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Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

When my editor asked me to write about afternoon tea in Western New York—the British-pedigreed sort taken leisurely between lunch and dinner with a light repast of sandwich points and dainty sweets—I was a little hesitant. “Why is afternoon tea worth experiencing?” she posed, among other article-framing questions. Honestly, I didn’t have the foggiest. I suppose my…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Christi Allen dreams on a grand scale. As a teenager in Los Angeles, acting on shows like “Married with Children” and “Santa Barbara,” she was inspired to tell her own stories through filmmaking, so she eventually moved behind the camera as a producer and launched her own production company. Fast forward to today, and Allen’s latest big idea is lighting up the downtown …

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

“I bake as much as I can and even more if I don’t have a lot of homework.” This may not seem like a typical baking philosophy, but Sara Young isn’t your typical baker. She’s an eighth grader at Amherst Middle School who got the baking itch after trying out a cupcake recipe from scratch. “After I baked that batch of cupcakes, I did swirl piping for the frosting and I …

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

A big Italian Sunday supper is like a hug—warm, familiar, comforting, and shared. A tangle of pasta, made from scratch the same way it’s always been, cooked just al dente with enough to feed twice the actual crowd. Succulent meatballs, with the right ratio of meat and crumb, or a link of zesty Italian sausage so familiar it’s like part of the family. And, of course, the sa…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Several months ago, Raymond Castro and Ronald Fraser wandered into the Schupper House in South Buffalo. The pair was looking for meatloaf, and though it wasn’t on the menu, the owner asked them to come back the following week. Sure enough, a week later, “Ron and Ray’s Meatloaf Special” was displayed proudly on the chalkboard, and the friends enjoyed a savory, well-cooked m…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

No dish and drink combo says summertime like fresh tacos and ice cold margaritas, and we’re here to point out some of the best options in Buffalo. Crispy fried cod taco & cucumber cilantro serrano pepper margarita You won’t know you love crunchy cricket brittle in creamy guac if you don’t give it a try, and Casa Azul owner and chef Zina Lapi is all about getting cust…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

We’re on the brink of spring, a period of floral regrowth and faunal fecundity. And that means the humble egg will once again bear its annual symbolic weight on seder plates and in Easter baskets worldwide. Eggs and all the potential for new life they represent, you see, are the ultimate seasonal metaphor. As luck would have it, they are also delicious. So, in the spiri…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Let me first clear the air: Passover and I didn’t always get along. I used to dread its arrival—and then pout through the eight days until it ended, along with its unwelcome dietary restrictions. No bread or pasta? How was young, picky-eater me supposed to feel about this “holiday”? But then again, that’s kind of the point. Passover celebrates the story of the exodus fr…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

The Broadway Market was opened in 1888 by a group of citizens on a city-donated parcel at 999 Broadway Avenue. It served as a meeting place for immigrants who were looking to preserve their Eastern European heritage. Over 130 years later, people still flock to the Broadway Market (especially during the Easter season) for a taste of these old-world traditions. Here are t…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

If freshness were asked to select a representative host that embodies what it truly tastes and smells like, it might choose basil. Few other garden treasures capture that ephemeral state of being alive like a just-snipped sprig of glossy, bright green basil. A gentle crush releases its unmistakable sweet-spicy musk, and a piece torn and chewed just seconds after it was har…

I recently wrote about our stay in Bergerac, France. Our trip continued with a biking adventure through the French countryside. To give this ride some context: While I was thinking about French bread and butter, it seemed the rest of the bikers were preparing for the Tour de France. I hate being last, and I was last every day, but I never gave up. We biked more than 100…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Part of my mission is to recommend good, reasonably priced locally available wines. Recently, I asked my wife Karen if she’d go on a hunt for wines that fit the bill. She is the best bargain hunter I know (except, maybe, for the insanely priced clothes that magically show up in our closet, and somehow don’t fit her usual “never pay full price” mantra). That aside, she d…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Choices abound more than ever when it comes to dining out in the 716, from neighborhood joints to bistros to fine dining establishments. Whether you pay your tab with cash, credit card or Venmo, prices vary as much as the featured menus. We dug in to find some of the region’s best values ranging from casual meals to fine dining. Bargain burger It’s tough to find a go…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

There’s an image of St. Patrick’s Day that’s been packaged by advertisers, sold by beer companies, and inhaled by the masses who annually drape themselves in green. This image is now as accepted as pumpkins on Halloween, and it lures folks into impersonal, beats-pumping bars with hanging shamrocks, emerald beads, and a hustling party staff dressed as leprechauns. But as…