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I’ve always argued that wine goes with pretty much everything. Crisp champagne with deep-fried chicken. Fruity pinot noir if you put ketchup on your burger, spicy zinfandel if you prefer mustard.Powerful, sweet red port with fudge brownies. You get the picture.But I get a certain amount of push back on this idea. Quick story: I do the wine recommendations for national cook…

By Andrew Z. Galarneau Buffalo chef Mike Andrzejewski's shot at world-class dining in the Lafayette Hotel is over. With the departure of Chef Edward Forster, who was responsible for the menu at Mike A's at the Lafayette (391 Washington St., mikealafayette.com, 253-6453), Andrzejewski decided it was time to end the experiment. "I'm trying to make Mi…

By Andrew Z. Galarneau Steve and Ellen Gedra, the husband-and-wife team behind Bistro Europa, have purchased a West Side building they hope to open as a restaurant in 2014. This morning their corporation closed on a deal to buy the Golden Key Tavern, 367 Connecticut St., and associated buildings, Steve Gedra said. They plan to tear out and rebuild the interior and k…

Food and Drink

Even if you don’t know a birdie from a bogie or Phil Mickelson from Phil Collins, you should know about the good food at the Willowbrook Restaurant on the grounds of Willowbrook Golf Course in Lockport.The dinners at the restaurant, served after 4 p.m. daily, run from $9.95 for spaghetti and meatballs to $19.95 for an 8-ounce New York strip steak. But the lighter side of t…

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Lake Effect Ice Cream opened its new Lockport ice cream parlor, a cone’s throw from the Erie Canal, in June. Tourists have been flocking to the store, no doubt having earned a fling after soaking up the canal’s backstory for a solid hour.The store (79 Canal St., Lockport) usually carries more than 25 flavors from Lake Effect’s far-ranging menu. That includes established fa…

Food and Drink

Even if you don’t know a birdie from a bogie or Phil Mickelson from Phil Collins, you should know about the good food at the Willowbrook Restaurant on the grounds of Willowbrook Golf Course in Lockport.The dinners at the restaurant, served after 4 p.m. daily, run from $9.95 for spaghetti and meatballs to $19.95 for an 8-ounce New York strip steak. But the lighter side of t…

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When Chef Adam Goetz moved from Sample on Allen Street to Craving on Hertel Avenue, everything got bigger. ¶ The former La Dolce Vita space seats more customers, offering 45 spots plus the bar, and a broader patio. Goetz is responsible for the food, while his wife and business partner, Jennifer, handles the rest. They offer lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. ¶ The plates…

Bloom (July 25) Athenaeum Hotel, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua (800-821-1881). Young chef aims for world-class cuisine from the best Chautauqua has to offer. 8 platesShalimar Garden (July 18) 3192 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (835-0700, www.shalimargardenamherstny.com). Indian restaurant offers Chinese-Indian and Kashmiri dishes, not just lunch buffet. 7 platesAugust Bistr…

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When Chef Adam Goetz moved from Sample on Allen Street to Craving on Hertel Avenue, everything got bigger. ¶ The former La Dolce Vita space seats more customers, offering 45 spots plus the bar, and a broader patio. Goetz is responsible for the food, while his wife and business partner, Jennifer, handles the rest. They offer lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. ¶ The plates…

You may have heard that Italy was introduced to pasta by Marco Polo, who brought it from China. It’s a great story, but it was probably cooked up by a 1920s Don Draper – it’s just not true. Italians were eating pasta before Polo was born.How, then, did two nations half a world apart, with radically disparate cuisines, wind up making noodles that are strikingly similar? Tha…

Let’s face it: Pregnancy is a big deal.It’s one of the most life-changing events in a woman’s life, and often one of the most stressful. As such, it’s easy to get worked up about how to “do pregnancy right.” And it’s particularly easy to focus on all the things that can go wrong.As a registered dietitian specializing in maternal, infant and pediatric nutrition, one of the …

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Blueberries are just too rewarding to let another season slip by.This season is a memorably bountiful one for these berries, for starters. Blueberry farmers have been offering competitive prices at their fields and farmers’ markets. The u-pick fields have been yielding some of the easiest buckets in years.Strawberries make you stoop and remember your last chiropractic appo…

About this time every year, with summer peaking, blasting us with its triple-digit temperatures, I like to write about my favorite way to chill.Bubbly.New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day can take care of themselves. Now’s when our morale needs crisp, cold wine.It needn’t be expensive. Maybe it shouldn’t be, because we may mistreat it a little in the heat of the summer momen…

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NIAGARA FALLS – A long-standing city tradition is coming back in full force this year.The Italian Festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Pine Avenue between Portage Avenue and 15th Street. It comes a year after a smaller version of the festival was held.Carmine Bianco, who heads a men’s bocce club in the city known as the Pax Romana Commission, is spearheadin…

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You probably already have your favorite places to eat outside and enjoy the all-too-brief embrace of the Western New York summer.That doesn't mean you can't put more on your list. Here are five suggestions aimed at specific desires in outdoor dining. What's on the plates ranges from hot dogs and curly-Q fries to Bronzini en croûte with beurre blanc and tournéed vegetables.…