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Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Bob & Ron's, local icons, a choice facing Albany, close calls, Albany media then, Moreau Lake, a bar tab, sushi, the Gateway, fast food, pizza, a found couch, and going around and around.
Last week we mentioned that 1828 recipe for "Albany Cake" (thanks, Pamela!), which prompted a a discussion about some of the quirks of the recipe and what the cake might be like.
Well, Greg Kern -- the pastry chef at Peck's Arcade in Troy -- saw the recipe and decided to actually try it.
So we thought it'd be fun to talk with him about how it worked out...
Last year around this time, Capital Region native Gabby Pizzolo was performing as Young Fiona in a production of Shrek at the Schenectady Light Opera Company.
This year? Oh, you know, Michelle Obama is praising her during a "Broadway at the White House" event while she sits between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Matthew Morrison (see the video above). Among the other attendees: Gloria Estefan and Whoopi Goldberg.
So, a pretty typical year-to-year change for a 12 year old.
Pizzolo has already played a starring role on Broadway in Matilda. And she recently stepped into one of the star roles in the Tony-winning Broadway musical Fun Home.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: a term that doesn't fit, Albany High School, Albany as a media capital, once-popular clubs, farming reality, mountain biking, hiking along the border, a new trail, a dash, upstate cuisine, favorite fall bites, the new wine shop, a new brewery, tequila, Tara Kitchen, and fun at the dentist's office.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: flying under the radar, high-speed rail, Metroland, BULT, settling in, art, New Paltz, Toronto, the somber landscape, Innovo, a seitan chicken club, and too much.
And he won!
Sean Desiree's gotta be one of the most interesting people we've met over the last year. She's both a talented vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/producer, producing music under the name bell's roar, AND a talented furniture maker, working as South End Pallet Works.
There's a new bell's roar EP arriving next week, and Desiree's playing a show at the Low Beat this Friday night to celebrate.
So we figured this would be a good time to see what's up with both...
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: fighting the fun police, jumping out of a plane, Owls Head Mountain, the Squirrely 6, rambling, a cemetery tour, the idea of a national university in Albany, trash cans, a pizza pilgrimage, Toga Nola, Peck's, ramen, schnitzel and calamari, smoked maple syrup, dogs on restaurant patios, moss-covered bison, and weeping over office equipment.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: living forever, pie for breakfast, the awkwardness of middle school, The Book of Mormon, the grim past of an Albany park, the old riverfront, the Montezuma Refuge, foliage, restaurant kitchens, the bar at the Renaissance, diners, a burger, a beer dinner, sushi, tofu steak, and the Cathedral of St. Philco.
Kate has some strong feelings about Halloween.
We have a string of burger-related posts this week -- let's call it a fast-casual theme week.
Burgers are burgers -- some places might execute better than others, but when you get down to it, everyone pretty much has the same thing, right?
That's not the case at Crave, which recently opened at the corner of Western Ave and Quail Street in Albany. Co-owners Devin Ziemann and Kaytrin Della Sala have created a menu of more than 20 different types of burgers that spans from the classic American cheese burger, to a lamb burger with curry mayo, to a French onion burger, to a turkey burger inspired by pastrami, to a kung pao shrimp burger.
"We get people in here three, four times a week trying to conquer the menu," says Ziemann, a chef who headed up other kitchens around the Capital Region before he and Della Sala decided to open something of their own. "The list is so big because there were so many [burgers] that we were, like, we can't get rid of that one, it's awesome."
So we thought it'd be fun to have Ziemann walk us through his thought process when creating a burger...
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the Cohoes Mastodon, frostweed, Jay Mountain, running, Syracuse, the scary, art, supper club, restaurant stories, pickles, Sonic, Saratoga, Schuylerville, pumpkin products, an odd hat, and getting turned around.
A new whole-animal butcher shop -- Sentinel Butchery -- is opening on River Street near Monument Square in downtown Troy this Saturday.
Whole animal? That means Sentinel will be bringing in whole cows, pigs, lambs, and other animals and then making use of every part of the animal for a range of products.
We stopped by this week to talk with owner/butcher Emily Petersen for a few minutes and a get a quick look at the shop.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: a conversation about guns, job sprawl, river views, the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, the Huyck, liverwort, a snake, the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon, bike trips, canals, online reviews, vegan pizza, what cities taste like, brunch, and smart companies.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: two contrasting experiences, feeling old, laughing at life, a ghost sign, a beautiful old map, ancestors, trigger warnings, springs, the Bridge of Flowers, what's fermenting on the farm, being judgy, Innovo Kitchen, Memphis King, and the best bottle of cheap wine.
