New Spot Review: The Flying Chicken

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A few weeks ago, a new soul food spot opened up on Fourth Street in Troy, called The Flying Chicken. The space, in it’s former life, was a pizza spot, that was directly across the street from two others. The guys at The Flying Chicken turned the place inside out and gave it a huge makeover. The inside is gorgeous and totally looks like you’re in a homely restaurant in the South. There’s also a pinball machine and an arcade game tucked away for you to play while waiting for your food, or after you’re done eating.

Onto the food. Many of you may know I am strongly vegan-leaning, so I brought the omnivorous girlfriend, Ruth, along to help out with the review.

I got the two vegan things on the menu, the collards and the rice and bean bowl. I love collards and these were no exception. They tasted even better because I didn’t have to cook them. The rice and beans was great too and I’m not usually a big fan. Not to mention there was a ton of different hot sauces to try which made it even tastier. It’s rare for me to come across a hot sauce I haven’t tried and there was two here. Victory. Also, there’s a ton more vegetarian options if you’re in that spectrum. Mac and cheese, deep fried grits, etc. There’s surprisingly a lot of options for the veggie crowd. Check the photo of the menu in the gallery. Oh, and they have 20+ flavors of Day’s soda; I got watermelon and it went perfect with the food.

Ruth got a whole gamut of treats. Thigh, drumstick, mac and cheese, hushpuppies, deep fried grits, and a biscuit. She loved the chicken and ate both pieces right away and then moved onto all the other treats. She’s not usually into grits because of the texture but once they were deep fried, they passed the test. Also the hushpuppies went over really well too. A resounding A+ for The Flying Chicken from Ruth.

Also worth noting, there was a guy who stopped in and after a few bites told Ian at the counter “Looks like I’ve got a new spot, this is delicious”.

The Flying Chicken is located at 122 4th Street in Troy and is open 11:30am to Midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30am to 2:30am Friday and Saturday.

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Jessica Gahring from NY Ink to open shop in Troy

This Friday at 784 Pawling Ave, Jessica Gahring of NY Ink fame will be opening her own tattoo shop in Troy, called Ms. Dixie’s Tattoo & Pin Up Parlour.

The former reality show star attended Russell Sage in Troy, so it’s not that unexpected for her to open a shop here. Tattoos are available from her starting this Friday, and after July 24th, she’ll be joined by John Abbott. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am-9pm.

Good to see a talented artist joining this regions repertoire of quality places to get tattooed.

It’s official: Troy’s getting a Bombers

According to Matt’s facebook post:

Great news! Yesterday the Troy, NY Bombers Burrito Bar project loan was finalized. Construction to start soon. Congratulations to soon-to-be-new-owner, Tami Dzembo!!!

The location will be right over near Brown’s on King Street. A much welcomed addition to Troy’s repertoire of lunch and dinner spots. Might just be the place needed to get all the Monument Square people to walk ‘all the way’ over.

HVCC Sacrifices Grant Money

In a really solid piece from today’s Record, Danielle Sanzone reports on how some changes to an Animal Advocacy program at Hudson Valley Community College led to the partial return of grant money provided by Bob Barker, of The Price is Right fame and a long time animal rights activist.

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Approximately $62,500 of the grant was used to develop curriculum, market the program, recruit students, support professional development/student conference attendance and events, and offer lectures related to animal advocacy, outreach, policy and law to both students and the community, said college spokesman Dennis Kennedy, noting that this was all done in accordance to the agreement made with Barker.

However, she felt that the program took a different direction during the spring semester, with less of a focus on advocacy and more of a focus on law and policy, which, she said, confused, frustrated and discouraged students. “Simply, this new direction is not what I registered for.”

Knowing absolutely nothing about this program or anyone involved in it, I’ll be cautious to presume too much (and maybe Ms. Sanzone can inform this post).

This seems like an awesome opportunity that was provided to and by HVCC. They managed to secure funding to develop a program that covers a very niche area. Which is utterly fantastic and exactly what we should be encouraging our universities and colleges to do.

But my guess (and it’s just that) is there was some concern over what the program would look like moving forward. The term “advocacy” comes with some political connotations. It’s undervalued and misunderstood in higher education so to have a program that was partially devoted to that may have concerned administrators. Advocacy can mean various things – to grassroots organizing and mobilizing people for collective action to traditional lobbying and research. The problem is most folks see value in the latter. So programs get watered down and redeveloped to serve a more conventional purpose – thus “Animal Law and Policy.” Ugh, how dry.

Either way, it’s pretty cool to see that even with the return of the start-up money, that the university is dedicated to maintaining the program in some shape or form. I’ve never even heard of another school with a program like this, so at least they are still providing this unique certification to their students. Hopefully, the faculty and administrators will address the concerns of the students.

Photo: Flux Axiom via Flickr

River Street Festival 2012: Photos and Recap

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This past Saturday was this years River Street Festival in Troy. I wandered around to see what there was to offer and there was a lot of neat things. Wishbone Letterpress (self explanatory) was one that stuck out as having really great offerings, as well as Funcycled, which is a furniture repair and up-cycling company which had a lot of really great things on display. There are too many things to list and remember, but these little festivals are always worth checking out. I wish some of these vendors would move into all the vacant storefronts on River Street permanently. Also, The Arts Center of the Capital Region had their chalk drawing competition going, and some of the entries were really great.

Also, if you don’t already go to the Troy Farmers Market every Saturday, you’re really missing out.

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