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The dawn of ice cream stand season is a refreshing, sweet reminder that warmer, brighter days are ahead. The heavily anticipated opening of the vibrant Dairy Queen, at 1102 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, is typically one of the first businesses to open its doors, with many more local options not far behind. Here's a calendar of the opening dates for nearly 25 stands and …

Food and Drink

Squid tossed in seasoned flour and fried to a crisp has become one of the 716 area code’s signature appetizers. Calamari is harder than it looks, though – much more challenging than cooking chicken wings. Coating failure, cooking mollusk morsels to rubber band stage, and overdoing post-Frialator ornamentation are common flaws. Here’s eight plates of sublime fried squ…

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Ice skating is a beloved winter pastime and public skates are the perfect way to sharpen your skills, hang out with friends, have a romantic evening, or just embrace the season. With so many local rinks to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you – so we’re going to make it easier. Here are some of the best ice rinks around, with some important i…

Food and Drink

During these frigid temperatures, there’s nothing better than sitting down to a warm, comforting meal loaded with gooey cheese, browned butter and crispy breading. Luckily, we have plenty of those dishes available to indulge in during our long winters. Here are some of my favorite go-to comfort dishes. Spaghetti Parmesan at Chef's 291 Seneca St. Since it was created…

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Every Chinese and most Asian restaurants offer dumplings, potstickers, Peking ravioli – but the ones that draw me back are few and far between. I've been spoiled, you see. Once I experienced the lively springiness of fresh pasta wrappers and carefully metered dough-to-filling ratios, soggy grease-laden dough balls no longer held my interest. Here are five places that…

Festivals

I am officially decreeing that February be renamed FeBREWary thanks to the multiple can’t-miss local beer events over the next few weeks. Most exciting: Four of these festivals are new. For those who enjoy variety in their craft beer, these events are tailor-made for you with everything from barleywine and hoppy beers to barrel-aged and cask beers, and even an entire…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's just announced 2020-21 season is stuffed to the brim with classics, new works, pops programs and returning favorites. On the surface, the lineup appears to be doing what any competitive orchestra in a market like ours should be doing – offering a little bit of something for everyone and walking the tightrope between the wholly artist…

Food and Drink

Buffalo's frosty winters lend themselves to soups as a form of comfort; they're like salty blankets that shield from the elements and warm the stomach. While hearty chicken noodle soup, a bowl of long-simmering pho or a cup of French onion lurking beneath bubbly cheese might be your personal favorite, Buffalo Soup-Fest is the annual opportunity to try something less tra…

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There was a time when beer cans were emblazoned simply with the brewery and beer name, looking more like a label than anything resembling "art." Today, beer can art is the most direct way for a craft brewery to make an immediate impact on the beer drinker. It’s quite often the first impression a brewery has with consumers as they hold your product in their hands. And yo…

Health and Fitness

It can be a challenge to embrace healthy activities during winter in the region, especially when running, biking and the outdoor fitness classes of summer seem so distant. At the dreariest of times, hibernation looks to present a much better option. Still, with a little vitamin D and some thoughtful consideration, the coming weeks can mean more than binge-watching Ne…

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After the hectic holiday season and all the indulging that comes with it, getting back into the routines of everyday life can feel like — dare I say it — almost a relief. Along with the annual attempts at healthier choices and improved habits that come with the new year, many people also take a temporary break from alcohol consumption to help reset their bodies and minds. …

Food and Drink

Comfort is necessary for January in Buffalo. It's bitterly cold and rarely sunny, the conditions that make Buffalonians tough – but also give them the reputation as a city that loves its food and drink. January sparkles with these annual events, enticing attendees with gooey macaroni and cheese, hard-to-find craft beers and stomach-warming soups. Here are five worth …

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Celebrate the end of the decade with a bang. New Year's Eve events are as wide-ranging as they are abundant, from free to flashy, outdoor to indoor. Here are some of the marquee events for Dec. 31. First Night Buffalo, 5 to 10 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.); firstnightbuffalo.org. Tickets are $15 in advance; kids ages 2 and younger get …

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Restaurants around Buffalo are turning something as simple as an egg into an art form. Deviled eggs have always been a popular party food, but with restaurants putting their own spin on things, they’ve really taken deviled eggs to the next level. Here are five places you can try delicious deviled eggs. Craft and Cork Gastropub 174 Buffalo St., Hamburg. Craft an…

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We are battle-tested when it comes to the colder weather. We know when it is coming and we know how to do deal with it. Our blood is thick and our bodies hardened by subzero wind chills. But every once in a while, it’s nice to curl up in front of a fire while enjoying a beverage or two. If you don’t have a fireplace to call your own, worry not. There are plenty of local…