Food Festivals this Weekend!

It may be January, but that doesn’t mean Buffalonians hibernate. Here are some fun food and drink festivals taking place this weekend: Buffalo Soup Fest: January 28th at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Join 5,000 friends and 30 restaurants while sampling over 75 different soups all in one place. Buffalo Wine and Chocolate Festival:January 28th […]

A “Proper” Food Destination–Buffalo Proper

It was the roaring 20’s, a time when the American automobile industry was booming, the grain industry flourished, and the steel and lumber factories employed more people and put out more finished products than ever before. Electrical power makes its way to Niagara Falls, thanks to developer Jacob Schoellkopf, a German immigrant who made his […]

Yummy Chicken Stew and Dessert too!

The snow is softly falling, white and gray, part and whole, infinite and repetitious, soft and hard, frozen and melting, a crunching underfoot and soundless. It’s magical and cumbersome all at the same time. But first of all it is the culmination of many into one. It is substance, magically turning grass crystalline–covered in white; […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

About the Author

As a young girl, I wrote stories about pet pigs and talking dogs. I wrote on pink paper lined in blue. I wrote in diaries; about my feelings, my anxieties, feeling out of place, crushes, dreams, whatever came to mind. The fact is–I wrote, often, and without reservation. As an adult, I found myself wanting […]

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, […]