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Between work and family (and self-care!), life gets complicated. Oftentimes the right app can help—like these must-download Buffalo-centric ones designed to guide you through life in the Queen City with a little more finesse. We promise they’ll make your life easier, and more enjoyable, as you get on with the business of living your best life locally. And did we mention, t…

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After nearly two decades at Visit Buffalo Niagara (“Best gig in town if you ask me!”), this avid traveler and Lancaster mom of two is a literal pro on all the great things to see and do right here in Western New York. Were you always a Buffalo booster? Back in college I remember my classmates talking about what city they were heading to after graduation and yet I thought…

Summer is knocking on the door and we’ve got some great events to help get you out your door and enjoy the season. Make a day of it at one of the popular outdoor festivals, dance the night away at the anniversary party of a cherished Western New York landmark or celebrate accomplished women in our community at these events that will entertain and inspire. June 1: Larkinvi…

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Victor Parra Gonzalez owns Las Puertas, a small unassuming restaurant on the West Side’s Rhode Island Street. He mixes Acapulco-based influences (from where he grew up) with classic French technique for what Buffalo News food critic Andrew Galarneau says will “take you to a world you’ve never tasted.” The 30-year-old is perhaps Buffalo’s most-buzzed about chef du jour, …

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Hate sitting on a bar stool for long? There are countless places where you can get your game on while sipping your favorite craft brew or local spirit. “I think the growing trend of games in bars is mostly attributed to the younger generations, who are way more here for experiences than things,” said Erica Ambrose, manager of the Lafayette Brewing Company. “People these…

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Summer is approaching, and kids will be done with school in no time. That means it’s time to start looking at summer camps. Gone are the days of choosing from solely traditional summer camp options like sports and outdoor activities—today, they can develop so many more interests and talents. For instance, bring out their inner comedian with a weeklong comedy camp, or pleas…

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Glorified food court or a novel way to dine out? Food halls are popping up—and increasingly popular—with locals. Best characterized by their convenience-meets-quality approach, food halls add variety to the mix—the concept is, by nature, a collection of multiple eateries—and for many groups, it means there’s something for everyone. The first food hall to hit Buffalo …

Add a little merriment to your life this month and celebrate all the imaginative happenings that make Western New York unique. From a whimsical fairy festival to a transcendent opera performance, these events are sure to be magical. May 4: Buffalo Taco & Margarita Fest Registration/map distribution at Falley Allen, 204 Allen St., Buffalo, from 3-5:30 p.m. Admission:…

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Flights of everything from wine to bourbon to beer have become very trendy, and it’s no wonder: They give patrons a chance to try multiple brands or flavors in one sitting. But an ice cream flight? Now that’s something different. An offering at Hamburg’s Carte Blanche, don’t go there thinking you’ll get a Neapolitan trio. Roo Buckley, who also serves as the restauran…

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Wooden Polish eggs, or pisanki, are a staple for many preparing an Easter basket to be blessed on Holy Saturday. “Eggs are a representation of the original source of creation. They were decorated with symbols and colors to represent things like fertility, power and life. And pisanki actually comes from the Polish verb, which means to write,” said Daria Parker of Lewando…

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If you’ve felt cooped up for the last four months, we’ve got the cure. From a Cabin Fever Beer and Wine Festival to an ’80s throwback party, these events will have you shaking your isolation blues and doing the Robot in no time. April 7: Around the World with the BPO Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo Admission: $9-$14 Young people will be exposed to …

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Jill Atkinson admits she is a little “borderline OCD” when it comes to clean spaces. “I feel I’m most productive when the spaces around me are clean,” she explains. A former teacher, she founded Neat Freaks in 2004 to fill the summer work gap. It’s since grown into one of WNY’s leading cleaning services (and has become Atkinson’s full-time job). Who is your most common cl…

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Peter Cottontail has been hoppin’ down bunny trails across America since the 1700s–a tradition believed to have been brought over from Germany, where children made nests for Osterhase the storied hare to lay its colored eggs in. Over the years, simple nests have been traded in for fancy baskets and mountains of chocolate bunnies, jellybeans, plush toys, games and other sur…

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Still fresh with St. Patrick’s Day spirit and Dyngus Day delirium, we roll into spring ready to make plans. New restaurants to sample, different bars to try and an entire slate of seasonal events to add to the schedule. It’s a new season, so it’s time for another night out. This month, we’ve devised an entry-to-spring itinerary with a walkable plan so you can park your …