][TU][APL] Arrest in alleged hate crime Police have... (read the rest)

Dining around at Troy Kitchen

Call it happenstance, or call it good planning: I ate at Troy Kitchen with friends two days in a row recently. That's probably not a big deal for most people, but schlepping from my rural Schenectady County home (with two kids in tow) over to Troy during the evening commute... (read the rest)

The week ahead

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (hot), to stories, to the stage, to science, to cooking, to music...... (read the rest)

Sopes at Viva Cinco de Mayo

With Cinco de Mayo just days away, it feels appropriate to talk about a place aptly named Viva Cinco de Mayo. Tacos might first come to mind when thinking about this anglicized holiday that gives we Americans a chance to sip tequila and feel less guilty about the upcharge to... (read the rest)

Massaman curry at Emmanuel Thai

If you don't work in the Capitol corridor -- that section of Albany stretching from Dove to Broadway, extending a few blocks north and south, with buildings populated by state-related agencies -- you might miss many of the small eateries that are popular for quick lunches. The grab-and-go sandwich shops,... (read the rest)

Brunch is back at The Low Beat with Celina's Kitchen

Celina Ottaway took a circuitous route to the kitchen, but it's paid off. The global influences of her life in business, journalism, and personal endeavors now show up in dishes for her Celina's Kitchen menus: Asian pesto, poulet creole, japchae. Together with chef Pierre Farvil, they're pulling together vibrant, rich... (read the rest)

Buffet dinner at Salsa Latina

Every culture and cuisine has its own version of a greasy spoon diner. Places with quick crowd-pleasing menu items that focus less on modern, qualitative platitudes (farm-fresh local zero hormone free range organic sustainable conflict-free!) and more on getting cheap eats dipped, fried, or otherwise laden in fat on the... (read the rest)

Ramen at David's Uptown Noodle

If you are a safe eater, someone unwilling to go beyond your culinary comfort zone, stop reading now. What I'm about to tell you about can only be described as Chinese grandmother cooking, and for the typical American palate, stagnating in predictable flavors and preparations, that's bad news. But for... (read the rest)

Cinnamon buns at Fifth Tier Baking Studio

Fifth Tier Baking Studio is tucked into a section of Columbia Street in downtown Albany that feels like an alleyway, hidden away from the typical bustle of North Pearl Street. It's the sort of spot that requires a bit of sleuthing. With no seating and a limited menu, the shop... (read the rest)

Fish and grits at The Breakfast Spot in Albany

People who work in the food industry often play a game of telephone (y'know, the one you played as a kid, passing a message to each other in a series of whispers) when it comes to good food. One person finds a place, mentions it to another, who then passes... (read the rest)

Trying the "Super Hole" donuts at Cider Belly

When you think of the Super Bowl -- that high holy American holiday -- and all the food and feasting it entails, the first thing you think of is donuts, right? Right! We thought so, too. That's why when Nick at Cider Belly in downtown Albany reached out to Daniel... (read the rest)

Tom Kha at Celadon Thai

Exit 6 off the Northway is a surprising culinary destination in the Capital Region. Not hip by any means, nor safely walkable, there are unexpected bright spots of good food that makes one reconsider the notion that the suburbs are inherently void of worthwhile restaurants. Heading west off the exit,... (read the rest)

Steven Tyler was in Saratoga, saw a movie, flew through ALB, maybe had a cupcake

We had a special order for a certain #rockstar passing through the area...#redwhiteandyou #cupcakes #enjoytroy #bakers #ny #chocolate A photo posted by Nibble Inc. (@nibbleinc) on Jan 18, 2017 at 3:54am PST Check it out: Steven Tyler was in Saratoga Springs last night, taking in a movie, as WNYT... (read the rest)

Pizza dinner at Mia Lucci's

As a lifelong pizza eater, I've come to learn there really isn't such a thing as "bad" pizza. Sure, there's pizza that doesn't quite hit the mark of great -- or even good -- pizza, but even subpar pizza is better than no pizza. That fact became abundantly clear during... (read the rest)

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