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Jessica Kelly

Journalist and Photographer

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I’m a freelance Journalist and Photographer with a focus on food, travel, and entertainment living in New York State. I've written for over 10 different local publications in New York, the Huffington Post, Dame Traveler, Kitchn, Insider, Business Insider, Wine Enthusiast, AAA World Magazine, AAA Northeast, Eater, Cosmopolitan, Times Union, Food52, Bon Appetit, Roadtripper, and Thrillist. I've created recipes for a cookbook released by Sorrento Cheese to promote their brand of Galbani Italian Cheeses. I've judged numerous cooking competitions including the Taste of Buffalo, the National Wing Festival, the Erie County Fair, the Wegmans Chef Throwdown, and the Italian Festival. I created my own travel website called AdventuresAreWaiting.com where I work with various sponsors to promote destinations and adventures to gain experience, and have gone on to write about travel for respected publications like AAA and Thrillist, inspiring others to have adventures around the world! If you're interested in working together, you can email me at [email protected]

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Times Union
Finding the treasures inside oyster country

Adventures await on the coast of Rhode Island, about a three hours' drive east of the Capital Region. Narragansett is a quaint town where locals go for an afternoon surf at Narragansett Beach.

AAA World Magazine
Texas’ All✭Star City

From the historic Alamo to the trendy River Walk, San Antonio plays a starring role in the Lone Star State. With 300 years since its founding under its shiny belt buckle, San Antonio in south-central Texas has a treasure-trove of history to share with visitors. Misión San Antonio de Valero was established in 1718. You might know the mission by its current name: the Alamo. San Antonio became the capital of Spanish Texas and, later, played a key role in the fight for Texas independence.

Matador Network
This Philly pizzeria has the world's largest collection of pizza memorabilia

Philadelphia has many things to see, like exploring graffiti pier and the absolutely incredible infinity pool on the 52nd floor overlooking the city in the Four Seasons Philadelphia. Yet when it comes to food-related attractions, few are like Pizza Brain, the home of the largest collection of pizza memorabilia in the world.

EatingWell
The 14 Best Low-Carb Foods at Aldi

Whether you have diabetes or just want to cut back on carbs, these low-carb Aldi picks are delicious and reasonably priced. I'm an Aldiholic. My boyfriend and I get the majority of our food from Aldi because the products are high-quality, fresh and significantly cheaper than those at other grocery stores.

Cosmopolitan
This Scarf That Inflates Into a Neck Pillow Is the Perfect Travel Essential

Sliding into my coach seat on a recent flight to Boston, I smiled to myself, knowing I was about to be more comfy than literally everyone else around me. After I got all my bags into position at my feet and settled in, I unzipped the back-pocket zipper on my infinity scarf and began blowing up the hidden air bladder.

Thrillist
This Northeastern Wonderland Is So Much More Than Its Famous Lakes

So named-presumably by somebody with a fundamental misunderstanding of human anatomy-for the 11 long, crooked lakes that dot its densely forested landscape, Central New York's Finger Lakes region is a pure distillation of New York's natural allure and laid-back rural lifestyle.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
How Gravity-Flow Wineries are Taking Grapes to New Heights | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Somewhere between industrialized winemaking and the full-on natural/no-intervention movement, there are a growing number of producers using the environment-and more importantly, gravity-to refine their winemaking technique. Many believe that removing pumps or motors from the winemaking process preserves better fragrance and flavor.

Times Union
Trips by train to satisfy your regional travel bug

Amtrak is taking precautions for travelers, keeping things clean and following regulations. Some of the trains have bookable rooms with very tiny, but private, bathrooms, so you can stay in the compartment if you would rather have the privacy due to COVID.

Times Union
Ellicottville village boasts good eats, mountainous thrills

One of my favorite spots throughout my New York travels is the village of Ellicottville. It really gives you those cozy, wintery mountain vibes - located near the Holiday Valley Resort - and there is much to indulge in, even when the weather starts warming up.

Times Union
Capital Region appetizers that might be better than the entree

Food brings people together, particularly when you can fill the table with a selection of appetizers to share and discuss, giving diners the opportunity to explore the creativity chefs around the region are putting into their small-plate offerings.

Times Union
The light at the end of this trip is Beacon

Tucked into the mid-Hudson Valley along the east side of the Hudson River, the city of Beacon is in the midst of a revival. In the early 1900s, the city was given the name Beacon by the Fishkill Landing and Matteawan villages due to the proximity to Mount Beacon, which had played a role in the American Revolution: Signal fires burned at the top were used to alert Gen.

Times Union
Beyond rabbit food: Surveying the salad scene

When summer begins, many palates begin to crave lighter meals filled with seasonal vegetable and fruits. You don't have to stick with basic garden sides and classic Caesar, however. Local chefs are creating colorful, flavor-packed salads. In a region filled with intriguing options that seem to be constantly changing based on what's fresh and available, restaurants are adding excitement to healthful eating.

Times Union
Discovering easy, breezy coastal Connecticut

Coastal Connecticut Road Trip As the weather begins to warm up, and travel-starved New Yorkers head to usual suspects like Cape Cod and Newport, Rhode Island, those looking to escape the day-to-day shouldn't rule out coastal Connecticut.

Times Union
Sweet sensations: A roundup of regional pastries

Whether you're searching for treats for a special occasion or because you want something sweet, there are so many options in and around the Capital Region that it's difficult to know where to begin. These small businesses serve delicious doughnuts, cinnamon buns and colorful pastries to enjoy.

Times Union
Spring cocktails bring the freshness of the season

The changing of the seasons gives bartenders the opportunity to renew their spirit of innovation. Bright, beautiful colors and garden-grown natural notes bring the welcome flavor of spring in a glass to these local establishments.

Times Union
Standout cocktails from Albany to Saratoga Springs

Cocktail bars have stepped up their game compared to the vodka cranberry I used to get for $1 on Thursdays at my local college bar. I remember when cocktail prices started going up, my friends and I were a little put off until we realized that cocktail bars were creating their own bitters, bringing in unusual flavors, and fresh-pressing their own juices for mixes.

Times Union
Visit Portsmouth for shops, trek to nearby Maine for barbecue

In traveling by car a lot in the last year, I've come across several towns and cities worth a road trip from the Capital Region. One of those is Portsmouth, N.H., a little more than three hours from Albany and close to the Maine state line.

Times Union
Staycations to book for a Capital Region 'getaway'

As vaccinations roll out and things seem to be changing weekly with the pandemic, more people are traveling. But some people haven't hit that comfort level yet, and may instead opt for great hotels, bed and breakfasts, and inns within the Capital Region to explore, with gorgeous rooms, unique decor and excellent restaurants nearby.

Times Union
Local fish fries (and non-fried options) to try during Lent

It's an art to find a truly amazing fish fry with the right crispy coating and tasty sides. Here are some popular fish fries in the region to try, either because of Lent or just because you love them. Off the Hook Fish Fry (1599 Union St., Schenectady) Kudos on the restaurant name.

Times Union
Hours from Capital Region, get coastal vibes from Newburyport

Newburyport is a quaint small town in Massachusetts full of shops, cafés, and historic landmarks. Taking in the beautiful waterfront views while strolling along the cobblestone streets, browsing antiques and kitchenware shops is a nice way to spend your day. Enjoy a weekend getaway just a few hours from the Capital Region.

Times Union
Treehouses trending as popular regional vacation stays

Stunning properties abound within driving distance of the Capital Region. Hotel stays are always an options but Airbnbs are a growing trend for people seeking stays that are immersed in nature, with unique amenities that make the property itself a destination and not necessarily just a place to crash.

Times Union
Glide into Elmira with soaring plane adventure

Elmira isn't just known for its historical connection to Mark Twain, who spent summers writing in the Southern Tier city and where he was eventually buried. The area's rolling hills are the perfect landscape to fly glider planes.

Times Union
Cooperstown more than just visiting baseball HOF

Cooperstown, located at the south end of Otsego Lake, is legendary for being a baseball village, housing the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. In addition to many baseball-centric businesses, attractions include a well-known brewery, excellent bakeries, art and history museums and a range of restaurants, offering non-baseball fans plenty of reasons to visit.

Times Union
Local coffee drinks to perk you up, get you going

One of life's simple pleasures is the coffee buzz. It gets the day started and the aroma alone can spark some energy. Whether you're looking to check some chores off the list, run some overdue errands, have a million Zoom meetings, or need fuel for a road trip, there's an abundance of coffee shops in the Capital Region pouring out unique lattes with funky and fun flavors.

Times Union
Satisfy cheesy dreams with these local dishes

Some people think bacon makes everything better, but in my opinion, extra cheese is the real deal. Is there really anything better than getting perfect cheese pulls when you crack open a mozzarella stick drenched in melba sauce, or take your first bite of a truly amazing grilled cheese?

Times Union
Planning a seaside trip? Don't sleep on Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach in Delaware has everything you need for the perfect getaway: beautiful beach views, fun gift shops, great restaurants open year-round and a fantastic craft beer scene. If you're planning a trip this summer to Rehoboth Beach, here are some things to see and do while in town.

newyorkupstate
Weekend in Hudson: 8 things to do at this Upstate NY haven

If you're looking to get the feeling of a getaway without leaving the state, Hudson, N.Y., has you covered. Not only are there art galleries and shops to stroll through, but the accommodations will make you feel like you've been transported to Europe.

newyorkupstate
Weekend in Beacon: 7 things to do for an Upstate NY getaway

Many city-goers are starting to crave small town life during the pandemic. Whether it’s a complete move or just a weekend away from it all, Beacon, N.Y., is a beautiful place to visit. It has shops, restaurants, unique dining experiences, art and luxury accommodations that give visitors the feeling of being out of the country, while still hunkered down in New York state.

Times Union
Out-of-town food vendors to visit at local farmers markets

Farmers markets are popular excursions for people in the area, and vendors come from far and wide, as well as locally, to sell their products in the Capital Region. There's loads of fresh produce, seafood, cut flowers, chocolate, ice pops, milk, yogurt, and more to fill your fridge with.

