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The Towne Tavern, Averill Park, NY
2850 NY-43, Averill Park, NY 12018
It's hard to be critical of a tavern when you go with a group of people and have a great time, but I went with a bunch of foodies, so just about all we talked about was the food! We ordered quintessential tavern food: wings, pizza, mozzarella sticks and there were some jalapeno poppers that caught our eye. And someone noticed the potato pancakes. The wings there are smoked, and we tried the mustard bbq, garlic parmesan, Buffalo parmesan, hot and medium - all good for different reasons, but some a little on the tough or dry side because we ordered extra crispy. The mozz sticks we felt were a little too breaded and their raspberry sauce was a little but more like jam or syrup than we appreciate. The pizza was not like any we have encountered - a lot of oil in the crust, more like a paratha or a heavy flatbread. We decided this couldn't be their specialty and turned toward the wings. I scarfed so many of the potato pancakes that I began to feel ashamed - those things are irresistible! I even tried dunking one or two in the blue cheese sauce and they were nom nom nom. I want to try the jalapeno poppers by themselves when I next visit the place. They are served with the raspberry sauce and they have cheese and sausage inside. Sounds off-putting, but I kept going back for another one so try to figure out what it was that was nice. Oh - and we had a three pitchers of beer, all quite nice. Their list has some intriguing offerings. I'll go back the next time I'm jonesing for smoked wings and I must go back to figure out those poppers.
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Black Manhattan If I were Queen of Everything I would order all the folks in the Lark Street neighborhood to go to McGuire's now that they are done with their 2014/15 renovations. Steve Barnes has kept close to McGuire's in...
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These are the works that have been taking up my knitting time over the past couple weeks since I finished up all the 2015 Holidays knitting Cotton, viscose and tencel tapes for a summer scarf Silk cord in a small ...
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Capelet, wool, acrylic, size 13 cable needle, seed stitch It all started with a tufted pink yarn from Rowan that just screamed "SIXTIES".  I added a couple handspun chunky yarns and filled in with chunky contributions from...
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In the Studio - Blue Cotton and Green Silk




Shawl, cotton, silk and a strand of lurex, woven (linen) stitch, size 7 nickle cable needle, 40 in.

At the time of this photo there are 12 rows to be done in order to complete the shawl and make it 70 or so inches long. The green silk and blue cotton are lovely together and make a firm fabric on the size 7 needle, which is on the small size.  I enjoy the tightness and weight of the fabric, which is great for summer.
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Capelet, mixed fibers, stockinette stitch, size 10 wood cable needle, 32" I went into my black yarns stash and pulled out a couple fuzzy yarns, a boucle, a springy merino and a few others to make this wonderful summer cape...
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Tops Diner 351 Duanesburg Rd, Schenectady, NY 12306 7pm A meetup so that we can get to know one another and talk over different possibilities, like: local markets pop up markets - possible places etsy vendors in shops If you ...
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Shawl, cotton, silk and a strand of lurex, woven (linen) stitch, size 7 nickle cable needle, 40 in. Entry for the work in progress version: http://thatknittingblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/in-studio-blue-cotton-and-green-silk...
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Triangle scarf, nylon, size 11 cable needle garter stitch The cheery colors of this scarf always make me happy. In my Etsy shop  Little Hands Studio
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In the Studio - Blue Cotton and Green Silk




Shawl, cotton, silk and a strand of lurex, woven (linen) stitch, size 7 nickle cable needle, 40 in.

