The Great Concert Debate – The ticket just gets you into the door and the seat is optional!

So the debat I have seen on Facebook and on websites about this bad bad thing that is supposedly a horable thing happening at shows these days…no I am not talking about ticket prices or not being able to get tickets to that special venue (don’t get me started on that)…and I am talking about people standing up and dancing or watching the show at venues with seating.

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Last night I saw Blues Traveler in Ithaca at the State Thearter and durng some songs people stood up to dance and of course than everyone behind them stood up to see the band play.  I had a few people around me yell out to sit down and even Marty complained about people standing up, I just said it’s partof going to a show of certain bands.

I have been going to shows now for more years than I want to count, and I can count on one hand the numbe of shows I went to that no one stood up, danced or to get a better view of the band.  And the reason they didn’t stand was because the venue was very small and intament or at a casino with a crowd of older people who were just there to say they saw the band. 🙂

Standing and dancing has been a thing at concerts since the dawn of time!

So why now is this a big thing?  Last night I heard more people yelling at others to sit down then any other show I have been to, aren’t we there to hear the music and enjoy the night with the band.  The ticket is just to get you into the door and that the seat is optional. Last night I wasn’t in the mood to stand and dance, but if I had I would have gotten up and danced for most of the show and had a good time.

After doing some reading into this non-issue and watching people last night, the people that complain the most about this seem to be in the age range of mid 30’s to 50…Genration X.  Is this generation so into themselves that they don’t want to enjoy themselves and complian the whole show or do they don’t want others to have a good time…one thing I did notice that these are the people who talk during the show or on their phones when the band is doing music they don’t like and bitch that the band isn’t playing their hit songs (this will be another post soon).

Since this is the year of me getting back on the concert trail I will be doing a lot of watching and trying to figure out this issue and why it’s a thing now.  If you are going to a show remember that yes you paid for a ticket, but so did the person in front or beside you that is standing and dancing, and it’s their right to stand and dance at the show just as much as you sitting and enjoying the show.

 


Q-SKY Radio – No Static at All 1

I am looking for a few “friends” or if you were part of WVIN back in the late 80’s or at WCEB during the 1986 -1987 semesters and would like to help out and get on the air and have some fun.

Do you have a topic you want to talk about or a genre of music you want to get others hearing, or maybe go live with a podcast you are involved with then reach out to me at wbilancio@qskyradio.com.

I would prefer people in the Corning area to start with, but am open to others in other locations if you have a good idea for a show.

The format of Q-SKY is going to be a mix of talk and freeform music radio, but we will have to follow the DCMA rules for streaming radio stations to stay legal. All rules and broadcast information will be explained if you are interested in doing a show. This is all voluntary and not a paying gig so don’t quit your day job to do this.

I just ask that anyone interested be willing to give me at least six months of shows and not flake out on me and just disappear. I want to get a very robust and fun schedule and get some listeners other than our parents and relatives. 🙂

I want to start broadcasting Q-SKY Radio in the first part of the new year to get things set up and get some ideas fleshed out.


The final leg of a trip to 50 1

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Today marks the beginning of the 30-day countdown till I move into the second half of my life. I turn 50 in just a short 30 days; it’s been an interesting 49 years so far. I have had many careers and many journeys down many roads, some of them the wrong one, but I managed to get off those and back onto the right one without getting into to much trouble, but without those wrong roads, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

I am going to try to post on this very website as much as I can about the first 50 years…well as many of those early ones as best as I can, but I know that from at least the age of 5 to now I should do pretty good. Some of the posts will be reruns of stuff I have already written, but there will be new stuff as much as I can get done with life and work getting in the way.

So have fun reading and enjoying them when you can.


Today in Bilancio History 1

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Photos by William Bilancio

On March 11th, 1993 – 24 years ago at this time I was sitting in the hospital with Carolyn waiting for the birth of our child (we didn’t know the sex of the baby yet) at the original Princeton Hospital in Princeton NJ.

