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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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

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 […]

The James Beard Foundation

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

About the Author

“Never say never and never walk away.” This is my moto these days and I’m following it to the letter. Having spent my formative years writing, I slowly pursued a more realistic career path, obtaining both a B.S. and Master’s degree, and found my way back again. I spent 12 years working in clinical settings, court advocacy, and […]

Sandwich Love at the Globe Market (GF)

  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 […]