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Orange Mango Opens

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CRFoodies just recieved an email from the owners of Orange Mango:

   Orange Mango is now open and would like to invite you to come in a try our modern Thai Cuisine. We have a happy hour Sunday-Thursday 4-630 with great drink and appetizer specials. We hope to see you soon and thanks from our staff here at Orange Mango!

Orange Mango's menu is similar to Blue Spices, with a few new additions.

Orange Mango is located at the old location of Blue Spice at 1614 Central Ave. in Colonie


Pig Out / Bacon Fest Pictures

1075518 10100801294406542 1912406990 oA few weeks ago, Troy held their annual Troy Pig Out.  This year, they were joined with the Bacon Festival that was held for the first time last year in Hudson.

The joining of the two events scared me a little, I feared it would take away from each individual event.  I was wrong.  Both the BBQ and the Bacon were clearly represented, with something for everyone.

Click 'more' below to view more pictures from the event.

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Troy Pig Out 2013 Winners Announced!

2013 Troy Pig Out Winners Announced:

KCBS State Championship: Overall Ranking for Best BBQ in New York State

  1. Grand Champion: Que and a Half Men
  2. Reserve Grand Champion: Purple Pork Masters
  3. Second Reserve Grand Champion: Smokin' Hoggz BBQ

People's Choice Rib Competition

     1.  Memphis Hustle BBQ

Mayor's Choice Rib Competition

  1. Smokin' Hoggz BBQ





Gatherer's Granola Kickstarter Campaign Has Begun‏

GatherersGatherers Granola is a local granola company whos product can be found-to my knowledge-at every local farmers market.  This healthy snack can also be located at Honest Weight Food Co-op and many other markets and at several local events.

In the recent past, Gatherers Granola staff graciously sent the CRFoodies Team samples of  their 3 granola mixes and each was very good for my liking.   I actually had already purchased and tried one or two of the mixes in the past.  I just make a bowl of Vanilla Yogurt with any one of the mixes and it makes a great snack or dessert.

Gatherers has started a new fund raising campaign:

For the next 28 days people can log onto, and then search for "granola" or "gluten free" and participate in Gatherer's Granola's crowd-sourcing effort to roll out three new gluten free, non-GMO flavors.   There is also a Kickstarter video which features Sandro Gerbini, founder, and the jazz musicians who staff the bakery (and that's a story all by itself).

The Company's website is   check out the "about" page for the story of how it all got started and the "markets" page to find all the places you can shop for Gatherers!     Good Luck to them on this new and exciting undertaking.



Hudson-Berkshire Wine and Food Festival - Review

IMG 20130525 120026The first ever Hudson-Berkshire Wine and Food Festival was held at Columbia County Fairgrounds on May 25th.

There were 17 different wineries, breweries, and distilleries as well as over 20 food vendors present to sample their products from all over New York and Massachusetts

Even with the bad weather, there seemed to be a decent turnout for the first day of this two day event.

The bad weather made event organizers move things around at the last second, so the ticket tables were moved inside (making the entrance a bit hard to find) and parking attendants were few and far between.

You still have a few hours to visit tonight, as well as all day tomorrow.  If you do go, be sure to visit the food vendors outside, they need some love too, and the bad weather keeps people from seeing them as much as the vendors inside.


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