For us, the day started around 3 am* with Carolyn waking me up to tell me her water broke and that the baby was going to be arriving a lot earlier than we expected.  We had just finished the Lamaze class two nights before and gotten the tour of the hospital, so we were ready for this, we both figured we would have a bouncing baby something by lunch…..  We called the doctor, and he told us not to head to the hospital till 7 am if the labor pains were still far apart. Forget going back to sleep at this point, so I started to wandering around the 70 Cleveland Lane house and came across my godmother taking care of her dog who wasn’t doing well that night, the look of surprise on her face when I told her that Carolyn’s water had broken and we would be having the baby today.

We headed to the hospital at 7 am and were admitted in our private birthing room by 7:30 am and the wait started.  By 11 am we realized that this little bundle of joy wasn’t going to be coming out anytime soon, the day wore on, and we went trough two shifts of nurses and doctors.  Carolyn’s doctor had been stopping by throughout the day to check on her and see her progress.  Around 7 pm he informed us it was getting close to time and be ready to start pushing and breathing.  So the nurses started prepping Carolyn for the final parts of birthing a baby and then the journey started.  After about an hour and 45 min of screaming and pushing and breathing out came a cute, small bundle of girl on March 11, 1993, @ 8:45 pm in time for us to watch Cheers.  Avery was rushed off to the nursery and Carolyn was taken care of and moved to her room.  I headed to the nursery, and there was my godmother looking at the baby through the window, and she turned to me and said she is beautiful and is going to be a great person and do great things…..

All through the day, we kept talking about a name, and we still hadn’t come up with a name at this point, so we decided to take the night and the next day to come up with a name.  It came down to Avery because we both loved the show Murph Brown and she had named her TV baby Avery, and it stuck with us…so Avery it was.

That day was one of the most special days for me, and I am so proud of my daughter who has turned into such a wonderful woman who is just starting on the journey of her adult life and is going to do great things, just like my godmother said.

To celebrate this great night after I left the hospital, I headed to Hoagie Haven and got myself two large cheese steaks with everything one for dinner and one for breakfast.  So today I am going to be on the hunt for a decent cheese steak in the Corning area to celebrate my daughters birthday!

Happy Birthday, Avery…I love and miss you so much!

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Photos by William Bilancio

  • All times are an approximation except for the birth time. (Hey it’s been 24 years and I didn’t take any notes during the day 🙂 )

We Have Issues Comic Shop 1

We Have Issues

Reviewer: William Bilancio

Website

Address: 102-116 Victory Hwy, Painted Post, NY 14870, USA

Phone: (607) 426-1817

 

Hours:

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    Photo by: Pat McChesney

    When moving to the Corning, New York area I thought the closest comic book stores were in Elmira and Ithaca, but I seem to have been mistaken; there is one in Painted Post off of Route I-86 at exit 43. There stands a big brick building that they tell me use to be the Ames department store, but that has been long gone since the late 90’s early 2000’s. It’s now called the “Victory Highway Galleria of Shops”. Tucked in this Galleria of shops is a small and when I say small I mean a small shop that is a gem of a comic store called We Have Issues Comics. I am always dubious of comic stores in this kind of environment, they are usually run by an old comic book store owner who is trying to get out of the business and only has the back issues he couldn’t sell in his original store but I was pleasantly surprised with the We Have Issues shop.

    When I walked into the shop Pat McChesney, the owner came up and welcomed me to his store and politely asked if I was buying or if I just was looking. I, unfortunately, had to tell him that I was only looking today, and he was fine about that and let me know it wasn’t a problem. While flipping through the books, I broke the conversational ice with my usual question for all the comic book shop owners when I first meet them “how is business going?”. He was frank and honest and told me business was good. We got to talking about comics and he knows his stuff, not just the current iteration of comics today but about the older comics of yesteryear.

    One of the things on my mental checklist that I look for when I go to new stores is the owner. He is the face of the store and he makes the store a good one just as much as the inventory he has for sale. If the owner is passionate about his product and wants to succeed the store will succeed if he isn’t then the store will fail. The more the owner puts himself into the shop the more people will want to come back. Mr. McChesney is doing just that, putting himself and his passion for comic books into this store. He is one of the reasons I will go back.

