Sunday, March 24, 2013

Visiting Hudson: Part 2 - Strolling Around Town

After our delightful brunch date last Saturday, I decided to stay in Hudson for a few more hours and not rush back to Albany right away. Cait and I began our travels up and down Warren Street...Our first stop was Dogs of Hudson so I could pick up some treats for my little boy! Before I could actually take a look around the adorable doggy shop this beauty caught my eye...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Visiting Hudson: Part 1 - Swoon Kitchenbar

This past Saturday I took a nice drive down towards Hudson to meet up with my twin. Going a couple of weeks without seeing her is like living without my left hand...impossible! So we set a time, picked a place, and our twin time began! Caitlyn is everything BUT a morning person and even though we met at 11am she still demanded a caffeine fix before we even started to catch up! And so we went to The Cascades...Cait ordered herself a cappuccino and I opted for a latte.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Experiencing the Roaring 20's

Last Saturday I spent my evening traveling back in time to experience the 1920's the right a speakeasy!
The Ten Broeck Mansion hosted a 'Puttin' on the Ritz Benefit' to support both the Albany Historical Association and the Ten Broeck.

Photo property of The Ten Broeck Mansion by id29

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Wild Game and Beer Dinner

Earlier in the week I went to the C.H. Evans Albany Pump Station's 
Wild Game and Beer Dinner.
Luckily for me it was the day before my birthday,
so I decided to plan the festivities around this lovely dinner
by inviting my darling twin and her boyfriend up to join Matt and I.

The beer dinner provided generous amounts of food and was served family style. 
 The feast included:
-A welcome reception full of snacks
(set up to keep everyone occupied until the other guests arrived)
-Three 'main' courses
- A dessert course
-And five of the Pump Station's most popular beers
 (obviously to keep us fully hydrated throughout the evening, duh!)
The dinner was reasonably priced at $70 per person
(with tax and gratuity included). 

The welcome reception started as each person  was handed a Vienna Lager by the assistant brewer, Sam.  Out of all the snacks, I went  straight for the smoked wild boar baby back ribs.  I've never had wild boar ribs before and they very interesting... in a good way, of course! The meat was tender with a unique flavor  that complemented the sauce perfectly. There were two platters overflowing with fruits, cheese, duck galantine with pistachios and truffles, a game pâté, and a variety of crackers to pair with it all.  I enjoyed both very much; duck galantine and game pâté aren't something you snack on on a regular basis, so I made sure I had my fair share before we sat down for dinner.  There was also some out-of-this-world game sausage with a side of  coarse grain spicy mustard.  It was SO good!  Everyone mingled, chatted, and nibbled on the goodies until it was time to sit at your table and prepare for the dinner ahead! Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to snap any photos of the food at the welcome reception because  my hands were too full with so many goodies...  Hopefully next time they'll have some extra tables out!

While we waited for the first course to arrive at our table Cait and I decided to snap some photos. 

Caitlyn and I