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Friday, October 24, 2014

Dinner at The Sitar Indian Restaurant in Colonie, New York

We are dining tonight at
the Sitar Indian Restaurant
in Colonie with a Groupon.

Arriving just after 5:00 pm,
we have the restaurant
to ourselves.

Eric & I shared a

It's a tasty rum drink.

As we make our dinner choices, fellow diners arrive.

I ordered 
Chicken Jalafrazi for dinner.

Boneless Chicken is prepared
with Tomato Sauce, Onions,
 Bell Peppers & Indian Cheese.

Eric ordered Vegetable Thali:
Mixed Vegetable Curry, Aloo
Pillao Papad & Salad.

We enjoyed Naan with
our dinners.

Dinner was wonderful!  Eric and I enjoyed our quiet dinner together.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Visit to Whole Foods Market in Colonie Center in Albany, New York

opened at Colonie Center

It is the only Whole Foods
Market in Upstate New York.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market sells natural and organic foods.  There are over three hundred stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Order your Thanksgiving
Dinner here.

Decorate for fall with
pumpkins & mums.

Choose from local

Fresh Produce

The Seafood

Get fresh cut meats at
the Butcher Counter.

Packaged meats

Whole Foods Market

Select from fresh
cooked foods at the
Kitchen Counter.

The Bakery

Pick up gourmet cheeses
at the Specialty Counter.

The Dairy Aisle

The Juice Aisle

Olive Oils

Stuffing Mix &
Chicken Stock

Condiments, Canned Fish
& Kosher Foods

Canned Tomatoes,
Rice Mixes

 Health & Beauty

Looking down the aisle
at checkouts.
Adding Whole Foods Market to Colonie Center's retail stores, restaurants and movie theater broadens the mall's appeal across the Capital District.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Gunsmoke ShopTrading Post in Rotterdam, New York

Eric and I have been away for nearly a year.  We notice changes when we return.  Stores close, new businesses enter the area.  One of these changes is down the road from Rotterdam Square Mall.  A small strip mall has been built at the site of the former Main Florist.

I'm curious about
Gunsmoke Trading Post.

Is this a convenience store?

If this is a convenience store,
it's a very nice convenience

I was so wrong.  This is a sporting goods store.  A Daily Gazette article describes the store as "judgement free."  Men, women, novices and experts are treated the same.  Everyone is welcome to browse here.  I asked if I could take pictures and was allowed to,

Experts are on staff to provide gun safety training.  

The stuffed animals are

Gunsmoke Trading Post
has a nice selection of
rifles & shot guns.

Keep your weapons secure
in a gun safe.


Compound bows are
for sale here.

Practice your bow skills
before heading out
to hunt.

Gunsmoke Trading Post reminds me of Cabela's shooting and archery departments.  In addition to the store's wide selection of firearms and compound bows there's ample 
sporting gear for the sportsman and sportswoman to purchase.

Dinner at Schenectady County Community College's School of Culinary Arts

Eric and I started going to dinners prepared by students of Schenectady County Community College's School of Culinary for nine years.  We enjoy eating dinner in a setting run by Culinary Arts students. Diners are greeted by a student maitre d', seated by a student server, enjoy dinner prepared by students and each week we have a different student server.  Our three course meals with a corking fee for the wine we bring plus tip is $45.00.

Eric outside the
Casola Dining Room.

This dining room opened in October 2007.

The display case hold the school's
accreditation, listing of guest
chefs, a plaque honoring Professor
Strianese, & numerous awards.

A group gathers, waiting
for the doors to open.

Artwork in the dining room
changes throughout the year.

Eric & I are seated in
a quiet corner.

Eric chose Menage a Trois
Red Wine to accompany
our dinner.

Tonight we are exploring Southeastern American food.  "Florribbean" cuisine is the meld of Native American, French, Spanish and African American foods.  Seafood, legumes, rice and fruit are commonly used ingredients in tonight's dishes.

Marlee is our server tonight.  She is attentive to our needs.

My appetizer choice is
Ceviche Scallops with
Florribbean Vegetable

Eric's selection is Alligator
Beignets: Alligator Meat Fritters
served with spicy Peach Sauce.

My entree is Pecan Crusted
Chicken with Brandy Peach
Sauce served with Hoppin' John
& Okra & Corn Maque Choux.

Eric's entree is Pan-Seared Grouper
with Fruit Salsa served with
Hoppin' John & Okra & 
Corn Maque Choux.

The Dessert Cart: Eclairs,
Lemon Cream Tarts, Raspberry
Cream Horns, Chocolate
Layer Cake & Banana Pudding

Eric & I chose the Chocolate
Layer Cake for dessert.

It pairs wonderfully with
our red wine.

Then, we lingered over

We enjoy exploring new foods and spending our evening with students who are learning 
how a restaurant works.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Impatiently Waiting for Wolff's Biergarten to Open on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady, New York

While driving on Erie Boulevard, I noticed activity at the former KEM Cleaners.  There were trucks in the parking lot and workmen bustling about.

This new business is located on the section of Erie Boulevard that has been reconstructed with pedestrian walkways, turning lanes and designated parking.  The former six lane section of road is now easier for pedestrians and traffic to navigate.

I expect to see more businesses located on this stretch of road.

Garage doors were

Workers are busy inside
the building.

KEM Cleaners will be
reopening as Wolff's

This is an exciting addition to Schenectady's beverage and food choices.  Wolff's features German beers and some American craft beers.  I'm looking forward to German foods.

When we drove past tonight,
we saw the business' lit sign.

I'm excited!