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Choosing a brunch location is no easy feat. Perhaps a decade ago, it was easier. You either went fancy and resigned to using all of your weekend spending money at once on hollandaise sauce and orange-diluted champagne or you went no-frills, eating a Greek omelet in a greasy diner. Since then, other options have opened. You won't spend an arm and a leg at many of thes…

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There is a growing group of people who know the city like the backs of their hands, or, at least like the pads of their thumbs, which they use to post about restaurants, festivals and bars on social media to share with their large bases of followers. The social media-fluent writers and photographers have fun jobs. They scour the city trying out both new and old places t…

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Everyone has their own definition of hidden gem. It's an idiom that can send you on long, country roads for an hour or through your own neighborhood to a place you never thought to check out before. When I asked bloggers about their favorite hidden gems, I expected a range of answers. Surprisingly, there seemed to be only two categories: food and attractions. Foodies…

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Around New Year's Day, Netflix released a show called "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo," the author of the New York Times bestseller, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." In typical HGTV-inspired fashion, spritely Kondo enters a new family's home each episode and teaches them how to tidy. She encourages them to go through every item in their home, thank each item for its s…

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If there's anyone who understands contemporary digital photography, it's a blogger. Buffalo bloggers and influencers accrued a lot of social media followers, who watch their lives one photo at a time. On a visual platform like Instagram, photos matter. So it's no surprise the bloggers and influencers have something to say about photo locations. An aesthetically pl…

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Whenever I plan a trip to a new city, I scour locals' Instagrams and blogs. How else am I going to know which cafés have the most Instagrammable avocado toast? I find someone whose general tastes mirror mine and discover where they eat their pepper-flaked, olive-oil-drizzled, avocado toast, just the way I like it. On the curated feeds of local bloggers and Instagrammers…

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Buffalo food bloggers Donnie Burtless and Alli Suriani are mothballing the BuffaloEats.org website, which the couple founded in 2009 and built into Buffalo’s leading independent food resource. With help from a crew of contributors, the husband-and-wife team published 1,700 blog posts, mostly about restaurants and food in Western New York. In addition, Burtless and local r…