2027 Western Avenue, Albany,
I met my friends and had a lunch together at "The Cheesecake Factory(http://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/)" in Colonie Center (http://www.shopatcoloniecenter.com/) . We have not met for long time because we went to school and did not any time to meet. We have a lot of topic about our classes, shop in Albany, own life and so on. After eating lunch. we moved to Starbucks coffee and continued talking. Finally, we finished our talking and went to own house at 8:00PM. Too long!!!
Today I had a meeting of "The Capital District Gourmet Meetup(http://cooking.meetup.com/534/) at COOP(http://www.hwfc.com/). Today's theme was "Cooking Creative 'No Refrigeration Needed' Summer Meals" and we were introduced several food which are good for picnic and hiking in summer time. We tried some cheese, olive, cracker, salad with quinoa and so on. I do not like some cereal which I tried, I really like the black olive spread.
After meeting, I wander in the COOP and bought some food. I found "Broccoli almond sesame noodles ($4.50/1 lb)" in deli. Also, I bought "Natural black olive spread ($8.49)" and "Macadamia Butter ($6.29)". "Broccoli almond sesame noodles" is a Soba(Japanese noodle) with broccoli, nut and sesame paste and it is not bad, but I put soy sauce in it and it became much better. As for the "Macadamia Butter", I found it for the first time. I always see peanut butter but I do not like it because it taste too rich for me. "Macadamia Butter" is little simply taste and I like it. I will try tomorrow morning.
I went to BFS restaurant (http://www.bfsrestaurant.com/)" to eat lunch with my friends. This time, I tried special food of this restaurant for lunch. I ate "Egyptian Falafel Platter ($10.95)" and my friends ate "Turkish Dolmas Platter ($10.95)" and "Syrian Shawarma Platter ($10.95). Falafel in my dish is a kind of croquette made of dried beans and they were little spicy but it tasted good for me. Dolmas in my friend's is grape leaves filled with rice and spices. Shawarma in my other friend's is a blend of ground tender lamb and beef broiled. They looks like meatloaf. Most of the food are so interesting to me. I want to try others, too. Lunch plates which we ate today was not so big, but it made me full. So, I could not eat dessert and I bought 2 Baklava ($2.89 each).