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The death knell for Tim Hortons drive-thrus?

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Saskatoon, the largest city in Saskatchewan, Canada, is considering banning Tim Hortons drive-thrus as a result of the traffic concerns stemming from the chain’s popularity. Could this trickle down to Western New York?

The Toronto Star reports that Saskatoon’s city council is investigating the possibility of banning drive-thrus in any future Tim Hortons that lays roots in the…

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Wegmans does it better

blog by S.J. Velasquez  •   •  

Photo courtesy of Flickr / patashley

Wegmans knows how to keep the customer happy.

According to Consumer Reports, Wegmans ranked No. 1 supermarket in America based on shopper feedback.

Customers were asked about different aspects of the shopping experience—prices, selection, line length, employee interactions, etc.—as part of the Consumers Report survey. Grocers with top ratings were:

1. Wegmans
2. Trader Joe’s…

Buffalo. For Real TV: Dyngus Day

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Back in the late 1800s, Buffalo's Polish population exploded, and Polish pride seems just as strong as ever -- ESPECIALLY on Dyngus Day.

Buffalo, America's Dyngus Day capital, is prepping for the high holy day of Polish pride. On the day after Easter, Buffalo's Polish population -- note: everyone is Polish on Dyngus Day -- will celebrate spring with meaty post-Lent foods, pussy…

Lloyd Dos: It’s happenin’

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Photo courtesy of Jeff Noto

Although it came down to the wire, Lloyd Taco Truck has surpassed its goal of raising $12,500 toward the purchase of a second mobile food vehicle.


Lloyd was roughly $2,000 short of its Kickstarter goal early this week and drew local criticism for its use of a public fundraising site for a for-profit business, but the food truck’s rabid supporters felt the urgency of the…

Ethiopian crash course: Lucy Takeout

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The pace of life in Buffalo agrees with Abba Biyah and Naime Tesfu, co-owners of the city’s first Ethiopian restaurant, Lucy Takeout, 388 Amherst St. After testing the Washington, DC and Toronto markets first, their comfort with the Queen City makes sense.

“They’re pretty tense,” Biyah said of his experiences in Washington, DC and Toronto. “Buffalo has a bit more of a slower…

For Gronk, it’s time to make the doughnuts

blog by S.J. Velasquez  •   •  

Photo from Patriots official Facebook page.

NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski may have grown up in Tim Hortons territory, but the Amherst native-turned-New England Patriot now runs on Dunkin’.

Gronkowski announced today that he’s the new Dunkin’ Donuts spokesman.

“We have a tradition with the Patriots; every Saturday morning a rookie has to get Dunkin’ Donuts for the team,” Gronkowski said in an ESPN interview, mentioning that…

Wegmans has beef with ‘pink slime’

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Photo courtesy of Flickr / aMichiganMom

“Pink slime” is a concern for shoppers who don’t want the ammonia-treated meat trimmings on their dinner plates, and Wegmans is responding to that concern.

Wegmans will halt the sale of meats featuring pink slime, listed on food labels as “lean finely textured beef,” even though Wegmans doesn’t use ammonia in the “sliming” process at all.

Wegmans’ beef supplier uses citric acid…

Taste of Culinary at the Statler - PHOTOS

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The American Culinary Association of Greater Buffalo New York presented the sixth annual Taste of Culinary Sunday afternoon at the historic Statler downtown. Buffalo.com photographer Nate Benson stopped over to capture the sizzling cuisine, renowned chefs and salivating attendees -- all meeting together in support for local culinary education.

The Cheesy Chick debuts on Hertel - PHOTOS

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  •   •  

The Cheesy Chick, Buffalo’s most recent foray into the food truck scene, posted up near the intersection of Hertel and Colvin Avenues Friday night.

Although issues with the truck delayed the start, owner Alexis Andrzejak began to sell her array of grilled cheese sandwiches shortly after 6:30 p.m. in front of St. Margaret’s School, just east of the Hertel and Colvin intersection.…

The Cheesy Chick debuts tonight

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  •   •  

Photo courtesy of The Cheesy Chick's Facebook page

(Update: Due to unexpected truck issues, the Cheesy Chick will be delayed in arriving to Hertel tonight. More updates shortly.)

After running errands frantically Thursday, The Cheesy Chick food truck owner Alexis Andrzejak is as ready as she’ll ever be to begin her food truck venture.

The Cheesy Chick, armed with a mobile food vendor permit from the City of Buffalo, will vend…

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