Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Best Places to "Fuel Up" on Good Grub

Road trips can take A LOT of planning for; trying to think of any solution to various obstacles you may come across on your journey… For me, that obstacle is always my stomach. That’s why I figured it may be nice to know of a few places to Fuel Up in Albany!

Here are some of the best places to stop along or at the end of your journey (or really at ANY time) to grab a bite to eat:

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Located right off of Interstate 787, the Albany Pump Station guarantees you good food, a reasonable price, and a quick turnover.
My menu suggestion: Shrimp & Lobster Mac & Cheese

If Mexican food is what you crave, then stop at Bomber’s! You are guaranteed to leave satisfied from this Lark Street icon. Although you will have to find street parking, I assure you, it’s worth it!
My menu suggestion: Smoked BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

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Reel SeafoodCo.
For lunch or for dinner, this restaurant is located right off of the Northway on Wolf Road. Stop in, grab a bite, and enjoy the huge aquarium in the center of the venue!
My menu suggestion: Crab Cake BLT

Who cares if it’s a chain? It’s family style, the staff who work at this Buca are incredible, the food is fresh, and who doesn’t love Italian?! Located just off of the Northway on Wolf Road, stop in and the Buca team take care of you.
My menu suggestion: Spicy Chicken Rigatoni

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Peaches Café
One of Stuyvesant Plaza’s “Hidden Gems,” Peaches is a definite shoe-in for any meal as they serve breakfast all day. With good food in a casual café style atmosphere, it’s perfect for any road-trip pit-stop!
My menu suggestion: Breakfast Burger

This is definitely the place to go if you’re looking to be out of the car for a while, but even if you’re not, I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. The Standard has everything you could want for and more plus it’s part of Crossgates Mall so you can stretch your legs and walk off your meal before you get back in the car!
My menu suggestion: Crackling Calamari Salad

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Here Comes Sangria Fest!

For many people, Sangria IS summer. I know that's quite the metaphor, but from what I've heard, its true. Fruity, tangy, delicious, and refreshing! 

Nothing quite says, "It's summer and I'm loving it," like the perfect glass of homemade sangria and once again this year, the Hudson-Chatham Winery will be serving up summer. 

On August 8 from 11 am-6 pm, enjoy the last bit of summer at the winery for the 8th Annual Sangria Festival! Enjoy the fresh-made sangria, live music, food vendors and so much more while sitting atop the hill at 1900 State Rte 66 in Ghent, NY

Remember: no admission fee, plenty of parking, no outside food or beverages, and bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket! Oh, and really enjoy yourself (responsibly, or course!). 

Click here to check out the Hudson-Chatham Winery's website for more information. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Paint and Sip at the Winery

Who doesn't love relaxing with friends, doing something fun and creative, and a good glass of wine?

This is the scene you'll be painting! 
I'm not sure. But I do know that Hudson-Chatham Winery is hosting a Paint-and-Sip evening on Friday, July 17th from 5:30-8pm.

Head over to the winery to create a beautiful vineyard scene with Christine Flood of Spirited Creations. For just $40 you will get all the supplies you need, a glass of wine, and some light nosh. But if you want in, you better call and make your reservation by July 14th.

Call or email today to book your spot!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Local food and great baseball

It was announced earlier this week that the Tri-City ValleyCats are partnering with Taste NY!

Excellent news for all of the families and adults attending a game at "The Joe" who were hoping for more than your typical ball-park food.

The new Taste NY kiosk, which will be located on the first base concourse, will offer foods like corned beef & pastrami, fresh fruit, apple nachos, salads and wraps, fruit & yogurt parfaits using Chobani yogurt (Norwich) and Gatherer's Granola (Schenectady), Nine Pin Cider and Heron Hill Wines (Finger Lakes), all using New York State products and ingredients.

In addition to the new kiosk, Taste NY signage will bring attention to all New York products being served throughout the entire stadium, including newly added New York beverages served in the suites and a Taste NY section in the Cat's Cupboard retail store.

Click here for more info! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Spirit of Albany: Passion Fruit Caipiroska

A hint of sweet, a strong citrus flavor, and a tropical taste are offered in this delicious signature cocktail. The Doublecross Passion Fruit Caipiroska at Texas de Brazil was elected to be their 2015 Spirit of Albany Cocktail. Although this drink sits on the menu, it is the perfect selection to be with this year's collection of Spirit of Albany drinks. "Why?" you ask? well...
Although the passion fruit is native to South America, the name could have been penned for New York's Capital. Albany has always been proud and passionate about its heritage and history. This cocktail's golden hues and sweet tones also remind us of the Annual Tulip Festival, another celebration of the passion and history of the city.   
The tempting flavors and beautiful colors of this cocktail are unique and powerful just like the restaurant that offers it. Texas de Brazil is one of Crossgates Mall's newest restaurant additions and if you haven't been yet, you ought to try it! But you may want to go on a day that you are particularly hungry for the "all you can eat" style meat offerings and 42 topping salad bar leave you wanting for nothing more.

Find out how to make the Passion Fruit Caipiroska yourself by watching this video: 

Editor's note: We asked some of Albany’s best mixologists to create original cocktail recipes that embody the spirit of Albany, and we compiled those recipes into our 2015 Spirit of Albany Recipe Guide. (The ACCVB does not, in any way, condone drinking and driving so please designate a driver as we did for this series.)