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Two local pedal tours have launched in recent months, offering a unique pub crawl on wheels. Buffalo Pedal Tours We caught up with Ken Szal, president of Buffalo Pedal Tours, about his “pedal bus” that’s been operating since September 2014. “We are the first pedal bus pub crawler business in Western New York. Tours have gone on every month since October. The coldest t…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Feel like going around the world without suffering from jet lag, currency exchange headaches and long Customs lines? You’re in luck. A potpourri of palate-pleasing cuisine from exotic locales such as Burma, Ethiopia, Sudan, Thailand and China, to name a few, is served from a true international food court inside the West Side Bazaar at 25 Grant Street on Buffalo’s Wes…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Artisanal foods — the opposite of mass-market-produced fare that defined American food consumption in the 20th century — are making big inroads in Western New York. Options are growing for small, locally-crafted foodstuffs ranging from sausage and ice cream to coffee and gin. Part entrepreneurial, part consumer driven, local farms and small businesses are developing foo…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

It seems as though the oyster trend unfolded practically overnight in Western New York. There’s no shortage of quality shucks, creative accoutrements, wine lists with perfect pairings and specials that make it affordable to indulge. Oysters are becoming a staple starter at a growing list of local restaurants. Here’s where to find them (and some great specials, too). The…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

At Buffalo Proper, the bar is the epicenter of the action. Bottles of spirits fill the back wall, with shelves rising so high that bartenders frequently must stand on the bar to grab a bottle. Patrons on the second floor look down at the thirsty revelers below, who gather around while general manager Jon Karel mingles and mixes beverages with names like Killer Bee’s, Sunda…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

When Mary Ann Giordano is cooking at her restaurant, Gigi’s Cucina Povera on Kenmore Avenue, her mind is in overdrive thinking about the Sicilian-inspired food she’s preparing, front-of-the-house responsibilities, staffing concerns, marketing and administrative duties. “I’m juggling several things at once,” understates Giordano. When precious leisure time rolls around, …

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

A sweet pair Whether it’s the name, the mouth-watering aroma or knowing you’re right across the street from the Buffalo Zoo, you can’t help but smile when walking into Fairy Cakes Cupcakery. The warm welcome and comfy vibe makes you want to immediately befriend owners Kelly Audette and Mo Torpey. But the ultimate reason for being here? The cupcakes. They’re straight from …

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Like you, Buffalo Magazine loves to splurge on an excellent meal. Doing so regularly, though? Not always realistic. So we gave ourselves a mission: to find great meals at reasonable prices without suffering the slings and arrows of subpar fare. (Greedily, we wanted a nice atmosphere, too.) We were excited to find several great deals at places you wouldn’t necessarily…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Sure, you can check out Niagara-on-the-Lake’s wineries on your own. But when you take a specialized tour, it becomes more of an education. Of course, choosing the right tour is the key. “When we opened in 2005 there were only a handful of wine tour companies in the area, and none were offering professional, educational wine tours,” said Niagara Vintage Wine Tours co-…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

An afternoon at the ballpark in 2003 changed Denise Poland’s life forever. On the way home from a Buffalo Bisons game, Poland was in the front passenger seat of the family’s Chevy Yukon when a drunk driver with a suspended license tore through a city street intersection at 80 mph and T-boned their vehicle. “I took the full brunt of the impact,” Poland said. Her husba…

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Marilyn Cappellino is neither a chef nor a teacher. But she is an enthusiast of food and all things family. Plus she has an excellent way with words. “I’m a writer and have been since the 1980s,” said Cappellino of East Amherst. “But I put my career on hold to take care of family. During that period, my grandson, Jonathan, who loved to cook and was turning 6, asked me f…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

What better reason for a road trip then to satisfy your sweet tooth? The crisp crunch of a fresh-picked apple, the allure of pancakes smothered in maple syrup or the taste of a strawberry dipped in melted chocolate — these are the mouth-watering mile markers along the Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail. Meandering through Cayuga County, the trail is a self-guided tour th…

We usually get to Canada a few times per year, and we especially like the charm and excellent restaurants of Niagara-on-the-Lake. One of our favorites is the farm-to-table cuisine at Treadwell. Recently we hosted a group of 10 with a special menu: a roasted beet salad with hazelnuts and feta; sesame-crusted Albacore tuna with watermelon and teriyaki; and for the entrée,…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

Thanks to the farm-to-table movement, tastes are changing in nearly every culinary arena, providing Buffalonians with more options than ever for organic or artisanal products — including cheese. Savvy consumers can easily skip past the vacuum-sealed blocks of cheese to find an array of fantastic, unique varieties sourced locally…or from thousands of miles away. From cav…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

In Buffalo, we are nothing if not practical; it’s in our collective genetic make-up. Food, though — that’s one thing we can indulge in. Unlike designer shoes or expensive cigars, food is a basic human need. Maybe that’s why food is so big in Buffalo: it’s a socially acceptable luxury. When it comes to food, we are all in. We love talking about it, taking pictures of it…