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Devon Dams-O'Connor


Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Like many Western New Yorkers fortunate enough to grow up with family nearby, Sunday dinner was a big part of Karle Norman’s upbringing. His grandparents met at Cornell University, where their hotel management studies may have influenced their exceptional hosting skills at decades’ worth of family suppers. His dad continued the tradition, teaching Karle how to cook the fam…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

You say potato pancake, I say latke (LAT-kuh, not LAT-kee). But what are we really saying? The names potato pancake and latke are often used interchangeably. They’re made from the same ingredients: potatoes, egg, flour, onion, salt. Both are peasant foods of Eastern European descent. The condiments are the same. But technique and tradition set them apart. A latke is …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Art plays a lot of different roles for a lot of different people. Art is entertainment, expression, status, spectacle, devotion, documentation and countless other meaningful, powerful positions. Art can also be healing. This notion, backed by a growing body of research, is at the heart of a handful of programs inside Western New York hospitals that help people feel a…

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

“What do you want to be this year?” It’s a Halloween season kick-off question that ushers in either feelings of grief or giddiness depending on personal views towards costumes as catastrophes or crowning moments. Sometimes the answer comes after wandering the aisles of pop-up costume retailers set up in empty department stores. But for others, the response is borne of a…

Buffalo Magazine: Community

At its barest, a stage is an empty platform surrounded by seats. But at its best, it becomes another world—set in a spaceship, tomb, bedroom or battlefield—with a rapt audience forgetting, for a moment, what’s real and what’s imagined. That transformation takes place courtesy of a talented group of veteran set designers who transport theatergoers through time and space …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Few things are as synonymous with summer as a bicycle ride in the sunshine. Slow or fast, fancy or garage-sale find, a bike gives the rider permission to take in the sights and sounds that whir by unnoticed in a car. Whether you’re 5 or 55, now is as good a time as any to start enjoying the world on two wheels—so we rounded up five local routes ideal for beginner bicycl…

Buffalo Magazine: Community

An old firehouse is an iconic building. Alarm bells that sounded the distress signal. Brass poles that delivered a vertical stream of firemen from second-story bunkers to vehicles waiting below. Big bay doors out of which horse-drawn wagons and then roaring red fire trucks rushed out to help. Flag poles jutting from brick facades that flew the stars and stripes over first …

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

A big Italian Sunday supper is like a hug—warm, familiar, comforting, and shared. A tangle of pasta, made from scratch the same way it’s always been, cooked just al dente with enough to feed twice the actual crowd. Succulent meatballs, with the right ratio of meat and crumb, or a link of zesty Italian sausage so familiar it’s like part of the family. And, of course, the sa…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

If freshness were asked to select a representative host that embodies what it truly tastes and smells like, it might choose basil. Few other garden treasures capture that ephemeral state of being alive like a just-snipped sprig of glossy, bright green basil. A gentle crush releases its unmistakable sweet-spicy musk, and a piece torn and chewed just seconds after it was har…

Buffalo Magazine: Community

By now we’ve all heard countless stories about Buffalo’s residential real estate market and how competitive the home search has been for first-time buyers. A shortage of properties for sale, multiple offers, and buyers digging deeper than what’s financially prudent, at times, to finally win a bid. But for homebuyers whose pocket linings only reach to a depth of about $100,…

Buffalo Magazine: Out & About

Countdowns and ball drops are lovely. Champagne, noisemakers, resolutions, midnight kisses—also fun and festive. But this might be the year to refresh your New Year’s Eve celebration and introduce some new ideas. Whether you’re commemorating a great 2018 or just can’t wait to bid it “buh-bye,” here are a few points of inspiration to challenge traditional norms and welcome …

Buffalo Magazine: Community

But is there truth to the hype that every single home transaction is a dramatic, cutthroat endeavor that results in big money for sellers? Not according to some of Western New York’s most seasoned real estate agents who specialize in the hot and up-and-coming areas. “In Erie County, up to a certain price point – $250,000 – it’s super competitive, and that’s where first-…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

When a bunch of strangers sit down to spend an afternoon together, certain topics of conversation are typically verboten — like politics and death. But for one group in Buffalo, the latter is the whole reason for gathering. Death Café Buffalo, the new, local affiliate of an international movement with chapters in 56 countries, is a discussion group where people get toge…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

There’s “baby & me” swimming, where the little one gets to paddle and kick while dad stands still and provides buoyancy. Soccer and softball usually mean kids running around and parents parked in the bleachers. On family bike rides, tiny legs tire much faster than mom’s. One look at even the most athletic clan’s choice of family activity usually leaves the kids sweaty …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Tiny goats are just damn adorable. Yoga is centering and rejuvenating. But does it make any sense to combine the two? For aficionados of goat yoga, the answer is a resounding “absolutely.” Yes, it’s a real thing. No, the goats don’t do yoga; the people do. It’s a craze that started a couple years ago in Ohio and spread via social media videos, showing a sunny pasture…