September 16, 2014
R&B Superstar Keith Sweat.

R&B Superstar Keith Sweat.

September 15, 2014
"I refuse to open my eyes if I’m being an apple" Round 3.  (at Eagle Mills Cider Company and Family Fun Park)

"I refuse to open my eyes if I’m being an apple" Round 3. (at Eagle Mills Cider Company and Family Fun Park)

September 11, 2014
The Cheap Beer Chronicles: Part III-Stewart’s Mountain Brew

The Cheap Beer Chronicles: Part III-Stewart’s Mountain Brew

Ice on the left, light on the right.

Ice on the left, light on the right.

You can drink it while playing soccer, volleyball, baseball, or golf. It goes well with a game of basketball, a trip on the lake for a day of fishing or even a round of golf. It apparently goes well even with a round of boxing.

I speak of course of Mountain Brew Ice and its new partner, Mountain Brew Light. In the merging market of convenience store-brand…

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September 8, 2014
Stewart’s pizza: Because man cannot live on Deli Dog alone

Stewart’s pizza: Because man cannot live on Deli Dog alone

Simply adorned on a white paper plate.

Simply adorned on a white paper plate.

Withh the noon sun high in the sky, basking down upon the cars zooming through the busy intersection, I descended upon the white storefront, artfully paired with maroon accents, in search of fine cuisine in an unassuming locale.

OK, so it was Stewart’s gas station on the corner of North Massey and Coffeen streets in Watertown and the pizza was 99-cents and…

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August 24, 2014
Quick pit stop at the #NYSfair. #uticacoffee (at Syracuse Fair Grounds)

Quick pit stop at the #NYSfair. #uticacoffee (at Syracuse Fair Grounds)

August 19, 2014
Carmelized Iced Tea

By simply adding the sugar at the beginning of your batch of iced tea instead of a late afterthought, the end product is richer, with an intriguing depth of flavor you don’t often find in your typical summer brew.

I should clarify now that while I may refer to it as a summer brew, I make iced tea year-round. Sometimes it’s herbal tea, other times it may be green. During the summer, it’s usually…

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July 30, 2014
WDT: Gram’s in Adams: a diner with a difference

WDT: Gram’s in Adams: a diner with a difference

A slice of the peanut butter pie I brought home. If the mac and cheese and fancy brunch doesn't do it for you, the pie will.

A slice of the peanut butter pie I brought home. If the mac and cheese and fancy brunch doesn’t do it for you, the pie will.

For my last full-length contribution for the WDT, I made the trek down I-81 to Adams for lunch one of my last Friday afternoons in Watertown. Adams, a small village about 40 minutes north of Syracuse and 15 minutes south of Watertown, is just the kind of place that would…

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July 17, 2014
WDT: Pan de Vida packs flavors of Puerto Rico into sandwiches

WDT: Pan de Vida packs flavors of Puerto Rico into sandwiches

Like my past post to Eater’s Digest, I went searching for ethic cuisine in an area where such food is hard to come by. Fast-food and chain Mexican don’t count and neither does Italian. Why? Because you know something is mainstream when it can be found on menus at Applebee’s, Ruby Tuesday’s and all the other “grilles”. Hell, even bars and diners will have chicken parm and lasagna.

But Puerto…

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July 5, 2014
Two cookies in one package. Now that’s good fortune.

Two cookies in one package. Now that’s good fortune.

June 30, 2014
WDT: Craving carnitas? Tiny Tico’s big on flavor

WDT: Craving carnitas? Tiny Tico’s big on flavor

In my most recent contribution to Eater’s Digest, I reviewed tacos, because everyone likes tacos and anyone who doesn’t like tacos is not a trustworthy person.

I’m not talking about Taco Bell, where 99 percent of the menu items differ only in the size of the tortilla and the location and quantity of nacho cheese sauce. I’m talking about real tacos, wrapped in corn tortillas and served with a…

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