    The second thing on my list that makes me like or not like a store is appearance and layout of the store. When I walked into We Have Issues I was happy to find a clean and well-kept space. There was no boxes or clutter around on the floor, or a lot of non-comics merchandise for sale either.  The store is well lighted and not dingy, and it’s a comic store a parent wouldn’t have any problem letting their kids go to get comics and to look around. To me We Have Issues is the perfect example of the minimalist comic book store; due to the space constraints, it doesn’t have the mainstay selection of long boxes of back issues on display which is a refreshing thing for me, because I end up spending my whole time digging through them looking for a new find for my collection instead of checking out the store and talking with the owner or employees if they have time.

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    Photo By: Pat McChesney

    Third on my list is how diversified is his inventory? I was impressed with We Have Issues, it has most of the big names in comics on the shelf and some nice old ones as well. I didn’t see any of the weird comics I usually get, but he said he will order what I wanted. Saying that he does have pull lists for his customers. On an aside if you are so inclined to start a pull list at any comic store, not just We Have Issue please go pick them up on a regular basis, that’s money out of the store owners pocket when they just sit there.

    A few things that I have an issue with is that a lot of his “current” back issues were already bagged and boarded, I like to be able to check out the art and to read the first page or so to really see if I want to buy the comic, especially comic characters that I have never read before. I am also a fan of a place to sit and check out my purchases and be able to talk with the other customers or employees catching up on the comic book world dirt which We Have Issues doesn’t have, but I understand with such a little space. Neither of these is a deal-breaker that would keep me from going back.

    After 20 minutes hanging out and checking out the store and the owner I think We Have Issues has great possibility of maturing, growing and becoming my go to store while I am living in this area since it’s got a great owner, it’s clean and it’s right down the street from the house and work as long as I can get the “special” comic series that I like I am there. Remember new comic’s come in on Wednesday. Hope to see you all at We Have Issues.


    Christmas List 2016

     

    As Christmas and the holidays approached us fast I have been asked by my cousin Ira Bilancio to bring back a tradition I started back in the early 2000’s when I started this “journal” my Christmas wish list of what I would like for Christmas of course.

    Now in years past I have put in some big-ticket items on this list, I still can’t believe that no one got me the kitchen cabinets I asked for back in 2006, but the lists always came in handy when people wanted to know what I wanted, one year I got most of the list from friends and family.

    So here is my list for Christmas 2016 in no particular order enjoy the list and if you have any suggestions of any other cool stuff leave them in the comments.

    Electronics

    Mpow Seashell Bluetooth 4.1 Running Sports Headphones with MicrophoneAmazon.com – $28.97

    Excellent Noise Cancellation : The 6th generation CVC technology reduces outside noises and enables clearer sound from microphone.
    Bluetooth 4.1 & aptX : Bluetooth 4.1 chip with aptX technology, Mpow Seashell offers you great listening experience.
    IPX4 Waterproof Level : The certified IPX4 ensures that Mpow Seashell can protect itself from any drop or splash of water. Perfect for sports!
    Great Battery Performance : The built-in battery of Mpow Seashell allows up to 7-hour playing/talking time and 185-hour standby.
    Wide Compatibility : According to the test, Mpow Seashell is compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled smart phones.

    Amazon Fire TV | Streaming Media PlayerAmazon.com – $89.99

    Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box you connect to your HDTV. It’s the easiest way to enjoy over 250,000 TV episodes and movies on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and HBO NOW, plus games, music, and more.

    JBL LSR305 Professional Studio Monitor (PACK OF 2) – Amazon.com – $249.99

    The LSR305, part of JBL’s 3 Series studio monitor, is a 5\” powered studio monitor delivering professional performance at an affordable price points. 3 Series Powered Studio Monitor are first to incorporate JBL’s exciting new technology, the Image Control Waveguide. In conjunction with 3 Series high-performance transducers and system components, the Image Control Waveguide lets you hear detail and depth in recordings as you’ve never heard before. The LSR305’s 5\” long-throw woofer and its 1\” damped woven composite Neodymium tweeter are designed from the ground up to reproduce the powerful transients and micro dynamics of your mix. These drivers deliver impressive deep bass and smooth high frequency response beyond the range of human hearing.

