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Mazzone Food Tour

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Just got home from the Mazzone Food Tour.  We visited all 6 Mazzone restaurants and had a small dish at each (and a dessert at the last stop).  Our favorites were the edamame dumplings at Tala and the delmonico steak at Prime Bar and Grill.

The tour was put on by Mazzone Hospitality and the Giddyup Bus.  They are already planning a second tour.

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Market Bistro (by Price Chopper)

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Josie and I were lucky enough to get a private tour of the new Market Bistro by Price Chopper.  Market Bistro isn't your standard grocery store, it is a nexus between a grocery store and restaurant.  Besides being a significantly better than average grocery store, there is also a complete selection of prepared foods offered.  Everything from salads and subs, to sushi, to BBQ smoked on site.  There is even a full service restaurant and a cooking school within the Market Bistro

The supermarket itself is larger than a normal store, and has an entire aisle dedicated to organic and gluten free food, an aisle for cultural food, and usually two or three shelves in every aisle dedicated to local products.  So instead of just finding Coke and Pepsi, you can also get a wide selection of Jones sodas, or get locally produced peanut butter instead of just Peter Pan.

It is an impressive store with an exciting new concept; merging the idea of a restaurant with a grocery store.  We tried a variety of different foods from 'Bistro Blvd' and it was all quite impressive.  It is hard to pick a favorite from the food we tried, but the smoked ribs and the lobster roll were among our favorites.

Market Bistro is located in Latham at 873 New Loudon Road.  Whats not to love about a grocery store that has a larger selection than normal and a complete restaurant environment as well?  I'm most excited to see what they do with the cooking school.  It will be nice to take a class and be able to buy everything you need to make a recipe at home at the same place.

There are a ton of pictures below, so be sure to click 'read more' to see them all.

 

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A 6 foot section of fresh pastas from a local manufacturer Large selection of cheeses Olive bar, with 32 different types of olives
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BBQ - in addition to normal rotisserie, Market Bistro has a smoker in the store using hickory from Tennessee Market Bistro has an entire aisle dedicated to organic and gluten free foods Chef's Prepared Meals - Pick any entree and two sides for $6.  Intended to be brought home and heated up, but they will also heat it up for you if you want to eat there

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100 Reviews!

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CRFoodies has just published our 100th Restaurant review!

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3 Free Brueggers Bagels Tomorrow with Coupon

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1.  Log into Facebook     2. Search for Brueggers  3. Click on Cover Photo   

4. Click Link for Coupon in Description      5.  Save and Print

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2014 Wing Wars Review

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Today was the 10th annual Wing Wars in Troy.  All three foodies went to this event, and as usual, we all had our own top favorites.  There was a good crowd attending again this year and 15 participating restaurants.

Wing Wars is a fun event that lets you try all sorts of wacky wing variations (some of the stranger ones this year were a pepperoni pizza wing and a raspberry wing with Thai peanut sauce -PB&J - wing).  As with all events like this, there are some long lines and the very important cash bar.

Our own Foodie Josie was selected to be an official judge of the blind taste test.

At $20 / per person, it is a bargain for all the samples you get, and you get to help support a local school.

Our Votes:

Brian:  Forty One Sports Bar & Grill  (Habenero wing)

Josie:  Recovery Room (Blue Cheese Buffalo wing)

Kent: Black Bear (Bourbon wing)

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UPDATE: Winners Announced:

Blind taste test (judges randomly selected from among attendees):

  • Winner: Terry’s Kitchen Deli and Catering, Troy
  • First runner-up: The Black Bear Inn, Watervliet
  • Second runners-up (tie): The Recovery Sports Grill, Troy, and Villa Valenti Pub, Troy

People’s choice:

  • Winner: The Town Tavern, Averill Park
  • First runner-up: Villa Valenti Pub, Troy
  • Second runner-up: The Sports Grill, Rensselaer
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