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Buffalo has always been a city of strong ethnic identities, cherished by generations whose ancestors first arrived at this waterfront territory, settled and, ultimately, set us all up to be united as Americans. We’re also all really good at celebrating where we come from – and initially, our ancestor-generated festivals were much more insular affairs. They were family a…

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When you think of foods tied to Buffalo's identity, chicken wings and beef on weck are trumpeted relentlessly. But after that illustrious duo comes non-native foods like pierogi, the small pockets immersed in the diets of Buffalonians thanks to generations of proud Polish immigrants and their families. Today, Oct. 8, is National Pierogi Day, a perfect time to remember why…

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Polish culture is thrust into the spotlight on Dyngus Day in Buffalo. From hands-on learning about Zywiec and Tyskie, to foraging for the city's best pierogi, to arguing whose red shirt has the worst kielbasa joke, cultural experiences are intertwined with the revelry of the post-Lenten festivities. To give you a broad idea of what's happening with Polish food and drink l…

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‘‘Where is the penance?” The question came from a devout young man baffled by the Buffalo tradition of a Friday fish fry in Lent, a time of fasting and piety. He repeated his question. I fished for an answer. When it’s Lent and you are crunching into a hot beer-battered slab of fish, accompanied by potato salad, macaroni salad, creamy coleslaw and an icy beer or chilled …

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Nobody can be certain of the next Buffalo nightlife trend, but one that’s doubtful is the resurrection of the bare-bones bar. Craft drafts are now a necessity in any location, and modern accompaniments such as Internet jukeboxes, muddled cocktails and maintained mustaches on patrons and employees are an understood certainty. Not the case inside Historic Polonia’s R&L …

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When you think of foods tied to Buffalo's identity, chicken wings and beef on weck are trumpeted relentlessly. But after that illustrious duo comes non-native foods like pierogi, the small pockets immersed in the diets of Buffalonians thanks to generations of proud Polish immigrants and their families. Today, Oct. 8, is National Pierogi Day, a perfect time to remember why…

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On Friday, we previewed the major Dyngus Day events for Monday, but to simplify your aims for the Polish extravaganza, here's the 2015 Dyngus Day bucket list. 1) Eat a Polish food you can't pronounce Explanation: Maybe that's golabki (cabbage roll filled with meat), czarnina (duck blood soup) or barszcz (red beet-based or white sauerkraut thickened with wheat flour). Or …

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Ethnic reveal: I am not of Polish descent. My ancestors did not arrive in Buffalo from Eastern Europe. My mother has never made homemade pierogi; I’ve yet to sip my first bottle of Zywiec or Tyskie; and I’ve never celebrated the Hall of Fame polka catalog of Eddie Blazonczyk. But this lack of country connection doesn’t prevent me and thousands of Buffalonians from using …