    Steinberg UR242 4-Channel USB InterfaceAmazon.com – $168.29

    Be ready to record music in studio quality on your notebook or iPad with the UR242. With outstanding audio and build quality for its price class, the UR242 combines choice components with advanced onboard DSP-powered FX to offer solutions for a huge range of mobile production scenarios

    Movies

    Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) [Blu-ray] Amazon.com – $88.49

    Experience the spectacular adventure of STAR WARS The Complete Saga in a way only Blu-ray™ can deliver. This incredible collection unites all six movies in stunning high definition with the purest digital sound in the galaxy. With more than 40 hours of thrilling special features including three bonus discs, you can journey deep into the Star Wars universe. Feel the Force of STAR WARS The Complete Saga on Blu-ray!

    The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh Amazon.com – $13.45

    The Dr. will see you now. Basketball’s Dr. J – Julius Erving – operates on the competition in this hoop-it-up disco-era fantasy about a team on a winning streak when it signs up motley players born under the zodiac’s fish sign of Pisces.

    With the Dr. in the house, trademark cloud-walking, net-shredding slam dunks are plentiful. More hoops excitement follows as the Harlem Globetrotters’ Meadowlark Lemon handles the rock as if he had more arms than an octopus and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shows his winning style as well. Off the court, Flip Wilson is a beleaguered coach and Jonathan Winters plays the dual roles of an ill-natured mogul and a sweet-natured nitwit. The world isn’t round in The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. It’s roundball. Fish fever – hook it!

    Cooking/Kitchen

    Zweissen Ceramica 12″ Professional Grade Ceramic Rod Knife Sharpener with Stainless Steel Core – Amazon.com – $34.98

    ZWEISSEN is all about precision professional quality kitchen tools designed for home use and delivered at great value. The ZWEISSEN Ceramica is a high-tech take on the traditional stainless-steel rod sharpener, using the finest abrasives available to sharpen and re-align blades to their maximum potential. The shaft is coated with 1000 grit ceramic, which has an extra-fine texture and high hardness rating- these qualities make the Ceramica perfect for blades that feature a fine edge (such as German or Asian knives).

    Minosharp 3 Sharpener Black/RedAmazon.com – $48.00

    MinoSharp 550/BR Sharpens the face of the blade, fast, safe and simple. Features: -Comes in black and red. -Includes a Coarse Blue, Medium Brown and Fine Yellow Ceramic Wheel. -Recommended for Global Knives and most other knife brands.

    Kettlepizza Pro 22 Kit – Outdoor Pizza Oven Kit for 22.5 Inch Kettle Grills. Includes Prograte, Tombstone & Aluminum Pro PeelAmazon.com – $299.95

    The KPPK-22 is the top of the line KettlePizza kit madeade for hardcore KettlePizza users. This kit offers the basic KettlePizza unit plus the popular ProGrate/Tombstone Combo. This kit has our Tombstone which is stone is 15.7 inch x 14.5 inch with a rounded edge. Since it is thicker, it retains more heat and makes pizza placement and removal easier. This combination allows higher dome temperatures for quicker bakes and side access openings for easier refueling. This kit includes a FREE Aluminum Pro Pizza peel.

    Note: This product only works with 22.5 inch kettles. Included with the KettlePizza Pro 22 kit are: – one 304 stainless steel pizza oven sleeve for 22.5 inch kettles – two wood handles with stainless steel standoffs – one hi-temp thermometer – one 14″ pizza pan – stainless steel hardware – one 22.5″ stainless steel ProGrate that allows refueling without removal of KettlePizza insert – one 5/8″ Tombstone shaped pizza stone. Larger and thicker for better heat retention and easier pizza placement – one firebox which allows higher temperatures within cooking chamber – one aluminum pro pizza peel with hanging S clip (INCLUDED FREE) Some basic assembly is required (no tools needed). The product is proudly Made in USA and has patents pending.

