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Dinosaur meets Buffalo

blog by S.J. Velasquez  •   •  

Photo courtesy of Flickr / mackarus

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a Syracuse-based barbecue joint that’s been a Central New York favorite since 1988, is coming to Buffalo.

According to Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle, the “roadhouse-themed bar and restaurant” branched out to other New York cities Rochester, Harlem and Troy, and two out-of-state restaurants are slated to open in Newark, N.J. and Stamford, Conn.

Now, a…

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Rookie Chef: Roasted chickpeas

blog by Kathryn Przybyla  •   •  

Who doesn’t want to snack a little bit when they get home from work?

Rather than looking for something quick, and probably unhealthy, to munch on give this snack a try. I’ve had these before as an appetizer before dinner, but this is my first attempt at cooking them myself. Honestly, it couldn’t be easier. For the complete recipe, head over to Allrecipes.com and start making this…

A thirst for romance

blog by S.J. Velasquez  •   •  

It’s Feb. 14, and you forgot to pick up that romantic bottle of of bubbly for your lovey-dovey dinner this evening. Pressure mounting, you remember last year when you randomly chose a red wine that tasted more like liquid pepper than a refreshing beverage.

Before you swing by the liquor store to buy whatever has a red label with hearts, take some advice from Eric Genau, president…

Off-beat Valentine’s Day restaurant choices

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  •   •  

Buffalo’s Urbanspoon, one of the best local restaurant review sites, posted a poll for the most romantic Valentine’s Day eateries in Western New York. Chow Chocolat pummeled the competition—apparently folks like chocolate—but upscale restaurants like Hutch’s, Left Bank, Black and Blue Steak & Crab and Rue Franklin also fared well in the vote.

Hey, there’s nothing wrong with…

We want candy

video by S.J. Velasquez  •   •  


There's no shortage of candy stores in Western New York. I asked members of the Buffalo.com team and friends of Buffalo.com to share their favorite places to score the best bites of chocolate.

While the results varied, there were clear favorites among the bunch. One particularly popular chocolate shop is Watson's, which has multiple storefronts throughout WNY. I was invited to…

May i[Pod] take your order?

blog by S.J. Velasquez  •   •  

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Two Western New Yorkers developed software that eliminates some of the pesky restaurant wait time between placing an order and receiving the meal.

According to a UB news release, James O’Leary, a former UB student, and Ansar Khan, a UB alumnus, took their experiences as restaurant servers to think up a phone app that makes the ordering process more convenient and less…

Buffalo Winter Bash at Statler City

gallery by Erica Morano  •   •  

Guests enjoy craft beers at the Buffalo Winter Fest

Buffalo Winterfest kicked off its third annual Powder Keg Festival with a night of beer and wine at the beautifully renovated Statler City. Guests purchased tickets for either the beer-and-wings night or the wine tasting, which featured 10 local wineries and cheese from Yancey's Fancy. Local musician Maddie Larken entertained the guests in the wine and cheese room, while Critt's…

Great Guinness Toast

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Photo courtesy of Flickr / genvessel

Exactly one month before St. Patrick’s Day, Guinness drinkers around the globe will hold their pints high and toast in unison.

The Great Guinness Toast is an annual recording-breaking occasion that occurs the third Friday of February, and it’s been happening since the early ‘90s. Here in Buffalo, join the Guinness-sanctioned event Feb. 17 at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott…

Top WNY chefs show appreciation for local farmers at A Big Fuss

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  •   •  

Feed Your Soul’s ‘A Big Fuss’ event at Artisan Kitchens and Baths was, at its root, an opportunity to help a struggling local farm survive. In a larger sense, though, the event revealed the burgeoning connection between top local restaurants and their food producers, an increased understanding and respect for where the ingredients for fancy concoctions like Merge’s vegan pulled…

Photos: Feed Your Soul’s ‘A Big Fuss’

gallery by Ben Tsujimoto  •   •  

Presenters of the locally renowned Nickel City Chef series, Feed Your Soul hosted a party at Artisan Kitchens and Baths Wednesday night to help out a local farm that is struggling financially. An impressive cast of local chefs created dishes out of products donated from local farms, and a cash bar and entertainment from DJ Cutler added energy to the evening.

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