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Emeri Krawczyk

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Springtime and our fancy turns to food, especially the seasonal kind. (We are tired of eating oranges and out-of-season empire apples.) We know your summer calendar will fill up fast, so with that in mind, here are some local food and drink experiences to make plans for that highlight the season’s bounty: The gastro pub at Becker Farms/Becker Brewing (3724 Quaker …

The patio at Daniels Restaurant has been a long time coming. A year in fact. After a long process, the patio will officially open May 26 with a grand opening party featuring free food tastes, a cash bar and more. (Rain date is May 30.) “Last year we started to get our ducks in a row for the patio by May, but we did not receive our permit until September,” said…

As much as we would love to visit California wineries and winery restaurants, it's easy to forget we have lovely world-class wineries just across the border, where our neighbors to the north offer a more wallet-friendly (and convenient) experience. If you are like us and your world revolves around food and drink, we cannot stress enough that if you haven't been to Cana…

As National Burger Month comes to a close, we decided to do a quick overview of burger products we’ve seen in local grocery stores to satisfy our curiosity. And with summer practically here, it seemed a good time to expand our horizons. A few items have recently caught our attention during shopping tours at various grocers — Schweid & Sons fresh patties, Bubba …

I confess. I want a Jim’s Truck Plaza waitress shirt. The red truck logo in a bright yellow circle is just too cool. Jim’s sits along that desolate stretch of Walden Avenue near the corner of Union, an area even more bleak with K-mart closed. Yet Jim’s persists, and is open 24/7, probably one of the few places in Western New York. We liked the quirkiness, incl…

Previously, the wife and brother of my Significant Other (Greg), were too busy to join us for an impromptu night out, either because they needed a babysitter or were providing shuttle service. Now their kids are teens (one a new driver) and they are free to throw caution to the wind. Invited to meet up at the Cheektowaga Tully’s on French Road near their home on a …

The hot summer movie season is here, but we like to reminisce. Who didn’t fall in love with Patrick Swayze (Johnny) as he romanced Jennifer Grey (Baby) in “Dirty Dancing” the summer of 1987? The low budget movie became a massive box office hit, the soundtrack went platinum and the rest is history. While the story was set in New York’s Catskill Mountains, o…

Looking to celebrate the Chinese year of the rooster? Maybe you are a fan of Foghorn Leghorn? (“Go away boy, you bother me.”) Or perhaps, you simply like really good diner food? All are excellent reasons to check out Rooster’s Café. Located just off Route 5 in Lackawanna on Ridge Road, the darling diner features bright red and white colors, including an old…

Someday we hope to get to France, but until then, we’ll download Ella Fitzgerald's “I Love Paris,” and head to Chautauqua County’s Johnson Estate Winery for spring events with a distinctly Gallic flair. The French experience begins with a wine and cheese pairing evening on May 20 that features selections from local cheese maker Riko Chandra of Mayville's Rev…

Memorial Day approaches. We are on the cusp of the unofficial start of summer (even though it doesn’t feel like it). With summer comes the rising smoke of the beloved chicken barbecue. Some folks might be interested to know that our version of a chicken barbecue is a regional phenomenon, based on a recipe created by Cornell poultry and science food professor Robert…

With The Parents away, Teens will play, or at least feel free to violate mom’s “healthy eating” edict. Auntie Em capped off a week of questionable eating by feeding the niece and nephew at Steveo's Tacos & Subs. I had spotted Steve'os late last summer driving home from the beach. With beach weather on the horizon, a little investigation was in order. [Gall…

Sometimes we don’t give chain restaurants enough love, but we should. Case in point, Bonefish Grill at the Boulevard Mall. Gift card in hand for what’s known as the “Bloomin’ Brands” restaurants — Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Outback Steakhouse and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar — we visited on a mundane Tuesday night to celebr…

For home tour enthusiasts, the Bellevue Avenue mansions of Newport, Rhode Island are a “must-do” trip. We visited last July but will return this summer because we needed more time to explore the wonderful city. Technically located on Aquidneck Island, the city has a rich history. Founded in the mid-1600s, Newport played important roles in the Revolutionary War befor…

Here at Buffalo Magazine we like to have our cake and eat it too. And since there is no law against getting something to eat while you shop for something to eat, we offer these great local places where you can stock up on items for your pantry while fueling up yourself. Here are some off-the-beaten-path-places where you can shop while you dine: BreadHive Bakery &…

Springtime and our thoughts turn to cocktails under our backyard tree. To that point, Lockhouse Distillery has teamed up with Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy to unveil its eighth product — Sakura Gin. Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossom, a symbolic flower of spring that represents renewal (and the fleeting nature of life) in the Japanese culture. To ce…