The First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time-honored tradition in America, where every year we give thanks for a bountiful harvest (food), for family, friends, health, our country. We have all been taught that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 when the first (still) British settlers known as Pilgrims celebrated a good harvest and invited the Indian tribe, the Wampanoag’s, to sit and […]

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Bica e Vinho-Not the Typical Buffalo Restaurant

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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Start Thanksgiving off right with a recipe from Chef Oliver

It takes an enormous amount of energy and passion to run six restaurants. At Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino In Niagara Falls, NY there is one large team paving the way in the culinary industry. And their goals are lofty. At the helm is German born and classically French trained, Executive Chef Oliver Wolf. Wolf leads a culinary team of […]

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National Eating Healthy Day–Your Body Will Thank You

Today is National Eating Healthy Day. In conjunction with the American Heart Association, Americans across the nation are encouraged to commit to healthier eating. The American Heart Association says that it’s an important first step to heart health. Why is National Healthy Day important? According to the American Heart Association, more than two-thirds of American adults and one in three […]

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Welcome to SM Traphagen!

There is history, thought, and great stories woven into every food recipe, every plate served, and every new restaurant opened that gives us a glimpse into someone else’s life and culture. We are all connected on this tiny hamlet of a planet—and many times it’s food that connects us. I offer you a chance to explore great healthy recipes and […]

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

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

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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Spring Clean those Allergies!

It’s been a bumpy road to spring. While I’m thankful for the mild winter, I wouldn’t trade nice spring weather for it.  It’s no fun looking out the window in mid April to see the white fluffy stuff, typically considered winter sledding material, covering what should be a verdant lush landscape. However we have had a peak of spring the […]

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