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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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A first since Prohibition: a Buffalo-area brewery will expand to a neighboring city. Flourishing since its 2015 opening on South Transit Road in Lockport, New York Beer Project has made the most of its $3+ million built-from-scratch facility, brewing a wide range of beers, hosting regular events, running a full-service restaurant and becoming a destination for a still-c…

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For local music fans who were champing at the bit to hear the soulful voice of modern R&B-blues singer Beth Hart live, it's a day of disappointment. The chief opener for Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been ruled out of the July 19 Canalside Live! performance due a jaw injury, representatives from the venue announced in an email. Shepherd will take the stage at 8 p.m. inst…

Festivals

1) Kesha and Macklemore, 7 p.m. July 22 at Darien Lake Amphitheatre (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Individual lawn tickets are as low as $29.50, while lawn four-packs are available for $22.50 per person. All ticket info here. Commentary: Does the summer concert season really start until Kesha walks into Darien Lake? (Yes, it started more than a month ago, but that's bes…

Food and Drink

Apparently National Hot Dog Day wasn't enough to satisfy Buffalo chain Ted's Hot Dogs. The long-serving tubular meat purveyors will celebrate their 91st birthday by selling 91-cent hot dogs all day July 19 at each of the nine Western New York locations, which you can find here. A regular hot dog from Ted's ordinarily costs $3.05. To announce the promotion, Ted's mark…

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Who knew macaroni and cheese was such a divisive-yet-passionate subject? It's common to receive an email or two after an article titled something like "5 great ... in Buffalo," but when a subject line reads "another typical Buffalo biased mac and cheese review," it might be time to listen to consult the readers. Building off the original macaroni and cheese post, reader…

Festivals

If you've enjoyed The 10, Gusto's weekly series previewing many of the area's top events each weekend, as a resource for things to do in Buffalo, then this new series will fill in the gaps for weekday happenings. While Rockin' at the Knox, featuring Beck, sold out long before Monday's gig, there's plenty more on tap for a busy summer week in the Queen City. Canal Fest …

Soccer

It's not as simple as "win and you're in," but there's never been a more meaningful game in the short United Women's Soccer history of the Western New York Flash. At 6 p.m. July 14 at D'Youville College's Dobson Field, the Flash (5-4) will take on the Rochester Lancers in the regular season finale, with a clouded playoff picture desperate to be cleared up. A win won'…

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Consider it National Comfort Food Weekend. After local media made a big deal Friday about National French Fry Day, it felt cheap to shortchange National Macaroni and Cheese Day, pegged for July 14. Just like french fries, macaroni and cheese served by restaurants is often judged on a pedestal. Anyone with a hint of culinary prowess can prepare Kraft Macaroni & Ch…

Family

To rehabilitate the image of a business, it sometimes can be wise to seize an opportunity where another competitor recently failed. After a rowdy crowd of roughly 1,300 – all anxious to take advantage of Build-A-Bear's pay-your-age special – caused chaos in the Walden Galleria and warranted attention from the Cheektowaga police Thursday, national chain Chuck E. Cheese's…

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Even more flair has been added to the second annual Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival, scheduled for Aug. 26 at Silo City (100 Silo City Row; ticket details here). Griselda Records rapper Benny the Butcher has been announced as the headliner for a show that includes 35 bands, more than 20 art installations, a film festival led by Bak USA and more, such as food truck…

Soccer

For a Tehel Cup quarterfinal match between two of the top sides in the Buffalo & District Soccer League's premier division, the result was surprisingly lopsided. BSC Raiders' Kendell McFayden scored once and added two assists in his team's 3-0 blanking of the Amherst Sharpshooters on Thursday at Sparky Adams Field in Kenmore. John Grabowski and Chris Walter were on …

Festivals

1) Galbani Italian Heritage Festival, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 12-14, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 15 at Buffalo's Outer Harbor (325 Fuhrmann Blvd.). General admission is $5, and $2 for seniors; a four-day pass runs for $15. Admission is free between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Commentary: There's no denying that turning the annual Italian Festival from a Hertel A…

Food and Drink

Although national sites may point to fall as the best season in which to open a new restaurant, May and June appear to be two popular months to open a restaurant in Buffalo. Warmer weather and more hours of daylight fuel eaters' willingness to try something new — such as not ordering Skip The Dishes while perusing Netflix — while the peak of the local growing season pro…

Soccer

How can you explain a 0-3 record at home when the same team has won all five of its road games? In sports at large, home field is almost universally an advantage - ask Russia at the World Cup - but the Western New York Flash, in a surprising 2-1 loss to the Connecticut Fusion on Saturday at D'Youville College, didn't look like a team tied for first place in the United W…

Sports

On the surface, the Connecticut United Women's Soccer team's six-hour trip to D'Youville College would seem a major advantage for the Western New York Flash, which hosts the Fusion at 6 p.m. July 7 at Dobson Field. But, despite a sparkling 5-0 road record, head coach Matt Waddington's Flash remains win-less at home, and the 2018 regular-season slate concludes with Weste…