Your AAA Network
Where to See U.S. Natural Wonders

In the past year, many of us have been forced to slow down our travel, trading in our tickets abroad for gas in our tanks. Road trips have been the saving grace for travel in the past year, especially when it leads us to stunning natural sites throughout the country.

CapNY
5 Cool CapNY Food and Drink Spots That Opened in 2020 - CapNY

Left Bank Ciders, Catskill Left Bank Ciders began when a large, nearby orchard nearby borrowed Anna Rosencranz's compost bins to get rid of the bad apples. Anna and partner Tim Graham decided to turn those bad apples into cider. And, that gradually became a full business plan you can read about on their website .

CapNY
4 Fantastic Murals: Public Art in CapNY - CapNY

There are so many fantastic murals in CapNY to explore, but these are a few of my favorites. The Big Picture, Troy Artist Kevin Clark created a beautiful mural on the side of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall to give visitors an idea of what the amazing venue looks like inside.

Visit Buffalo Niagara
A Winter Oasis with Coco's Crêpe Chalet & Wanderlust Menu - Visit Buffalo Niagara

It's shocking that we're coming up on a year since this pandemic turned our world upside down. It certainly affected a lot of our lives in various ways, one being that any kind of travel plans were abruptly canceled. But Coco Bar & Bistro has created what feels like an intimate winter escape with the Crêpe Chalet.

CapNY
5 Millennials On Buying Investment Properties - CapNY

We got some advice from 5 CapNY millennials on buying investment properties. They shared their experiences on acquiring properties, living and working as landlords, along with many pros and a few cons. Take Advantage of First-Time Buyer Rates Steve Luttman, 34, is a real estate broker and owner of SJ Lincoln Realty - and, he's an owner of his own investment properties.

CapNY
CapNY Community: Free Food Fridge Albany - CapNY

Jammella Anderson, the founder of Free Food Fridge Albany, wanted to make fresh, perishable food available to marginalized communities. Food accessibility was already an issue, and the pandemic compounded these problems. So Jammella and a group of volunteers decided to take action with a community food project in Albany.

CapNY
Moving Upstate: Miami Transplant Tony Quezada - CapNY

Moving Upstate in CapNY: Introducing Tony Quezada I was born in New York City and lived there for a year and a half before my family relocated to Miami. For the most part, everything I knew was the tropical climate, where the seasons don't exist. Here, the seasons are real and authentic.

CapNY
Public Art Outdoors in Winter: Art in CapNY - CapNY

The first location is the Reflection Pool at Empire State Plaza. The pool is lined with 16 monumental mid-century sculptures by world-renowned artists such as Claes Oldenberg, Alexander Calder, Ellsworth Kelly, and more. On a gloomy winter day, these pops of movement and color can bring some happiness and perspective.

Times Union
Dine with friends (safely) with digital supper club

Organizing a successful supper club can be difficult. The outings seem to easily dwindle down, and eventually stop happening all together. As more and more restaurants began to open years ago, five friends of mine and I decided to create our own supper club to keep up with the newest restaurant openings.

Times Union
Capital Region dishes you won't see on every menu

I've tried some not-so-common foods in my lifetime, especially when writing about food. There's not much I won't at least try (I have eaten things like chicken hearts, cow tongue, duck feet, crickets, among others). If you can get past what the dish originally was, you'll find the dishes, often considered delicacies in other cultures, are tasty.

Times Union
Oyster shooters and street art highlight Baltimore trip

You can really experience Baltimore differently depending on where you stay. If you're near the waterfront, it's a low-key, calm environment. If you're downtown, you get the hustle and bustle feel of a big city. If you're in the Hampden neighborhood, you get a laid-back, hipster-artsy vibe.

Times Union
Bring out your inner Olympian in Lake Placid

Lake Placid helped me fully discover my love for winter. There's so much to do and see, including a wide variety of winter activities that will help you embrace the cold, snowy weather even if you're not a skier. Checking into the Mirror Lake Inn (77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid; 518-523-2544) In addition to housing the No.

Times Union
Romantic getaways that don't require a plane ticket

Whether you've been working extra hours, unintentionally became a home-school teacher, or you're just trying to keep your head above water through this year, one thing's for sure: You and your partner could use a little break.

Times Union
Seasonal cocktails (with regional booze) to make at home

One thing quarantine has taught me, besides how to make bread, was to make the most of creating cocktails at home. It's even better if you incorporate locally made spirits into those drinks. With so many regional distillers and plenty of local ingredients, it makes it easy to support the community while making use of that glassware you have collecting dust.

Times Union
Shop, eat (and of course, glass it up) in Corning

Right now, if you want to plan a safe getaway your best plan of action would be to stay within New York. Most likely, your plans won't get canceled and you can still experience the feeling of a little vacation that's not too far of a drive from the Capital Region.

Times Union
New Hampshire ice castle gem of trip

Everyone seems to wait until the summer to plan a getaway, but don't rule out winter travel. A small town in New Hampshire houses an amazing experience available in only a few spots throughout North America: Ice Castles. On our way into the Sunset Hill House, we were immediately blown away by the view.

Times Union
Regional winter activities to experience in the snow, cold

With the unpredictability of this year, it's no surprise people are a little fearful for what new challenges winter will bring. I've always embraced winter activities. We live in New York; we basically have no choice but to find ways to love it. Tubing at Ski Butternut Tubing Center (380 State Road, Great Barrington, Mass.)

Times Union
Stowe, VT trip full of classic old-town charm

When we arrived at Stowe -- admittedly at first just because it was on the way to our Airbnb that we were staying in just about an hour outside of the area -- we didn't realize just how cute this town would be.

Times Union
Embracing pleasures of solo travel

With all of the changes happening this year, my side hustle abruptly became my main project. With constant travel within the New England region, New York, and surrounding states that didn't have travel restrictions at the time, I was keeping extremely busy scoping out places to write about.

Times Union
Capital Region cocktails to warm your winter nights

There's certainly no shortage of creative cocktails in the Capital Region, and as the weather gets colder, we need ways to warm up, whether that's temperature or spice. From hot toddies to habanero bitters, we've found a variety.

Times Union
Travel items to buy for your next big trip

As someone who travels quite often for both work and pleasure, I've come across a lot of different items that make my life a lot easier while packing or on vacation. These are a few that I would recommend when you're ready to hit the road again or jump on a plane.

Bon Appétit
I'm Here to Highly Recommend Canned Cheese

This is Highly Recommend , a column dedicated to what people in the food industry are obsessed with eating, drinking, and buying right now. There are a lot of things that come in a can. You can get a loaf of bread, a cheeseburger, a "whole chicken" (if you can count it as such, because it comes out all butchered and congealed), rattlesnake, and more.

Times Union
Fish fry, lakeside-view stays when you travel to Skaneateles

There are plenty of amazing places to travel to throughout New York, and Skaneateles is truly a wonderful place to visit year-round. Pre-COVID times, they would do a festive Dickens Christmas where the entire town would transform into an old-fashioned holiday village with carolers singing in the town's gazebo, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and being passed out to visitors, holiday shopping along Genesee Street and more.

Times Union
Gluten-free desserts available in the Capital Region

Gluten free options have come a long way in both selection and flavor. We're seeing more and more gluten free options in both restaurants and grocery stores, because of dietary restrictions and/or choices. Now more than ever, restaurants in the Capital Region are creating delicious desserts that are gluten-free for people to enjoy.

Times Union
Rhode Island visits highlighted by sharks, shops

This summer alone I traveled to Newport twice, and I love discovering new things about the area. A lot of people go to shovel down some delicious seafood and spend some money at the countless boutique shops, both excellent reasons to head to the city, but Newport and the surrounding areas are full of art and adventure.

Times Union
03/26/2020
Fondly remembering a girls' trip to Paris

Now more than ever is a time to reflect on memories. On how we were living our life and what's most important. Many of us are currently learning to live with less due to the impact of the coronavirus, and missing our day-to-day life.

Business Insider
08/05/2020
The 10 best white wines to try for National White Wine Day

Being from Western New York, I've had the pleasure of visiting the Stratus just over the border in beautiful Niagara on the Lake. That destination itself has a wide variety of wineries - but nothing impressed me quite like stratus.

The Buffalo News
05/17/2019
Float on: Letchworth by hot air balloon

Letchworth State Park-dubbed the "Grand Canyon of the East"-has stunning views, beautiful waterfalls and even long-standing double rainbows visible in the sunlight because of the mist. But hiking and camping aren't the only way to immerse yourself in these lauded landscapes.

Times Union
10/14/2020
Waterfall hikes worth the trek in any season

Each season delivers its own set of perks when you go for a waterfall hike. Whether you see them in spring or summer when the trees are bright green and flowers are blooming. In fall with the exquisite foliage surrounding each waterfall. Even in winter, my personal favorite, the scenery will leave you with breathtaking views.

Times Union
10/28/2020
Activities and sights off the beaten Boston paths

In the Capital Region, we're so fortunate to be so close to so many fresh, different cities and states without travel restrictions, giving us a chance to take this time to explore the New England area. When I first came here, I was pleasantly surprised to find out how close we were to Boston.

Times Union
10/21/2020
Local restaurants, markets craft fall-inspired drinks

It's pumpkin spice latte season and there's more than just your average drink to get you in the mood for fall, some boozy and some not. Some local establishments are creating coffees, mocktails and cocktails that incorporate autumnal flavors that will have you throwing on your flannels and running to the pumpkin patch.

Your AAA Network
07/08/2019
Things to Do on and Around the High Line in NYC - Your AAA Network

The hustle and bustle of NYC is exciting and full of energy. But sometimes with that energy comes the need to escape from the chaos. The High Line, a 1.5-mile linear park built on an elevated freight line on Manhattan's West Side, is the perfect spot.

Times Union
10/20/2020
A tamer, still-fun Halloween to be had in Salem

Although things are a little different in Salem, Mass., this year, there's still plenty to do. Normally around the fall, the entire city is transformed into a Halloween town mobbed with people decked out in costumes, psychic fairs, haunted houses, and all kinds of shenanigans.