    Clothes

    SERBAGS Military Style Messenger BagAmazon.com – $69.99

    This Military style canvas & leather messenger bag, good for up to 15″ laptop.
    Dual leather straps with adjustment buckles, antique finish brass metal buckles
    2 large front pockets, 2 side pockets with strap.
    DIMENSIONS: 15″(L) x 12.50″(H) x 4.20″(D)

    Gildan Men’s Heavy Cotton 10 PackAmazon.com – $25.63

    You might ask, “but William why?”  Because I don’t always want to wear a t-shirt with something written on it.

    Gildan Heavy Weight T-shirts, 10 pack. 100% preshrunk cotton, seamless rib at neck, taped shoulder-to-shoulder, double-needle stitching throughout.

    Levi’s Men’s The Trucker Jacket Amazon.com – $69.99

    Not Much of an explanation needed!

    Geek and Fun Stuff

    Subscription to LOOTCRATE DX lootcrate.com – 1 month $44.99, 3 Months $43.99/month, 6 months $42.99/month, 1 year $563.88

    A curated collection of awesome items from the best pop culture franchises delivered to your door every month.

    • 4-6 Items for the Pop Culture Connoisseur
    • $100+ of Retail Value
    • Lifestyle Gear, Premium Apparel and Exclusive Collectibles

    Dungeon Master’s Guide (D&D Core Rulebook)Amazon.com – $27.94

    Everything a Dungeon Master needs to weave legendary stories for the world’s greatest roleplaying game

    The Dungeon Master’s Guide provides the inspiration and the guidance you need to spark your imagination and create worlds of adventure for your players to explore and enjoy.

    Inside you’ll find world-building tools, tips and tricks for creating memorable dungeons and adventures, optional game rules, hundreds of classic D&D magic items, and much more!

    Player’s Handbook (Dungeons & Dragons)Amazon.com – $29.74

    Everything a player needs to create heroic characters for the world’s greatest roleplaying game

    The Player’s Handbook® is the essential reference for every Dungeons & Dragons® roleplayer. It contains rules for character creation and advancement, backgrounds and skills, exploration and combat, equipment, spells, and much more.

    Use this book to create exciting characters from among the most iconic D&D® races and classes.

    Dungeons & Dragons immerses you in a world of adventure. Explore ancient ruins and deadly dungeons. Battle monsters while searching for legendary treasures. Gain experience and power as you trek across uncharted lands with your companions.

    The world needs heroes. Will you answer the call?

    Monster Manual (D&D Core Rulebook)Amazon.com – $29.99

    A menagerie of deadly monsters for the world’s greatest roleplaying game

    The Monster Manual presents a horde of classic Dungeons & Dragons creatures, including dragons, giants, mind flayers, and beholders–a monstrous feast for Dungeon Masters ready to challenge their players and populate their adventures.

    The monsters contained herein are culled from the D&D game’s illustrious history, with easy-to-use game statistics and thrilling stories to feed your imagination.

    The leader in providing contemporary fantasy entertainment, Dungeons & Dragons is the wellspring for the entire modern game industry, digital as well as analog. This newest edition draws from every prior edition to create a universally compelling play experience, and exemplifies the true spirit of a game that holds captive the hearts and minds of millions of players worldwide.


    The Bilancio Purple Turkey 1

    A lot of people on Facebook have asked what a purple turkey is. It’s a turkey that marinades in wine for 5 to 7 days before cooking. So when it comes out of the marinade it’s purple.

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    So you all can enjoy a great tasting turkey here is the recipe for the marinade for a 12-pound turkey and instructions:

    3 cups dry red wine
    2 ½ cups chopped onion
    2 cloves of garlic minced
    5 teaspoons salt
    1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 bay leaf

    For a good dry red wine to use I recommend a good jug wine. I use Carlo Rossi Paisano wine, but lately I have also used Charles Shaw Chardonnay from Trader Joe’s.

