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Widening our culinary horizons

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Our 2007 Buffalo Tour of Festivals continued this weekend with our annual stop at the Lebanese Festival
at the St. John Maron Church in Williamsville. This is always a
fun family event with something for everyone. (The festival runs through today -- Sunday.)

For me, it's falafel -- one of my
favorite foods -- for my kids it's the bouncy house and games. Plus the Lebanese music and
dancers create a great atmosphere and out-of-Buffalo exposure to world culture.

My attempts to globalize our kids fell
short when we got to the food line; kids quickly skip over the falafel, kebab,
and lubneh stations for hot dogs and hamburgers.  Progress: They did try
baklava for dessert. Even Mr. Connors nearly bypassed the kebab platter because it required 18 tickets ($9), and
instead nearly opted for a more competitively priced cheeseburger until I wailed, "It's a Lebanese festival! Live on the edge and have
a kebab!
"

I wish that I could get our kids
to eat more diverse foods ... we can't get out of our hot dog- pasta-chicken
finger-pizza-Chinese food (noodles only) rotation. We try to slip the bonds of the kid
food orbit by occasionally venturing to a restaurant of our adult
choosing. I love The Falafel Bar on Elmwood -- one of my favorite Buffalo restaurants. When I dragged our kids there, they at least were placated by
PB&J on toasted pita. I'll spill the fava beans -- The Falafel Bar is coming
to Amherst in the next month or two with a new location on Sheridan Road
near Duff's. Great news for me, bad news for my kids, since falafel will now be
added to our culinary rotation.

* Memo to Bill O'Reilly:
Falafel is a food; loofah is a bath sponge.

---Allison

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