The Buffalo News
10/16/2020
Need some healthy dishes? Try veggie curry, tuna poke bowl and more

Many of us may have put on a couple of pounds during the breadmaking stage of quarantine. Yes, some of us have maintained healthy eating habits, but let's face it, when you're stuck inside the house, sometimes eating out of boredom rears its ugly head.

Times Union
10/07/2020
Capital Region dishes you won't see on every menu

I've tried some not-so-common foods in my lifetime, especially when writing about food. There's not much I won't at least try (I have eaten things like chicken hearts, cow tongue, duck feet, crickets, among others). If you can get past what the dish originally was, you'll find the dishes, often considered delicacies in other cultures, are tasty.

Times Union
11/08/2019
Easing into a new decade with style

As I contemplated having a funeral to mourn the loss of my youth, I realized perhaps that was a little bit dramatic. I began to think about what would really make my 30th birthday the epic celebration I wanted and came to the conclusion that nothing takes the sting of a new decade away quite like fresh adventures in new places.

Times Union
08/19/2020
Cape Cod, Mass. coast a destination for seafood, sea lovers

I've been visiting Cape Cod since I was a kid. I have family there that I'm quite close with so we've been swimming at Nauset Beach and dining around for several years, giving me plenty of insight for when I went to plan my own trip there without the family.

Times Union
07/16/2020
Take flight and get out for some regional adventures

With travel plans on hold and places reopening slowly, we're starting to hit that point where we need to get out and have a little adventure to boost our mood. Of course, we want to make sure that we do that safely and responsibly, and several leisure activity companies in the area taking proper precautions to make sure that that's a possibility.

Food52
08/07/2020
This Couple Built Their Dream Farmhouse Kitchen With Vintage Finds

This was it, the home they'd been looking for. An 18th-century white farmhouse in Merrimac, MA, weathered with chips and cracks-and accompanied by a barn. It got better when Chelsea Gray and her husband Joe stepped inside and laid eyes on the kitchen.

Step Out Buffalo
08/20/2020
Staycation: Jamestown is the Perfect Trip for Nature Seekers & Comedy Lovers - Step Out Buffalo

When the pandemic struck and COVID-19 turned our travel plans into a great big dumpster fire, we were forced to take a step back and reevaluate. We've always been advocates of traveling in our own backyard, within a drivable distance to Buffalo, and the pandemic just kind of pushes that into the spotlight because let's face it, that's really all we have right now.

Times Union
08/12/2020
Regional destinations taking COVID precautions to new level

With more and more states moving out of pandemic lockdown mode, life seems to be feeling a little more normal. Even though reopening is in full effect, COVID-19 is still an issue and something we all need to be cautious of.

Thrillist
Actually Cool Things to Do in Buffalo, New York

"Keep Buffalo a Secret." It seems to be a mantra in the Queen City. It's even painted on the side of Oxford Pendant on Main Street in Buffalo and printed on shirts, making it the "Keep Austin Weird" of NE New York. But folks are increasingly whiffing when it comes to keeping that pledge of secrecy.

Times Union
08/26/2020
Western, CNY road trip includes boat rides, window shopping

For travel addicts, the pandemic has forced us to embrace local travel, camping and road trips. We're lucky to be "stuck" living in New York state during all of this; there is a lot to see locally within the state itself, something I was able to do after being invited by Harbor Hotels to check out their line of hotels across the state.

Times Union
09/30/2020
Maine's Portland full of seafood, shopping, sea views

When I headed to Portland, Maine to be part of my cousin's wedding, I was excited to tack on some extra days to explore the area. Portland has always been on my list. My love of seafood is just understood here.

Times Union
09/23/2020
Edgewater Japanese market worth a Jersey road trip

New Jersey wasn't necessarily high on my list of desired travel destinations, but recently I saw food writers that I admire and follow on social networks heading to Jersey to check out this Japanese food market that's half grocery, half prepared authentic street foods, and I knew I had to work it into a road trip.

Eater
08/01/2019
Beef on Weck Is Buffalo's Best Contribution to the Culinary World

Walking through the doors of Schwabl's in Buffalo, New York, feels like stepping back into 1942. Soft jazz music plays as waitresses wearing white dresses, white nylons, and white shoes deliver food to hungry patrons. Bartenders in white shirts, ties, and white coats chat with locals and sling traditional drinks.

Times Union
09/22/2020
Buffalo native picks favored Capital Region wing spots

Being from Buffalo and having judged at the National Wing Festival, I like to think I know what I'm looking for when it comes to a good wing. In an original wing, you're looking for an amazing mix of a good tangy, flavorful hot sauce, preferably Frank's, mixed with the right amount of creamy butter.

Times Union
09/01/2020
Out-of-town food vendors to visit at local farmers markets

Farmers markets are popular excursions for people in the area, and vendors come from far and wide, as well as locally, to sell their products in the Capital Region. There's loads of fresh produce, seafood, cut flowers, chocolate, ice pops, milk, yogurt, and more to fill your fridge with.

Times Union
09/02/2020
9/11 Museum in NYC providing virtual experience

Years ago during a trip to New York City, we decided to take a look at the new One World Trade Center. The stunning mirrored building was built to replace the twin towers after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but nothing will really take the place of the two buildings that were iconic in the city for so long.

Times Union
08/18/2020
Need a healthier meal? Some local to-go options

We're all attempting to make healthier choices after getting used to life at home, baking banana bread and chowing down on it mindlessly in front of the TV. The majority of us spent that time maybe being less active and eating more than planned, which led to the "Covid 19" being the new freshman 15 of 2020.

Times Union
06/22/2020
Summer cocktails to order, quench your thirst

With dining rules coming back to "normal," the prospect of drinking a flavorful summer cocktail -- on a patio or at your own home -- brings a little joy, especially in New York, with a harsh winter in our rear view and months of self-isolating other than going to the grocery store.

Thrillist
06/12/2018
Which Part of the Chicken Wing Is Best? The Debate Ends Here.

Ever since Teressa Bellissimo created the Buffalo chicken wing at Anchor Bar in 1964, one great question has kept the tight-knit community of wing lovers divided: Which piece is better, the drumstick or the flat? It's basically the fried bar food equivalent of the Rumble in the Jungle.

Times Union
08/25/2020
Squash blossom recipes to use up plant's end-of-season bounty

I first fell in love with squash blossoms after my trip to Rome, Italy. This was long before discovering my love for cooking, or even realizing I was any good at cooking. I was strolling through the Campo de' Fiori street market in Italy and remember seeing these beautiful flowers at multiple stands.

Buffalo Magazine
07/27/2018
Waterfall hikes less than 3 hours away

Hiking during any season is an excellent way to unplug, clear your mind and decompress. But you don't need to go to Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon or Yosemite to experience awe-inspiring beauty. Here are some of the most striking parks in Western and Central New York - all punctuated by dramatic waterfalls, and all within a 3-hour drive or less.

Times Union
01/30/2020
Siesta Key has what vacationers want

I've been going to Siesta Key since I was a kid and my parents have been going since before my sisters and I were even born. I've asked my dad why he continues to go back to the same place (when I travel I love to explore new areas).

Times Union
02/21/2020
Things to do in Cleveland, aside from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Ohio may not be the first place on your travel to do list, but it should be! I've gone to Cedar Point many times, but when I was heading to Glenmont, Ohio, for a trip I made a pit stop in Cleveland and was so pleasantly surprised by what could be discovered in this city.

Buffalo Magazine
04/27/2018
Food markets worth visiting

Culinary travel is hitting big. Just like visitors can't come to Buffalo without trying beef on weck with a side of wings, there are regional specialties (Baltimore crabs, Maine lobster) you must try "when in Rome." Beyond local cuisine, true foodies also hunt down local markets.

Buffalo Magazine
01/29/2018
3 creative caffeine fixes-and where to find them

Monday-Friday 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday noon - 9 p.m. 79 Canal St, Lockport (also at 1900 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, but closed until spring); Lakeeffecticecream.com Herbal-infused lattes and teas Perks creates innovative lattes with a hint of floral flavor.

Buffalo Magazine
01/01/2018
The new fast food: Quick, healthy options

Not too long ago, fast food only meant fried goodies and chicken patties made from questionable animal parts. If you wanted something healthier, there weren't many fast options to accommodate...or you made do with the meager "healthy" options on menus like dried-out salads or a plain grilled chicken breast - minus the bun.

Buffalo Magazine
12/01/2017
Home for the holidays

There's never been a better time to play tour guide to friends and family coming home for the holidays. Sure, they might think they know where they want to go - old favorites like Chef's, Duff's and Mighty Taco offer tastes not found outside of Buffalo.

Buffalo Magazine
07/27/2018
6 weirdly good wings

You can get hot, medium or mild just about everywhere in Buffalo - so no wonder chefs are spicing up this bar classic by creating new flavors and sauces. Whether they're experimenting with different recipes, changing up the bird, or creating new sauces, these new versions on the classic wing have captured the attention of locals.

Buffalo Magazine
10/01/2017
Unusual eats: 12 out-of-the-ordinary local dishes

Ready for a food adventure? With new restaurants popping up all over WNY, chefs are bringing their A-game to keep locals on their toes....and that includes dishes with some unusual ingredients. If you're an adventurous eater, here are some creative dishes to check out around town. 1.

Buffalo Magazine
07/01/2017
A dessert tour of Buffalo

Tiramisu ($12.90) Walker Center, 5110 Main St., Williamsville; 650-5566 Born and raised in France, Giancarlo's pastry chef, Camille Le Caer, makes all desserts from scartch. Giancarlo's signature tiramisu is made with sweet mascarpone cream, lady finger biscuits, coffee and rum syrup, cacao powder, and is delivered to the table with a sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon and a side of poached pears.

Buffalo Magazine
07/01/2017
6 local bachelorette party for active brides

Anyone can stand to have a few drinks and let her hair down once in awhile, but the typical bachelorette party of cocktails and club-hopping isn't for everyone. Here are a few suggestions for the girl - or group - who loves to work out and be active. Love horror movies?

