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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Preview Party at Wolff's Biergarten in Schenectady, New York

While revisiting Wolff's Biergarten on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady, I met one of the owners, Matt.  He invited me inside to take pictures and invited Eric and me to the Biergarten's Preview Party.

Eric & I arrived at
7:30 pm.

The parking lot was full.  Street parking along the recently reconfigured Erie Boulevard was pretty full too.  

The Preview Party was
in full swing.

There was plenty of seating
available at the picnic tables.

A spot at the bar opened up
& Eric ordered Chimay
Tripel for us.

Eric and I sat down at one of the picnic tables and watched the celebration.   I saw photographers with long lens cameras taking shots of the crowd.

Some of the pictures are

Congratulations Matt!  You and your partners are bringing an exciting new venue to Schenectady.  Soccer fans, beer fans and German pub food fans will find a warm welcome 
at Wolff's Biergarten.

the Preview Party.

I look forward to reading about Wolff's Biergarten's opening day in the local media.

Welcome Back: Morrette's King Steakhouse Grand Reopening on October 28,2014

During our travels, I keep up with events in Schenectady.  In May, 2014, I read that Morrette's King Steakhouse, a favorite Schenectady restaurant since 1947, was closing.  Current owner, Micha Pasquariello, hoped to sell the restaurant to new owners.  The sale fell through and Morrette's closed.

Thankfully, Frank and Kathleen Martin bought Morrette's and the region patiently waited for this beloved restaurant to reopen.   The Grand Reopening was set for October 28, 2014.

 is covering the Martins'

Eric & Jerry at the reopened
Morrette's King Steakhouse.

A bouquet of flowers with best
 wishes for the Martins.

The interior, including the
photos are the same.

A steak sandwich at Morrette's
in 1947 cost 35 cents.

The wall art in the rear
of the restaurant remains
the same.

We have Morrette's Fry
Sauce & Steak Sauce for
 our fries & sandwiches.

My Queen Sandwich
with American Cheese.

Eric, Jerry and I were very happy to at the Grand Reopening.  We reminisced as we ate our sandwiches and French Fries.  Jerry and waitress, Ellen Norton, were happy to see each other again. They spent a few minutes catching up on their families' news.

I asked the Time Warner Cable News reporter and camera man if they were going to cover Wolff's Biergarten's upcoming opening.  The reporter told me that they are tracking alerts on Wolff's Biergarten and plan to report on their opening.

on the return on Morrette's
King Steakhouse.

It is a warm, welcoming

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Late Lunch at Giffy's Bar-B-Q in Clifton Park, New York

Eric wanted to try
Giffy's Bar-B-Q
for a second time.

He went here for lunch with a friend several years ago.  Since then, we've eaten barbecue in Knoxville, Tennessee, McKinney, Texas and more recently, at The Wagon Train BBQ in Rotterdam. We decided that we prefer dry barbecue.  Eric wants to refresh his memory about Giffy's Bar-B-Q and I want to taste Giffy's signature Pulled Pork.

The bar

I like the casual

It's 2:00 pm and Eric and I chose the buffet.

There are a lot of sides
to choose from.

Eric & I made Pulled
Pork Sandwiches to
eat with our sides.

Giffy's Bar-B-Q makes a wet Pulled Pork.  This is not our favorite style of barbecue.  I'm glad we went to Giffy's because I now know their barbecue style.

Eric and I agree that our favorite barbecue in the Capital District is Wagon Wheel BBQ.

New Inductee in the Customer Service Hall of Fame: All Brand Cleaners & Sewing Center in Schenectady, New York

I love our motorhome's central
 vacuum, except for one thing.

Our hose is not long enough
to easily reach the driver's
compartment of the

I can vacuum in the front of the motorhome if I stretch the hose to its farthest limits. When the hose is fully extended, a high pitched squealing sound occurs.

I want to easily vacuum the driving all of our motorhome without high pitched sounds.  A longer expandable hose would make vacuuming easier and quieter. I searched the internet and found out that expandable hoses are expensive, over $100.00.  That's more than I want to spend to easily vacuum every inch of the motorhome.  I don't want to find storage space for a hand vac or a small vacuum cleaner, and  I don't want to deal with emptying dirt from another vacuum cleaner.  Changing one vacuum bag is enough work for me.

Eric is taking my vacuum dilemma
 Center on Chrisler Avenue

He likes the vacuum 
canister planters...

Joe Attendorn created a fix for my vacuum situation.  I don't need a new expandable hose.
A female/female adapter and an extra piece of hose will provide the extra length I need to easily clean beneath the entire length of the motorhome.

The new, white hose is connected
to the original hose.

My only concern is getting
my feet tangled in\the
longer hose.

The longer hose easily stretches
the length of our forty
foot motorhome.

I have no problem cleaning
in the driver's compartment.

I'm happy with this fix.  It cost just $27.00, much less than buying a new expandable hose for more than $100.00.

With careful packing, the longer
hose is stored in the original
vacuum cleaner attachment box.

And fits on the shelf
above the vacuum.

Thank you, Joe and All Brand Cleaners and Sewing Center for making vacuuming in my motorhome easier and quieter. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Update on Wolff's Biergarten on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady

I take a picture each time I drive past Wolff's Biergarten on Erie Boulevard.  When will the Biergarten open?

Men are working on the roof today.

Eric and I stopped at Wolff's Biergarten on our way home from Aunt Betty's.  Men were bringing cases of soda into the building.  I asked them when Wolff's would open.  One of the men I spoke with is co-owner, Matt.  He brought me inside for a sneak peak....

My first glimpse of
Wolff's Biergarten.

The bar has over twenty
beers on tap.

Have your picture taken
with lederhosen & steins.

The snack cart 

Enjoy a dart game.

Matt told me that he expects to open this week.  He and the staff are busy with many final details before welcoming the public.  Thanks, Matt, for letting me get a sneak peak.