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by Caroline Barrett August 27, 2015

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  The Shop, 135 4th St., Troy, 874-1899. Serving 4 PM-midnight Mon-Wed, 4 PM-1 AM Thurs-Sat, 11 AM-9 PM Sun. AE, MC, V. Cuisine: worldly comfort food, great sharing dishes Entreé price range: $9 (pork posole verde) ...

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No Shortcuts Here

by B.A. Nilsson August 20, 2015

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  Elizabeth’s 1264 East St, Pittsfield, MA, 413-448-8244. Cuisine: Italian farm-to-table Entreé price range: $22.50 (menu items) to $24.50 (specials) Ambience: your grandmother’s house Seek the soul of an onion and you’re easily led astray. Its pungency is distracting and ...

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You Can Always Go Downtown

by Caroline Barrett August 13, 2015

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  Cuisine: salads, burgers and creative vegetarian Entreé price range: $9 (the standard burger) to $21 (house pesto grilled steak) Ambience: exposed brick and artsy lighting set among a restaurant, concert hall and bar scene When I moved to ...

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I Heart Broccoli Stems

by Ari LeVaux August 6, 2015

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I used to grumble at grocery stores that sell broccoli heads shaped like lollipops, in which tiny crowns sit atop lanky, woody stems. I have even gone so far as to break those stems off, ...

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Now That’s Summer!

by Caroline Barrett July 30, 2015

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Pirates Lakeside Grill, 266 County Rd. 7, Nassau, 265-7087. Serving noon-8 PM Wed-Sun; closed Mon-Tues. Cash only. Open May 6-Sept. 6. Cuisine: burgers, hot dogs and ice cream Entreé price range: $2.99 (Nathan's hot dog) to ...

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Best of 2015: Food & Drink

by The Staff July 23, 2015

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  Best Restaurant Café Capriccio 49 Grand St., Albany The link between this restaurant and its spiritual home of Florence, Italy, is reinforced by the trips Café owner Jim Rua takes to that city each year, bringing back more ...

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The Altruistic Negotiator

by Ari LeVaux July 16, 2015

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  It’s good to be able to drive a hard bargain. When buying a used snowboard on eBay, for example, or attempting to stay out of a corrupt policeman’s car in some foreign city, with only ...

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Mexican Sunshine

by Caroline Barrett July 9, 2015

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  El Mariachi 289 Hamilton St., Albany, 432-7580. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thurs, 11:30-11 Fri, 1-11 Sat, 1-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex and Spanish Entreé price range: $10.95 (bean and cheese burrito) to $29.95 (Langosta Mariach— a ...

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The Redundant Salad

by Ari LeVaux July 2, 2015

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A salad can be many things, from a leafy vegan fiber-fest, to almost anything that contains raw vegetables. The romaine and dandelion-based salad I'm about to show you, in all its greasy, leafy, protein-rich glory, ...

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Small Wonders

by Caroline Barrett June 25, 2015

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  Slidin’ Dirty 9 1st St., Troy, 326-8492. Serving 11-11 Mon-Tue, 11 AM-midnight Wed-Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat, 11-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: creative sliders, crispy appetizers, salads Entrée price range: $5 (single slider) to $15 (dirty ...

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What’s Brewing?

by B.A. Nilsson June 18, 2015

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  We’re never far from a cup of coffee, be it an overpriced Starbucks concoction or a cup of diner joe. We do unspeakable things to our coffee, lacing it with flavorings and sweeteners and even ...

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Vietnam Spring

by Caroline Barrett June 11, 2015

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Saigon Pearl 791 Madison Ave., Albany, 451-9251. Serving 11-9 Sun-Tues, Thu; 10-10 Fri-Sat; closed Wednesday. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: fresh Vietnamese Entrée price range: $8 (beef eye round pho) to $14 (grilled salmon with ginger) Ambiance: upscale fast ...

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Summer Outdoor Dining Directory

by The Staff June 6, 2015

  American Angelo’s 677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany, 427-7463, 677prime.com. Barrington Brewery & Restaurant Jenifer House Commons, 420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-8282, barringtonbrewery.net. Blu Stone Bistro 661 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-9976, blustonebistro.com. Boathouse Grille 80 Shady Harbor Drive, New Baltimore, ...

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Slow Boat Cooking

by Ari LeVaux May 28, 2015

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  The question of how far food should travel between where it is produced and where it is consumed has become a frequent matter of passionate debate. The popular rule of thumb is that the more ...

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Dining Guide

by The Staff May 22, 2015

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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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Just Like Homemade

by B.A. Nilsson May 14, 2015

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  Eight at a time. That’s how the sauce jars are filled at Casa Visco. An eerily intelligent electronic eye counts off eight glass jars, typically in 16- or 32-ounce sizes, and regulates the conveyor on ...

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Two For Lunch

by Caroline Barrett May 7, 2015

  My mother is one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen. Her hair is snow white, her eyes are gray and she has cheekbones that sit high and round on smooth, clear skin. When ...

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Splashes of Flavor

by Caroline Barrett May 4, 2015

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  Rain Modern Chinese 259 Lark St., Albany, 729-4827. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thurs, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 11-10 Sun, dim sum 11-4 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V Cuisine: traditional and modern Chinese Entrée price range: $12 (sweet and sour chicken) to $30 ...

Rain Modern Chinese

Warming Trend

by Caroline Barrett February 26, 2015

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  Mexican Radio, 325 State St., Schenectady, 621-3700. Serving Sun-Thu 11:30-11, Fri-Sat 11:30 AM-midnight. Sunday brunch 11:30-3. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Mexican Entrée price range: $14 (huevos rancheros) to $20 (Cajun burrito) Ambiance: festively casual Mexican Radio stood, green ...

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Good To the Bone

by Ari LeVaux February 20, 2015

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  For longer than there have been kitchens, people have found ways to boil bones. From rural villages to urban restaurants to grandma's house, the virtues of bone stock, and its salted cousin broth, are hardly ...

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Thai to Come Back To

by Caroline Barrett February 12, 2015

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  Delmar Thai Sushi, 155 Delaware Ave, Delmar, 915-1907. Serving Mon-Fri 11:30 AM-3 PM and 4.30 PM-10 PM; Sat noon-10 PM; closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Thai and sushi Entrée price range: $12 (fried rice,  curry ...

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Here’s the Beef

by B.A. Nilsson February 5, 2015

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  Two hours into the event, the lights went out. The glare of spotlights in a rear balcony took over. As the band swung into a rousing processional, the first platter of beef entered the hall, ...

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When the Weather Outside Is Frightening

by B.A. Nilsson January 29, 2015

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  I hit the supermarket on Monday. I wasn’t sure that I needed anything more to get me through the predicted apocalypse, but I felt reluctant to miss a chance to surge through the crowded aisles ...

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 ...