Buffalo Magazine
03/01/2017
7 workouts you can try for free

With the post-holiday dent in the couch - and potential travel to warmer climates looming - it may be time to take stock in your exercise routine. But it can be challenging to find a workout or gym that excites you.

Times Union
11/29/2019
Toronto Christmas market embraces holiday spirit in all forms

Each year around the holidays, Christmas seems to take over the Toronto area, with large colorful trees at Nathan Square and inside the Eaton Center. Although there are a few places to take in the spirit of the holiday season in Toronto, the one that needs to be at the top of your list is the Distillery District Toronto Christmas Market.

Buffalo Magazine
03/01/2017
Road trip: Syracuse (Armory Square)

A 2-hour drive east on I-90. One of Syracuse's most beautiful neighborhoods, Armory Square is home to cozy cafes, notable restaurants and charming shops. Boasting plenty of character via its historic buildings, the neighborhood always held high importance due to its vicinity to railroads and the Erie Canal.

Buffalo Magazine
12/02/2016
Holiday gift guide 2016

When it comes time to get your gift list together and strategize a game plan, you may encounter some tough scenarios. Often it's the people we're closest to who are the most difficult to buy for. To help, we've compiled a list of the most challenging people in your life, with a handy guide for the perfect holiday gift.

Buffalo Magazine
08/01/2016
Buffalo-themed home decor

In a city bursting with renewed Buffalo pride, it seems only natural that Buffalo-themed décor is popping up more in local shops. From Buffalo-themed tables to butter lamb soaps, there's no shortage of options. Here's a guide to some of our favorites.

Buffalo Magazine
05/01/2016
Restaurateur Mike Shatzel's formula for success

If you live in Buffalo, and you like food and good beer, by now you've heard the name Mike Shatzel. He is the co-owner of many of Buffalo's hottest eateries including Allen Burger Venture, Liberty Hound, Moor Pat, Colter Bay, and two anticipated new openings: Thin Man and The Terrace (in the Marcy Casino in Delaware Park).

Buffalo Magazine
10/26/2018
Road Trip: Trumansburg

The locale: Approximately two hours and 20 minutes down the I-90 East. The scoop: Trumansburg in the Finger Lakes region is home to beautiful parks, attractions, restaurants and shops minutes from the Seneca and Cayuga Lake wineries. It's a quaint, often-overlooked town that has everything from a brewery doubling as a pastry shop to a six-story treehouse, plus countless cozy bed and breakfasts.

Times Union
05/12/2020
Dine with friends (safely) with digital supper club

Organizing a successful supper club can be difficult. The outings seem to easily dwindle down, and eventually stop happening all together. As more and more restaurants began to open years ago, five friends of mine and I decided to create our own supper club to keep up with the newest restaurant openings.

Times Union
07/22/2020
Where to satisfy fair food cravings without the festival

In times like these, there are certainly things to be positive about. If you're someone who has remained healthy through the pandemic or maintained your job, that is something to celebrate! However, being disappointed about canceled concerts, sporting events, fairs, and fan favorite festivals is normal, though necessary.

The Buffalo News
01/02/2020
Mary & Ryan's opulent moment

August 2019 Hindu Cultural Society of Western New York, Getzville A friend of a friend of a friend-and a dash of serendipity-is to thank for bringing Mary and Ryan together on St. Patrick's Day 2017. Every year before the parade, Mary and her roommate, Alex, host a brunch at their apartment.

Times Union
07/14/2020
Rounding out meals with delicious different doughnuts

Doughnuts -- those perfectly designed, pristine sugary pastries -- are essentially works of art in the hands of the right baker. People will travel far and wide for a ring of dough coated in a glossy glaze. Lucky for us the Capital Region has a variety of options. Cider Belly25 N.

Times Union
07/08/2020
Seafood restaurants adjust takeout strategies

When the weather heats up, we start to crave a casual experience at a seafood shack covered in chipped, weathered paint, slinging out fresh seafood on paper plates soaked with melted butter or the natural briny liquors from raw clams or oysters on the half shell.

The Buffalo News
09/27/2019
Road Trip: Salem, Massachusetts

Located just off the I-90 north of Boston, it's an easy seven- to eight-hour drive (depending on traffic on the Massachusetts stretch). Set along the north coast of Massachusetts, Salem is full of history and year-round interest-but especially in the fall when the whole city turns into a Halloween destination.

The Buffalo News
11/22/2019
The lowdown on Buffalo's holiday markets

With so many markets popping up around town come holiday season, I made it my personal mission to explore as many as I possibly could last year. One thing I realized in the process? Different markets pair best with certain personality types and shopping styles.

Buffalo Magazine
10/26/2018
5 made-from-scratch pies you can buy

There's nothing quite like the smell of pumpkin, spices, and sweet sugary crust wafting from the oven, but while some home cooks have perfected the art of pie-making, others need a little help. Here are some alternative options for made-from-scratch, delicious holiday pies-all of which will save you hours in the kitchen.

Buffalo Magazine
12/01/2017
Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Gifts that feel good to give

You've heard it your whole life: "It's the thought that counts." That's why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn't cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we're here to help.

The Buffalo News
09/27/2019
Seasonal sips beyond the PSL

Pumpkin spice lattes have become so popular in the fall that, dare we say, we're getting a little tired of them. Now, let's be honest: We're not here to declare you should give them up completely. There are, however, plenty of alternatives popping up on seasonal coffee shop menus that showcase other delicious fall flavors you know and love.

The Buffalo News
10/25/2019
A smashing stress relief

Life can be a little stressful at times, so finding ways to let go in a positive way is important. Some people turn to yoga to relax or box to help get that aggression out-but Niagara Falls has a different idea.

Buffalo Magazine
04/27/2018
6 of Buffalo's cheesiest dishes

There's simply nothing better than a comforting meal loaded with gooey cheese. It's Buffalo, so you'll find plenty of options - but here are some favorites. Giant Mozzarella Sticks 9415 Main Street, Clarence Orazio's takes this classic bar snack a step further by making these massive in size, perfect for the ultimate string pull.

The Buffalo News
07/26/2019
Good fun for a good cause

A strong sense of community courses through the City of Good Neighbors. Our pride in supporting local businesses, and each other, is immeasurable. And now you can turn your calendar into another way to support causes you care about-and we're not talking black-tie galas.

The Buffalo News
12/26/2019
From chicken wing to beer cheese, warm up with these flavorful soups

The weather turns quickly here in Buffalo from hot, steamy summer days to crisp, frigid temperatures with mounds of snow. That's when the city goes from craving patio drinks and seasonal salads to something piping hot and flavorful to help warm us up during these chilly winter months.

The Buffalo News
12/23/2019
Using unusual ingredients, Buffalo-area restaurants turn deviled eggs into art

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.

Visit Buffalo Niagara
01/19/2020
Ice Bowling: The Coolest New Activity at the Ice at Canalside - Visit Buffalo Niagara

The Ice at Canalside seems to always be expanding and growing every year to make these Buffalo winters and icy temperatures more fun. Not only did we invent the ice bike that's now slowly making its way across the country, but we have curling, ice-skating, igloos, ice bumper cars, and even the newest adventure, ice bowling!

Your AAA Network
08/07/2019
A Whale of a Time: Northeast Whale Watching Tours - Your AAA Network

Sometimes it's hard to grasp the sheer size of the ocean and the amount of life contained within its watery boundaries. Until you have the opportunity to see whales in the wild, that is. There's nothing quite like seeing them breach in person, leaping into the air and splashing back down with magnificent force.

Times Union
06/29/2020
Local ice creams that go beyond vanilla and chocolate

We get some harsh winters in New York, but it's made up for with our blazing summers. The heat gives us a reason to indulge in one of the summer's finest treats: ice cream. Several Capital Region ice cream shops are creating innovative flavors, and incorporating alcohol in some cases, for unique treats.

Times Union
12/19/2019
For a different sort of weekend, try these NY getaways

Throughout New York there are plenty of places to enjoy on a weekend getaway. You don't need to get on a plane to discover new adventures and foods. Live your childhood dream by staying in a castle, discover how wonderful camping is with a comfy bed and clean bathrooms or stay above a brewery.

Step Out Buffalo
03/11/2020
5 Places Serving Up Some Excellent Nachos in Buffalo - Step Out Buffalo

Sometimes you just need a giant plate of nachos to share, and with all of the bars and breweries we have in our city, it's no surprise that we have some truly amazing options. Some places you expect them to have a decent nacho platter and others you might be surprised to find not just nachos, but some of the best!

Step Out Buffalo
04/01/2020
9 Places Helping You Create an Epic Easter Basket - Step Out Buffalo

Have you heard? Due to Covid-19, we've temporarily changed our motto to "Stay In, Buffalo". And for the foreseeable future we will be posting content that shares how our community can continue to support local businesses while adhering to guidelines set by the CDC.⁠ Advertisement During these uncertain times, we have to come together to support local businesses throughout the community, especially with the Easter holiday coming up.

Step Out Buffalo
04/07/2020
5 Quarantine Cocktails You Can Make With Local Booze - Step Out Buffalo

Have you heard? Due to Covid-19, we've temporarily changed our motto to "Stay In, Buffalo". And for the foreseeable future we will be posting content that shares how our community can continue to support local businesses while adhering to guidelines set by the CDC.⁠ We're all going a little stir crazy here with the Coronavirus essentially bringing our lives to a screeching halt, forcing us to spend way more time safely at home than we would otherwise like to.

Buffalo Magazine
12/01/2015
With a twist

As the number of local distilleries GROWS, our options to "drink local" keep expanding. Lockhouse Distillery, Buffalo's first distillery to open since the Prohibition, creates quality gin and vodka using local ingredients. Black Squirrel Distillery makes rum from New York State maple syrup, and recently released its newest offering: 90-proof Mapleshine, made from maple sugar.

The Buffalo News
04/23/2020
How to create craft cocktails at home

As the Covid-19 pandemic rolled in, halting life as we knew it, two girls with previously busy lives suddenly needed to find ways to entertain themselves indoors to make sure that we were (and still are) doing our part to flatten the curve.

