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Jessica Kelly


Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Hate sitting on a bar stool for long? There are countless places where you can get your game on while sipping your favorite craft brew or local spirit. “I think the growing trend of games in bars is mostly attributed to the younger generations, who are way more here for experiences than things,” said Erica Ambrose, manager of the Lafayette Brewing Company. “People these…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

No dish and drink combo says summertime like fresh tacos and ice cold margaritas, and we’re here to point out some of the best options in Buffalo. Crispy fried cod taco & cucumber cilantro serrano pepper margarita You won’t know you love crunchy cricket brittle in creamy guac if you don’t give it a try, and Casa Azul owner and chef Zina Lapi is all about getting cust…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Flights of everything from wine to bourbon to beer have become very trendy, and it’s no wonder: They give patrons a chance to try multiple brands or flavors in one sitting. But an ice cream flight? Now that’s something different. An offering at Hamburg’s Carte Blanche, don’t go there thinking you’ll get a Neapolitan trio. Roo Buckley, who also serves as the restauran…

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With a good amount of competition, it's important for bar and restaurant owners to establish an element of surprise and authenticity. Bartenders are challenging themselves to think creatively and experiment with flavors and ingredients to stand out. In the first of our new occasional series on cocktails, here are five colorful drinks to try. These stood out because of t…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

We might be a little biased, but there’s no better place to experience college than Buffalo. There are countless reasons why you should stay in the city for school, from food and nightlife to affordable living and the community of people. Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of why you should think about staying in the Queen City for the next chapter of your life! The options…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Locals have lots of Buffalo pride, but it’s no secret that we all get a little sick of long winters. When cabin fever sets in, it’s important to find something to do—whether by embracing a cold, snowy day or escaping it with a novel activity. Here are some suggestions. Escape: Climb the walls This winter you can warm up while trying a new kind of workout at the Niagara C…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Every spring break, Buffalonians flock to Siesta Key in droves. With Sarasota County being voted the top shoreline in the U.S. and 5th in the world by TripAdvisor, it’s no surprise this beach captures the attention of sun-starved locals. So I decided to ask an expert (a.k.a. my dad) if he’d consider going to other waterfront destinations. “With sand this soft and waters…

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Driving past the Savers plaza in Tonawanda, you could almost miss the small Taichi Bubble Tea sign in the strip mall. What doesn’t look like much from the outside has a surprisingly cozy interior, specializing in an unusual take on your average sushi roll. The ambiance is bright and modern, with light wooden booths giving you privacy for you and your friends to talk. Th…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

A lot has been said about shopping local. One more benefit? Retailers who wrap. My sister, a mom of two young children, actually strategized her entire holiday shopping plan last year based on stores that wrap. Local shop owners understand that it’s time-saving services like these their customers appreciate. “I take call-aheads, help pick out the gifts, and even customi…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

We all have those moments when we’re torn between the simplicity of knocking out our holiday shopping on Amazon versus supporting small local businesses. But this year you don’t have to choose, with these gifts from local shops and artisans that are also available online. Here are nine of our favorite finds. Straight talk $16 / Buffalovely Buffalovely owner Amanda…

Buffalo Magazine: Weddings

These days, couples are moving away from old-school traditions—and instead creating their own. They’re nixing the cake completely, hiring out-of-the-box photographers, mixing up bridesmaid dress colors, working with local restaurants to give their guests a truly unique dining experience, and so much more to truly make their wedding a personal occasion. One of our favori…

Buffalo Magazine

The locale: Approximately two hours and 20 minutes down the I-90 East. The scoop: Trumansburg in the Finger Lakes region is home to beautiful parks, attractions, restaurants and shops minutes from the Seneca and Cayuga Lake wineries. It’s a quaint, often-overlooked town that has everything from a brewery doubling as a pastry shop to a six-story treehouse, plus countless…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

There’s nothing quite like the smell of pumpkin, spices, and sweet sugary crust wafting from the oven, but while some home cooks have perfected the art of pie-making, others need a little help. Here are some alternative options for made-from-scratch, delicious holiday pies—all of which will save you hours in the kitchen. (Just be sure to place your order on time!) Dutch a…

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The season of spiced pumpkin and fall drinks is officially here with many area bars and restaurants creating drinks to match the flavors of the autumn. To create a new fall selection of cocktails and drinks, Craft and Cork Gastropub, the newly reimagined restaurant that was formerly Daniels, is using familiar seasonal flavors including apple, cinnamon, pumpkin and ginge…

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Hidden in University Plaza is Venus, a Greek restaurant serving all of the classics. Although there are bar stools for customers to sit at while dining in, most people grab their food and go after ordering at the counter. The decor is a little quirky, with Egyptian black and gold statues placed around the room accent pieces and bright colorful walls. The Mediterranean r…