Pascuzzo -- work works under the name PepCo Studio -- has designed a bunch of book covers (he sometimes posts new ones in his Instagram feed). A few years ago he talked with Melissa about how he got into designing book covers, and his design process:
I always try and read the manuscript before starting the design process. Sometimes the book isn't complete so I can only read a partial manuscript or just a synopsis page. Reading the book really helps me to respond emotionally to the design problem. This in turn makes the connection between the potential reader and cover stronger.
In addition to book covers, Pascuzzo's designed all sorts of posters, packaging, and logos (including the early Twitter bird logo). You've almost certainly seen his work locally (even if you haven't realized it) -- recent examples include the Albany Public Library's new logo and the Tulip Festival poster.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: cider donuts, people who talk during movies, the Adirondacks, New Hampshire, Round Lake, the Albany History Race, the old Schaefer Brewery, steak on a stone, brunch, becoming a restaurant owner, falafel tacos, curling season, and the blood moon eclipse.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: a requiem, faith, getting older, gentrification, New Hampshire, Toronto, the Woodlawn Preserve, a half marathon, the Tour de Donut, Saratoga Wine and Food Fest, Hoptember, summer bites, okra, concrete, aerial photos, and Nipper rightside up.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: stretching the umbilical cord, the busking incident, Albany from above, the Longhouse Revival, the Thousand Islands, hiking, wildflowers, the Hudson Valley Winfest, and the good things.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: school lunches, laughing in the face of death, the Democratic primary, Indian Head, yoga on a board, wildflowers, an autumn bucket list, a birthday dinner, Black & Blue, onion rings, and Bab-O.
Opening in Troy this Saturday is Superior Merchandise Co., a shop that combines a home goods boutique, a coffee bar, and a florist. While it seems like an eclectic mix, somehow everything fits together in this Fourth Street business.
It has not been an easy journey for Felicity Jones and Mike Romig, who are co-owners and partners. They have spent two years transforming a building that was slated for demolition into a comfortable and hip shop. Much of their aesthetic inspiration comes from Copenhagen, with an eye toward creating a simple, clean, and modern interior.
I was able to stop by in advance of their opening to catch a glimpse of Superior Merchandise Company and to chat with some members of their team.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: monuments, the kiosk mentality, the Santanoni Range, horses, four miles in the dark, a tea factory, Travers Day, Ama Cocina, korean BBQ, metal needs, and railroads.
Quillio is celebrating the new album with a free show (this) Monday evening as part of the Dana Park Summer Concert Series in Albany. The show starts at 5:30 pm with Meara McTague, and Olivia Quillio at 7 pm.
Earlier on AOA: Interesting in 2011: Olivia Quillio
A book to keep an eye out for: Not on Fire, but Burning by Greg Hrbek, a writer in residence at Skidmore. The novel is set for a September 22 release and is already getting attention -- including a starred review in Kirkus and a spot on the "most anticipated" list over at The Millions.
From some of the publisher blurbage:
Twenty-year-old Skyler saw the incident out her window: Some sort of metallic object hovering over the Golden Gate Bridge just before it collapsed and a mushroom cloud lifted above the city. Like everyone, she ran, but she couldn't outrun the radiation, with her last thoughts being of her beloved baby brother, Dorian, safe in her distant family home.
Flash forward to a post-incident America, where the country has been broken up into territories and Muslims have been herded onto the old Indian reservations in the west, even though no one has determined who set off the explosion that destroyed San Francisco. Twelve-year old Dorian dreams about killing Muslims and about his sister--even though Dorian's parents insist Skyler never existed. Are they still shell-shocked, trying to put the past behind them . . . or is something more sinister going on?
Meanwhile, across the street, Dorian's neighbor adopts a Muslim orphan from the territories. It will set off a series of increasingly terrifying incidents that will lead to either tragedy or redemption for Dorian, as he struggles to prove that his sister existed--and was killed by a terrorist attack.
Not on Fire, but Burning is unlike anything you're read before--not exactly a thriller, not exactly sci-fi, not exactly speculative fiction, but rather a brilliant and absorbing adventure into the dark heart of an America that seems ripped from the headlines. But just as powerfully, it presents a captivating hero: A young boy driven by love to seek the truth, even if it means his deepest beliefs are wrong.
There's a book launch party for the novel at Northshire Saratoga October 1.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: a transition, crossing the street, dealing with the city, the Livingston Avenue Bridge, the river with less water, running at Thacher Park, Track season, wedding details, Peck's Arcade, an insiders dinner, customer threats, and a catabetic emergency.