Buffalo Magazine
04/26/2019
Get your game on at these local bars

Hate sitting on a bar stool for long? There are countless places where you can get your game on while sipping your favorite craft brew or local spirit. "I think the growing trend of games in bars is mostly attributed to the younger generations, who are way more here for experiences than things," said Erica Ambrose, manager of the Lafayette Brewing Company.

The Buffalo News
03/28/2020
Get brunch - and mimosas - to go from these Buffalo-area restaurants

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on the restaurant industry, so many eaters are searching for ways to support their favorites during these difficult times. Thanks to the creativity of these Queen City businesses, Sunday brunch lives on through takeout and yes, that includes their incredible cocktails.

Buffalo Magazine
09/28/2018
5 dark dishes fit for Halloween season

Unicorn drinks and foods have been all the rage, but what if rainbows and sparkles aren't for you? This Halloween season, try some drinks, foods and sweets from the dark side of the dish. "Black" is a drink made with bentonite clay, lemon, agave, activated charcoal and filtered water intended as a before-bed cleanse.

The Buffalo News
03/10/2020
5 comfort desserts that go beyond the ordinary

Breakfast cinnamon rolls any time of day. S'mores inside a Chippewa Street bar. Churros overlooking the waterfront. There are so many comforting, delicious desserts to indulge in throughout Buffalo. Here are just five that are out of the ordinary. Sticky Toffee Pudding at the Black Sheep Restaurant & Bar 367 Connecticut St.

Buffalo Magazine
05/25/2018
Father's Day gift guide (beyond the basic tie)

What do you buy for the very first guy in your life? No pressure, but he deserves something spectacular that pairs well with his interests and personality. Whether he's adventurous, loves to eat, enjoys reading or is always up on the latest tech trends, we have the perfect present to surprise your dad with this year - all locally made or sourced.

The Buffalo News
02/03/2020
Comfort cuisine: Warm yourself with spaghetti parm, pot pies

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.

The Buffalo News
12/27/2019
The healthy habits of Buffalo's wellness bloggers

Here we are, at the start of another new year when everybody sets their resolutions with motivated, hopeful hearts...though many of us let them slip as the year goes on. To help you kick off 2020 with simple resolutions you can actually stick to, we picked the brains of five Buffalonians publicly setting the tone for realistic healthy eating.

Times Union
05/05/2020
Three Capital Region desserts you can get to go

A pandemic is no time to forgo dessert. As the chaos of COVID-19 continues, more restaurants are accommodating people so they can pick desserts, among other menu items, up safely without having to come into contact with too many people. Here are some sweet treats to add a little comfort to your day.

Buffalo Magazine
03/18/2019
12 ways Buffalo is a great college town

We might be a little biased, but there's no better place to experience college than Buffalo. There are countless reasons why you should stay in the city for school, from food and nightlife to affordable living and the community of people.

Buffalo Magazine
08/24/2018
Redefining the salad

Salad: not just iceberg lettuce and chickpeas anymore. From one salad with raw meat to another with raw fish, here are a few ways local eateries are redefining what constitutes a salad - and reinterpreting the classics - in entirely new ways.

The Buffalo News
01/24/2020
Where to get houseplants you can keep alive

You might think you're a plant killer with no hope, but with the right greenery and customer service anyone can become a successful plant parent. Stopping by a local plant shop and chatting with its owners-who care for the plants and know them well-is a surefire way to help ensure you end up with options that will continue to thrive once you bring them home.

The Buffalo News
03/27/2020
5 nearby glamping spots

A getaway to nature no longer requires taking all the fun aspects of camping along with the not-so-much ones. If scouting for the least-rocky spot and pitching tent isn't your idea of ideal, then you're precisely the type of traveler that inspired the trendiest of outdoor experiences-glamping.

Your AAA Network
06/13/2019
What's New Is Timeless Again in Portsmouth - Your AAA Network

Portsmouth, N.H. - settled in 1623 and incorporated as a city in 1849 - is known for its rich history. While many visit to discover the city's legacy firsthand, once they arrive they're pleasantly surprised to find lively waterfront neighborhoods packed with boutique shops, cafes and restaurants galore.

PEOPLE.com (photography is mine)
10/25/2019
Aldi's Turkey Cranberry Ravioli Is Basically a Thanksgiving Feast in One Bite

Are you dreading spending a ton of money and an entire week preparing a feast for your family this Thanksgiving? Well then you can be thankful for Aldi's Turkey Cranberry Ravioli from Priano. Forget the rest of the meal - now you can go ahead and serve this simple pasta at the dinner table instead.

Step Out Buffalo
12/19/2019
Road Trip Holiday Edition: How to Spend a Weekend in NYC - Step Out Buffalo

New York City is one of those destinations where you can visit countless times and have a different experience each trip. You start off with that super touristy first visit where you see the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State building and then once you check off all the sites like that, you can explore the city for its shopping and food!

Your AAA Network
07/01/2019
It's Always a Good Time to Visit Universal Orlando Resort - Your AAA Network

Universal Orlando Resort in Florida is filled with excitement, and there's even more on the way! The three theme parks (Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, and Universal's Volcano Bay) provide visitors with one-of-a-kind entertainment and experiences, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Buffalo Magazine
05/18/2018
10 things to do for under $25

Exploring Buffalo doesn't need to break the bank. Whether you're a local looking for something different to do during a staycation, or an out-of-town visitor looking to discover the city for the first time, here are a few of our favorite inexpensive activities. 1.

Buffalo Magazine
05/18/2018
Tasting trail: Buffalo's homegrown spirits

Buffalo's craft beer and distilling scene has proliferated in the last few years, contributing to the city's noteworthy renaissance - with a slew new spots popping up downtown and in the surrounding suburbs. Knock a few off of your beer bucket list in a day with our three walkable tasting routes: one for a quick stop, an afternoon or a full day of drinks!

Step Out Buffalo
12/23/2019
Road Trip: Stay in a Treehouse at The Mohicans Any Time of Year - Step Out Buffalo

When I first heard about these luxury treehouses, the Mohicans, out near Glenmont, Ohio I just thought it would be similar to a typical camping experience. Still slumming it, but you know... in a tree. Little did I know that these would be full on luxury treehouses with amenities just like you have at home.

Step Out Buffalo
12/13/2019
Road Trip Series: How to Spend a Weekend in Pittsburgh, PA - Step Out Buffalo

Thank you to Visit Pittsburgh, the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, Maggie's Farm Rum Distillery, Umami, and the Gateway Clipper Sightseeing Cruise for hosting us and gifting us with free products and services for this post. Just about 3 1/2 hours away from Buffalo is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an area with wonderful restaurants, activities, and eclectic hotels with their own character and history.

Your AAA Network
05/14/2019
Road Trip to New England Coastal Towns - Your AAA Network

New England has much more to offer than a talented football team and the flagship L.L. Bean store. Along the coast, you can take in beautiful views of the water while discovering what different cities have to offer.

The Buffalo News
06/28/2019
High-style hotels to inspire you next road trip

A getaway doesn't have to involve boarding a plane to jet halfway across the world-and neither does staying in a storied spot. Top-notch style and rich history await at these hotels and bed and breakfasts, all less than a three-hour drive away.

Food52
10 Tasty Reasons This Upstate NY Gem Is the Perfect Weekend Getaway

When people hear about the Finger Lakes Region, most know about Watkins Glen, but there are so many other hidden gems in the area. You can learn to fly a plane in Cortland, drink wine out of the castle wall in Geneva, or track down a six-story treehouse in Trumansburg. The entire region is worth seeing, but if you’re looking to eat and drink, Ithaca should be at the top of your list.

The Buffalo News
04/26/2019
Perfect pairings: Tacos and tequila

No dish and drink combo says summertime like fresh tacos and ice cold margaritas, and we're here to point out some of the best options in Buffalo. You won't know you love crunchy cricket brittle in creamy guac if you don't give it a try, and Casa Azul owner and chef Zina Lapi is all about getting customers to eat outside of their comfort zone.

Thrillist
05/25/2019
The Absolute Best Frozen Food at Aldi

"A regular buy in the Aldi freezer section, these taquitos come either in beef with a corn tortilla or chicken and cheese in a flour tortilla. They make for a great snack or light lunch and can be cooked in the microwave, on the skillet, in the oven, or even in the deep fryer.

The Buffalo News
06/28/2019
High-style hotels to inspire you next road trip

A getaway doesn't have to involve boarding a plane to jet halfway across the world-and neither does staying in a storied spot. Top-notch style and rich history await at these hotels and bed and breakfasts, all less than a three-hour drive away.

The Buffalo News
05/24/2019
5 local prints that showcase the Buffalove

Art can make your place feel like a home-especially when it has meaning. Here in Buffalo, we're proud of where we live, so it's only right that we display our city love. Local graphic designers have created beautiful pieces to do just that, highlighting our classic sites, buildings and even our favorite foods in a clever, visual way.

Kitchn
This Bloody Mary Salsa from Trader Joe's Was Worth the 5-Month Wait

Back in April, the hosts of the podcast Inside Trader Joe's teased a Bloody Mary Salsa that I couldn't wait to get my hands on. We were told it was an homage to the humble tomato, kicked up a notch with celery and spices. It didn't include any vodka, but I wanted it anyway.

Buffalo Magazine
11/01/2016
Scary fun: Halloween 2016 events

Some of Buffalo's hottest Halloween parties are right around the corner, so ditch those boring old witch hats for something more creative. After all, there are costume contests to win. Here's a rundown of some of Buffalo's most popular Halloween parties: Saturday, Oct.

Kitchn
The Sushi Bazooka Is Everything You Never Knew You Wanted in the Kitchen

About a year ago, five of my friends and I decided that we needed to join forces as food-lovers and create a supper club to stay on top of the growing restaurant scene in Buffalo. Since the creation of our group, we've visited almost 20 local restaurants, trying nearly everything on each menu.

The Buffalo News
04/03/2019
Bourbon Milkshake to Butterfly Effect: 5 cocktails to savor

With a good amount of competition, it's important for bar and restaurant owners to establish an element of surprise and authenticity. Bartenders are challenging themselves to think creatively and experiment with flavors and ingredients to stand out. In the first of our new occasional series on cocktails, here are five colorful drinks to try.

