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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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The first time I ate dinner at Coco, Maura Crawford’s ode to French standards like coq au vin, steak frites, and buckets of mussels with more fries and aioli, it was 2013. Seven plates, I decreed, griping about dim lighting and languid service that might have suited namesake Coco Chanel, but didn’t leave me time for dessert. Two days after the review was published th…

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A round-trip plane ticket from Buffalo to Paris costs about $1,000, which is an expensive way to live like a Parisian for a Queen City dweller. Whoever says one needs to travel all the way to Paris for a French experience doesn’t understand the magic of a picturesque brick wall, a croissant, a beret and a particularly lively, romantic imagination. To feel like you’re…

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With Easter and its season of Lenten obligations behind us, plenty of people have had their fill of the Western New York fish fry. Beer-battered filets and the trinity of mac, potato and slaw have their place in our hearts, maybe too much so. These days, when I stray from dependables like the Crow’s Nest and Wiechec’s, I am too often reminded that “battering” is also the …

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Since Leap Day only comes once every four years, Coco has a special bid for your dinner attention on Feb. 29. Coco, 888 Main St., is offering a four-course dinner from Chef Conor Casey, with beer pairings from Community Beer Works, 15 Lafayette Ave. Yes, that includes a beer dessert, in this case, a cardamom ice cream float made with The Whale. CBW's hefty American brown…