The best burrito in Albany

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The best burrito in Albany is from Bros Tacos or Bomber’s. Bros is a more authentic, cooked-to-order style place, whereas Bomber’s is a bit kitschy-er. Bro’s even makes their own corn tortillas in-house.

People love to hate on Bomber’s but the reason they can score so high in this list is they have more than one vegan burrito on their menu, one with tofu, and another with great vegan chicken nuggets. So much so that my non-vegan friends get that instead of anything else on the menu. Bros also takes much longer than Bombers as it’s all cooked fresh to order, so be sure to call ahead.

Bros Tacos, 319 Ontario St, Albany, NY

Bombers Burrito Bar, 258 Lark St, Albany, NY

Quality events for this weekend vol. 78

Sorry about missing yesterday. Whatever.

Saturday, March 23rd

Quackenbush Still House Original Albany Rum Release: Get that local buzz going.

Lucky Jukebox Brigade’s Snuggie Luau at Valentine’s: The crowd has figured out the only thing that would make their outfits even funnier.

BREAKOUT! at Valentine’s: “Keeping it simple, keeping it fun. Don’t forget to make it out for hard dancing and cheap drinking!” Sold.

The FU’s and Urban Waste at Bogie’s: Loud and fast.

Old School & Classics w/ DJ White Lotus at Bomber’s: An actual DJ playing your drinking soundtrack.

Michael Che and Chris Rich at The Comedy Works: Laughing is good for you.

Capital District Garden and Flower Show: Be an adult and buy some plants. Impress your guests with your ability to keep something other than yourself alive.

Sgt Dunbar & the Hobo Banned EP Release Show at Swordpaw HQ: An EP per month, a show per month! With Matt Durfee.

Sunday, March 24th

Capital District Garden and Flower Show: Be an adult and buy some plants. Impress your guests with your ability to keep something other than yourself alive.

The Bayou is now The Hollow Bar + Kitchen

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While wasting time on facebook, a page for a new spot called The Hollow Bar + Kitchen at 79 North Pearl Street came across my feed. This is particularly interesting as 79 North Pearl is what most of us know to be the Bayou.

The TU has the full scoop:

Bayou Cafe in Albany is changing its name to The Hollow Bar & Kitchen and next month will refocus on food service with a new menu and an updated interior.

Recognizing the changes in downtown Albany, Philip said he wants to appeal to a more mature crowd by offering a casual, comfortable atmosphere with a greater emphasis on good food.

More establishments of actual quality that are opened for more than just lunch on Pearl Street is what that area needs. The Merry Monk is doing awesome on Pearl Street with more than just deep fried bar food and is held in high regard by many, all while not catering to the club goers. Chris Pratt’s new venture is aimed at a more mature crowd as well. This is a good trend.

Tour of the Battenkill Announces Schedule

For the 9th year in a row, America’s toughest road cycling race will take place just outside of Albany, in Cambridge, NY. This year’s event will take place April 12-14. If you’ve never been to a road race, this is the one to go to first. There’s tons of vendors and all sorts of things happening on the finishing strip and it’s crazy to see how fast these dudes actually go for 100 or 200km at a time. Also, you have to hit a few of the crazy climbs to see everyone suffering up the hills.

From the copy:

Cambridge, NY USA – Organizers of the annual Tour of the Battenkill announce the schedule for event which returns for the 9th consecutive year on April 12-14 in Cambridge, NY. Internationally known as America’s toughest road cycling race, the event will feature amateur races, a school outreach program, an event expo, kids races, and a new ‘gran fondo’ (open) division to replace the Men’s professional race. The Tour of the Battenkill continues its tradition as North America’s largest amateur cycling race. Up to 4,000 participants are expected for the 2013 event.

For more information, including schedules, sponsorship, expo, and volunteer opportunities, please see tourofthebattenkill.com

Previously on Keep Albany Boring: Tour of the Battenkill 2012 Recap and Photos

Albany Distilling Co. launching their rum this Saturday

This Saturday at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center in Quackenbush Square, The Albany Distilling Company will be launching their rum, called Quackenbush Still House Original Albany Rum. This is their first non-whiskey product to date, and the beginning of their offering of spirits not entirely made of New York State ingredients. The product launch is tied in with an exhibit opening at the Albany Visitors Center with artifacts from the original Quackenbush Still House. Because of some boring legal stuff they unfortunately can’t sell or have tastings of the rum at the distillery, but many local bars and liquor stores will be stocked on March 23rd.

For the interested, you can read more about the creation of their rum on their blog. You can check out more details on the event on facebook.

Also, rum just further reminds me that I can’t wait for Spring. I will be drinking this rum and singing this song for a week straight once this weather gets itself sorted.

Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte & Doug E. Fresh at the Palace

On May 17th, The Palace is going to host an amazing Old-School Hip-Hop show featuring Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte & Doug E. Fresh. This is a left-field booking for this vastly underused venue, so I hope this is indication of what’s to come for the Palace in 2013. I’ve been crossing my fingers on more good things coming to the palace for quite some time now, so I’m not really going to hold my breath.

Tickets are $32 and $48 and go on sale Saturday March 23rd at 10am.

Photo via Jerry’s Brokendown Palaces

Review: Sev Statik – Sophy EP

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Perhaps one of my favorite parts about listening to (and consequently supporting) music created in the 518 is the opportunity for intimacy as listener. Simply knowing that the music was created locally, from its inspiration to its conception to its recording process to its release, automatically makes it more appealing to me. It’s impossible to say but maybe I’m unlike other people or maybe I’m like every other listener in that regard. Simply, if I enjoy or connect with the music, I want to know more about the musician. And vice versa. That desire for curiosity happens less often for me in the mainstream music sphere and that’s why I place value and emphasis on focusing on discovering music on independent, underground and local levels.

It’s all subjective, of course, and that’s why a big part of me fights the urge every blog post to not simply say “Here’s music I recently found and here’s the download link. Listen.” Perhaps some people would prefer that method of writing about music but to me there’s value in spending more time crafting reviews and I hope at the very least, you do take a minute to listen.

A recent example comes from the latest release from hip hop artist Sev Statik. His EP, Sophy, is out today on Sub-Bombin Records and is available for free download. The EP is entirely produced by PJ Katz of Pig Food Records, features a track with Animal Cracker and cuts by J-Live. The EP is in advance of a full length record which will be released later this year. By the people, for the people.

Hit the jump to read my full review.

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