Wonderful Weekend

 

Do weekends get any better than stuffing your face with food in the company of friends? Not in my mind. I have to thank Daniel B. for his various food tours, where I got to meet a rather cool couple. They invited us over for a day filled with smoked meats and homebrew. Yum.

This duck was smoked to perfection. The laquer glaze, the tender, smoky meat. I can’t wait to have a proper smoker setup. So good.

This beef chuck roast sat underneath the duck, bathing in its fat drippins. Needless to say, it was fucking amazing. Tender, smoky beef. No leftovers.

Smoked lamb sausages and smoked Italian sausages. I’m pretty sure you can smoke anything and it comes out tasting a-freaking-mazing.

Platter o’happiness! Some beans on the left, & some chard with meat on the right. Oh, so good. So. So good. I think I’m going back into my food coma just looking at these pics again.

The homebrew was tasty, too! I learned a bunch of tips & tricks for my own upcoming adventure in home brewing.

The next day Albany John & I went out to Grafton Lakes State Park with some friends and one of my favorite furry friends. Goodness, this is one perfect dog.

Sad, it was a bit chilly up until 1 PM at Grafton. Darn, summer is starting to come to a close. Sadface.

Red quinoa with ground bison & scallions.

Yellow quinoa with eggplant, GARBANZOS (my love), and summer squash. Nom.

I tried making my awesome brownies the night before, but found out the texture is really weird when you sub ground flax seed for eggs because it’s 11 PM and you just realized you ran out of eggs. Dang. Thankfully my girlie saved the day with these granola-y peanut butter cookies. I ate a whole tub myself.

Then we ran into another friend, hiked around the lake and lounged in the sun, and ate fried chicken and pie that my other friend brought. TWO LUNCHES, YEAH! Weekends like this make me love life and everyone/food/thing in it.

Bacon Fest

This Sunday, September 2nd, marks one of the most glorious days of the year: Bacon Fest in Hudson, NY.

That’s right – a festival devoted to the porcine goodness that is bacon.

Tickets are $10 day of, $8 if you buy them online now. 9:30 AM – 6 PM, so essentially, a day filled with happiness. Steve Barnes, B.A. Nilsson, and our own Daniel B. will be judging the Bacon Cook-Off for the best bacon dish in NY.

Dante’s Frozen Yogurt

I dig the cat mascot that Dante’s has in their window – it’s a nice location in Troy that’s open after dinner hours (or second-dinner hours, for those of us who are so inclined). The Fro Yo’s $0.49/oz, and the flavors are plentiful. Daniel & I met up for a somewhat healthy post-dinner snack. Well, healthier than wings & beer at the Ruck, which tends to be our usual Troy hangout spot.

Overall, I like it – you can get in and out for under a $5 spot, and they take credit cards. It’s nice that Troy is getting non-bar alternatives for people to hang out in after 6 PM. And holy moly, their peanut butter frozen yogurt tastes more like peanut butter ice cream. Love.

Daniel B relives his yogurt modeling days.

Daniel’s healthy fro-yo

I have no topping control