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What started as a post-workout meal has evolved into juicing as a to-go meal replacement, or a way to get more fruits and veggies into our diets. And many places have popped up around WNY to heed the call. Here are several where you can wet your whistle: • Ashker’s 1002 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo • Meadow & Nottingham, Buffalo Ashkersbuffalo.com • B. Good Ju…

By Tim Fenster Just as Buffalo is shedding its downtrodden image, so too is the local restaurant scene moving farther away from the sort of greasy, artery-clogging pub food that brought the city international culinary fame. In fact, the latest crop of new and recently-opened restaurant are on par with those in much larger and trendier cities: ethnic foods from across th…

Does it really matter what you wear when you work out? Well, sure. As sweaty and gross as you feel by the end of a session, looking good as you go is an emotional lift. After all, who wants to see herself do overheard presses in a ratty old T-shirt? And isn’t it better to catch a glimpse of your muscles flexing in cute running tights? Plus, quality workout-wear …

by Jessica Kelly With the post-holiday dent in the couch – and potential travel to warmer climates looming – it may be time to take stock in your exercise routine. But it can be challenging to find a workout or gym that excites you. Equally stressful is deciding where to invest your money - especially when some workout programs can run up to $100 per month (or more)…

Brandy Dulak and her husband Drew first considered taking in a foster child five years ago. The Grand Island couple has one biological child and, after adding another child through private adoption, the Dulaks felt they had more love to give. “We are a Christian family, and we believe, as part of our faith, that we are called to take care of children who need homes,…

by Devon Dams-O’Connor There is something special about dogs. Their fur absorbs human tension, their feet announce the coming of a friend, their tails celebrate seemingly insignificant moments, and their eyes see the good inside every person. They can’t talk, but they sure can listen. Having a dog nearby makes almost everything better. That’s the premise behin…

Whether your idea of the perfect send-off to winter is hitting the ice and slopes or gearing up for spring home improvements and gardening, these indoor and outdoor events pack plenty of fun for both the cold weather enthusiast and those who would just as soon hibernate. A Valentine Romance Feb. 11 Add some real romance to your weekend with the greatest love songs…

When it comes time to get your gift list together and strategize a game plan, you may encounter some tough scenarios. Often it’s the people we’re closest to who are the most difficult to buy for. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the most challenging people in your life, with a handy guide for the perfect holiday gift. Even better, it’s all local. Grandpa who do…

The locale: This tiny Schoharie County village (pop. 558) is almost four hours east of Buffalo, so plan to explore nearby Catskill, Cobleskill, Cooperstown and Herkimer, too. The scoop: There’s nothing like a drive into Central New York’s small towns to realize how easily we overlook pockets of history, commerce and cuisine like Sharon Springs. A late fall trip will…

Just 222 steps from Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store, is the Silent Night Chapel, where nothing is for sale. Away from the hurly-burly of holiday commerce, the peaceful chapel in Frankenmuth, Mich., is a replica of the original church in Oberndorf, Austria, where “Silent Night” was composed in 1818. The lyrics to “Silent N…

Growing up in the New York City area and spending 25 years in New Jersey have contributed to my obsession for great pizza, which culminates in this month’s pizza-and-wine tasting. Of all the many delicious types, I still crave New York-style thin crust pizza the most. It brings back memories of being a kid in Westchester County. My Aunt Pat always ordered “tomato pi…

Food traditions bind us to family, but especially so during the holidays. Chefs of local restaurants are really no different. For them, November through New Year’s Eve often means working unbelievably long hours. Yet they still find time to celebrate. Here is some of the history that helped shape them. Mary Ann Giordano, chef and owner of Gigi’s Cucina Povera, sa…

Ten Thousand Villages 5596 Main St., Williamsville 810-9333| Tenthousandvillages.com A gift from Ten Thousand Villages can make a world of difference. Fair-trade handcrafted items help artisans earn income and empower them to build better lives. Not to mention the joy a recipient receives in getting a unique gift. Paella Dish, top ($90), Spice Jar Set, above ($32) …

There are a ton of great gifts for the culinary-inclined loves of your life. Of course one great option is a gift certificate to any one of our hot new local restaurants (take your pick!) — but here are some other ideas: Local grocery stores = awesome gifts Add a fun ingredient to a gift card from your recipient’s favorite grocery store. From olive oils, vinegars…