Thekitchn
If You’ve Always Skipped Whole Foods’ Bulk Pasta, TRY AGAIN

You may have heard me rave about the freshly ground nut butters at Whole Foods? I called them the single best thing that most people overlook at the grocery chain. While I still stand by that claim 100 percent, there is a close second that I’d like to nominate. I’m talking about the fresh and dried pasta, which you scoop yourself and pay for by the pound.

Food52
02/06/2019
10 Very Useful Aldi Products That Get Us Halfway to Dinner

After a long work day, I find myself daydreaming about a personal chef waiting at my door with a glass of prosecco in hand and a perfectly cooked meal on the table. Maybe it's slow-roasted salmon or a hearty beef stew. In reality, dinner is whatever I can cobble together in 10 minutes.

Kitchn
I Tried Trader Joe's Brilliant New Frozen Party Appetizer

This is the best time of year to shop at Trader Joe's because the grocery chain has all sorts of fun stocking stuffers, holiday dinner-worthy sides, and surprising new party appetizers. The latter of which just may be my top reason for popping into the store on a semi-weekly basis these days.

The Buffalo News
12/28/2018
Siesta Key is a respite for the winter-weary

Every spring break, Buffalonians flock to Siesta Key in droves. With Sarasota County being voted the top shoreline in the U.S. and 5th in the world by TripAdvisor, it's no surprise this beach captures the attention of sun-starved locals. So I decided to ask an expert (a.k.a.

Thekitchn
Aldi’s Take-and-Bake Pizzas Are Their Most Under-Appreciated Cult-Favorite Product

For all that people talk about the chocolate, cheese, and wine at Aldi, they really should ALSO add the take-and-bake pizza to the conversation. A lot of people are already wise to them: a company rep once told us that certain stores sell out of pizzas pretty early on Friday nights. But, for the most part, it seems like people don’t rave about these things nearly as much as they should.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
10/23/2018
10 Wine-Infused Treats to Sweeten Your Day | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

After a long week, nothing tastes better than a glass (or three) of Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir alongside a sweet snack or savory cheese. However, if you've ever wanted to combine the best of both worlds, you're in luck. The creators of these wine-infused snacks have you covered.

Thekitchn
The Single Best Thing You’re Overlooking at Wegmans

After working in the prepared food section at Wegmans for nine years throughout high school and college, I still remain a loyal customer. And while there are countless stories online singing the praises of certain sections at Wegmans (like the bakery and the cheese department), there’s one thing that’s overlooked in most of these roundups. The soups!

The Buffalo News
12/28/2018
10 ways to embrace (or escape) Buffalo's winter

Locals have lots of Buffalo pride, but it's no secret that we all get a little sick of long winters. When cabin fever sets in, it's important to find something to do-whether by embracing a cold, snowy day or escaping it with a novel activity. Here are some suggestions.

Thrillist
11/08/2018
Boozy Advent Calendars Are the Best Way to Drink Through the Holidays

On paper -- or in paper, since they're cardboard -- advent calendars are a great idea, a way to count down to the holidays while allowing a daily treat to ease your stress. But let's be real: most are full of waxy, c-list chocolate that might as well be lumps of coal. But lo, Christmas is a time for miracles, and now advent calendars loaded with alcohol are growing in popularity.

The Buffalo News
12/12/2018
By bowl or burrito, Taichi Bubble Tea has plenty of flavorful choices

Driving past the Savers plaza in Tonawanda, you could almost miss the small Taichi Bubble Tea sign in the strip mall. What doesn't look like much from the outside has a surprisingly cozy interior, specializing in an unusual take on your average sushi roll.

Buffalo Magazine
07/27/2018
Sweet twists on a Buffalo classic

Local chocolate shops and restaurant owners are breathing new life into a Buffalo mainstay: These treats, desserts and drinks are all sponge-candy inspired. Sponge candy caramel cannoli A multiple-year winner at the Taste of Buffalo, Panaro's creates cannoli using Parkside Candy's original sponge (small $2, large $4).

Visit Buffalo Niagara
12/21/2018
Spirits of the Season: 6 Spots for Holiday Drinks - Visit Buffalo Niagara

It's the hap-happiest season of all... the holidays! Ah yes, it's that time of the year again to really embrace the Christmas spirit with family, friends, food, and of course... drinks! During the season, some local breweries and bars really spread the cheer by adding some festive cocktails to their drink menu.

Buffalo Magazine
06/02/2015
Oyster crazed: Where to find Buffalo's favorite new indulgence

It seems as though the oyster trend unfolded practically overnight in Western New York. There's no shortage of quality shucks, creative accoutrements, wine lists with perfect pairings and specials that make it affordable to indulge. Oysters are becoming a staple starter at a growing list of local restaurants.

The Buffalo News
11/23/2018
Your buy-local, never-leave-the-couch gift guide

We all have those moments when we're torn between the simplicity of knocking out our holiday shopping on Amazon versus supporting small local businesses. But this year you don't have to choose, with these gifts from local shops and artisans that are also available online. Here are nine of our favorite finds.

The Buffalo News
11/23/2018
Holiday hack: Local retailers who gift wrap

A lot has been said about shopping local. One more benefit? Retailers who wrap. My sister, a mom of two young children, actually strategized her entire holiday shopping plan last year based on stores that wrap. Local shop owners understand that it's time-saving services like these their customers appreciate.

Kitchn
I Tried Aldi's Most Thanksgiving-y New Grocery Item

During my most recent Aldi visit, I was browsing through the selection of cheeses and cured meats to see what I could find to serve as an appetizer for Thanksgiving. Somehow, I actually stumbled upon something even better.

Step Out Buffalo
11/29/2018
Step Out Buffalo's 2018 Local Holiday Gift Guide - Step Out Buffalo

During the holidays, it can be difficult at times to figure out the perfect gifts to get your friends and family. Maybe you spend hours on Cyber Monday scouring various websites offering free shipping only to find that they don't have that extra special touch you're looking for.

Kitchn
The Single Best Thing You're Overlooking at Whole Foods

We recently had an out-of-town guest who doesn't live near a Whole Foods. She noticed right away that we had one and became uncontrollably excited because, she said, it meant she could bring home some of that grind-your-own nut butter. "It's one of the best products they offer," she added.

INSIDER
11/21/2018
7 subtle signs your relationship is basically over

Relationships can be difficult and although having some issues is normal, there are some red flags to look out for that could mean the end of your relationship. If you no longer laugh with your partner and don't prioritize them, the relationship might be doomed.

INSIDER
8 ways that you're wasting money while in college

It's easy to fall right into the, you only live once mentality, especially in college. But, there are plenty of ways to live it up in college without blowing through your paychecks. Here are some tips to follow so you can leave college with experiences and a decent savings account.

INSIDER
9 tips to make your flight more enjoyable

Traveling can be taxing and lead to a stressful start to what's meant to be a relaxing vacation. Besides a fully charged phone, there are quite a few things you can have handy during your flight to ensure you are in good spirits, relaxed, and have a wonderful start to your trip.

Kitchn
The Surprising Aldi Freezer-Aisle Find You Need to Try

If you're new to Aldi, like I was, it only takes one visit for you to become a customer for life. On my first visit, I couldn't believe how many groceries I got for just $25! Besides the low prices, I'm constantly impressed by Aldi's produce and snacks.

Thrillist
10/19/2018
The 33 Best Dive Bars in America

There's a time and place for a great craft beer or an expertly made cocktail. That time is not now. And the place does not exist anywhere on this list. There are many hallmarks that make a good dive bar, from stiff drinks and low lights to patrons who can transition from gregarious to dangerous at any moment.

INSIDER
13 of the most unique doughnut shops in the US

Bakers throughout the states have perfected their favorite doughnut recipes and created unique flavors inspiring others to plan visits to these donut shops as they travel around the US. Here are some of the best and most unique doughnut shops around the US that are worth visiting.

The Buffalo News
10/15/2018
Seasonal tastes flavor cocktails, coffee at Craft and Cork

The season of spiced pumpkin and fall drinks is officially here with many area bars and restaurants creating drinks to match the flavors of the autumn. To create a new fall selection of cocktails and drinks, Craft and Cork Gastropub, the newly reimagined restaurant that was formerly Daniels, is using familiar seasonal flavors including apple, cinnamon, pumpkin and ginger in spirits, ales and syrups.

Visit Buffalo Niagara
09/29/2018
A Night at Hotel Henry - Visit Buffalo Niagara

The 180,000 sq. ft. National Historic Landmark Richardson Olmsted Campus was once used as the Buffalo State Asylum for the insane, but remained empty for quite some time after the asylum closed. For a while there were talks of turning the building into dorms for Buffalo State students or a hotel, but no action was being taken at the moment.

Thrillist
07/09/2018
The Trader Joe's Cheeses You Need in Your Life

Trader Joe's is a treasure trove for those who know what to look for, offering everything from killer snacks to sneakily great beer and wine. But often overlooked is the store's ability to help you build a show-stopping cheese plate at a fraction of the price you might pay at fancier grocery stores.

Buffalo Magazine
12/01/2017
Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Crafted in Buffalo

You've heard it your whole life: "It's the thought that counts." That's why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn't cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we're here to help.

INSIDER
10 sequels to scary movies that didn't live up to the original

Now that it's October, you can find a lot of your favorite scary movies on television. But, in some cases, you might not find their sequels playing nearly as often. Although some horror movies get sequels, sometimes the sequel just doesn't match the successes of the original.

Step Out Buffalo
09/21/2018
Where to Get Poke In and Around Buffalo - Step Out Buffalo

We love us some sushi, so naturally, as this famous Hawaiian dish, poke, starts to pop up more and more around Buffalo, we're freaking pumped about it. With the main ingredient generally being fresh, high quality, sushi grade raw fish and plenty of delicious ingredients, what's not to love?

