Author: Christa Glennie

And, as their website states, “Just Buffalo remains steadfastly committed to both.” Curious about this weekend’s upcoming Family Fair and Book Sale, I decided to call Laurie Dean Torrell at Just Buffalo Literary Center to see if I could find out more. The sale started as two tables of books outside the office door about 6 months ago. After a slow month or two, word spread. It wasnit much later that the table expanded, and books were finding new homes left and right. Offering lightly used books, at only $1 per paperback and $3 for those with a hard binding;…

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Kirstie and James Strusienski have owned and operated Fiddleheads for the last four and a half years. The two met as students of the NCCC culinary program in the early 90is. After graduating, they both went on to finish their training. Kirstie studied at CIA and James went to the Hospitality Administration Program at Buff State. With their degrees, they could have opened a restaurant anywhere, but they chose to buy Allentownis Fiddleheads from its original owners. During the day James works for Erie County as the Nutrition Coordinator for the countyis senior dining program. At night, he can be…

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For the 47th year in a row, Locust Street Neighborhood Art is about to begin its courses. Class fees are donation-based, and the program requires no pre-registration. Students need only to appear on the first day of class, armed with their name, address and phone number. In 1959, Molly Bethel’s kitchen played host to what the neighborhood children called i”painting parties”. Eventually, the popularity of these events required Ms. Bethel to move her parties to a local parish hall. Soon demand grew to the point where an assistant was hired, and the program began to include clay sculpture. By the…

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When translated, La Dolce Vita means ithe sweet lifei. Our local version of La Dolce Vita carries plenty of sweet and savory treats. Upon entering the Hertel Avenue eatery, you will find a tempting display of homemade gelato, cakes from Sweet Tooth and delicate Italian cookies from Mamma Maria’s. Mamma Mariais cookies are baked in a Colvin Avenue home by the previous owneris mother. iWhy change a good thing?i says Ross Runfola, owner. iIf I run low on cookies, I make a call and then theyire here, fresh and delicious, within a day or two. People love these cookies.i

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I first became aware of Fruit Fresh Up while at the Summer Wellness Block Party. Although there were many worthwhile vendors, Fruit Fresh Up had, by far, the most eye-catching table. A custom carved watermelon and an abundance of bite-sized fruit made for a colorful display. What is Fruit Fresh Up? I had no idea. I wanted to ask, but there were so many people in front of the table, I barely managed to take this picture. A few weeks later, I got in touch with Colleen Darby, the Marketing Director for the company. Fruit Fresh Up, located on Scoville…

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Where do you take a University at Buffalo (UB) student from China during her first week in town? To the Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival of course! I was recently offered the unique experience of hosting Shoxuan Feng from Beijing, China, in my home until December. The 22 year old college student has been studying in France for four years and decided to do an exchange between her French university and the University at Buffalo. On Sunday, I decided to show our new international guest the B-lo in all its glory. Our first stop was to a cool studio on Main…

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A couple days ago, Roswellis Kaminski Park was host to the 1st Annual Wellness Block Party. Presented by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, this event was fun and informative. The park itself was utterly stunning, and the marvelous weather made it a very enjoyable way to spend the lunch hour. Tables festooned the park walkway, where vendors presented a wide variety of services and products designed to improve your well-being. Participants included Melaleucais Wellness Products, the Western Division Federal Credit Union, Tops Cooking School, and the Erie County Department of Senior Services, to name a few.

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Flying Bison, located at 491 Ontario Street, has become an integral part of Buffalois drinking culture. Open since April of 2000, they have since been spoiling us with high quality, preservative and additive-free beer produced by their twenty-barrel brewery. Recently I visited with Tim Herzog, one of the founders and owners of Flying Bison. He was kind enough to furnish me with a few interesting recipes that utilize the unique flavors of Flying Bison’s lovely beers.

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Mussels are an offering from the sea that is often overlooked. They are vastly popular in Europe, but as Americans, we tend to prefer clams and oysters. They are rich in protein, and contain essential minerals, vitamins B12 and C, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Simple to prepare and quite inexpensive (less than $3.00 per lb.), they can be steamed, fried, baked or smoked. They often share the pot with other shellfish in dishes like Bouillabaisse and Paella. I recently spent some time with Jim Guarino, chef and owner of Shango on Main Street. Jim is a fascinating man filled with…

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