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Summer is on the horizon, which means burger season has officially opened. While the warm months give weekend grillmasters the opportunity to hone their skills at home, who doesn’t enjoy a burger even more when it’s expertly prepared out on the town? Here is an informal and incomplete (yet highly satisfying) burger tour of WNY. The Delaware Pub & Grill 3410 Delaw…

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…

As the old joke goes: “Marriage is like a deck of cards; it starts with hearts and diamonds, but ends with clubs and spades.” Alas, with 40 to 50 percent of marriages in the United States ending in divorce (Divorcestatistics.org), that may have a kernel of truth. But what about the other 50 percent of marriages? What are their secrets to success? We approached some…

For many, bikes were our first tastes of freedom — leaving the doting world of mom and dad behind to pedal toward endless exploration. They took us on our first adventures and to the places we needed to go: the public pool, the neighborhood kickball game.Nickel City Cycles wants to tap into that nostalgia by creating custom bikes that adults will feel comfortable riding.…

We’ve all heard the phrase, “There’s an app for that” — and for the most part, it’s true. In 2013 alone, ABI Research estimates that consumers downloaded 56 billion smartphone apps and another 14 billion tablet apps. Portio Research predicts that by 2017, more than 200 billion apps will be downloaded every year. Local firms are diving head first into the ev…

For many years we’ve dined at Oliver’s on Thanksgiving, so we thought we’d try it for Easter dinner this year. Sometimes I bring my own wine to taste for this column, but I thought this time we’d take advantage of Oliver’s special Sunday wine pricing: half off regular wine and one-third off reserve wine. I went online in advance to check out the list, and found…

Too tight. Too loose. Too long. Too short. Size four in one store. Size eight in another store. It’s a sizing conundrum, a retail maze without an exit. Picture this: you are desperate for a new pair of skinny jeans —  that perfect pair that hugs your hips and lifts your butt without being too tight. You walk into Gap, where you have always worn a size 8, but the size…

When David Kaplan of Williamsville sees a Playboy magazine, it likely makes him think of his late grandfather, Lou Horwitz. But the reason why may surprise you. Lou Horwitz – along with his friends Charlie Thomas and Norm Richardson – created a revolutionary new car called the Playboy, which made its debut in February 1947. Dubbed “the nation’s new car sensation,…

Cars are manufactured to get us from point ‘A’ to point ‘B,’ but they haven’t been about transportation since 1929 when Paul Galvin invented the first car radio. People choose cars to match their style. Sure, economics play a role in whether your ride is pimped or proper, but your car selection still says a lot about you. The Lone Ranger had Silver. You might no…

While there’s something to be said for umbrella-drinks-on-the-beach vacations — and the mental break that comes with them —  there are also getaways that expand your mind instead of emptying it. You can spend a week (or a whole summer) exploring some of life’s most important questions just 90 minutes south of Buffalo at The Chautauqua Institution, a 750-acre lake …

BFLO Distilling Company bflodistilling.com One Foot Cock Apple Brandy ($38-$48) Owners Andrew Wegrzyn, Owner/Distiller Frank J. Weber III, Owner/Distiller Eric “The Chief” Kempisty Owner/Distiller, Chief Engineer Daniel “Drigz” Ricigliano Jr., Distiller/Head of Craft Cocktail and Bitters Development A secret blend of local apples is used to create One Foot Cock …

My mother had a great expression: “Mutton dressed as lamb.” Loosely translated, it’s when a woman of a certain age insists on trying to look like she’s still in her twenties. I sometimes think I’m guilty of this, mainly because I’m not ready to dress like a middle-aged woman, even though at 48, that’s exactly what I am. So how do “I still want to be funky…

Looking for a novel way to spend a night in Toronto? Many of the city’s top family attractions offer sleepover options you (and the kids) won’t soon forget. Sleep with the fishes Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada offers an overnight adventure called “Sleep with Sharks,” where families can spread their sleeping bags out in a 315-foot-long acrylic tunnel under the Dang…

Is financial stress leaving the “hot sauce” in your marriage not-so-hot? Or perhaps you’re planning your wedding, and the subject of money and finances is already a sore spot. Whether you are walking down the aisle for the first, second, or third time — or you’ve been married for years — love and money are a challenging mix for most couples. Years ago, as a t…

Ever since the first horseless carriage was introduced, Buffalo has played an important role in the automotive industry. From the Thomas Flyer to the Pierce-Arrow, from the Playboy car to Chevys and Fords, plus tires, windshield wipers and more, our area boasts a rich automotive heritage. Many Buffalonians have auto industry connections so it’s no wonder car collec…