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By: Holly R. Layer –  Contributing Writer In honor of my recent trip to Europe, I want to address vacation eating. My husband and I have taken a few monthlong trips in recent years, and I came home heavier each time. Can you blame me?  It’s France we’re talking about. Need I say more than croissants, wine, cheese and crème brulee? With summer and summer …

Try a pour at Moor Pat Moor Pat (78 E. Spring St., Williamsville) is holding a Bottle Blowout to free up shelf space for more delicious craft beer from 1 to 4 p.m. July 15. For $40, attendees will receive one pour from each of 18 different hard-to-find bottles from breweries in the United States and Europe. The beers include Cantillon Vigneronne (Lambic), Fantome Pissen…

Growing up in Ireland, Abban Westby probably never guessed he would end up in Buffalo serving Texas-style barbecue food, but a position with Kahunaville brought him to Buffalo 17 years ago. Last year, he saw the opportunity to bring a franchise to the area and he opened Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 3220 Sheridan Drive in December – an Amherst location he calls a “hidd…

Power Sushi & Thai started serving its menu of sushi, Thai and Burmese dishes on July 8. The restaurant, 1609 Kenmore Ave., was last home to Amigo's. Power Sushi & Thai is the latest Thai-sushi-Burmese hybrid in the Buffalo area. Owner Win Win "Snow" Thaw used to work in a restaurant in her native Burma, but this is her first place of her own. She came to Buf…

Americans, on the whole, are not good at sharing. We’re used to our own share of everything from real estate to entrees. But many other cultures around the world eat the same way at restaurants as most of us do at home – sharing a few plates with the table. That way, everyone at the table gets to try a wider variety for less financial investment. The approach works …

No artichokes. No liver. No eggplant. The four restaurants I was assigned as a rookie Taste of Buffalo judge seemed to have dishes I could stomach. I've never been much of a veggie fan, but since I became the WNY Refresh editor at The Buffalo News a little more than four years ago, I knew I should embrace better eating if I was going to write about health, fitness, n…

Michael Peirro III predicted Friday afternoon that a Dirty Bird sandwich will be one of his biggest hits this weekend when Mineo & Sapio Street Eats rolls in to the Taste of Buffalo – even though the reduced sodium chicken Italian sausage sandwich is a healthy option he'll be required to carry. "Our Chicken in the Grass, which won third place in the Healthy Option…

1) Taste of Buffalo, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 8 (Niagara East beer tent stays open until 11), and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 9 in Niagara Square and along Delaware Avenue. The event is free to attend, while tickets used to buy food run for 50 cents apiece, sold in $5 sheets. Commentary: For me, the most exciting thing about the Taste of Buffalo is scouring the menu and then …

The Iron Event has burst its bounds once again. The annual best-bite competition, involving some of Buffalo's young chefs, will move to Buffalo RiverWorks in its seventh year after overflowing Hotel @ the Lafayette. It's set for Oct. 15, which happens to be the Buffalo Bills' bye week. Tickets, starting at $50, entitle the bearer to a sample of 23 restaurants' work. …

The minor league baseball teams in Rochester and Syracuse are changing their names and logos – for one day only next month – to pay homage to each city's signature dish. The Rochester Red Wings on Aug. 10 will transform into the Rochester Plates. The Syracuse Chiefs are rebranding themselves on Aug. 5 as the Salt Potatoes. Maybe it's time the Buffalo Bisons be…

The Buffalo Bisons have overhauled the restaurant at Coca-Cola Field, renaming it Consumer's Pub at the Park and introducing a local craft beer concentration. The move was made in cooperation with local beer retailer Consumer's Beverages, the team said in a June 30 statement. Formerly Pettibones Grille, Consumer's Pub will revamp its pub-style menu, the statement sai…

There are days we want to run off and join the circus. But for now, we’ll settle for hitting up some of the local festivals during the next few months (and the oh-so-bad-but-good-food we crave). We caught up with Patrick Marsillo, who runs several stands at summer’s popular events to find out what it’s like to own a food stand. He will be at the Buffalo Italian F…

Rachel's Mediterranean has signed a lease to open a "signature store" in downtown Buffalo, at the corner of South Elmwood Avenue and Chippewa Street. The new outlet, at 235 South Elmwood Ave., will be a block from its current downtown store at Delaware and Chippewa. Scheduled to open in November, it will be about twice as big and will offer customer seating and retai…

The Depew building long home to Italian-American family restaurant La Castelana has become Camellia Garden Sushi & Thai. The restaurant opened in June at 5176 Transit Road, offering a broad menu of sushi, Thai and Burmese cuisine. Beer and wine are available. Appetizers include a spicy chicken spring roll ($4.99), with vegetables and grilled chicken in soft rice …

The Roaring Twenties-themed restaurant The Twilight Room has closed. The restaurant, 26 Virginia Place, opened in November. A hidden door led to a dining room decorated in a speakeasy theme and live jazz on weekends. Before the end of June, it was dark. Send restaurant tips to agalarneau@buffnews.com and follow @BuffaloFood on Instagram and Twitter.