The Huffington Post
10/20/2015
A Beginner's Guide To Basic French Macarons

Ingredients Macarons Buttercream Filling Let me start by first saying there's a reason these cookies are expensive! They're stubborn and difficult to get the hang of, so don't be discouraged if it takes some time for them to come out of the oven looking the way they are supposed to.

INSIDER
8 cheap things you can buy at Aldi that taste expensive

People seem to love Aldi for its low price, high-quality food and drinks. While you might know they sell great produce, you might be surprised to know they sell garlic butter mussels. Here are eight things you didn't know you could get at Aldi.

INSIDER
08/22/2018
Here's what waffles look like in 9 places around the world

Fluffy, golden brown waffles are the portable breakfast food seen around the world. Whether they're paired with unique toppings, made into odd shapes, or drenched in creamy butter and sweet maple syrup, this beloved brunch dish has a variety of shapes, consistencies, and toppings that make them special in countries around the world.

INSIDER
8 foods you didn't know you could buy at Trader Joe's

If you're a Trader Joe's fan, it's safe to say that most are aware of their famous products like the cauliflower pizza crust, dark chocolate peanut butter cups, and cookie butter, but there are some other, lesser-known, items that are worth a mention, too.

The Buffalo News
09/10/2018
Viola's famous subs are worth the trip to Niagara Falls

The first time I had tasted one of Viola's famous subs was at the summer's Galbani Italian Heritage Festival. Since then, I have already visited its brick-and-mortar location in Niagara Falls for more of Viola's delicious sandwiches loaded with tangy dressing, mild cheese and thinly sliced steak.

INSIDER
09/06/2018
15 of the most unlikable movie characters of all time

Between classics from our childhood and new releases, there's always those characters that are so good at making us dislike them. Truly talented actors and actresses can channel the right demeanor, whether evil or just plain annoying, that gets the point across and demonstrates who that character is meant to be.

Step Out Buffalo
09/14/2018
7 Surprisingly Great Spots to Get a Real Good Burger - Step Out Buffalo

When we think burgers, the solid go-tos immediately come to mind. You know; Juicy, Vizzi's, Grover's, ABV ...the classics! While we'll never get sick of these obvious-but-great burger joints, there are plenty of awesome burgers on menus out there at restaurants you might not think of right away.

INSIDER
09/06/2018
10 scary movies that haven't held up

When it comes to horror and special effects, some movies just don't age very well. While these movies are still entertaining, they've definitely lost a bit of their scare factor. From "Kujo" to "Jaws," here are some scary movies that are no longer as scary as they used to be.

INSIDER
10 pickle-flavored foods you need to try

It's safe to say that many people love pickles. The salty food has garnered so much affection that companies are making pickle-flavored everything. From sprinkles to popcorn, here are some foods that exist for the pickle-crazed people of America.

INSIDER
08/27/2018
7 pizza crust alternatives to try if you want to cut down on carbs

Let's be realistic here. Healthier, carb friendly versions of classic pizza will never really taste 100% like the real deal. However, if you're one of those people that crave it on the daily while trying to watch your carb intake, it might be worth it to check out these ways to indulge in the same, familiar flavors while cutting back on the carb-heavy, doughy crust.

Buffalo Magazine
12/01/2017
Holiday Gift Guide 2017: A little luxury

You've heard it your whole life: "It's the thought that counts." That's why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn't cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we're here to help.

Dame Traveler
08/16/2017
18 Ways to Save Money for Travel

Whether your goal is to travel full time or just to travel more, you need a certain something to get started. Yes, I'm talking money, honey! Here are some of my suggestions to help you save and take the trip of your dreams! Sell Your Old Junk: Maybe your closet is full of clothes you...

The Buffalo News
08/06/2018
Hail to the Haystack: The Silo's steak sub lures to Lewiston

The round-shaped building that overlooks the Niagara River in Lewiston has held its ground there since the days of the Great Gorge Railway in the 1930s when it stored the coal used to run the steamers keeping the bustling waterfront going.

The Buffalo News
06/12/2018
Swan Street Diner is a delicious step back to the past

The charming Swan Street Diner is a replica made to mimic the Sterling Company diner cars originally made by the J.B. Judkins Company. When the company started to make the copied cars, they numbered them based on when they were finished from the time they started in 1936 until 1942.

The Buffalo News
04/23/2018
From soup to salad, Grover's knows how to make a burger

When people are looking for suggestions of the best burger in town, Grover's is one name that always makes the list. Thank the famous giant Grover Burger for that: 12 ounces of fresh 90 percent lean Angus beef that comes in a variety of choices from classic cheeseburger to Tex Mex.

The Buffalo News
03/19/2018
Quirky decor, warm welcomes and hot food in Sweet_ness7

At Sweet_ness 7 Café, you'll be greeted by smiling faces before you walk through the doors. A beautiful portrait of a woman in black and white is on the side of the building. Just below that are brown, gold, and white swirling patterns and faces along the side of the restaurant.

Step Out Buffalo
05/12/2017
Adventurous Date Ideas in Western New York - Step Out Buffalo

Calling all adventurous lovebirds out there! You know who you are, always looking for a way to step out of your comfort zones together. Adorable! Since most people have a full-time job and can't always be traveling to find adventure, it's important to find ways to be cute and adventurous right in your own backyard.

The Buffalo News
03/05/2018
Stop by the Howling Rooster for a tasty, affordable meal

The Howling Rooster is a cozy establishment serving breakfast, lunch and occasionally dinner, with budget-friendly prices. Rustic farm decor is displayed around the dining room and the casual seating area is filled with collectable glass roosters next to sliding barn doors. Colorful mugs filled with freshly brewed coffee give a comforting aroma.

The Buffalo News
10/04/2017
Penny Lane Cafe delights with artsy decor, tasty food

Tucked away in Clarence, Penny Lane Cafe is an artsy establishment displaying quirky decor and serving tasty grub on a budget. An outdoor seating area has unusual embellishments like tiki umbrellas, statues, bottle cap tables and chairs, hula hoops, and other not-so-basic furniture.

Buffalo Magazine
12/01/2017
Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Cool stuff for kids

You've heard it your whole life: "It's the thought that counts." That's why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn't cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we're here to help.

Step Out Buffalo
01/11/2017
Introducing the Buffalo Bucket List Challenge 2017 - Step Out Buffalo

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." -Helen Keller Getting healthy, nailing that promotion, sorting our your finances - they're all respectable resolutions. But frankly, they're boring af, which is why we here at Step Out Buffalo are challenging you to really step out of your comfort zone in 2017 with the Buffalo Bucket List Challenge.

Adventures Are Waiting
04/17/2017
Things to do in Rochester, NY when you're visiting for the weekend

To say Rochester has changed since the last time I visited is an understatement! The city is booming with new restaurants, craft cocktail bars, and great things to see and do. From beautiful views of the city's High Falls from the roof of Genesee Brew House to exploring the oldest photography museum in the world, there's no shortage of things to do in Rochester, NY.

Gusto
04/12/2016
At Spot, enjoy the coffee, but don't forget the food - Gusto

Whether you're socializing with friends or throwing on your headphones to get some work done, Spot Coffee makes you feel right at home with a wide variety of food and high-quality coffee. Spot's several area locations have bright, colorful mural representing that location's neighborhood.

Gusto
04/01/2015
Pita Gourmet turns hunger to happiness - Gusto

On busy Transit Road sits a delicious slice of pita bliss. Priding itself on serving authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, Pita Gourmet will give you your Greek craving even when you're in a rush. When I arrived, I noticed a seating area available to stay and enjoy your meal at the restaurant.

Step Out Buffalo
05/27/2016
21 Buffalo Date Ideas for Summer - Step Out Buffalo

With warm weather and what seems like an endless amount of events each week coming in hot, the glorious spring/summer in Western New York seems to finally be here. Make the most of warm days and hot summer nights with your better half by taking him/her on these seasonal dates that will fuel your ever-blossoming romance and get you out of the house!

Step Out Buffalo
02/19/2016
Local Fish Fry Sides We're Super Into - Step Out Buffalo

Ah, behold; the fried fish. Maybe we didn't invent the fish fry like our chicken wing claim to fame, but their popularity year round and especially during lent is semi-unique to Western New York if you can believe it.

Step Out Buffalo
04/27/2015
Great Spots for Girls Night Out Downtown - Step Out Buffalo

Whether your close group of girlfriends has been separated due to jobs, your busy schedules, or something off a long list of other reasons, it's no excuse not to get together. That's why we recommend taking time out of your busy schedules and stepping up your GNO, GGT, or whatever "they're" calling it these days at these fun and sophisticated spots around downtown Buffalo.

Step Out Buffalo
03/29/2017
8 Classes We're Into This Month - Step Out Buffalo

In the throws of winterishspring ( a made up season where you never know what's going on outside ), it's important to keep the wheels turning and the spirits high. And what better way to do this than learning some new skillz?

Step Out Buffalo
02/16/2016
Things to Do When It's Absolutely Freezing Out - Step Out Buffalo

At this point in the year, when the weather is often a sweltering 8 degrees, you're probably fed up with the cold and sick of doing the same old same old. According to the groundhog we're in for an early spring, but it's Buffalo after all.

Step Out Buffalo
01/16/2015
12 Winter Date Ideas to Heat Things Up - Step Out Buffalo

In the summer, it's a breeze to find things to do. It seems like every weekend there are multiple festivals, fairs, and farmers markets, making the real problem deciding what to choose. In the winter, we need to get a bit more creative.

Step Out Buffalo
01/24/2017
Try This Beer: Jalapeño Cream Ale - Step Out Buffalo

Even if you're not an avid beer drinker, thanks to the increasingly creative flavors brewers are coming out with these days it's becoming harder and harder to say you don't do beer. We've been huge fans of Big Ditch Brewing Co. here at Step Out Buffalo ever since they opened their enormous / beautiful tap room a while back.

Step Out Buffalo
04/02/2015
Try This Dish: Providence Social - Step Out Buffalo

Walking into Providence Social for the first time during restaurant week, I was impressed by the style and atmosphere. A live band played relaxing background music causing no disruption to nearby conversations. We cozied into our table, taking in the romantic vibe of the dimly lit restaurant.

