Bica e Vinho-Not the Typical Buffalo Restaurant

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As Buffalo, NY continues to make a name in the culinary world, it will continue to see chefs and restaurant owners expand consumers palates by pushing the boundaries of what is possible, what is unfamiliar, and what is creative. Bica e Vinho in East Aurora, NY is one such restaurant that pushes these boundaries, introducing restaurant goers to different styles […]

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English Pork Pie Company–Owners of The British Chippy, Becomes Parker’s

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So this may be confusing but what was the British Chippy, owned by the English Pork Pie Company, has become Parker’s British Institution! I’ve reviewed the British Chippy (click here for that review). But seeing as they have evolved quite a bit, they deserve a refresh. I’ve recently spent time in England–a good two weeks, both for work and vacation. […]

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Locally owned grocery store, eatery, community store–East Aurora Co-op Market

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What is a co-op market? A co-op is a business that is owned and operated by a group of individuals for their mutual benefit. People organize cooperatives to achieve together what they can’t do alone, and food co-ops are a great place to shop for fresh, delicious, locally sourced food. But they’re much more than that–co-ops are a democratic approach where everyone […]

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The James Beard Foundation

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The first sentence says it all, “Food matters.” It truly does. While I’ve been on a slight hiatus as I was out of the country, doing food reviews and learning a little something along the way, I’ve kept my eye on the pulse of what’s going on back home. The James Beard Foundation (JBF) truly encompasses and focuses on what […]

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Black Iron Bystro–Steampunk, Old West, or Just Plain Cool

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I kid you not when I say there is a struggle going on with the decor at Black Iron Bystro in Blasdell NY. Part steampunk, part old West, the atmosphere inside is a mixture of cast iron innovation meets John Wayne at the saloon.  With meticulous attention to detail, the decor tells a story–Brian Mecozzi’s story. Mecozzi is the owner and […]

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Satiate Your Palate with these Exciting New Restaurants this Memorial Day!

To say that the past month has been challenging is a bit of an understatement. My husband has been overseas for work and in 15 years this is the longest we’ve gone without seeing each other. But with any challenge there is always a silver lining–in my case two! The first was in knowing that we have such a strong […]

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Oh So Good–My Top 5 Restaurants for the Best Fish Frys!

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Who would have thought that the theory of eating fish on Fridays is due to their cold blooded nature. Re-reading that sentence? It’s true! According to Michael Foley, Associate Professor at Baylor University, Christian teaching believed that because Jesus died on a Friday, and his death redeemed a sinful world, people fasted on Fridays to commemorate this sacrifice as early as […]

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Wine and Dine for a great cause!

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The month of March sets the stage for a busy spring/summer season in Buffalo, NY, filled with multiple food events, fairs, tastings, and brewery fests. As Buffalo continues to revitalize, it is emerging as a food mecca for the entire nation. With this in mind, many food events are kicking off this month. One of which is the March Diva’s Wine […]

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Sandwich Love at the Globe Market (GF)

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  In the 1800’s, dirt and brick roads lined Buffalo’s city streets. Women with parasols and Brocade gowns, and men in sack coats and Bowler’s casually walked about unaware of the economic boom about to happen. At this time, the city of Buffalo’s northern boundaries stopped at North Street. What lay beyond was a system of parkways and parks. After […]

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6th Annual Buffalo Soup Fest (GF)

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If you haven’t been then you’re missing out! Buffalo Soup Fest, January 31st, draws more than 300 individuals to the convention center each year to taste some of the best soups around.  As the fuzzy white fake fur has descended on everything and does not seem to be leaving anytime soon, it is the perfect time to venture downtown to […]

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