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Naomi Sakovics


Buffalo Magazine

Heidie Buffomante knows the power of a gift. Most importantly, it strengthens the connection between two people. It’s seeing this connection — and the deepening of relationships — that motivates her to create buffBOXes. Buffomante started the business from her Amherst home, where she curates collections of items from small businesses around Buffalo. Each gift is spec…

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When you think “book club,” perhaps wine, women and an excuse to be social come to mind. While women may comprise the majority of book clubs, there are men in Buffalo who defy the stereotype — men so dedicated to their book club that they even created a logo and T-shirts for it. Meet The Buffalo Men’s Book Club. This group of seven men have been meeting monthly since…

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By the time we realized we were in a blizzard, it was too late. We were already downtown, navigating the snow-coated roads as we headed for the Filling Station on Seneca Street. The Filling Station is part of the Larkin District’s renaissance. Once, the building housed a fueling station for vehicles. Today, it fuels something of a different sort: midday meals to Buffalo…

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During my days as a newspaper reporter and editor, my coworkers and I often packed into one of our ramshackle cars and headed for one of the best lunch spots in the area: Wok & Roll. There, we would enjoy a savory, hot, sit-down lunch for less than $7. Not many places in the area offer that kind of value for your lunch buck. Tucked in the Williamsville Place Plaz…

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Emily's Family Diner in Clarence is the kind of place where you can stick a quarter in a gum ball machine, see "God Bless America" on the wall and buy a Tootsie Pop on your way out the door. To eat here is to revisit a simpler time, a time before free-range eggs were a thing, gluten was a craze and non-GMO a buzzword as much as a religion. Sometimes it’s nice reversing …

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Doughnut-loving Western New Yorkers can score a free sweet treat on the second National Doughnut Day of the year (yes, there’s two) on Nov. 5. The fact that there are two national holidays touting doughnuts may seem excessive to some, but for those who love fried food covered in sugar, it’s reason to celebrate. Donut Kraze (406 Dingens St. and 365 Somerville Ave. in …

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The opening of El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant just outside the Village of Williamsville in Amherst, helped the area become a little brighter with the opening of its first authentic Mexican restaurant in the Evanstown Plaza. El Ranchito joins a number of eateries in the plaza serving ethnic food, including Thai (Thai Orchid Cafe, Korean (Woo Chon Korea House), Mediterran…

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The tandem pleasure of French fries and ice cream is well documented. Yet we ventured forth to the new Hertel Avenue Poutine & Cream with a few questions for the cream side of things: did the “freak shakes” and “creamy buns” live up to their hype? How does this location compare to Allen Street Poutine? We set out on a recent Saturday to get some answers and throw…