2024-06-19 12:22 AM

Restaurant Spotlight: Sign of the Whale


Contrary to its bland exterior in Loehmann’s Plaza, the interior decoration of Sign of the Whale restaurant is reminiscent of the captain’s rooms in a 16th century pirate ship-dark wood paneling and arches shine in the dim glow of muted yellow lighting and cool air.

Restaurant Spotlight: Bebo Trattoria da Roberto Donna


Upon entering this Italian eatery, I smell it – the unmistakable aroma of mozzarella cheese bubbling with heat in a nearby oven. As a displaced Italian girl, I thought no one could compare to my little Italian grandmother’s cooking. Chef Roberto Donna and Chef da Cuisine Amy Brandwein, came remarkably close. Chef Donna is chef […]

Dowd on Drinks: Mixology Media Made Simple

The street was mobbed with people attending a huge chowder fest in downtown Troy, N.Y. I was there to help judge the competition, but it still was too early and the sun was getting a bit too much for me. So, I ducked into Ryan's Wake, a dark, cool tavern housed in a historic brick […]