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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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1) SantaCon Buffalo, 1:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 on Chippewa Street. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here or in the registration tent outside D'Arcy McGee's at 1:30 p.m. day-of. Also, if you bring a new toy for the kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Black Rock, then you get a free drink at each of the participating bars. Commentary: We hope Santa's liver is prepared for…

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The line was long and snakelike in the First Niagara Center on Friday morning, and Twitter fans seemed a bit nervous, but Bruce Springsteen fans in Western New York expressed little frustration in acquiring tickets for The Boss's Feb. 25, 2016, show. [Update, 12:20 p.m.: LiveNation has announced that Springsteen's Buffalo show is sold out] Here's a photo of the line at t…

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I'm quite a bit behind on posting this -- one of MLS Cup's top players has already signed a deal in Mexico -- but the most recent "Football Club of Buffalo Show" expounds upon the Timbers' 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew. The show aired originally at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 on 91.3 FM WBNY. Guest Drew Maloney, who spent last Sunday in Columbus as a member of the visiting Timbers Arm…

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Soho Burger Bar owner Jay Manno is committed to making the Chippewa District a desirable destination for adults of all ages, refuting the perception of the nightlife strip as a place just for teenagers and rabble-rousers. The next step after rebranding Soho from nightclub-specific to a more versatile restaurant-bar, then, was opening Frankie Primo's +39, an Italian restau…

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The match: Everton (5 wins, 6 draws, 3 losses, 11th place with 21 points) vs. Crystal Palace (7-1-6, eighth place with 22 points) When: 3 p.m. EST on Monday, Dec. 7 on NBCSN Where: Goodison Park, Liverpool, home of Everton Last meeting: Everton won, 1-0, on a Romelu Lukaku goal on Jan. 31, 2015 Why it's a big match: No, it's not "skip out of work early" big, but it mig…

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Liam Callahan's Syracuse Orange and Ezana Kahsay's Akron Zips have both advanced to Kansas City, Kansas, for the Dec. 11 NCAA College Cup semifinals. The Sweet Home High School graduate Callahan assisted on Ben Polk's goal in the 79th minute as Syracuse blanked Boston College, 1-0. The Golden Eagles were the last team to beat the Orange, back on Oct. 30. Watch the highlig…

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With Buffalo winning the right to host the 2018 World Juniors Championships and hoping to welcome the return of the NHL Winter Classic, the national media has been effusive in its praise of the Queen City's rabid support of hockey, extending well beyond the hometown Sabres. SI.com's Allan Muir is the most recent example, as his Dec. 4 piece heralded the investment and for…

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1) Canalside holiday celebration, 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at 44 Prime St. Free to attend, but ice skating is $6 and skate rentals are an additional $4. You can save $1 by donating a canned good for the Food Bank of WNY. Commentary: We tentatively expect the Ice at Canalside to be open -- which would inevitably make this holiday celebration more seasonal and enjoyable -- as the…

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He doesn't grab national headlines like teammates Richie Laryea and Adam Najem, nor is he a grizzled upperclassman leader like Andrew Souders, Brad Ruhaak and Jake Fenlason, but Ezana Kahsay plays an important role for the Akron Zips men's soccer team. A 2013 graduate of International Prep in Buffalo, the red-shirt freshman is not a starter for the country's No. 5 ranked …

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Less than two months after Betty Crockski's owners decided to pursue different paths, The Sweet Hearth food truck founder Kelly Brewer put her business up for sale on Nov. 30. "It feels like putting a child up for adoption," said Brewer in a phone call Thursday. "[The truck] has really been the last five years of my life." She couldn't point to one particular reason why …

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Section VI high school soccer isn't yet a hotbed of talent, but its graduates are making impacts across all NCAA divisions. From two players who remain in the hunt for the College Cup to a whopping 19 #PrepTalkAlums who don the blue and white at Fredonia, these athletes represent Western New York and the products of improving youth soccer in the area. [Read about the…

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The most recent episode of the "Football Club of Buffalo Show" features a phone interview with Syracuse men's soccer winger Liam Callahan, reflections on the NPSL's announcement of the Rochester River DogZ and discussion on Major League Soccer's conference championships and Jamie Vardy's historic accomplishment. Here's the recorded segment that aired originally at 5 p.m. …

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The match: Leicester City (8 wins, 4 draws, 1 loss, 1st place with 28 points) vs. Manchester United (8-3-2, second place with 27 points) When: 12:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 28 on NBC Where: King Power Stadium in Leicester Last meeting: 3-1 United on Jan. 31, 2015, but Leicester shocked United, 5-3, back in September 2014 Why it's a big match: With apologies to Totte…

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Not since 2004 has a Western New York boys high school soccer alumnus won an NCAA Division I National Championship, and that player -- Indiana University's Jordan Chirico, who actually claimed back-to-back titles -- hailed from Section V power Livonia. In 2015, two Section VI alums are still alive in the hunt for the national title, as Syracuse's Liam Callahan (Sweet Home…

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Three of this weekend's biggest events are already sold out: the Turkey Trot, the World's Largest Disco, and Andrew McMahon and New Politics in Town Ballroom. Fortunately, you likely prepared well in advance for this trio -- well, at least the first two, given their immense popularity each year -- so the ensuing event list serves more to fill out the remainder of your wee…