Schenectady Restaurant Week ’17

Despite Schenectady’s not so great reputation, I know from experience that not only is Schenectady full of great restaurants, it’s full of great coffee, entertainment, and businesses as well. Following successful events like the Chili Chowdown and the 2nd Annual Schenectady Soup Stroll, Schenectady Restaurant Week offered a special 3 course menu with many participating restaurants…

Homemade Adventures: Bringing The Garbage Plate To Albany

If you’ve ever been to Rochester, or even within 100 miles of the central New York city, you’ve without a doubt heard of the famous Garbage Plate. Although initially hesitant to trying the mish-mash of greasy cheeseburgers, spicy meat sauce, macaroni salad, and french fries, today I find myself craving a plate quite often. The…

Chowin’ Down at ChowderFest ’17

ChowderFest is an annual event held in Saratoga Springs, New York. This years event included over 80 participating restaurants and over 100,000 cups of chowder served. ChowderFest is exactly what you might imagine, a bunch of restaurants coming together to serve, you guessed it, chowder! Heading up the Northway to Saratoga I was expecting a…

Enjoy Troy: A Visit To Collar City

Growing up I had this idea about Troy, New York. The idea was that it was a place I didn’t want to visit. Today, I have a different idea. Troy, the Collar City, is a place that I want to visit, with shops and restaurants I need to try. The list of places I want to visit is growing at…

A Smoothie Bowl Addiction

When it comes to health food trends I’ve always been a step behind, so naturally I am just catching on to the acai smoothie bowl. After seeing them all over Instagram and watching my favorite YouTuber’s vlog about them I decided it was time to try my own. It’s only taken a couple at home…

Eating With Erin: Attempting Thai

In an effort to not only be more health conscious, but to also save a few bucks, I’ve tried to keep ordering food or eating out to a minimum. Cravings can sometimes get the best of me so when my craving for pad thai came around I decided to try and satisfy it from my…

Eating With Erin: A Baking Adventure

Lately I’ve developed a bit of a sweet tooth. I’ve never really been the dessert girl- pastries and cakes have never been my number one choice- until very lately. I  tend to prefer the more savory indulgences, but maybe that little bit about our tastebuds changing every seven years really is true? Either way, this…

Getting Locally Caffeinated

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time (and money) at Starbucks. I spend most of my day scavenging LinkedIn for jobs and editing cover letter after cover letter, so I like to get out of my house and embrace the application process over a caffeinated beverage. After reading a recent Times Union Article about some new…

The Maine Course

Until last summer, I hadn’t been to Maine in years. After a not so great experience as a kid, I was in no rush to visit. But my mom and sister had gone on vacation there a few years in a row and I was ready to see what I’d been missing out on.

Iceland Is Cool

When my friend told me she was going to Iceland for her winter break this past December I thought she was crazy. How random a place to visit for your vacation. Fast forward six months and I was planning my own adventure to the same island. It seems that in a blink of an eye…

A Dam Good Time

Amsterdam, New York, is a city not far from Albany where I live. Originally settled by the Dutch, the Albany area has many cities and towns named after those that exist in the Netherlands. Growing up, the Amsterdam I knew was nothing much to talk about. But this summer I had the pleasure of visiting…

Bienvenidos A Barcelona

Spanish was my language elective from middle school through my freshman year of college, yet when I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain in the summer of 2014, the most Spanish I spoke was to order my daily coffee. “Cafe con leche para llevar por favor.”