    If your turkey is larger than 12 pounds add more wine and garlic and bay leaves and if your turkey is defrosted it won‘t have to marinate the full 7 days, but I usually just put it in frozen and let it defrost in the bowl as it marinades.

    Put the turkey breast down into a clean unscented garbage bag and then put bag and turkey in a big bowl. Pour all the ingredients into the bag and tie bag as tight and close to the bird less air in the bag the better. Every 24 hours turn the turkey so it marinades evenly. When you are ready to cook the turkey remove it from the marinade and bag, then drain out the turkey and pat it dry inside and out, then put in a roster pan and let it sit and warm up about 30 min before roasting it.

    Remember to remove the pack of giblets and turkey neck before cooking. Since I put the turkey in the marinade frozen I let them all marinate as well and then use them for the gravy with the drippings from the turkey giving it a great taste.

    Throw out the marinade and bag since it’s had raw poultry in it and is contaminated now and shouldn’t be used for anything else.

    Cook the turkey till it has an internal temperature of 163 degrees. I usually pull it out when it’s between 158 to 160 since it will keep cooking while it rests and will get to the internal temp of 163, this way it won’t over cook and get a little dry. When the turkey is taken out of the oven it will be a dark golden brown and the meat will be moist and tasty. Let the turkey rest for 15 to 20 minutes before carving.


    And you may ask yourself, well How did we get here? 1

    To all my Facebook and online family and friends,

    Today I break my political silence I have put on myself about talking about politics for just a short moment.

    Yesterday the United States went to the polls and told the Government that we wanted changes. For those of you who are on the winning side congratulations, to those who lost, there is another chance in four years for you to institute another change.

    Now I want to lay some ground rules for “today” the day after election day for those who voted for the winner; you get your chance to celebrate and wave your flag of victory till Sunday night 11:59 PM EST and I will also give you inauguration day to wave that flag, but for the next four years, no more bitching about the government and the things that happen or the bills and laws that don’t get passed or about the ones that do or on how the other side reacts to everything your side try’s to do, this is your winner and your win so you have to live with the consequences of your vote.

    For those friends that picked the candidates that lost, you to have till Sunday night 11:59pm EST as well, to complain about the winning side or say you are moving to another country and to bitch and moan about the election, but after that it’s the time to start thinking about the future and how you are going to live in it for the next four years.

    But the biggest thing you can all do is not get on Social Media and bitch and moan and put down the winning side and the winners, be a group of people that institute change in a peaceful and thoughtful way. Live up to that liberal label that you have been painted with for the past four years and especially the last year of this election cycle. Start at the local level right now! Get involved in the way your city, town, state is run. Help a campaign for a candidate that you think is worthy and will help your community for the better, then in two and half years help your side find a candidate that will be a good choice for the White House that will not only brining in the changes that you would like to see instituted but that will unite the country and bring bi-partisanship to the government and get things done without the fighting and all the crap that has been happening for the past sixteen years in our national government.

    But everybody please stop the back stabbing, the name calling and the insulting of each other, we all live in the same country and we are all Americans and we are all friends and family, with different feelings and ideas and back grounds, but to survive in the future we have created, whether it’s a Zombie Apocalypse or a Financial Down turn or something else catastrophic that falls upon us as a nation; we need to work at working together to get the United States united as one nation and one people. Also stopping the hate and bigotry that has come into our lives in the past year and we need to remember that this country was founded and built by immigrants that came over from oppressed societies to help build a nation that wouldn’t oppress those that live here whether they were born here or came from another country or have a different religion or different ideas then our own. This is what had made America a great country the country of the free and the brave.

    I am sure this post will get a few people upset and you know what I don’t care! I have kept quiet online about all politics and suffered through all the hate talk and all your opinions of our current President and those who were running on either side, so deal with this post and understand that this will probably be the last political post I do for a while.

