Author: Carolyn Batt

Carolyn Batt

Carolyn Batt is a Buffalo marketing director by day and international traveler the rest of the time--although always returning to her home for the past 12 years in Allentown.

In August of 2004, at just 22 years old, Adam Zyglis became the staff cartoonist for the Buffalo News, replacing Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Toles, who left for the Washington Post. Since that time, his work has appeared in papers around the country, including USA Today, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. In 2007, Zyglis won 3rd place in the National Headliner Awards and became internationally syndicated. Election years are generally goldmines for editorial cartoonists – and 2008 is no exception, with Barack Obama’s big ears, John McCain’s wrinkled face, and plenty of spicy campaign politics. On…

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Buffalo’s Central Terminal is the place for two very different events, the first two Saturdays in August. On August 2nd, the Buffalo Federation of Women’s Clubs is having a Wine and Dessert Tasting. Then, on August 9th, the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation is having a “Blues, Brews and BBQ.” The event this Saturday, August 2nd, will be the first of its kind for the Buffalo Federation of Women’s Clubs. The event is being held to support the upkeep of the Breast Cancer Awareness Garden in front of the terminal. The garden was planted in 2004, an idea of the Club’s…

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I’ve always had a pretty simple philosophy when it comes to ice cream: if I’m going to eat it, I’m going to indulge. It’s not often that I sit down with a bowl, and when I do, I wouldn’t think of enjoying anything less than a Rocky Road (or Heavenly Hash; both equally satisfy my chocolate addiction) sundae topped with a healthy dollop of hot fudge or whipped cream. So when local ice cream aficionados Perry’s Ice Cream announced three new flavors just in time for summer-light flavors, mind you- I was cautiously optimistic. Boasting half the fat and fewer…

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…at one of the hottest places in the city. With the summer fast approaching, there’s no better place in Buffalo to spend your afternoons than the Erie Basin Marina. From beautiful scenery to tasty treats to history coming alive, thousands flock to the edge of the city to enjoy all that there is to offer. With the significant amount of activity and people, the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau is looking for some volunteers to help out this summer along the waterfront, passing out information and helping visitors learn about all the city has to offer. From June 21…

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The new owners of the former Freezer Queen plant on the outer harbor are either visionary or crazy. Queen City Landing LLC is planning to transform the six-story, 300,000 sq.ft structure and surrounding property into a mix of residential and hotel space. The development team headed by Gerald Bucheit and Jon Williams has hired the architectural firm that designed the Seneca Nation’s casinos in Niagara Falls and Salamanca, JCJ Architects.

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The Market Arcade Apartments have received an interior make-over. When they opened in 1999, the ten units sitting above the Irish Classical Theater at 625 Main Street were a test case for the downtown residential market. Units quickly filled by eager renters looking to become part of the downtown housing experiment, but had become a bit dated in recent years. The property is owned and managed by the Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation (BERC). Remodeling is complete on eight of the units. Improvements include new carpeting, ceramic tile flooring, new light fixtures, all new stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, new sinks…

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Demand for smaller, more affordable units has spurred some changes at the planned Elmwood Village Condos project on W. Utica Street. Developers Paul Johnson, Karl Frizlen and Michael Ferdman are shrinking the size of units on the building’s first floor. Instead of four, two-bedroom, two-bath units, the developer is now offering a mix of six smaller one and two-bedroom plans with lower prices. The development’s fourteen units are being marketed by Maureen Flavin and Ellen Warner of Realty USA. Prices now start at $230,623 for a one-bedroom, one and a half-bath unit with 1093 sq.ft. of living space. Two-bedroom, two-bath…

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With soft, low lighting, a sleek, sophisticated wraparound bar, and a color palette reminiscent of the evening sun, the newest arrival on Buffalo’s fine dining scene, One Sunset, has set its sights high. After a series of construction and permitting setbacks, owner and NBA free agent Leonard Stokes opened the doors to his new eatery in early December. Known to most as the former Locker Room bar and to others as its most recent incarnation, Lotis, One Sunset’s Delaware Avenue location is convenient for both city and suburban dwellers; the 198 is just blocks away. This is a restaurant where…

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Last Sunday, as I was about to make away with my purchases from the Wintermarket, I noticed dozens of fresh eggs stacked up on the table belonging to the fantastic Blossom Hill Farm. Blossom Hill is best known to most of us for its phenomenal pork, but not being in the market for meat that day I had swept past their table without looking carefully. I cannot believe that I almost missed out on a gorgeous dozen of their marvelous eggs. Lovely ovals peeked out of the carton at me, in designer shades of speckled blue and soft brown. What…

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I love the EM Statler Dining Room. Located at the end of a hallway behind the cafeteria on ECC’s City Campus, the EM Statler functions as a training ground for ECC’s many Culinary Arts students. During the portion of the year in which it is open, students take turns at various positions in the kitchen and the front of the house, preparing and serving dishes representing many of the world’s cuisines. During my visit last week, the menu highlighted the cuisine of America’s Deep South. The prices are remarkably low since the school’s aim is to train, not make a…

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