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Brenda Alesii


Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Louie Galanes’s daughter says her dad missed his calling. Twice. Galanes, 77, who emigrated to the U.S. from a small village in central Greece and came through Ellis Island at age 10, is a well-known fixture in his adopted homeland. From the city to the WNY suburbs, seven Louie’s Texas Red Hots and a cafe bear his name. Undoubtedly, Galanes will forever be associated…

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Shuck, salivate, slurp. Feeling clammy yet? That may not be a bad thing, especially when it comes to summertime traditions like clam shacks in Western New York. When the “Open” sign clicks on after a long winter, dining on shellfish alfresco is a sure sign that the living is easy and the heat is on. While the number of clam shacks in the region has diminished over th…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

At over six feet tall, Len Mattie towers over his wife, Nancy Abramo, but stature is the only inequity between this entrepreneurial pair. Last fall they gave an old building new life, opening the Parkside Meadow in their North Buffalo ‘hood. To say the duo is not easily deterred is an understatement. After being approached by their neighbor, Bob Barends, to help reno…

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

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: Home

Thinking about adding a fireplace to your home — inside or outside? Things are heating up in the hearth industry, and most of those toasty trends don’t involve an igniter or a pack of matches. Today’s fireplace choices are many: gas, electric, wood-burning and pellet are the typical options. Each has advantages, but Bob Kladke, owner of Black Hat Chimney & Firepl…

Ambient lighting, soothing aromatherapy fragrances, soft music piped in from a sophisticated sound system and a relaxing massage. A luxurious day at the spa? No, just a few new features of the S-Class Mercedes-Benz. And while this euphoria on four wheels may be among the sexier auto features today, cars ranging from high-end to more affordable have more unique (and prac…

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Sometimes you find unexpected pleasures in the unlikeliest of places. As a lover of ethnic cuisine, I have eaten dozens of meals at Tandoori’s over the years. When I heard they introduced live music on Saturday evenings along with a new spicy cocktail menu, I had to go see – and hear – what was new.Simply put, I had the best martini of my life at Tandoori’s. It was a Cucum…

Don't let the name fool you."Parings" isn't misspelled and this suburban wine bar is more than a converted house that only serves the fruit of the grape. Tastefully decorated with soft holiday lights and inviting rooms that feature everything from comfy Victorian sofas to high-top tables and bar stools, Parings is delightfully different from standard clubs.My husband, Dan,…

I first visited La Scala in October when the spacious Transit Road restaurant hosted a breast cancer benefit and fashion show.Although it was packed, I was impressed with the style and vibe of the place, especially the unique bar and lounge area, which features a layout that would make a feng shui devotee proud: comfortable leather couches and chairs anchor one side of the…

"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous."So said Coco Chanel, the iconic French fashion designer, who was also known for her support of artists and their work in the last century.That same sensibility can be found at Coco, a large, comfortably appointed restaurant and bar on Main Street in downtown Buffalo, near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.Coco is divided …

On a hot and steamy Friday, we escaped the heat and walked into the beautifully restored downtown Buffalo icon now rechristened as Statler City. Relief from the oppressive humidity came in more ways than one: While it was refreshingly air-conditioned throughout the lobby and the downstairs disco, the cool factor started the moment we heard cocktail piano jazz, the kind of …

When I walked into the magnificently restored Pan-American Grill & Brewery on a recent Friday evening, I felt like a tourist in my hometown. My husband, Dan, and I had taken a quick walk-through of the Pan-Am, located inside the Hotel @ the Lafayette, in July shortly after it opened. Duly impressed, we made a note to drop in for a few cocktails and check out one of the new…

On the occasions I've been to Milo's for breakfast and banquets, I was always impressed with the sleek bar that is off to the side as you enter the spacious restaurant. Bright, modern and accented by a lovely pastel-lit counter bar, the lounge is inviting and cozy.An eye-catching floor-to-ceiling wine cooler is on one wall, two televisions flank the bar and an arra…