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Sampling Syracuse Food Tours

Sampling Syracuse Food Tours: Eat. Walk. Repeat. When was the last time you tried something new and exciting? Was it last week?  Last month? Last year? When is the last time you sought to learn something new about your city? If you’re like me, it might have been some time since you sought out this new information. This is where Kate Gillen comes in. Kate owns and operates a business called, Sampling Syracuse Food Tours.  What is it, exactly?  On … Read More

How to make Hasenpfeffer

“Cook! Where’s my hasenpfeffer!?!?” We all know the line from the the old Bugs Bunny cartoon where the overbearing king tasks his lowly chef (a humbled Yosemite Sam) to make a dish he’s never even heard of much less prepared before. In this month’s culinary adventure, the part of the beleaguered cook will be yours truly. Why hasenpfeffer you ask? Well, because the Master of Ceremonies, the Captain, the Man with the Plan, our beloved Editor in Chief fancies that … Read More

The Market Diner

I love routine. Knowing that every Monday morning I will be meeting a friend for breakfast at The Marker Diner is comforting. For me, it’s about the routine.  We meet at 8:30 a.m., before we have to head off to work.  I walk in, find our table and sit down.  Our waitress brings me a cup of coffee and she knows I drink my coffee black so she doesn’t leave me with a handful of unwanted creamers.  When my friend … Read More

When The Bubbles Breaks

Will the NYS craft beer bubble break? As you have probably heard by now, the craft beer and spirits business in New York State is booming. With the help of government grants, breweries have sprung up all over the map, to the tune of  eight to 10 new businesses a month, and with a failure rate estimated at 30 percent. Brewing (as well as wine and spirits) is important to our state’s economy and tourism economy. Farm breweries, craft breweries and … Read More

Dinner with the candidates: Chris Fowler

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Hi Mom and  Dad, How are you doing?  I hope all is well and you’re both in good health.  I never did hear the results of Dad’s visit to the doctor last week.  I’m sure I’ll hear all about it from Jennifer when I eventually talk to her. I wanted to let you know that I had dinner a week or so ago with Chris Fowler.  I’m not sure if you know who Chris is, although I am sure you … Read More

Dear restaurants and customers: Step up your game!

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As a chef and foodie, I have noticed a disturbing trend in locally owned restaurants.  It is a shortcoming that is being allowed, not only by owners and management, but by chefs, who should be taking pride in their work and setting the standard for dining. The idea of running a restaurant should be approached with one simple ideal in mind: the customer is right and we will do what must be done to bring the best service and food … Read More

What is Overpass Fest?

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Overpass Fest: Where local creatives come together We humans are social animals.  We value community and we seek shared experiences. Edward M. “Ned” Hallowell, a child and adult psychiatrist (and best-selling author) talks at considerable length about the powerful connection that occurs when people gather together. Hallowell often cites studies showing how introverted personalities who pretend to be extroverts for the sake of an event or function have become much happier individuals as a result of their pretending. I recently … Read More

Recipes – Pollo Asado al Carbón

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May. That wonderful month of the year that is the true heart of spring. The time when April showers give way to May flowers, or in our case here in central New York hopefully all the snow has melted off and the ground has thawed. May comes marching in to greet us with a little thing we like to call Cinco de Mayo. A glorious celebration of the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla over the French in 1862…who … Read More

3 Best Tacos in Syracuse

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When I was very young my family lived in Kentucky, that’s where I grew up until we moved to Syracuse when I was thirteen years old.  In Kentucky, we would sometimes drive north into Ohio to visit my aunt and uncle.  My uncle Jim had a Mother that was from Mexico and her name was Anita.  Anita would come to visit and make some of the most delicious Mexican food I’d ever had.  Thinking about Anita today I remember a … Read More


Millennials; if you pour it they will come. In droves, as it was at the Tap into the MOST event last month. But that’s not the only crowd this event drew to Downtown Syracuse. Far from it. The crowd spanned multiple generations and this event helped bridge the gap for the love of craft brews. Tap into the MOST is an event that benefits the MOST in a multitude of ways. It is an annual event that has spanned thirteen … Read More

Who is Chef Matt Riddett

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Matt Riddett grew up to be the chef he is today thanks, in part, to watching his parents raise a variety of vegetables in their back yard garden. He didn’t realize it at the time, but the experience gave him an appreciation for growing food, harvesting it at the peak of quality and putting it to use in the kitchen. “I subconsciously learned about good food and eating fresh,” he says. It made a lasting impression. Riddett, 37, is the executive … Read More

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