Tess Collins, The Miss Thing of Albany’s restaurant world. Pt. 1

6Aug

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This is the first of a two part conversation I recorded with my friend Tess Collins in her home in Albany. Tess has been one the most community active, loved and generous people in the hospitality industry in New York's Capital Area for over 30 years and she's still going strong. We get into her start our time runing Justin;s on Lark together and changing the Capital restaurant scene, and her move to owning her own bar.  There was too much for one podcast discussed so next week we will return with the last 15 years for her life including the burning down of her bar, reviving a strip club and getting to exert power of the most powerful in Albany!

The recipe fo the week is one of Tess's faves of mine. LOBSTER -PEACH QUESADILLA!

I finish with the song Slow Poison from the band Moby Dicks that I was in while I worked with her at Justins. The song is recored on 4 track cassette. 

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Fin, your Fishmonger and summer love of bluefish

17Jul

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On episode 5 of one million stringbeans I have a legnthy chat with my friend Dora Swan and Pete Kenyan, owners of Fin, your Fishmonger, The Albany, NY areas premiere fish market specializing in sustainbale seafood.

We discuss starting out selling fish out of the back of a truck in a hardware store parking lot in 2006 to their retail shop and many of places they serve today. 

I also turn you on the the glories of Bluefish with a recipe for bloody mary bluefish. Find my recipes at RicOrlando.com

Immigrants in the kitchen, Raul and Radishes

2Jul

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On my 4th podcast I have a lengthy chat with Raul Cienfuegos. Raul is an El Salvadorian immigrant who is "doing it by the book". We has worked in kitchens in the US since 2001 and has worked his way up the right way. He worked at both New World Home Cooking AND New World Bistro Bar. He chats about pay and workload inequites, earning respect and making it in America. He also is pretty funny, though a wee bit shy. 

This podscat's recipes are featuring summer radishes! Butter poached radishes and pickled radish tops. It's time to cook from the farmer's market, kids! All recipes are available at Ricorlando.com

And then I finish with a song called Beating Me Back. When I was in the band SKIN in Boston I wrote plenty of songs with political statements. This song was writen in 1986, and  I could release it now. 

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