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Several ingredients in the banh mi, a staple Vietnamese sandwich, might cause the unfamiliar turn up their noses. Cilantro and jalapenos are not too startling, but patê – pork liver? Pickled daikon? But for eaters acquainted with the banh mi, the affordable sandwich – typically around $5 – is a treat for many reasons. It's the texture of the bread, which boasts a slight…

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Since instant ramen's introduction to the United States in 1971, the now ubiquitous soup has become a staple for American diners. I've been lucky enough to try authentic ramen while studying abroad in Japan, which led me on a mini journey to find the best bowl in the Queen City. Whether you lived off instant noodles during college and are ready to revisit the dish (at a…

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Since the day it opened in 2011, the multi-ethnic food court on Grant Street called West Side Bazaar has given me heartburn. Not from indigestion, but the fear of making poor decisions about what to eat. It offers more than 100 dishes that channel a dozen cuisines from around the world. So the chance of picking a dud – then watching an eye-popping dish carried by your t…

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The City of Buffalo announced Thursday that Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) had been selected to operate the Kitchen @ the Market, a $464,000 project by the City and the Broadway Market that intends to spur new small businesses in Buffalo's food production industry. WEDI presently oversees the West Side Bazaar, the eight-year-old incubator at 25 Grant…

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The newest restaurant near Buffalo State College is called Gourmet Lao Foods, but its name undersells its ambition. The place at 643 Grant St., in the Campus Walk complex, opened Oct. 5 by Vone Serixay and One Thammasithikoun, sisters from Laos. But its menu offers tastes from at least four countries: Laos, Burma, Thailand and Japan, plus dishes like curry puffs (two…

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Welcome to Buffalo, Bengal. You scored the jackpot in the neighborhood department -- perhaps that was a factor in your collegiate choice -- with the Elmwood Village, widely considered a hub of the city’s arts, culture and shopping. After you’ve settled into your diminutive dorm room, hung your inspirational quote decals and indie movie posters on the wall, stuffed your…

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A West Side Bazaar kiosk known for its lotus cookies and bubble tea is becoming a restaurant near Buffalo State College. Gourmet Lao Foods is going to be opening on the first floor of the Campus Walk student apartment complex at 643 Grant St. Owners Vone Serixay and One Thammasithikoun, sisters from Laos, will be operating their first standalone restaurant. Its di…

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The Westminster Economic Development Initiative, which operates West Side Bazaar, will receive $215,000 from proceeds from the 2017 Decorators’ Show House. The Show House project is a major biennial community fundraiser co-sponsored by the Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News. The 2017 Show House was held at the August Feine House, 766 Ellicott St. The money…

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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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The final product of Katie Couric's visit to Buffalo has been unveiled. Part of the Yahoo! series "Cities Rising: Rebuilding America," "Buffalo's big comeback" is an 11-minute clip that highlights prominent examples of Buffalo's recovery from Rust Belt decline, like Canalside, Larkinville, the West Side Bazaar, 43 North, among others. Couric, the former TV news anchor fo…

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Dollar for dollar, the West Side Bazaar is the most interesting dining room in Buffalo. The building, at 25 Grant St., is officially a small business incubator run by the Westminster Economic Development Initiative. One side is small retail booths offering handcrafts, clothing and more. The other side is where I spend most of my time. Immigrant cooks offer dishes from Bu…

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Kitfo, a dish of minced beef flavored with spices and clarified butter, is hugely popular in Ethiopia, where it’s often presented as the centerpiece of large meals. When Zelalem Gemmeda started serving her Ethiopian dishes from a restaurant stall called, inside the West Side Bazaar she had a problem. How could she sell kitfo to Buffalonians, who wouldn’t necessarily want…

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Two things about Ethiopians you probably didn't know: 1. About 40 percent of Ethiopians are Christian, the nation's biggest religious group. 2. Following the Julian calendar, they celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7. That's why Zelalem Gemmeda is throwing a Christmas party Saturday, Jan. 10, at the West Side Bazaar, 25 Grant St. Gemmeda runs the popular Ethiopian restaurant …

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I've been chasing down Burmese dishes in Buffalo for four years. It's the food that happens where Thailand meets India, and you can explore it in three locations in Western New York. Here's pictures, reviews, some dishes you should know, and even recipes. This is my best attempt at a Buffalo Burmese food primer. Please consider it a work in progress. Burmese chefs have p…

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When immigrants make homes in new lands, they bring their families, their stories and their dreams with them. They also bring food, adding flavors of their homeland cuisines to the collective menus of their adopted communities. That effect is writ large in the restaurants of Buffalo, a city built and shaped by waves of people from Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland and elsew…