Empire State Plaza | Albany, NY

Empire State Plaza | Fuj On Tap

I’ve been waiting for the perfect amount of cloud coverage on blue skies to take this photo for a while now. This is obviously not without its flaws, but likely the best I’ll do without a tripod. Check out the 360 degree interactive Photo Sphere view here, if you’re on a desktop or have the Google+ app installed on your mobile device.

A Visit to Royalton Farms with Sentinel Butchery | South Royalton, VT

Royalton Farms

With the recent announcement of the Troy Planning Board giving the go ahead, I figure today is a good day to share these pics with you guys. If you haven’t yet heard, there’s a new butcher shop opening up on River St. in Troy called Sentinel Butchery. Emily Petersen’s plan is to bring whole animal butchery to the Capital Region, sourcing meat from local farms and slaughterhouses whenever possible. She’ll be offering cuts of pork, beef, and chicken, along with sandwiches, charcuterie, and other retail items. I lucked out and was able to tag along on one of her farm visits last week, and it just happened to be one that specializes in Wagyu cattle, Mangalitsa and Berkshire hogs, and lamb, along with a USDA slaughterhouse.

A brief warning about today’s post. This will be a little different than what I usually write about here. This post is going to be extremely photo and text heavy (and y’all know I’m a terrible writer) and the photos on the kill floor are going to be graphic. I don’t think I have too many vegetarian or vegan followers, but if there are any of you out there this post may not be for you.

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Roast Pork Sandwich at DiNic’s & A Walk Through Reading Terminal Market | Philadelphia, PA

DiNic's Roast Pork

While heading to Savor in DC this weekend, I found myself looking for a quick place for lunch on the way down. Hitting Philly around 4 hours into the trip, it’s usually an easy stop, with grabbing a cheesesteak from Tony Luke’s being my go to move and getting right back on the road. But I asked friends on The Facebook where they recommended and I was met with an almost universal response: the Roast Pork from DiNic’s (followed by beer at Tired Hands).

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Raw Bar at The City Beer Hall | Albany, NY

Dimitrios Menagias at The City Beer Hall

Quick post today. Catch Chef Dimitrios shucking some clams and oysters Friday nights this summer at the new raw bar on the patio of The City Beer Hall. The menu will be rotating to keep things fresh, with two different types of oysters, scrimp cocktail, clams and a little something else at the chef’s whim, from crudo to soft shell crabs to whatever else he can get his hands on. I stopped by with some friends last Friday for a quick bite:

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Italian Dinner at Peck’s Arcade | Troy, NY

Italian Dinner at Peck's Arcade

Last night marked the first dinner that Vic, Heather and their team at Peck’s have hosted since the opening of the restaurant back in January. Now that things are settling in at Peck’s it affords them the opportunity to follow up with what used to be their regular Sunday Supper events that have since been on hiatus. (While I never had the opportunity to check one of those out, I was able to make it to their dinner with Grimm Artisanal Ales.) This was an amazing dinner with some really interesting wines I’ve never experienced before. In an effort to share these photos with you before I head out of town this week, I’ll be keeping the commentary to a minimum.

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Dark Horse Beefsteak Dinner at McGreivey’s 2015 | Waterford, NY

Filet Mignon

Last week marked the second annual Dark Horse Beefsteak Dinner at McGreivey’s. This laid back beer dinner hasn’t changed much from last year’s event, which is a good thing. The seat price is an absolute steal considering the amount of food, including all you can eat filet, and beer is served at the event. I didn’t have as much freedom to move around to take as many pictures like I did last year so make sure you check out that post with a little more in depth commentary as well.

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Hudson Whiskey & Rye Beer at Henry Street Taproom | Saratoga Springs, NY

Tuesday may have kicked off Saratoga Beer Week but at that night’s Hudson Whiskey & Rye Beer event, the whiskey stole the show. Ryan and Sonja McFadden of Henry Street hosted us while Ralph Erenzo from Tuthilltown Spirits led us through a series of Hudson Whiskey spirits and Jared Kingsley from Remarkable Liquids shared a handful of beers from their portfolio all of which tied rye into the recipe.

Hudson Whiskey is an interesting brand. It started life on farm land in Gardiner, NY owned by Ralph Erenzo, and he has no qualms about telling stories of trials and tribulations of getting production off the ground. Difficulties were met while dealing with uncooperative neighbors who were against the idea of having a distillery nearby, and production issues arose when the honey-melting tank they used to mash their grain lacked a drain, attributing to their unique process of leaving the grains in during fermentation. This gives the final product its signature grainy flavor, a process they still use today.

While still produced by Tuthilltown, the Hudson Whiskey brand is now owned Scotch whisky giant William Grant & Sons, who also own recognizable brands such as Glenfiddich, Balvenie, and The Mcallan. The 375ml wax dipped bottles generate some controversy in the whiskey world as the pricepoint fetches near $80 for its 750ml equivelant, but I assure you, it’s worth the price of admission for a special occassion. Let’s take a look at the whiskies and beer we tried that night.

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