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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Spring Clean those Allergies!

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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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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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It’s National Nutrition Month! Easy Ways to Eat Healthy at the Office

We’ve all been there; it’s 6:00am, coffee’s barely brewing, dog(s) are whining to go out, kid(s) need to be dressed for daycare/school, and lunches made for hubby and children. You’ve quickly checked emails, had just enough time for one cup of coffee, showered, and now making a mad dash to get to work before rush hour traffic. You’ve forotten one […]

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Yes You Can Celebrate Valentines and Lent!

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Many Americans celebrate this hubris holiday, as do many across the world. Why hubris, you may ask? Well because we don’t know much about the Saint who started it all, and this historic day of hearts and poems really endulges the act of receiving gifts and splurging on flowers and candies (albeit for thyself as much for the one you […]

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It’s all about Wild Orange and Fennel!

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Beauty by definition means, “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses; loveliness.” But beauty is so much more than the senses, it’s a deep inner balance or harmony that pulls our beauty outward. With a birthday around the corner, I have been reflecting on the true meaning of beauty. What […]

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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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Awakened by the Force I am not…..**SPOILERS

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I may never have been to comic-con, and I may not have the inside scoop on the inner workings of a Death Star, but I do know good movies, I know strong story lines, and I have been a Star Wars fan from birth. Now I know this is not my typical fiction write up or short story, but Star […]

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