Coffee: By Whatever Beans Necessary

According to my 23andMe results, my genetic makeup has made me pre-disposed to be likely to consume more coffee than the average 23andMe customer. Does this really mean anything? No. But it has given me an excuse to rationalize my coffee consumption. Lorelai Gilmore once said, "I need coffee in an IV".  Like Lorelai, over... Continue Reading →

Making It Through March

Today is the 31st, and as springtime starts to fill the air, I finally have a moment to reflect on the craziness that has been the month of March. A lot happened this month. I found myself in a different city for 3 consecutive weekends, never really catching my breath as a I rushed into... Continue Reading →

Tastes of Tala Bistro

My dad and I are very different, but one thing we've always had in common was our love of food. Now that I am older, and more adventurous, our shared love of food has been a great way to spend some quality time together. It also means dining out at restaurants I can't afford. Thanks... Continue Reading →

The SOUPerbowl

There were a lot of bowls this weekend; Puppy Bowls, Super Bowls, and in Saratoga Springs, New York, many bowls of chowder. On the eve of Super Bowl LII, Saratoga hosted the 20th annual Chowderfest, and despite freezing temperatures, thousands filled the streets for one of the biggest Saratoga parties short of New Years Eve.... Continue Reading →

Uncovering The Hidden Coffee Gems

It's no secret that I love coffee. It's a love story that I began to tell here, but like most love stories, there are many layers. My caffeine addiction spans far and wide across many varieties and blends. I don't discriminate from Starbucks to Dunkin' to a $1 McCafe. However, like my eating adventures, I've started... Continue Reading →

A Food Filled Year In Review

In the last year I've done quite a bit. I went to Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Canada. I explored Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga, the Adirondacks, and Western New York. With every adventure I tried something new and as the year comes to an end I decided to take a look at the tastiest, and... Continue Reading →

So Upstate It Hurts

In the last few years I have slowly but surely graduated from the Blue Lights and Genesee Cream Ales of my youth and continued to grow into a beer aficionado. I am still picky, and I definitely don't know what I am talking about when it comes to saisons and stouts, but I do know... Continue Reading →

A Quick & Easy Recap of Blogmas So Far

We're more than halfway to Christmas and blogmas is in full swing. Have you been keeping up? Here's a quick recap of all the posts so far. Day 1: Current Coffee Roasters bringing real coffee for real causes to the Capital Region. Day 2: New Albany restaurant The Cuckoo's Nest serves up the best southern comfort downtown.... Continue Reading →

Here For The Chips and Salsa

For the first half of my life tomatoes freaked me out. They still do a little bit, but thankfully over time I've been able to overcome my aversion, and fully enjoy the wonder of the world that is Mexican food. Pass the chips and salsa and lets take a look at some of the best... Continue Reading →

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