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Childhood obesity is an American epidemic, leading to a debilitating and hugely expensive wave of preventable diseases like diabetes, public health authorities say.But that doesn't mean junior couch potatoes are useless. They've been employed by Gov. David Patterson, as the chief argument for a penny-per-ounce excise tax on sugary beverages. He announced the beve…

Buffalo diners who lament the scarcity of top-level places within dining range might consider Niagara Falls, Ont., where fat-walleted gamblers have made first-class dining a sustainable economic proposition.The city's reputation as the Canadian equivalent to Las Vegas was underscored last month when two restaurants at the Fallsview Casino Resort were awarded "fou…

The Edible Books Festival celebration yesterday at the Western New York Book Arts Collaborative brought out artists of all stripes. The best in show award went to "The Wump World," by Lindsay Haigh, but there were lots of interesting works on the table.Buffalo Rising has a video with a quick overview of the entries. Watch the whole thing, because the winners are …

Mike and Sherri Andrzejewski closed the Williamsville outpost of SeaBar on Sunday, but the silver lining will be apparent in April, with the expansion of SeaBar City on Ellicott Street, Mike Andrzejewski said.The expanded restaurant, at 475 Ellicott St., will keep its present sushi bar but add a full bar and lounge, with sake and beer selections in addition to your usual l…

Amanda McDonald Crowley, executive director of Eyebeam, New York City's non-profit art and technology center, will explore some of the work artists are doing on food and sustainability issues in a talk on Thursday, April 1, at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.As Crowley describes her topic on the Eyebeam site:I'll be speaking about "Food in the City", t…

If the health care reform bill becomes law, all restaurant groups with at least 20 stores will have to post calorie counts alongside each menu item. Will Dairy Queen customers notice that the large Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard weighs in at 1,470 calories (2M pdf file) - which is half the calories a moderately active young man burns in a day (pdf file) - and choose something …

Chow Chocolat owners Scott and Jaclyn Wisz, who brought fine chocolate downtown with their cacao-worship center at 731 Main St., are branching out to the Galleria Mall. Their new store opens tomorrow, Friday, March 26.Chocolat's "chocolate boutique" will be duplicated at the Galleria location, said Jaclyn Wisz. There's hot chocolate, cold chocolate, and…

Fresh peas are difficult to come by most of the year, but English chef Jamie Oliver has no problem substituting frozen peas for this simple soup. Pea and Mint Soupfrom Jamie Oliver's "Jamie's Food Revolution" (Hyperion) A delicious soup which is lovely hot, or cold with a squeeze of lemon juice in the summer. My wife likes hers with a portion of fries o…

Jamie Oliver's penchant for simple Indian food relies on shortcuts like the use of jarred spice paste like Patak's, available in the Indian aisle of supermarkets or your local Indian grocery.  Quick Salmon Tikka with Cucumber Yogurt from Jamie Oliver's "Jamie's Food Revolution" (Hyperion)I love this dish. If you’re a fan of chicken tik…

There might not be any Burmese restaurants in Buffalo yet, but you can get a taste of Burmese cooking, and many more flavors from around the world, at International School 45's "A Taste of the World" on Friday.With students from more than 30 nations, when the International School hosts a food sampling event, you know they're not talking about salsa and …

Some of the eateries that participated in Restaurant Week decided that the $20.10 specials offered should stick around, at least through March.Restaurant Week organizer Vince McConeghy, of localfoodservice.com, said he's been informed that the following places were continuing their specials through the end of the month:Sonoma GrilleBuffalo Chop HouseO'Connell…

It will cost Denny's Corp. a Grand Slam a week to pay off the winner of its "Grand Slam for a Year" contest. That's a plate of pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage that goes for about $5.But as an article in the Wall Street Journal reports, the prospect of a Grand Slam bonanza helped 600,000 people in the United States to supply Denny's with their nam…

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As explored in today's Buffalo News article, Genesee County syrup maker Eric Randall has enjoyed his homegrown maple syrup countless ways, but this recipe is his favorite. When he's making maple peanuts, he has to stop himself from eating the whole batch. Use your favorite kind of nuts; Randall prefers unsalted dry roasted peanuts. It might take a few tries to …

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Were you perhaps thinking that Eggs Benedict, the classic combination of ham, poached egg and Hollandaise sauce, was somehow not decadent enough?Jessie Oleson of Cakespy has the answer, over at Serious Eats.Sub a brownie layer for the ham, get some buttercream fluffed up for the sauce, and carefully heat a few Cadbury creme-filled eggs, and voila! It's diabetes on a…

For a generation that's grown up entertained by television cooks, a live cooking show can be a special night out.So it's no surprise that hipster centers like San Francisco and Brooklyn have seen the rise of "rock star butchers." This Salon article describes events dedicated to watching an animal disassembled and turned into food before the eyes of an a…