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It’s baseball season from now until what will eventually feel like forever, and the crowds are shuffling back to Coca-Cola Field for Bisons' games. It’s tradition to stop off for a bite and a cold one before you’re locked in and hit with stadium pricing (albeit more reasonable at Bisons' games), and Union Pub, formerly the Irish Times, has always been my pregame watering h…

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I hate to cook ... less. Nearly two years ago, I wrote an unapologetic rant about the miseries of being someone who has actually cooking skills but despises having to use them. Given the limited down time I have after work, I described cooking as a "hamster-wheel activity that would fall to the bottom of my to-do list if it weren’t for the small matter of starvation." …

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After four summers in the parking lot near the Burger King at Hertel and Delaware avenues, the North Buffalo Farmers Market will set up at a new location for the 2018 season, which kicks off from 4 to 7 p.m. June 21 and runs every Thursday through October. The front lawn of North Park Community School No. 50 (formerly the North Park Academy), at 780 Parkside Ave., is th…

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It wouldn’t be hard to spend a morning that turns into an afternoon and even spills into an evening at the Clarence Center Coffee Co. & Cafe. There is so much to try - and do - at this Clarence mainstay. Welcoming tiki torches and fresh flowers greet you on the way into the brick cafe where two chalkboard signs advertise hours and events in bubbly letters. Open M…

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Father's Day Brunch options Does dad love water? On the waterfront, Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, has a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., (steak, fresh oysters, crab legs and more), for $44.95 (adult) or $20.95 (child); a dinner is slotted for 5:30 p.m., too. Or consider a floating three-course lunch aboard the Grand Lady, part of a 90-minute narrated cru…

Business

For the third year in a row, Wegmans has been ranked America's Favorite Grocer, according to polling done by Market Force Information, a retail consulting firm. Last year, Wegmans tied with Florida-based Publix for No. 1. In 2016, it ousted Trader Joe's for the top spot. This year, it bested Publix, Trader Joe’s, Aldi and H-E-B. Survey participants were asked to rate…

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Mark Anthony Bourdain's 62nd birthday at a celebration of food and drink offered by restaurant people honoring the late television star's impact on their lives. All proceeds will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said Lait Cru Brasserie owner Jill Gedra. She's organizing the event with Kate Elliott, general manager of Community Beer Works' up…

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How do you go from working in manufacturing to making homemade sweet treats for the public? Simply come up with a “pie in the sky” idea like Kristin Linn. She opened Armor Sweet Treats in November after things just fell into place. Linn still works in the manufacturing industry, but also runs the ice cream shop and bakery, which feature both indoor and outdoor seating, …

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BBQ and Blues Bash 5 to 9 p.m. at the Cobblestone District, Illinois Street near the KeyBank Center. Tickets $25 pre-sale here, $30 at the door, and $65 VIP, including food and drink specials. The 10th edition of the Cobblestone District's celebration of barbecue, live blues and beer raises money for the Gateway-Longview social services agency. Barbecue lineup: Babz BB…

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French-inspired West Side restaurant Lait Cru Brasserie has expanded its offerings, introducing liquor and custom cocktails, with a patio on the way. The restaurant opened in 2016 in the Horsefeathers building, 346 Connecticut St. It previously offered wine, beer and cider with its menu. With the approval of Lait Cru's liquor license, the restaurant started offering …

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Prescott's Provisions, a City of Tonawanda restaurant offering ambitious features like housemade pasta and live-fire cooking, plans to open June 26. The building at 40 E. Niagara St. is feet from the Erie Canal, and will draw customers by water as well as road, since its front yard offers city-run boat parking. Vincent Thompson, who led kitchens at BOSS, Buffalo Chop…

Festivals

1) Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle, gates open at noon, music begins at 1:45 p.m. June 16 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Tickets are $35 plus fees for general admission, $50 plus fees for premium view; more details here. Ticket prices rise to $55 on the day of the show. Commentary: Kerfuffle is beloved for several reasons: it unites indie music fans on Buffalo's waterfron…

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One thing Buffalo and Western New York don't lack? Summer festivals. Here's a look at what's coming through September. Skip to July  |  August  |  September JUNE June 15: Buffalo River Festival. 6 p.m. Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. Family event with live music, games, craft vendors, concessions and historical waterfront memorabilia and photos. June 16: Buff…

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Anyone who thinks cooking can't be an artistic performance should be blessed to have a ringside seat on a skilled grill jockey during breakfast rush. Eggs cracked out two at a time in neat lines, shells finding the trash in no-look arcs. Mountains of home fries lining the griddle's western horizon chopped into foothills with metronymic precision to crisp before plating.…