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The Dinner Dance

by Caroline Barrett January 22, 2015

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  Tala American Bistro, 626 New Loudon Road, Latham, 486-8252. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Sat; dinner 5:30-10 Mon-Sat, 4-9 Sunday; brunch 11-3 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: eclectic upscale bistro Entrée price range: $15 (Angus burger) to $38 (Grilled ...

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Cuba Libre

by Ari LeVaux January 8, 2015

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  Eleven years ago on New Years Day, I arrived in Cuba with a group of students from the University of Montana in tow. We were there on a hard-to-get educational permit. Our goal was to ...

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The Year in Dining

by B.A. Nilsson December 31, 2014

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  It’s not just community support that necessitates the pursuit of locally grown and raised food. It’s the health of it. Try to get a medium-rare burger in any of the chain eateries. Food-service people know ...

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The Borscht Ultimatum

by Ari LeVaux December 24, 2014

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  In the dining car at the very end of the train, techno music was pumping as the train rocked its way through the Siberian darkness. The car was half-full of cardboard boxes. At the foot ...

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The Gift of Spirits

by Stephen Leon December 18, 2014

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  To get into that holiday spirit, what could be more festive than the gift of spirits? I remember when I first came of age, not just legal drinking age, but the age at which I had ...

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Gift Guide: Cookbooks

by B.A. Nilsson December 11, 2014

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  Our God, who art in the living room, flat-screen be Thy name. We flock to wrest possession of them when the shopping fever hits, then structure our time and sensibility around What the TV Tells ...

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Crème de la Crème

by Ari LeVaux December 5, 2014

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  The French didn’t earn a reputation for culinary sensibility by accident. One example that comes to mind this time of year—and one in which eggnog lovers might be especially interested—is the French attitude toward Crème Anglaise. Namely, ...

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Leftovers

by The Staff December 4, 2014

  Recently reviewed restaurants. Mohawk Taproom & Grill, 153 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 357-8005, mohawktaproom.com. The 50/50 burger mixes bacon and beef; also traditional burgers and other pub fare and a great craft beer selection. Serving Tue-Thu 11-10, ...

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A Little Bit on the Sides

by B.A. Nilsson November 26, 2014

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  Buttery mashed potatoes. Creamed pearl onions. Sweet potatoes with brown sugar. And butter. And even, heaven help us, marshmallows. Which doesn’t even get us to dessert. Thanksgiving has the impressive ability to swab the most ordinary ...

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Try This at Home

by The Staff November 20, 2014

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  Figgy Pudding Ric Orlando, New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Ave., Albany, 694 -0520 Serves 8-plus Ingredients: 1¾ cups buttermilk 12 ounces dried Calimyrna figs, coarsely chopped 1½ cups white whole-wheat flour (such as King Arthur®) 1 cup white sugar 2½ teaspoons baking powder 1 ...

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Leftovers

by The Staff November 13, 2014

  Recently reviewed restaurants. Mohawk Taproom & Grill, 153 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 357-8005, mohawktaproom.com. The 50/50 burger mixes bacon and beef; also traditional burgers and other pub fare and a great craft beer selection. Serving Tue-Thu 11-10, ...

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Very Old School

by Stephen Leon October 30, 2014

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  All I wanted was a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich. Like I used to order at the lunch counter at Newberry’s, where they grilled the American cheese between two slices of white bread, flattening it with ...

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Fall/Winter Dining Guide

by The Staff October 23, 2014

    Afghan Afghan Kabab Express 305 Central Ave., Albany, 487-4159. Kababs and gyros (chicken, lamb or beef), falafel and even burgers and wings are on a menu where sandwiches average $6 and many kababs are $9. Takeout available. ...

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Dining Guide

by The Staff October 16, 2014

Afghan Afghan Kabab Express 305 Central Ave., Albany, 487-4159. Kababs and gyros (chicken, lamb or beef), falafel and even burgers and wings are on a menu where sandwiches average $6 and many kababs are $9. Takeout available. ...