Buffalo Magazine
12/01/2015
A Buffalo-centric guide to gift-giving

It may seem easy to hit the big box stores to knock out your long holiday shopping list, but why not take some time to slow down and shop local? Not only do your dollars stay close to home, it's also fun to explore shops for unique items you won't find elsewhere.

Step Out Buffalo
01/26/2016
Try This Cocktail: Snozzberry Mule - Step Out Buffalo

Lloyd Taco Factory / Photo by Jessica Kelly We all grew to love (scratch that - grew a full fledged addiction to) Lloyd pretty much since the day their OG truck hit the streets. And if you didn't, how can I put this lightly...you're weird and please leave.

Step Out Buffalo
08/18/2014
10 Great Patios for Drinking & Dining

The warm weather is finally here, and spending as much time outside as possible is a must. You could say patio drinking and dining is a popular "hobby" in the 716, but finding the top-notch spots can be harder than it sounds. As always, we're here to help!

Step Out Buffalo
02/27/2017
Try This Dish: Roost Burger - Step Out Buffalo

Before I even turned onto Niagara Street, I was beyond excited to sink my teeth into some of this already Buffalo-famous Roost cuisine. The restaurant just opened and already has a strong following and countless rave reviews, so needless to say I was excited to try it.

Step Out Buffalo
09/23/2015
Guide to WNY Haunted Houses, Hayrides & Wineries

There's a wide variety of haunted attractions throughout the area this fall, but how do you know which one fits your nightmarish needs? Here's a run-down of some of the best haunted activities that will make your hair stand on end!

Step Out Buffalo
09/26/2015
Haunted Tours South of Buffalo

Updated September 2015 It's time to see for yourself if the many, many legends of the spooky South Towns are true - and have fun while you're at it. There's no better way to get in the Halloween spirit then peeking into the world of ghosts, the supernatural and the paranormal.

Step Out Buffalo
09/24/2015
Haunted Walks & Tours in Downtown Buffalo

If you don't consider yourself a believer of Western New York's greatest ghost stories, you've got another thing coming. Get in the mood for Halloween by exploring Downtown Buffalo's most haunted locations through these upcoming ghost tours and hunts! From the Central Terminal and the Inner Harbor to Allentown and our very own Theater District, Buffalo's past may surprise you.

Step Out Buffalo
07/13/2015
Try This: Butter Block Pop Tarts - Step Out Buffalo

If you're unfamiliar with Butter Block, allow me to introduce you. Buffalo's own pop-up bakery, serves delicious sweet treats and savory bites like homemade Oreo cookies, ham and cheese croissants and brownies at a variety of spots around town.

Step Out Buffalo
10/01/2015
Try This Dish: The Kangaroo Burger from Griffon Gastropub - Step Out Buffalo

Whenever I leave the relatively new Griffon Gastropub on Transit Road, rarely am I disappointed. From their cheesy crab dip to their chicken and waffle sandwich, Griffon's is serving up quality cuisine to their customers. Some time ago while visiting, I overheard a server explaining the kangaroo burger to another table.

Step Out Buffalo
03/16/2016
Try This Cocktail: The Paloma - Step Out Buffalo

I arrived at ABV to celebrate my friend's birthday with dinner and drinks. It was my first time visiting the new Allentown establishment and I was pretty pumped because I'd been hearing great feedback about it. Upon arrival, I noticed a bustling bar and a fun atmosphere.

Step Out Buffalo
03/11/2015
Try This Dish: Tart Cherry and Blue Pizza - Step Out Buffalo

What: Tart Cherry and Blue Pizza Where: Medici House in East Aurora Cost: $18.50 East Aurora houses quaint cafés, shops and restaurants. I'm from the Northtowns and love heading down there on a day off to explore the sometimes unusual, but fantastic, finds at Vidler's on Main Street.

Step Out Buffalo
07/08/2016
Try This Dish: Flan for the Lovers + Haters - Step Out Buffalo

Flan has a bit of a bad rep in the eyes of dessert lovers out there. For SOME reason it's generally less appealing than a nice big piece of triple chocolate cake or salted caramel anything, but Flan for the Lovers + Haters ($10) at Aro Bar de Tapas might just change your outlook on this Spanish, pudding-ish dessert made with vanilla, more vanilla, custard, and caramel syrup.

Step Out Buffalo
05/04/2015
Try this Dish: Venison Tartare - Step Out Buffalo

If you're looking for a memorable meal where just about everything is unique and noteworthy, the Lodge is the restaurant to try. They deliver beautifully cooked dishes in an artistic, colorful presentation. A recent trip to The Lodge has had me thinking about my meal ever since.

Step Out Buffalo
09/26/2015
Haunted Walks North of Buffalo

Updated September 2015 North of Buffalo you'll find plenty of ways to be frightened this fall. The area is crawling with haunted tours all season, from ghost walks in old towns to paranormal activity in your backyard. Get ready for bone-shaking and spine-chilling my friends.

Step Out Buffalo
11/03/2014
Western New York's "Must Try" Cocktail Guide

Photography by Jessica Kelly The craft cocktail hype is evolving throughout WNY, keeping local bartenders on their toes. Restaurant owners and bartenders have to continually keep the creative juices flowing. We've seen plenty of innovative options lately, each bringing something special to the table; sweet, savory, spicy drinks consisting of local ingredients, fresh herbs, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and delicate garnishes.

Step Out Buffalo
03/02/2015
How to make a Lockhouse Gin Fizz - Step Out Buffalo

In Buffalo we're all about supporting local businesses, but let's be honest here - sometimes we just don't want to get dolled up and go out (especially when the weather is below zero). There are loopholes my friends, don't you worry.

Step Out Buffalo
01/21/2016
Fantastic Winter Markets in WNY - Step Out Buffalo

During the summer, it seems as though every town and village in the area has their own famers markets with plenty of local vendors dishing out everything from popcorn, pastries, and spices to herbs, flowers and countless colorful fruits and vegetables.I don't know about you, but I really start to miss waking up on a Saturday and going to the market with my coop bag ready to fill it with fresh veggies, eggs, lamb, and a big soft pretzel from Breadhive (because let's be serious...who can turn...

Step Out Buffalo
02/11/2016
19 Places to Get Valentine's Day Sweets - Step Out Buffalo

Hey all you procrastinators, still haven't bought chocolates or something sweet for your sweetie for the big day? Maybe you listened to her when she said she doesn't want anything for Valentine's Day? Here's a little hint for you, if she says she doesn't want anything; she's lying!

Visit Buffalo Niagara
05/13/2017
7 of Buffalo's Hottest Brunch Spots - Visit Buffalo Niagara

Brunch is quickly becoming a favorite meal for locals and visitors in Buffalo. With innovative restaurants opening all the time, bringing something new to the table, it's easy to lose track of the ones you've been wanting to try. Here are seven suggestions: Roost, 1502 Niagara St.

Step Out Buffalo
11/13/2014
Best Buffalo Boozy Brunches

Photos by Jessica Kelly Updated August 2015 Speaking of Buffalo Boozy Brunches - In my opinion, brunch is the perfect way to cap off a weekend with friends, family, or even a stranger. And while the food is oh-so important, it's equally important to know that the bartender can make a basic Bloody Mary and a simple Mimosa.

Step Out Buffalo
10/02/2015
The Best Buffalo Classics: Deconstructed - Step Out Buffalo

Admit it, we all love bragging about our city. Oh, you like chicken wings?They were invented in my hometown.Never heard of beef on weck?I'm sorry you live a deprived life.You don't keep a small bottle of Franks in your purse or man satchel in case you encounter some horrible place that doesn't have it?Oh yeah...me neither.Anyway, we know what we're known for and we are proud of it.

Step Out Buffalo
09/16/2015
Fall In Love With These 10 Date Ideas

With the fall weather rolling in and the endless amounts of festivals each weekend coming to a halt, it's time to get creative. Here are some fun seasonal date ideas to try this fall! 6557 Holiday Valley Rd / Ellicottville / Southern Tier / 716-699-2345 Have a romantic afternoon overlooking the fall foliage in Ellicottville by riding the chairlift to Spruce Lake at Holiday Valley.

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Gusto
05/12/2015
Olympia Grill's varied menu offers many choices - Gusto

Concealed in a plaza off of Crosspoint Parkway is a family-owned business that specializes in homemade Greek and Lebanese food as well as a range of American favorites. Olympia Grill is a casual location with high-quality food. You have the option to dine in with plenty of tables available after ordering your food at the counter, or order takeout.

Gusto
08/10/2015
#ECFare: Chester's Cajun Grill - Gusto

Chester's Cajun Grill specializes in its crawfish, but several other seafood-based options stood out as well. Gumbo * Jambalaya * Crawfish steamed * Crawfish fried * Blackened Shrimp Po-boy * Pulled Bourbon Chicken Sandwich * Crabcake Sandwich Chester's Cajun Grill is located on K9 on the Erie County Fair map....

Gusto
10/06/2015
Starters: Hero Burger lands on Elmwood - Gusto

A hamburger joint popular in the Greater Toronto area has landed on the Elmwood strip. The former Zetti's location at 976 Elmwood Ave. has become the first Hero Certified Burgers in the United States. The franchise's signature offering is all-natural, fully traceable Angus beef raised on western Canadian ranges without hormones or antibiotics.

Gusto
02/04/2015
Ashker's Juice bar goes beyond the smoothie - Gusto

The green awning tucked into Elmwood Avenue is a hidden gem full of reasonably priced fresh juices and light lunch options that will leave you feeling energetic and ready to take on the day. Ashker's Juice Bar, conjoined with a gallery, has its own personal style with an artsy bistro, coffee shop vibe.

Buffaloeats
03/17/2014
My Aroma Group Addiction by Jessica Kelly

Born and raised in Buffalo, I've had plenty of time to learn about all of the amazing festivals, fairs, art shows, bars and restaurants that the "city of good neighbors" has to offer. The reason I started my blog 'It's Pop Not Soda' was because I love to tell everyone about all there is to do in the queen city.

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