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Welcome to our weekly grab bag guide of things to do and places to go in and around Buffalo this weekend. Friday Pre-karaoke cocktails and appetizers You know when a downtown restaurant has fun cocktail names, lavender vodka and a living wall, it will be a 2019 hit. Marble + Rye (112 Genesee St.), isn't just trendy, but also well-received. The News' Andrew Z. Galarnea…

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Nineteenth-century American poet Emily Dickinson once wrote a poem about Saturday afternoon, in which boys and girls "ecstatically" leaped into the "only afternoon that prison doesn't keep." Like Dickinson knows, and you know, and we know, a mild jean-jacket-weather May afternoon can't go to waste. For this weekend, our itinerary focuses on quaint East Aurora. As a vill…

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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 …

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You could spend this Saturday afternoon doing the same old thing. Or you could follow this (admittedly fairly bizarre) itinerary of carousel-riding, American raga music, bubble tea and Italian food. North Tonawanda is home to all of the above, and who says you shouldn't explore it all in one afternoon? By Saturday night, you should feel more well-rounded. You did, af…

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It was the first place I landed in Buffalo, in 1989, on a day-trip from SUNY Fredonia, where I was wrapping up my BA. In many ways, it has maintained its gravitational pull on me since. The Elmwood Strip – now known by a slightly more bougie moniker, the Elmwood Village, indicative of its upgrade from cheap-college-and-bohemian-artist lodgings to urban mecca, with most …

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Coming up with fun school break activities for teen or preteen kids can be challenging, especially if you want to do something different than the usual go-tos like arcades, trampoline parks or mall shopping. During midwinter break, I took two creative and curious suburban 15-year-olds on an Art in the City adventure, and perhaps it will inspire you to do something simil…

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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…

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When was the last time you sat with your thoughts for a whole meal? No conversation, no phone, no Netflix or book, but just sitting with your thoughts. In an age of excessive content consumption, when a world of ideas and stories are at our fingertips, this could seem like a waste of time. But as anyone who remembers childhood days of lying in the grass and watching the…

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Buffalo has found its way onto a few viral internet lists claiming to know the best cities for St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Regardless of how much stock you put into rankings, if you've seen the sea of green and glittery face paint at our parades or the whites of patrons' eyes as they muscle their way to the bar for another Guinness, then you'll know we don't need a …

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It’s fitting that Black Rock, one of the first neighborhoods in Buffalo to boast a community-based individualism and a progenitor of what we now know as the “buy local” movement, is experiencing a bit of a resurgence along the lines of what’s happened in the Hertel, Elmwood Village and Canalside regions. “Black Rock, by the end of the 19th century, had developed a commu…

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A sure sign spring approaches is the opening of seasonal ice cream shops and stands. Even on the chilly days of March, Buffalonians leave the house to grab a cone, bowl or sundae. Whether these businesses serve house-churned ice cream or purvey Akron-based Perry's Ice Cream or another brand, the seasonal ice cream shops and stands whet palates for the arrival of warm we…

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The best-known flavors of Buffalo have been ladled from its deep melting pot of immigrant contributions. Buffalo got it wings from Italians, and beef on kummelweck has German roots. Texas hots and open-faced chicken souvlaki are credited to Greek restaurateurs. One day, perhaps, owno koksware will join them. The chicken noodle soup with the odd name is the most succe…

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Wine makes you feel warmer. Now, it doesn't actually make you warmer – contrary to what you might think after downing a few Labatt Blues at a Bills game or when dashing between bars in Allentown after a few margaritas – but it does make you feel that way because alcohol restricts blood vessels. This is also why your face might look flushed while drinking. Regardless,…

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For legions of sleepy Buffalonians, coffee is just a drink — albeit a vital one. It’s poured hot and black, with no importance attached to its origin or intricacy of taste. It’s more medicinal than it is experiential. Whether served as a regular, double-double or as an extra large through a drive-through window, it’s a necessity to keep the day rolling. For others li…

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With more than 80 soups for sampling at the Buffalo Soup-Fest, it's wise for slurpers to have a plan of attack. After all, there's only so much salt your body can handle, and if you're going to drop $25 on a ticket and roughly eight soup samples, savvy choices are crucial to enjoying the festival. The ninth annual Soup-Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Buf…