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Cooking From the Heart

by Laura Leon October 9, 2014

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  I've come to realize over the past year that my style of cooking has changed a bit over time. There were the early days of trying new things and mastering techniques, followed by having my ...

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A Pub of Flavor

by B.A. Nilsson October 2, 2014

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  Mohawk Taproom & Grill, 153 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 357-8005, mohawktaproom.com. Serving Tue-Thu 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun noon-9. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: pub fare Entrée price range: $8 (two hot dogs) to $19 (steak frites) Ambiance: classic pub I ...

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In the Lebanese Kitchen

by B.A. Nilsson September 25, 2014

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  The Phoenicians, 1686 Central Ave, Colonie, 464-4444, phoeniciansofalbany.com. Serving Tue-Sat noon-9. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Lebanese Entrée price range: $8 (shawarma pita wrap) to $20 (lamb kebab platter) Ambiance: colorful and lively Allspice. Black Pepper. Cinnamon. Cloves. Fenugreek. ...

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Local Food and Farm Directory

by The Staff September 18, 2014

  Bakeries Bella-Napoli Italian Bakery, 672 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-0196; 721 River St., Troy, 274-8277. Assorted breads, cookies, pastries. Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Inc., 367 Park St., Housatonic, Mass., (413) 274-3412. Breads, pizza crusts, cookies, toast crackers. Bountiful Bread, ...

All Good in Altamont

by B.A. Nilsson September 11, 2014

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  Mio Vino Wine Bar & Bistro, 186 Main St., Altamont, 595-5095, miovinowinebar.com. Serving dinner Tue-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10, Sun 5-9; brunch Sun 10-3. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: gourmet Italian Entrée price range: $10 (sausage & peppers ...

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A Bar-B-Q Tour

by B.A. Nilsson September 4, 2014

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PJ’s Bar-B-QSA, 1 Kaydeross Ave. West (at Route 9), Saratoga Springs, 583-RIBS (7427), 583-CHIK (2445), pjsbarbqsa.com. Serving Mon-Thu 11-8:30, Fri-Sat 11-9, Sun noon-8. AE, D. MC. V. Cuisine: barbecue, grilled and smoked Entrée price range: $3.25 (slider) ...

The Bar Guide

by The Staff September 4, 2014

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  Metroland Bar Guide Fall 2014 Welcome to the Metroland Bar Guide. The list below was compiled by editorial staff from a variety of sources, including forms returned by the establishments themselves; any sentence or phrase surrounded ...

Tally-ho!

by B.A. Nilsson August 28, 2014

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Man of Kent Tavern, 4452 Route 7, Hoosick Falls, 686-9917, manofkenttavern.com. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, 11-10 Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: ambitious pub fare Entrée price range: $7 (cheeseburger) to $13 (fish and ...

Market to Cafe

by B.A. Nilsson August 21, 2014

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The Local Flavor Café, 620 19th St., Watervliet, 270-1880, thelocalflavorcaafe.com. Open 7-8 Mon-Fri, 7-5 Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: soup, salads, sandwiches Entrée price range: $5 (Ultimate PB&J) to $9 (Caesar salad with chicken) Ambiance: small and ...

Without a Roadmap

by Laura Leon August 14, 2014

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While on a layover in Baltimore, I picked up a copy of Michael and Jane Stern's Roadfood, a coast-to-coast guide to off-the-beaten path places to eat. I had been speaking with a colleague from California ...

Hall of Family

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014

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Nicoletta’s Italian Café, 96 Main St., Cooperstown, 607-547-7499, nicolettasitaliancafe.com. Serving dinner daily 4-10 (later if warranted). AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: traditional Italian Entrée Price Range: $13 (spaghetti with sausage) to $26 (filet mignon gorgonzola) Ambiance: classic café What ...