At the time of this photo there are 12 rows to be done in order to complete the shawl and make it 70 or so inches long. The green silk and blue cotton are lovely together and make a firm fabric on the size 7 needle, which is on the small size.  I enjoy the tightness and weight of the fabric, which is great for summer.
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Capelet, mixed fibers, stockinette stitch, size 9 bamboo cable needle, 32 in and 16 in. I felt a sudden urge last week to get back to one of my favorite combinations and so I scrounged around for mohair yarns and railroad ...
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It's hard to be critical of a tavern when you go with a group of people and have a great time, but I went with a bunch of foodies, so just about all we talked about was the food! We ordered quintessential tavern food: wings, pizza, mozzarella sticks and there were some jalapeno poppers that caught our eye. And someone noticed the potato pancakes. The wings there are smoked, and we tried the mustard bbq, garlic parmesan, Buffalo parmesan, hot and medium - all good for different reasons, but some a little on the tough or dry side because we ordered extra crispy. The mozz sticks we felt were a little too breaded and their raspberry sauce was a little but more like jam or syrup than we appreciate. The pizza was not like any we have encountered - a lot of oil in the crust, more like a paratha or a heavy flatbread. We decided this couldn't be their specialty and turned toward the wings. I scarfed so many of the potato pancakes that I began to feel ashamed - those things are irresistible! I even tried dunking one or two in the blue cheese sauce and they were nom nom nom. I want to try the jalapeno poppers by themselves when I next visit the place. They are served with the raspberry sauce and they have cheese and sausage inside. Sounds off-putting, but I kept going back for another one so try to figure out what it was that was nice. Oh - and we had a three pitchers of beer, all quite nice. Their list has some intriguing offerings. I'll go back the next time I'm jonesing for smoked wings and I must go back to figure out those poppers.
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I haven't tasted much of the menu, but I dropped in at about 5pm and had the room pretty much to myself. And it's a handsome room with a very high ceiling that makes it airy. The huge windows on three walls fill the room with natural light. I was served promptly and attentively through my whole meal. I had a rough day so my first order was for a martini and it was excellently made exactly to my specifications - and I'm picky. The bar is magnificent. Once I was settled in I approached the VERY large menu while noshing on a complimentary pretzel roll dipped in Dijon mustard. Although the menu is on one large sheet it has many types of dishes on offer and is equivalent to about five pages, from appetizers and small plates to full dinners. I have read about Hudson Valley Foie Gras, and ordered the small plate. Wow. The dish included several little condiments which made each bite of the foie gras taste differently and it was lovely. I also had a small greens salad which was fresh and the perfect balance for the other dish. I will definitely be returning to taste my way through this menu.
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Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago
It's a diner, but not one of those with a 10 page menu. On a Saturday morning their menu it more like 3 pages of breakfast standards. I went for the biscuits with sausage gravy, two eggs over easy and a coffee. The biscuits arrived swimming in a bowl of gravy and I quickly slid the eggs onto the top and chowed down. The gravy had ample sausage, which makes the difference between good and bad for me. Since I learned to eat biscuits and gravy in the south it didn't quite have enough black pepper but that was easily remedied. The air conditioning could have been a little less than full-blast, but otherwise Gateway delivered a good hearty diner breakfast for about $11.00.
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Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
I will definitely be back to the Dutch Pot in order to taste my way through the menu. I began with the oxtail with rice and beans with a side of plantains. YUM. The oxtail was delightfully rich and tender and the rice and beans were a perfect complement! There are both small and large sizes to fit different appetites, which I really appreciate. And the plantains were lovely. The staff was very gracious about talking levels of heat within the various dishes. I also had a very delicious spicy patty and I can see scooping up a couple on any given day for a light meal. There are ten seats and I started early, but by the time I left there were only two empty seats, so others have discovered this neighborhood gem too. Chicken oxtail shrimp and goat are included in a wide variety of dinner and lunch combinations.
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
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When you don't have a sign up front that helps people understand whether you want them to wait to be seated, don't give them hostile looks and treat them like morons - they just don't know what to do. I'm looking at you, Slidin' Dirty. Once the awkwardness is over, if can get over it, the food is an appropriate reward. The service can be uneven. It's not haute cuisine, it's food truck/bar food. I've tasted the famous avacado fries and they are everything everyone says they are - yum! SD reaches for the unusual in salads and dressings. The only thing I have to complain about is that you can't bite the sliders without slathering sauce all over yourself - not exactly what I want to do with friends or acquaintances. They are serious about using local provisions when they can and they produce great tasting dishes if you can make the allowances for them being impossible to eat politely or even gracefully. Go try them yourself!
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Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
This store offers a combination of foods and appears to be two different businesses - fresh fish and seafood are available and can be steamed in the store for takeout. There's a menu of prepared food as well, mostly fried combinations with french fries or hushpuppies. I had a scallops and hushpuppies combination - no batter on the scallops, they were just put in the fryer, which I've never seen before, and it resulted in slightly chewey texture. The hushpuppies were wonderful, just how I like them. There was a really good variety of sauces on the counter so each person can customize the dish. The peach cobbler was sold out of a different case and was cashed out separately, which was just weird. The service was polite and efficient.
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
I went in early evening on a rainy spring day and will probably go back to try the outside seating, which is getting quite extensive both in front and back. I had a William Perry pear cider which was very good and a salad with walnuts and dried pears and beef Wellington bites. Everything was good, and not typical Albany fare. The service was polite and efficient. I'll go back to try to colcannan bites because I'm a sucker for colcannan, and I like the old dark wood interior. It looks like a great place to catch a bite before going to the Palace Theater.
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reviewed a month ago