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Ben Tsujimoto

Ben works on the digital side of Gusto, writing mainly about things to do and food-and-drink. He's the editor of The Buffalo News' soccer blog, BN Soccer, and coordinates the Smiles photo galleries. He attended Houghton College, lives off of Hertel and says he smiled a little too aggressively for his profile picture.


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The widespread rumor that Lloyd Taco would open a brick-and-mortar location at the former Cecelia's Ristorante is now official. Partners Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo signed the lease for 716 Elmwood Ave. last month, with the intention of opening the Mexican-American brand's third restaurant in late June, joining existing ventures on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo and…

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This is not an ordinary week. Presidents Day is Monday, and a week off from school presents a juggling act for many families. How do you keep kids entertained? What can you do, as a family, that's not mundane? Here's a solid list, as all but the finale of the Big 5 can accommodate all ages. Fat Thursday Polish Happy Hour, 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Stag…

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There's great barbecue in Lovejoy, promising soul food downtown and underrated fried chicken in Schiller Park. New businesses on Hertel Avenue and in the Northland Workforce Training Center are eager to make an impression, while a popular bakery with nearly 11,000 Facebook likes has become a household name. These businesses are united by a few traits: They're all local,…

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The Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament is for more than just hockey fans. It's for those who want to explore a cool section of and venue in Buffalo. It's for quirky music fans who relish Nerds Gone Wild. It's for friends of the skaters, the appreciation of goofy team names and the refreshing cold air of Buffalo winter. While the amateur hockey tournament, in a 4-vs.-…

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The dawn of ice cream stand season is a refreshing, sweet reminder that warmer, brighter days are ahead. The heavily anticipated opening of the vibrant Dairy Queen, at 1102 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, is typically one of the first businesses to open its doors, with many more local options not far behind. Here's a calendar of the opening dates for nearly 25 stands and …

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This newsletter is committed to satisfying a great range of cravings. Need brain stimulation? Consider a Scrabble tournament for a cause. Want decadence for your taste buds? There's a luxurious food-and-drink fest in East Amherst. Want to listen to new takes on old favorites? There's both Badfish and the Allman Betts Band this week. It's a solid week.   BIG 5 AND A BON…

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South Buffalo-based development company Hook & Ladder, a force for revitalization on Seneca Street, has been mostly hands-off in regard to retail operations inside its buildings. Cookies and Cream, a new neighborhood ice cream parlor planned for 2114 Seneca St., will change that, as Hook & Ladder owners Pete Scarcello, John Otto and Gino Gatti will help run the …

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This weekend's event lineup mingles old with new, trusty with trendy. The enduring fascination with ancient Egypt and mummies might seem a giant leap from the curious popularity of eSports, video-game competitions with prizes on the line – but also long-term, educational utility. They're both cool in their own ways, and worthy of attention. Since it's Buffalo in wint…

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There are appreciable differences between soul and Caribbean cuisines, but not enough where they would seem out of place on the same menu. Both embrace strong flavor with an urge to stick to your bones and conjure fond memories of past family meals. Romone Anderson and Dwight E. Land, owners of Brothers Takeout & Catering, 1281 Hertel Ave., have been close friends f…

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Dreams of speed, style and luxury make the annual auto show an alluring event. Last year brought a $200,000 Lamborghini to the convention center, while a beastly Humvee will be on display this year. With four days and a charity preview gala, there's no shortage of opportunity. Read Matt Glynn's five things to know about the auto show. Buffalo Auto Show opens, 11 a.m.…

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Few Buffalonians have a vested interest in Super Bowl LIV. Sure, there's likely to be a gaggle of Chiefs fans huddled up at Casey's Black Rock, and certainly the eight Niners fans in the area will congregate somewhere (kidding!). This doesn't mean football fans won't watch the spectacle, which features Shakira and J-Lo at halftime for those who couldn't care less about …

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Some eaters travel the world to find the most unusual, extravagant or compelling foods. It's rare when one is served in your own backyard. Taka Win, the chef at Teton Kitchen on Elmwood and Dick Road in Depew, has embraced culinary adventure in his own life, eating bamboo worms and scorpion whiskey in his world travels, which have included the Dominican Republic, Puerto…

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Signs for CBD oils and samples are prevalent in the Buffalo-area, but few businesses can match the creativity of Bison Botanics. Leading up to Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, the Kenmore craft cannabidiol purveyor has announced a sample release of Phrank's Original Hot Sauce, a CBD-infused product intended to be slathered on chicken wings. "We've been experimenting with th…

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The 10th anniversary of Buffalo Soup-Fest satisfied at RiverWorks on Jan. 26, split into two sessions of slurping soup fans. In total, approximately 4,500 people attended the milestone soup celebration. Nearly 30 local vendors competed for a swath of awards, which event co-organizer Matt Carlucci announced Monday evening. We've included the specific varieties that won i…

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Soup-Fest, Larkinville Ice Festival, Groundhog Day and the rest of last weekend's event bonanza are now behind us. It's time to exhale. This week's lineup touches several different areas – from more chances to relish the Botanical Gardens' Lumagination exhibition to events based on mindfulness, hay bale tossing and "brass house." It's all a little offbeat, frankly, b…