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Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

In order to host Thanksgiving dinner, you need a quarterback and a game plan. This analogy works for the obvious reason—after all, football has been a part of this holiday since 1869—but also because success can look different based on your lineup (family’s unique kitchen, budget and traditions). We turned to three veterans of the hosting game to share their tips and tr…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Isn’t a decade enough? The Colville’s have been hosting this oyster party for a decade and we’ve had a blast. We’re blessed to have so many wonderful friends to share these memories—and the many different types of oysters, including East Coast and West Coast challenges. The three favorites we’ve tasted throughout the years? The Kumamotos from Washington State, Ninigr…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Pumpkin spice lattes have become so popular in the fall that, dare we say, we’re getting a little tired of them. Now, let’s be honest: We’re not here to declare you should give them up completely. There are, however, plenty of alternatives popping up on seasonal coffee shop menus that showcase other delicious fall flavors you know and love. Head to these local spots to try…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

A quick Google search yields 2,840,000 hits for “chocolate chip cookie recipe” and a significant number of website pages claiming to hold the secrets to the very best. But chocolate chip cookies are as diverse as snowflakes, and what constitutes a perfect chocolate chip cookie is a matter of personal preference and, sometimes, impassioned debate. Where one person might …

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Are Buffalo’s summers beautiful? Of course they are. The season’s usually so idyllic that it still stands as generations’ justification for braving the region’s sometimes calamitous winters—and that’s no small bargain. But within the thrill of the summer months, it can be easy to forget that, when weather and football results break the right way, the region’s fall can s…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

The Buffalo region currently boasts some 35 craft breweries, reflecting the growing popularity of craft beer throughout the country. Together, they offer enough frothy libations for every palate. The influx of breweries that have proliferated throughout Western New York has created a friendly synergy. As the city prepares for the 10th annual Buffalo Beer Week (Sept. 13-…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Meal prepping lunches for work or back-to-school is an efficient, cost-effective meal solution for the whole family—but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of same old, same old. To keep things from getting stale, elevate your packed lunches this fall with one or more homemade condiments that pack a lot of flavor for little effort. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

In the 1986 John Hughes classic, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” the film’s title character leaves viewers with multiple pieces of advice, including the following: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” The same could be said about Buffalo summers. Every year, they’re gone in a blink, booked with a surge of cookout…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

My hard cider journey started in Scotland. As an undergrad I studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh, and it was there I first discovered this crisp, effervescent alternative to beer. My flatmates and I would grab it by the two liter at the local Tesco, and my taste for it returned with me stateside. Though that stock of Strongbow was a far cry from the craft hard…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

One of the best ways to take full advantage of our short Western New York summers is to visit as many area farmers markets as possible. It’s an activity that has the coincident benefits of getting you outside, supporting the local economy, reducing your household’s contributions to climate change (in-season produce and foods shipped shorter distances generally have a small…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Two local chefs gave us the scoop on their pantry-ingredient essentials—and how to store these ingredients and use them in new ways. Dishes by the dozen “If you have a dozen good eggs in your fridge, you have so many meals,” Kim DePerno, owner of Elm Street Bakery in East Aurora, told me. The secret is in the sauce, which is actually the yolk. Simply fry an egg and pa…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Buffalo summers are about taking everything we enjoy—like dining, drinks and music—outside. This applies to the city proper as well as surrounding suburbs and areas just a short drive away. One of the trips can take you to the always quaint and, dependent on the entertainment, cacophonous corner of the Town of Lewiston. With just a short cruise up the 190, interested…

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 …