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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…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Three chef owners. Three unique stories.  While each landed behind the stove in a different way, there are common themes to their success — all had the unwavering support of family and friends, and all took a (fairly sizable) risk to launch the business of their dreams. And as a sign of the times, all three chefs have open kitchens. So if you visit, say hello, or at …

Normally I don’t like dinners with preset menus or wine tastings. But sometimes you go because it’s for a good cause (and sometimes you go because your wife wants you to). The Food Bank of WNY falls in the former category, so when we received Mike Andrzejewski’s invitation to a special dinner and wine tasting, Chefs Cook to Kick Hunger, we were in. Proceeds from the eve…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

When it comes to mixing hobbies and drinking, women have been known to get creative. Book clubs with Bloody Marys. Pottery with Prosecco. Cooking classes with Cabernet. If it comes with a side of alcohol, sign us up. (Within moderation, of course.) Enter paint-while-you-drink art lessons, the latest Western New York trend that pairs step-by-step instruction with wine, b…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Buffalo’s always been a food city, but the glut of new restaurant openings in the last few months seems unprecedented. What gives? Dan Garvey, director of Food and Beverage at East Aurora’s Roycroft Inn and this year’s Restaurant Association chairman, gave us his thoughts about Western New York’s restaurant renaissance: Do you remember a time when so many restaurants…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

It was about 15 years ago when I first met Marie Snyder. We soon realized we shared a love of wine – especially finding really good red wine at a really good price. She asked for recommendations, and every so often I’d find something special and let Marie know. I share that same passion for wine with Marie’s husband, Paul, the owner of EB Green’s in the Hyatt Hotel. Pau…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Girls in pink ballet leotards mix with Amherst highway workers, dance moms, and white-haired couples at the coffee counter in Dash’s supermarket in Williamsville. The line ranges from two to 10 people, a lively crowd patiently waiting for their favorite daily dose of coffee or cappuccino. Behind the counter, Michelle Bukowski is heard saying, “The usual for you? A skim mil…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

A long time ago I figured out that wine makes a great gift for the holidays. It’s available at all different price points, which works out well for budgeting, and you can do all your shopping at one location. Plus, everyone enjoys receiving a good bottle of wine. My wife also enjoys shopping for it, and has a special way of doing so: one for them, one for her. I thought…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Every summer our good friends Jay and Lois host us for dinner and great wine. It’s always one of the best evenings of the year. It’s also where I had my first (reluctant) taste of oysters 10 years ago, when several different types of oysters on the half shell emerged from the kitchen as hors d’oeuvres. I had gone almost a half a century without trying an oyster, and the…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

All chefs will say we first eat with our eyes. And most will tell you that while visualization is important, tastes and textures ultimately drive a dish. With school in session, we asked Mark A. Mistriner, professor and chair of the Business and Hospitality division of Niagara County Community College Culinary Institute, if students actually learn how to design a plate.…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

When I find something I like, I tend to stick with it. I was the same way about wine until I started to write this column; I began forcing myself to try many new wines that I would have never considered before. Similarly, my wife has been pushing me to step outside my comfort zone with food. My reply is often, “Do I have to?” I like what I like, and why change what I o…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Tending good bar takes more than mixing a decent drink, particularly in a city that ranks #10 in the nation for bars per capita. Many of Buffalo’s favorite bartenders are so popular because of their ability to make you feel at home from the very first time you walk in; an elusive skill that can make or break a bar experience. From the entertaining trivia night at Founding …