    So again congratulations to those on the “winning” side and to those who weren’t start now to be on it the next time.


    New project started for the eyes

    Picture of the day, a 365 day project…what ever you call it I am going to make a go at it. Starting today October 1st 2016 this is the first picture of the next 365 days.  Check out 365.bilancio.org for my new photo project.

    I am going to do a theme for the first month – signs and stickers of Market Street.   Each day a new image will be uploaded with a small something. Every image will be different; it may have been shot on the day or may have been picked out from my archives, but there will be a new picture a day for the next 365 days.

    I hope you enjoy the pictures. If you have an idea for a “theme” send me a private message and let me know I am always looking for new photo ideas….please keep it clean.

    I have been taking photographs since grade school, but not full time in the past few years. I have picked up the DSLR camera on and off and since the cell phone cameras have gotten better and better over the years the photos we are producing have gotten better.

    Enjoy the photos and let me know what you think…..


    A winning burger at an old-school diner/bar and grill – R&M Restaurant & Bar

    Photo by: William Bilancio

    Photo by: William Bilancio

    R & M Restaurant

    Website


    Address: 101 W Market St, Corning, NY 14830, USA

    Phone: (607) 936-9679

    Hours: Open Now!

    • Monday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    • Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    • Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    • Thursday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    • Friday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    • Saturday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    • Sunday: Closed

    Last weekend I went out with Marty to check out the Ferraris being shown on Market Street in the Gaffer District in Corning. As we were passing the famous R & M Restaurant, Marty saw they were open on a Saturday night and TOLD me that is where we were going to have dinner.I have been trying to get in to the R & M since I have been back in the area, but haven’t had the time or they have been closed. Many people have told me how great the burgers are there and I being a hamburger snob knew I was going to have to try them out.

    You walk in to the R&M, which is just a medium space with about 10 tables and a bar and a small kitchen in the back; BAM the aroma of good cooked food from the kitchen hits your nose and your mouth starts to water and you realize this is a place that serves a great meal. There were a few tables taken, so Marty and I just grabbed a seat and waited. I noticed that there wasn’t any wait staff or bar tender around. The couple at the next table leaned over and handed us their menus and let us know they were done. The menu as you can see is pretty straightforward and simple.

    We waited a bit and then a big bear of a man Bob Pierri the owner

    Photo by: Don Cazentre | dcazentre@syracuse.com

    Owner of the R&M Bob Pierri. Photo by:
    Don Cazentre | dcazentre@syracuse.com

    came out to take our orders. I felt bad for him; he told us that he had let the waitress go around 4:30 since it wasn’t busy at all. By the time we rolled in it was about 8pm two hours after his normal closing time for a Saturday, and he was in the kitchen making pancakes and burgers as well as taking orders and making drinks. But he was friendly and gracious and was doing great customer service. Marty dropped her fork and he was there in a flash with a new one.

    R&M is known for their burgers and have won numerous awards for their burgers. This year R&M took the top prize as Judges’ Choice for burger in the Best Burger in Upstate New York contest with their “Big House Burger”.

    Photo by: William Bilancio

    Photo by: William Bilancio

    Marty and I both had the quarter pound Cheeseburger with a side of fries. It took a while to get our food, but it was worth the wait. As I bit into the burger it just melted in my mouth and had a great flavor. The toppings lettuce, tomato and onions (I added mustard, which took the flavor to another level), were just right without them taking away from the flavor of the meat which was cooked to perfection of a medium burger. The bun the burger rested between was light and airy and had a great buttery taste and soaked up the juice from the burger but didn’t fall apart like a lot of other buns at other places.

    The fries were hot and crispy and cooked just right and they stayed crispy even as they got cooler. I love a good order of fries and right now these are at the top of my favorite.

    As a person who is always looking for a great burger, I think for now this burger is the best burger in the Corning area. I will be going back to try out some of the other things on the menu and definitely going to try the “Big House Burger”. I want to try to the Rigatoni and the Fish Fry. So if you were looking for a great meal I would go check out the R&M Restaurant.