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A decade ago, west of Elmwood, Allen was a drinking street with a restaurant problem. ¶ The younger crowds drawn to the crooked end of Allen for live music and shot specials could power down a cheesesteak on the corner, if they weren’t picky. But there was nothing for their parents to eat. ¶ That changed when Allen Street Hardware was opened by preservationist and musi…

One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying restaurants with specialties I don’t see at home.The downside is a catalog of hungers I can’t satisfy. Which even in a town full of terrific restaurants, can leave me momentarily sad that I can’t have nice things. “Pity, party of one, your table is ready.”1. I want a fine Turkish restaurant with eggplant that makes you unders…

If you are looking for good value for your food dollar and enjoy little out-of-the way places, don’t miss Schunk’s West Hill Grill in East Eden. My husband, Bob, my brother Kevin and I stopped for lunch around 2 in the afternoon and had the place to ourselves. Anna, our server, welcomed us and presented us with a menu chock full of inexpensive choices. Sandwiches and salad…

One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying restaurants with specialties I don’t see at home.The downside is a catalog of hungers I can’t satisfy. Which even in a town full of terrific restaurants, can leave me momentarily sad that I can’t have nice things. “Pity, party of one, your table is ready.”1. I want a fine Turkish restaurant with eggplant that makes you unders…

Brioso by Butterwood (Dec. 26) 5195 Main St., Amherst (828-8370, www.briosowny.com). Flavors of Central, South America raise the bar on hotel dining. 7 platesTeton Kitchen (Dec. 19) 415 Dick Road, Depew (393-3720, www.tetonkitchen.com). From tofu to grilled bacon jalapeños, menu offers myriad routes to happiness. 7 platesRiverstone Grill (Dec. 12) 971 E. River Road, Grand …

If you are looking for good value for your food dollar and enjoy little out-of-the way places, don’t miss Schunk’s West Hill Grill in East Eden. My husband, Bob, my brother Kevin and I stopped for lunch around 2 in the afternoon and had the place to ourselves. Anna, our server, welcomed us and presented us with a menu chock full of inexpensive choices. Sandwiches and salad…

If you’ve been considering trying Burmese cuisine but aren’t so keen on traveling to Buffalo’s West Side, you might consider Thai House in Depew (5246 Transit Road, 601-7865, www.depewthaihouse.com).It’s not a fancy place by any means, a little spot hidden amid commercial buildings across the street from Depew High School. But folks who have been turned on to Burmese cuisi…

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It takes a little courage the first time you saute onions with Indian spices and mix them into your oatmeal, but the queasy feeling passes. I promise.I’ll admit that I wasn’t an instant convert. It felt like sacrilege. Violating your childhood treat with veggies and soy sauce still feels a bit … well, unsavory, but I’d like to change that. At a recent dinner, I served a cu…

Hellmann’s mayonnaise, which celebrated its 100th birthday this year, is a pioneer among mayonnaises, a creamy, tangy conqueror of bellies, hearts and nations. Today, mayonnaise is the top-selling condiment in the nation, and Hellmann’s (known as Best Foods in the Western U.S.) supplies nearly half of that market. For many mayo lovers, Hellmann’s is like home: They may ran…

One winter many years ago, I came home from Florida with a fever and chills. I took myself to bed and dozed, dreaming of the one medicine I knew would work. Where could I get it? I could barely sit up, much less poke around the kitchen for noodles and carrots, celery and onion, a plump chicken and a pot big enough to hold them all. I needed chicken soup, the surefire curat…

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Serve this with fresh blueberries or other favorite berries. Creme Brûlee French Toast 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons corn syrup 8 ounces country-style bread or Vienna bread 5 large eggs 1¼ cups half-and-half 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier, optional ¼ teaspoon saltIn a small heavy saucepan…

The City of South Miami, population 12,000, has joined the ranks of Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco. It has passed a resolution proclaiming Mondays to be Meatless Mondays.Meatless Monday is an alliterative oath taken by cities, restaurants, schools and individuals, including chefs Marcus Samuelson and Giada de Laurentis and celebs like Oprah Winfrey and Emi…

If you’ve been considering trying Burmese cuisine but aren’t so keen on traveling to Buffalo’s West Side, you might consider Thai House in Depew (5246 Transit Road, 601-7865, www.depewthaihouse.com).It’s not a fancy place by any means, a little spot hidden amid commercial buildings across the street from Depew High School. But folks who have been turned on to Burmese cuisi…

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Before I had ever tasted a tortilla Española, the traditional Spanish potato omelet, I couldn’t imagine what the fuss was about. What could be so special about a dish made from only eggs, potatoes and onion?Then I bit into a thick slab of it at a tapas bar, and it all made sense. It wasn’t just the eggs, potatoes and onion that gave the tortilla its character. It was the o…

As 2013 draws to a close, you’re either ready to celebrate its glories or drown your sorrow over its shortcomings. Either way it’s time for bubbly.Champagne. Sparkling wine. Vin mousseux. Spumante. Sekt. Cava. Whatever you call it, you need a glass of wine with bubbles in it as you watch the ball drop, the orange rise, the digital clock boop its way to midnight.You have a …