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The Erie Canal, in all of its bicentenary beauty, connects Albany to Buffalo through its man-made, 363-mile long waterway. Once responsible for New York State's booming industrial economy, the canal has more leisurely responsibilities these days, serving casual boaters, bikers, strollers and mean Canada geese. Our curious predispositions to take things for granted somet…

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For years, uniting ice cream and chicken wing flavor was easy fodder for April Fools Day in Buffalo, or one-offs in Fredonia. Now, the flavor might be here to stay. Beginning Saturday, Lake Effect Ice Cream is serving a flavor called Medium, Extra Creamy at both 1900 Hertel Ave. and 79 Canal St., Lockport, and there's a chance it could stick on the regular menu. Whil…

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Like many Buffalonians, it was tradition for the families of Lake Effect Ice Cream owners Jason Wulf and Erik Bernardi to stop at the Broadway Market before Easter to buy Malczewski's butter lambs for their holiday meals, a ritual that's carried on to their adulthood. How could the local tradition apply to their ice cream business? The idea for a Butter Lamb Ice Cream C…

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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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1) Holiday Valley Wine & Beer Festival, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Holiday Valley Resort (6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville). Tickets are $65 and may be purchased here. Admission includes a $5 voucher for food. Commentary: For most people, Ellicottville is a destination, and in the gap between Fall Fest and the start of ski and snowboard season, you might th…

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It's one of a smorgasbord of ethnic options at the West Side Bazaar, so A&A Cookie's lotus blossom cookie - despite its meticulous flower-like shape - often remains unnoticed as customers beeline for a plate of Ethiopian, Thai or Burmese food. But when Lake Effect Ice Cream's North Buffalo location, at 1900 Hertel Ave., opens for the season at 11 a.m. March 24, the …

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Every year, Buffalo complains about our long winters. Yet every year, we can’t wait to show summer the door. “But I’m still here,” summer protests. “What are you doing with those jeans and boots? And what is with the pumpkin latte? There’s still yummy strawberry ice cream at Anderson’s!” “Summer, get out. Your time is up. It’s fall.” “Is not.” “Is too.” “Have you bee…

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Although Friday marks the opening of Lake Effect Ice Cream's scoop shop for the season, owners Jason Wulf and Erik Bernardi have announced a flurry of other plans to expand over the next several months. Wulf couldn't restrain his excitement during an interview last week, previewing everything from a one-of-a-kind ice cream truck, Lake Effect's new massive storage space an…

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"Home Alone" has no shortage of laugh-out-loud scenes, a big reason why it remains a must-watch movie for many households each holiday season. (It's also the only reason why Macaulay Culkin is part of our vernacular, but, whatever). Whether you get a hearty chuckle out of Fuller wetting the bed, the unintentionally hilarious exchanges between crooks Marv and Harry (you ma…

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When’s the last time you were in Medina? If you love real Mexican tacos and tortas, I bet it’s been way too long. I could go on about the rich historic architecture in the small towns built by the Erie Canal. The pleasures of an afternoon drive near the Niagara Escarpment and the fruit orchards and vineyards it makes possible, buying fresh fruits and vegetables and bottl…

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Let’s face it, the best ice cream place is usually the closest one. If you’re going to drive by scoop slingers singing their sweet siren song and head on down the road, your destination has to offer something special. Here are some of our favorites. Anderson's Multiple locations If there’s one line people don’t mind standing in, it’s the Anderson’s line. No matter how l…