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Andrew Z. Galarneau

Andrew Galarneau is food editor for The Buffalo News.


There's nothing Dustin Benzin likes better than an hour spent among the peace and quiet of the woods.Especially when he's hurtling down a mountainside, leg muscles burning, trees whipping by on either side so close he could reach out and break an arm.Taking a bicycle down a rocky path at top speed might seem like a suicide mission to some people. But for Dustin, an accompl…

Maria Villareal's crisis of conscience came unexpectedly, in the baby food aisle at Tops International.On the shelf, a jar of Gerber's strained carrots, 49 cents. A few steps away, another jar of carrots, from Gerber's organic line Tender Harvest. At 59 cents, guaranteed chemical-free."They want to make it seem like the organic is better, like the regular baby food is pois…

From the weary look on his face, you'd never suspect Tom Drewitt was in the amusement business.He leaned over a "Star Trek: The Next Generation" pinball machine with its face removed, exposing a circuit board full of computer chips, capacitors and aluminum cooling fins. Instead of greeting players with "Welcome to the Enterprise," in the crisp tones of Capt. Jean-Luc Picar…

If you have a soft place in your heart for warm fuzzy canine companions, avoid thepuppycam.com like the plague.In animal shelters across America, Web cameras are posted in cages to provide viewers with live coverage of pets that need people. Click on the Buffalo link (under "Index to Live Cams") and you have a picture, seconds old, of a shepherd mix named Hazel. A minute g…

Bonnie Raitt rebaptized the Shea's Performing Arts Center's new stage Friday night, drenching hundreds of appreciative fans in her signature brand of personal, passionate rock 'n' roll.Despite having been swept to fame on the shoulders of quadruple-Grammy pop like "Luck of the Draw," Raitt has no diva in her. She took the stage wearing a black blouse over black capri pants…

HANNIBAL By Thomas Harris Delacorte 484 pages, $27.95I've been done with "Hannibal" for days. But I'm not sure it's done with me.A decade ago novelist Thomas Harris loosed Dr. Hannibal Lecter and his nightmarish appetites to gnaw through readers' tender, unsuspecting psyches.Then the years passed quietly. "Silence of the Lambs" was made into a multiple-Oscar-winning mov…

In October, as the trees along this stretch of Akron Road near Lockport brandish fiery reds and yellows into the sky, some of the neighborhood kids will be watching the heavens for more than the Great Pumpkin.Instead of dreaming about collecting their weight in candy bars, they will be waiting for the end of the world. Which doesn't sound so bad if you expect, as they do, …

THE MIRACLE OF CASTEL DI SANGRO By Joe McGinniss Little, Brown 407 pages, $25Joe McGinniss, the best-selling non-fiction author of true-crime titles like "Fatal Vision" and "Blind Faith," had the key to more best-selling millions handed to him during the murder trial of Orenthal James Simpson.In Judge Lance Ito's courtroom, McGinniss was one of three book authors assign…

On a busy Sunday, if the weather's clear and there's a sale going on, more than 100 potential customers might see Debra Meier-Sprague's booth at the Courtyard Antique Center in Clarence.There, they can look over her offerings of toys and collectibles, many dating from the 1930s. Most are early Disney collectibles, priced from a few dollars up to the stuffed Mickey Mouse do…

Western New Yorkers will get a chance to explore the synergistic qualities of rock 'n' roll, wood smoke, tender meat and chilly beer in June with the inaugural run of the Buffalo Stampede Barbeque Challenge at the Erie County Fairgrounds.The Stampede will introduce the Empire State to the barbecue cook-off, a species of summer festival that can draw hundreds of thousands t…

Pushed over to the side of the Orchard Park classroom, the refrigerator-size machine gathers dust.It's called an Agfa 9400 Imagesetter. It was bought five years ago for $50,000 by Erie Community College's graphic arts and printing department, in whose South Campus classroom it now sits silent.The machine was meant to help teach fledgling printers about the new industry sta…

Anywhere else in Buffalo, a black Cadillac hearse parked out front would mean bad news.At midnight on Franklin Street, in front of the Continental rock club, with a winged chrome skull as a hood ornament, it meant party time.For most of the crowd inside, it was just another Friday night at the Continental. For the 50 or so Gothic music fans among them, it was a night to ce…

Anyone who thinks the Internet can't do warm and fuzzy has never been to www.thebark.com.Dogs and the people who love them are what matters here. But even cat people might want to punch up The Bark if they're fond of Web innovation, because at the bottom of its front page rests a charming gimmick that's worth the trip.The three dogs lolling at the bottom of the screen aren…

"We are scum," Lucianne Goldberg said to Michael Isikoff. "If anybody did to me what we did to him, I would hate them too."I grabbed my notebook," Isikoff continues, in the book's last words. "When that happens, I thought as I scribbled down the quote, I will plan to be there, watching, listening -- and taking notes."Isikoff, the one reporter most responsible for making Pr…

The cancer researcher could hardly believe his ears.John Pauly, a scientist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, has devoted years to fighting the fallout from the No. 1 preventable cause of death in America: cigarette smoking. But recently, at lunch with high school students who work at the cancer center, he heard startling evidence about how lightly even smart teens conside…