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Max Kalnitz


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It's said you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, or in this case a sandwich by its name, but let's be honest, sometimes it's more fun that way. The number of times I've looked at a menu, not picked something by my turn to order, panicked and ended up choosing something with a fun name is too many to count. But I've learned that more often than not, a fun name equals a…

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Buffalo is famously known for creating the chicken wing, but its other contributions to the culinary arena are worthy of the same attention. From the unique beef on weck sandwich, which attracted the attention of late-night host Jimmy Fallon, to sponge candy's appearance on NPR, Paula's Donuts' shoutout on Buzzfeed and a widely viewed Daily Beast article praising Buffal…

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It was the day Errington Renaud Jr. had been looking forward to for months, the start of a weeklong vacation in the Adirondacks with his girlfriend and her family. With the 22-year-old from Buffalo, his girlfriend and her sister in one car and her parents in another, they left Buffalo Saturday morning and headed for the mountains. But near Oneida, on the New York Sta…

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One of my favorite ways to enjoy summertime in Buffalo is lacing up my hiking boots and hitting the trail. Within 90 minutes of downtown Buffalo, there are numerous hiking destinations fit for hikers of all levels of experience. From craggy ridges to swampy marshes and cascading waterfalls, Buffalo's diverse geology offers outdoor enthusiasts with a myriad of options fo…

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June is a drinking month. National Cognac and Moonshine Days were June 4 and 5 respectively,  National Bourbon Day is June 14, National Martini Day is June 19 and National Mai Tai Day is June 30. World Gin Day was June 8 and that sent me on a quest to find five of the best gin cocktails in town. Normally I'm a craft beer/IPA guy, but exploring Buffalo's gin scene ope…

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Since instant ramen's introduction to the United States in 1971, the now ubiquitous soup has become a staple for American diners. I've been lucky enough to try authentic ramen while studying abroad in Japan, which led me on a mini journey to find the best bowl in the Queen City. Whether you lived off instant noodles during college and are ready to revisit the dish (at a…

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At one point in time, Buffalo was rich with Jewish delis and restaurants. But one by one, Mastman's Deli on Hertel Avenue, Reuben’s N.Y. Deli in Amherst and Tel Aviv Cafe by Falafel Bar in the JCC, among others, have all shut their doors. These closings made it hard to find a good roast brisket or potato pancake, especially during the non-holiday times of the year when …