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Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

As you stand at the counter of a Buffalo café and tell the volunteer your order, the line stretches behind you. A well-dressed businesswoman, on her way to and from meetings, converses with a single father who’s out running errands with his two boys in tow. Behind them, a millennial holding her college textbooks scans the menu and gives her recommendation to an immigrant c…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Everyone has an opinion about food (organic vs. conventional, local vs. imported, Paleo vs. plant-based, and the list goes on). No matter your school of thought, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) succeeds in getting people more connected with their meals. As magazine subscriptions are to publishers, CSA is to farmers — allowing farmers to sell portions of their prod…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Food gifts are big business, and you can place your order with countless national food catalogs and websites. But what if you want to shop local — or give the gift of Buffalo? From gourmet popcorn to chocolate delicacies and fruit bouquets to pasta sauce, the following local companies are here to satisfy your desire to shop local…and satisfy your recipients’ cravings for B…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Over the years, we have travelled far and wide to taste wine – California, Washington, France and more — and I’ve written about many of those experiences for this column. Recently, Duncan Ross, owner of Arrowhead Spring Vineyards in Lockport, reached out to suggest I write about more locally-made wines. While the original intent of this column was to find wines that cou…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

“Gastropub?” my father asked, mystified. “Boy. That sounds like a dive bar that will leave you with an intestinal problem.” I was trying to explain the food trend that would soon be taking me to Cleveland. Never mind that at that very moment, my dad and I were drinking Belgian beer and eating steamy mussel pots in a gastropub: the former Blue Monk, in Buffalo’s Elmwood …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

While Buffalo boasts countless excellent restaurants (old and new), culinary adventures also await north of the border. Here’s a short list that includes notable eateries in Fort Erie, Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Fort Erie, Ridgeway and Crystal Beach Greater Fort Erie has colorful history that includes a pivotal role in the War of 1812 and as a vital stop for …

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Eileen Bos of Lockport may be the most talented baker you’ve never heard of. Although she describes herself as “mostly a homemaker,” her cakes and other art — primarily sculptural — tell a different story. Bos’s painstakingly detailed cakes are like nothing you’ve likely seen: mermaids with finely detailed faces and tiny pearls in their hair; dragons with hundreds of…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

When the last dancer has stepped off the floor at Vinyl Night Club and the final pint has been poured at J.D. Oxford’s Pub, Rochester millennials look for the ultimate late night food. And what fills the bill — and their stomachs — is a local culinary specialty: the “garbage plate.” But these piled-high plates are not just for hungry 20-somethings; they’re just as popul…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Buffalo’s Brown Bag Brigade will be happy to learn that the city’s first downtown food hall — EXPO — gives them a reason to leave lunch at home. Following the trend in cities like San Francisco, Chicago and New York City, EXPO — which opened last month — brings diverse up-and-coming local restaurants together in a communal gathering space with open seating. The idea cam…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Before she was a celebrity chef with a show on the Cooking Channel and a cookbook publishing deal, Nikki Dinki was just a precocious blond-haired girl from Clarence. The middle of five kids, Dinki always wanted to stand out, whether on stage playing Annie or Mary Poppins in local theater productions, or at home, where she was better known as “Picky Nikki.” Yep, that’s righ…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Oh, we’d love to belong to the Ladies (or Men) Who Lunch Club, but alas, we are downtown worker bees. For us (or anyone in the city during lunchtime), there are some centrally located places, new and old, that serve good food and are geared to get you in and out. The once downtrodden area of Genesee Street (bordered by Oak and Ellicott) is now a hot location that offers…

The best thing about traveling may be the exposure to new wines. My wife Karen and I were lucky enough to get to London to see the Buffalo Bills play at Wembley Stadium in October. (It was our 21st anniversary and I convinced Karen the trip was her anniversary gift.) What an adventure. We met lots of new people, had excellent tickets for Miss Saigon, tried a few English…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

James Roberts arrived in Buffalo in 2007 and quickly made a name for himself in the restaurant community as executive chef at Park Country Club. Three years ago, he began working on his own restaurant and finally opened Toutant in 2015 to rave reviews. Using high-quality local ingredients, Roberts brings Louisiana to the Queen City with fluffy biscuits and gravy, mouth-wat…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

It’s ski season — Ellicottville’s prime time. If you’re making a weekend of it or just feel like stopping somewhere après ski, there are plenty of great places to eat. Here’s a rundown. Dina’s Restaurant 15 Washington St.; Dinas.com An Ellicottville mainstay for 25 years, Dina’s is one of those steadfast places where you know you’ll get a great meal literally any ti…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

In two previous columns I shared our experiences in Bordeaux. No trip to France would be complete without exploring Paris, too, and the city did not disappoint; I will share that part of our journey here. After a long, strange trip from the airport, we arrived at our hotel near the Arc de Triomphe. Based on stories I’d heard, we were prepared to be treated rudely. It ne…