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A yuletide or two ago, covering the 100 Things Every Western New Yorker should do at least once, we did our Christmas shopping on Elmwood Avenue. This year, we're hitting Hertel. Make no mistake, we'll find time for Elmwood too. You can't stay away. But Hertel Avenue, the jewel of North Buffalo, increasingly clamors for attention. The fun begins in earnest this weeke…

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The Buffalo-made film noir “The American Side” has its world premiere at 7 p.m. April 22 in the North Park Theatre. The indie mystery, filmed here in 2013, features a tangled plot involving a missing Nikola Tesla design, and has starring roles for iconic local backdrops including the mansion rooms of the Buffalo Club and Kleinhans Music Hall’s curving facade. The film, w…

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The Buffalo-made film noir “The American Side” has its world premiere at 7 p.m. April 22 in the North Park Theatre. The indie mystery, filmed here in 2013, features a tangled plot involving a missing Nikola Tesla design, and has starring roles for iconic local backdrops including the mansion rooms of the Buffalo Club and Kleinhans Music Hall’s curving facade. The film, w…

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If you're a "Star Wars" fan who likes to dress up for the movies - in costume that is - then head to the North Park Theatre this weekend. The North Park (1428 Hertel Ave.) is showing "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" from March 18 through 24 and is hosting a costume contest at two of the screenings. Dress up as your favorite "Star Wars" character - classic or mo…

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Fresh pasta is a daunting task for restaurants, requiring significant investments. Sometimes it requires expensive equipment, but it always demands cooks skilled in forming its shapes and cooking them in the narrow time window fresh pasta allows. Here’s to places that make housemade pasta a priority. 1) Ristorante Lombardo, 1198 Hertel Ave., 879-4291 Pasta dish: Tonarel…

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The bar: Lloyd Taco Factory The breakdown: It takes a certain amount of style, talent and popularity to earn notoriety by one name. Banksy. Beyonce. Coolio. They’ve all done it — albeit without any of the tacos and tequila that has boosted Buffalo’s mononymously named Lloyd. Once solely attached to the city’s most popular fleet of food trucks, the Peter Cimino and Chris D…

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Not only is Feb. 9 Fat Tuesday and Paczki Day, but National Bagel Day. Why not add a few extra carbs to your routine? In the interest of research (and because we had nothing better to do) my 16-year-old niece Emma (and photographer for this story) hit up popular bagel joints to taste test bagels found there is an entire Saturday bagel culture out there — all the places we…

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If you are celebrating Fat Tuesday (Feb. 9) at home this year, have fun with dessert with a King Cake from Blackbird Sweets (1547 Hertel Ave.). We think the kids would especially like this. “What started as a Christian tradition in New Orleans is now enjoyed by everyone to celebrate Mardi Gras. I have had so many requests in the past, this year I decided to make them,” sa…

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Winter weather always brings out the “let’s cook something really good” in us. One of the things we love is making a dish using fresh pasta, especially a nice Bolognese. Not better or worse than dry pasta (just different), fresh pasta lends itself to dishes that have a more delicate sauce that’s more creamy, like fettuccine alfredo or a creamy mushroom sauce (with of cour…

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Buffalo loves its booze. But what if, for whatever reason, you’re going alcohol-free? Maybe you’re the designated driver. Maybe you’re under 21. Maybe you want to savor a fine coffee confection, a rich chocolate or a spicy tea without the distraction of that extra spike. You have some delicious options. Here are a few.• Romeo and Juliets (1292 Hertel Ave.; 873-5730), boast…

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The bar: Del’s Tavern The breakdown: When the former Del Denby’s recently renovated its interiors, imported an antique bar and overhauled its storefront, one would be reasonable to assume the cherished Hertel Avenue tavern is looking to shed its historic dive bar designation. But the term “dive” can be a term of endearment—and Del’s is still plenty endearing. Friendly lo…

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Reality television it wasn’t. Months after Lloyd Taco Factory’s owners accepted a deal for 25 percent of their company with television cameras watching, they changed their minds and exercised their right to turn it down, Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo said. The Lloyd owners decided to get a bank loan instead. That decision, construction delays and the decision to start …

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A colleague came to see me, looking stricken: “What happened to Star of India?” Beats me, I said. Hadn’t been to the Kenmore restaurant in years and an owner ago. “The chicken palak,” she said plaintively, her eyes searching mine for a sign I understood. Nope, I said, but I’ll see what I can find out. After several hungry people made similar inquiries, I started wondering …

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Many nights before Christmas a certain group of folks dream about sugar and plums, a KitchenAid stand mixer, a Wolf stove or just about anything that has to do with food. Sometimes they aren’t the easiest of folks to find gifts for. With that in mind, here are a few ideas (some splurge) for the best people in your life who love you and food (but not necessarily in that ord…

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Work is underway to turn the former Torches space on Kenmore Avenue into a Turkish-centered restaurant called Babylon Gardens.Owner Mushtak Almosaadi is from Basra, Iraq. He’s hired a chef who cooked in Turkey for 10 years, he said. He’s planning a menu including dishes from Turkish, Lebanese and other Mediterranean cuisines.“I’m planning to open in the new year, January,”…