Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Today's ride on the Capital Region Foodie-Go-Round


Blue Agave, a Mexican restaurant under construction at 135 Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs, will open later this month as the successor to Leon’s Mexican Restaurant, which recently moved to Ballston Spa after a 14-year run. Patrick Longton, longtime chef at The Wishing Well in Wilton, is heading Blue Agave's kitchen, promising, via Facebook. “classical Mexican dishes with a modern twist” and a “unique selection of Tequilas and Mezcal, handcrafted cocktails and vast beer selection.” To help educate patrons, a thick "Tequila bible" will be available for perusal as a tasting and drinking guide. Why the switch for Longton? As he explains it, "After a vacation in Cancun and Puertos Morelos, Mexico, two years ago I have been inspired and amazed by Mesoamerican cooking and, of course, a passion for Tequila. I absolutely love the Spanish, European, African, Asian and Caribbean influences in the fusion cuisine of Mexico." Longton's local resume also includes stints at Donovan’s, Panza's, Longfellows, and The Georgian Hotel & Resort on Lake George.


• Three restaurant chains used their Super Bowl commercials to make announcements about a range of things, from food offerings to yet another actor taking over the role of a chain-food icon. Jack-in-the-Box announced it will be giving away a million free burgers; Taco Bell made known its new "quesalupa," sort of a mashup of a quesadilla and a chalupa and a new word for the ever-evolving English language; and -- ta da! -- comic actor Jim Gaffigan was introduced as the newest Colonel Sanders for the KFC chain, succeeding Norm McDonald who succeeded Darrell Hammond, all in short order.


• The first standalone butcher shop in Troy in recent memory didn't last long. Owner Emily Petersen has shuttered the River Street business less than four months into its existence, saying it was not financially viable. Given its short lifespan, it appears the shop was under capitalized, especially in view of the facts that it received some voluntary funding via Kickstart, was widely promoted at no charge by essentially all the local food bloggers, and received extensive mainstream newspaper coverage as well.
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