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Emeri Krawczyk

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Like most of us, well-known WNY personalities have tried-and-true eateries that keep pulling them back. We asked them to let us know their favorite spot, but instead got back an abundance of excellent suggestions. When you don’t know where you want go to, go where they go: When he isn’t tracking the weather, Don Paul of WKBW Channel 7 may want to consider writing a …

Lost between St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) and St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) is a national food day we can all rally around (at least those of us who don’t like corned beef and simultaneously fear Italy’s baccala, a dried, salted cod) — March 18, National Sloppy Joe Day. Why does it strike our fancy? Because, much like the diner cook who invented the sandwich, w…

We are very busy. There is no time in our world to watch over a simmering pot of corned beef for hours (and we can never quite get the slow cooker thing down). Our second problem is we are Polish (and not big fans of corned beef). Yet, we wanted to get into the spirit of the holiday for our Irish friends. The solution turned out to be one we drive by every day from…

We are loath to admit we have never tried the famous McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. So when we learned that the company rolled out a new Chocolate Shamrock Shake along with a Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe, a Shamrock Hot Chocolate and a Shamrock Mocha for the season, we decided it was worth our once-a-year trek to the fast-food giant. Why once a year? Because after…

March is a saintly month, and Buffalo celebrates two big ones — St. Patrick and St. Joseph. (This year, we are adding St. Sebastian, the patron saint of sports in honor of the NCAA basketball tournament that’s also in town for the saint-ish weekend). Again this year, local Italian restaurants continue the celebration of St. Joseph’s Day (March 19), with a traditi…

Welcome to Buffalo. If there’s one thing we love here it’s eating, so we promise you won’t go hungry during the NCAA Tournament. We’ve compiled a list of 25 restaurants and bars within a 15-minute walk of KeyBank Center where you can have a drink, grab a quick sandwich or even enjoy a high-end steak dinner. (716) Food & Sport (7 Scott St., HarborCenter)…

It’s a strange phenomenon. The weather warms up here and there and we suddenly hunger for hot dogs and ice cream. Our last hot dog was when, early October? The craving worked in our favor as we had to feed three teen boys dinner after a recent UB Bulls afternoon basketball game. Scanning the surrounding area on Google Maps, we found there was Nina’s Custard on M…

By the end of March, ardent food folks will be able to pick up a free publication of the new Edible Western NY magazine at Wegmans and other locations around Western New York. The quarterly magazine debuted this month as part of the national Edible Communities organization. (Some might remember the defunct Edible Buffalo that stopped publishing some time ago.) The n…

Like bears who crawl out of the den in search of honey, this time of year we crawl out of our own den (living room, basement, et al) in search of maple syrup and pancakes. Once again New York State Maple Weekends are upon us (March 18-19, 25-26), so you have a little time to plan your pancake attack. Seasoned MW pros that we are, while perusing the revamped New Yo…

We love to celebrate Fat Tuesday (this year on Feb. 28), especially when it can benefit a local entity too. In this case, Buffalo’s Fat Tuesday is for Autism Services, Inc. Twenty local bars and restaurants have teamed up to serve drink specials from Jack Fire (Jack Daniel’s version of cinnamon whiskey), Captain Morgan Rum and Genesee Brewing Company. Admission …

If you ever needed a reason to party (your job, relationship, politics, general winter malaise), Mardi Gras gives you a good reason to do it. Fat Tuesday (Feb. 28) officially marks the end of Mardi Gras in New Orleans — a day to eat and drink to excess before Lent begins. If you can't make it to the Big Easy, here are some local places to you can, "Laissez les bons…

Licking the last of our Valentine’s pastry heart from our fingers we are on to the next seasonal treat. Just in time, here comes Feb. 28 — Fat Tuesday. Grounded in religion and known as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday is last day of indulgence before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Delicious Shrove Tuesday traditions — Polish paczki (black raspberry filled doug…

Last summer Jill Gedra Forster moved her Nickel City Cheese gig from the tiny space on Elmwood Avenue to the Horsefeathers building on Connecticut Street (site of the former Martin Cooks). One side houses the cheese gourmet food shop while the other is the French-style brasserie called Lait Cru with food by head chef Will Peterson. Because we are always eager to improve…

Valentine's Day isn't just for flowers and traditional chocolate anymore. Lovers with a wicked sense of humor may want to get to Sweet Jenny’s (5732 Main St. and the Mill, 56 E. Spring St., Williamsville) or its sister location Oh Pour L’amour Du Chocolat (4476 Main St., Snyder) for an anatomical chocolate heart ($9.99). Owner Howard Cadmus tells us the hearts ar…

Football is over and we cannot bear to clean another closet. Suddenly we find ourselves with free time, but what to do? Our first inclination to eat and drink, so we headed on a drive to Chautauqua Lake to Reverie Creamery and Southern Tier Brewing — two places we’ve been meaning to check out for some time. The beauty of going this time of year is a just-long-eno…