Saturday, November 14, 2015

Today's ride on the Capital Region foodie-go-round


• What had been the Thai Spice Garden, located since 2011 at 4 Northern Drive in Troy's Lansingburgh section, now is called New Tasty Kitchen, going well beyond Thai cuisine by offering a pan-Asian menu of more than 150 items. Among them: panang curry from Thailand; Singapore chow mei fun, a Chinese-American hybrid of fried flat noodles, shrimp, and curry; braised fish with roasted chili sauce; eight beef dishes, seven pork, nine shrimp, and six tofu and vegetable dishes. New Tasty Kitchen offers dine-in, carryout, and delivery within a four-mile range, which covers the city, as well as neighboring communities of Brunwsick, Waterford and Cohoes. Phone: 238-1888 and 238-1898.


Michael's Banquet House and the property it sits on are for sale. The four-acre property at 1019 New Loudon Road in Latham is being offered for $1.38 million by Tony Sabatino of Realty USA. The banquet house, built in 1960, is slightly more than 16,000 square feet. According to the ad, "If purchased as a banquet business, banquet book is to be negotiated between purchaser and seller."


• Nation's Restaurant News has surveyed the national restaurant scene to identify what it says will be the "14 hot food trends for 2016." Among them: a continuation of the sliders craze; cucumbers used in a broader way; more stuffed-dough dishes such as Indian somosas, Central American empanadas and Chinese dumplings; and, the return of once-popular tableside food prep (pictured) for such things as salads and flambé items. You can see the entire illustrated report online.


• There are numerous charitable fundraisers on the Capital Region Food & Drink Events Calendar in the coming weeks. Among them are events to support the continued rebuilding of flood-ravaged Schoharie County, an animal rescue organization, a pair of ethnic cultural groups, a college culinary curriculum, a historic house museum, several kids' organizations, and a lot more. Check the calendar for dates and details.

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