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Thursday, December 30, 2010

EATS: Lupo's Char Pit in Endicott, NY

I never knew what a Chicken Spiedie was until this year. It seems to be a staple food around the Binghamton area and one eatery that I hear about the most is Lupo's Char Pit. So what exactly is a Chicken Spiedie? It's just marinated cubed chicken cooked on a skewer and served on Italian Bread. It's all about the marinade and a basic Spiedie sauce contains olive oil, balsalmic vinegar and dry italian spices. Of course there are different recipes for the marinade from others but Lupo's seems to perfect it.
The Endicott branch is mostly for take-out orders
Besides Spiedes, Lupo's also serves other delicious sandwiches
I ordered a 6" Chicken Spiedie with French Fries

The Chicken Spiedie was delicious! The chicken was tender and very moist.  You can taste a combination of smokiness from the char pit as well as the slight sourness of the balsalmic vinegar. Out of all the spices, the pepper also stands out the most. The best part is the Italian bread which is soaked with the flavors of the marinade. The food looks plain in sight but it is bursting with flavor. Can you believe that this Upstate specialty only costs $3.69? Now I understand why Spiedies are a local favorite.
If you're looking for a delicious sandwich that hits the spot, Lupo's Char Pit is the place to be! It's so good that I made sure to bring back a 16 oz. Spiedie Marinade so I can make this at home!

Lupo's Char Pit
2710 East Main Street
Endicott, NY 13760

TRAVEL: Wegmans in Johnson City, NY

We have Whole Foods and Trader Joe's in the city, but we don't have a Wegmans... why is that? It's rated as one of the best grocery store in the US! After hearing all the buzz, I decided to visit a Wegmans in Johnson City in Upstate, NY. They offer fresh produce, meats, seafood and everything else you can imagine! I love that you can also find a section in the supermarket for organic foods. If you get hungry while grocery shopping, you can easily dine in the Market Cafe which offers a wide variety of foods from Italian, American and even Asian. It's so convenient and the price is always right. If Alec Baldwin, co-signs it- then I do too! 

LINK: Wegmans

MUSIC VIDEO: Kanye West - Monster

I haven't been impressed with any music videos lately... but I really dig this one a whole lot. Kanye done-did-it again folks with this long awaited "Monster" music video. This seems about right.. another great interpretation of Kanye's beautiful dark twisted fantasy. I think my favorite highlights are: the models hanging by a noose,  all the zombie models, the 'monster' heels (Kanye voice), the contorted model on the couch, Kanye in his fitted camel leather blazer holding a decapitated head of a model zombie, Nicki's dominatrix segment, the gore, a she-wolf and of course- the impeccable styling! Very eerie and impressive! I likes.

LINK: YouTube

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

TRAVEL: Alpacalachin Farms in Apalachin, NY

I visited Alpacalachin Farms today in Apalachin (Upstate NY). Alpacas are bred for their soft, warm and fleecy fiber which is used to make woven sweaters, mittens, blankets, scarves and ponchos. They kind of look like camels without the hump or resemble a llama but are smaller in size. Ahh.. Alpacas are such cute and cuddly creatures! If you're looking for something to do when visiting Upstate, NY- head over to Alpacalachin Farms for a tour and be sure to check out their gift shop for one of a kind fashion finds. If you're interested, you can even buy an Alpaca! ;) 
Alpacalachin Fashions
2571 Chestnut Ridge Road
Apalachin, NY 13732

Saturday, December 18, 2010

FILM: Black Swan by Darren Aronofsky

Finally got to see Black Swan directed by Darren Aronofsky this weekend. All I can say is it's an amazing psychological thriller and is well worth seeing on the big screen. There was one thing I didn't like though- and it's the shaky hand-held camera movement the first ten minutes into the film. However, I understand why the director used this effective technique which added to the anxiety and suspense of what's to expect next. The intense hair-raising scenes along with great acting from actors Portman and Kunis definitely makes this movie a must see before the year ends! I don't want to spoil the movie, so check out the HD trailer below to get a sense of the storyline:

LINK: Fox Searchlight - Black Swan