The Richardson Olmstead Complex, a Buffalo architectural staple is being transformed from a building that used to help the mentally ill, to a hotel and conference center playing a key role in the revitalization of Buffalo. For more information on the project head to their website.


The longest running race in the United States is back at it this Thursday celebrating 119 years. The YMCA Turkey Trot is sold out {no surprise there!}, but you can still head downtown and cheer on race participants Thursday morning.


Well we all know that the Holidays are right around the corner and what better way to support your local businesses, than by shopping local on Small Business Saturday. Head out to the Elmwood Village, Hertel Ave., Orchard Park, South Buffalo or Main St in Williamsville or East Aurora.


The World’s Largest Disco is back this Saturday at the Convention Center and the event is sold out again! While I’ve never been to this event, I hear great things from family and friends that have attended.

Buffalo has a lot of big events this week. If you’re attending any of them have a great time!




Emerson School of Hospitality


A couple weeks ago I had the chance to attend a school tour and presentation at Emerson School of Hospitality {the school is located on Chippewa St. in Buffalo}. I’ve walked past the building multiple times, but never really gave much thought to it, but after this tour, this school is pretty amazing!

With a multiple level building this school is an academic, fitness and culinary center. Emerson sure does impress. Not only do students go through all of their general studies, they have a chance to take classes in the culinary arts. Learning how to cook, bake and prep all kinds of foods.

Emerson offers a café style area called Emerson commons and that is open on school days from 7:30-10am {breakfast} and 11:15-1:30pm {lunch}, making it a great spot for people who work downtown. Emerson also offers banquets and catering and makes wedding cakes, along with a variety of other fine desserts.

For someone {like me} who just thought the school, was like any old ordinary school, its not. Its pretty awesome and its pretty cool that kids have that type of opportunity in this area.

For more info on Emerson click here.



{One of the multiple kitchens that you can see as you walk by on Chippewa St.}


{Emerson Commons, open to the public on school days}


{Car view}


Friday Favorites!

What a week Western New York has been through. While we still have a lot of snow to remove and some time before we can get back to any sort of “norm,” Western New York residents have shown that they are strong and they can get through anything…together! Make the most of the situation you are in and remember to stay positive.

Have a safe weekend!



{Need to stock back up on my wine supply}


{Only two weeks away from Deck the Halls Runway. Go to DTHrunway.com for more info}



{Even though I’m ready for Snowvember to be over with, I loved seeing us get some National attention the last few days}


{Jim Kelly on ESPN}

Snowvember – Buffalo for Real!

With all the snow that has fallen over Western New York in the past 24 hours, I thought I would post some of my favorite pictures from people {including myself} that posted on social media what’s going on in their neck of the woods. The weather has been the talk of the town, making National headlines and while some up North have only seen a couple inches, this storm has cost the lives of a handful of people.

It’s important for everyone to remember to stay inside and let the emergency personnel and first responders do their jobs. In times like these I’m even more happy and proud to say I live in Buffalo – “A city of good neighbors,” always coming through and helping each other in times of need and showing each other some #Buffalove. Stay safe and warm!



{Tuesday Nov. 18 – Picture taken via news station showing the Lake Effect Snow band between Downtown and the Southtowns}


{Tuesday evening – photo taken by news station showing the NYS Thruway}


{My friend Tara enjoying a glass of wine outside her home Tuesday evening}


{Airplane view}


{Outside my house on Wednesday morning}


{The sun shining and the snow taking a break Wednesday late morning}


{Photo via Buffalo Bills – Snow on the field and in the stands at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Wednesday}



From Robot Bubble Bot, to frozen bubbles, big Bubbles and small ones, Bubblefest at the Buffalo Science Museum was awesome! Over 4,000 people came to the event this past Saturday. Kids young and old, adults and even some teenagers attended the fun event. Not only learning the science behind bubble making, but guests also danced, popped and stood in them. Face painting, food trucks and picture stations were on hand as well.

If you have children and haven’t been to the event try and make it next year, you can spend a whole afternoon at the science museum. Make sure to follow them on Facebook for future info on the 2015 event {tentatively scheduled for September 2015}!



{Bubblemania Show}


{Frozen Bubble Station}


{People and Places Who Move Buffalo} Dog E Style Restaurant


I’m excited to share my experience with you on the new hot dog restaurant that opened in Downtown Buffalo last month, Dog E Style.  Offering one of a kind hot dogs, Dog E Style, not only offers great food, but has a fully stocked bar and is located in a unique space downtown. Read more of my interview with Thomas Cowen below and see why they are moving Buffalo forward.

How did the concept of Dog E Style begin? 
Rocco Termini came up with the idea and is working on “building a neighborhood” in the heart of the City of Buffalo.

Where did the idea and name come from? 
The idea came to us because everyone loves hot dogs! We also added a nice craft beer selection and a restaurant that can offer a full bar with liquor and wine. The name was meant to stick, so people would remember us. Once you stop in to see us you will realize the time and effort we put in to create “not your typical hot dog restaurant.”

How did you decide on the space for the restaurant?
We kicked around the idea of using old shipping containers so we contacted the manufacturer that makes the containers, bought the materials and put them together on sight, along with steal beams to make it weather and climate proof.

What would you say makes you stand out from your competition, other hot dog/fast food places?
We are not your average hot dog stand. We are a Hot Dog restaurant that serves not your everyday hot dog, we serve all different kinds. Special made wieners, sausage, cheeseburgers & a few vegetarian options.
A few items we serve are:
BANH MI DOG     – Chinese sausage, Saigon style, house made  Jalapenos & Saigon veggies
GREEK DOG        – Lamb dog, tzatziki, olives, pepperoncini, feta
CHICAGO DOG   – True Chicago style Dog – poppy seed bun, neon relish, sport peppers, tomatoes, mustard, onion, celery salt & pickle
House made Cheeseburger
House Made Fries
Portabella Sandwich with a fried egg
NO DOG – slow roasted caramelized carrot, spicy mayo, vegetarian chili

What would you like customers to get out of their experience when visiting Dog E Style? 
Different. Affordable. Casual. Relaxed 

Why did you choose downtown Buffalo and not a suburb? 
Downtown Buffalo is on the Up & Up. If you haven’t been downtown in a while you are missing out on a city that is coming back to life. We want to show people that it is ok to start investing in this city again. There are so many things happening all over, whether its the Waterfront, revitalizing the Chippewa/ Entertainment District or the Medical Corridor, you see cranes and hardhats everywhere. Delaware North, IBM, Roswell, Terry Pegula, they are all showing that now is the time to get in the city!  

What about Buffalo do you love the most? 
The People!

Is there any other information or specials you feature that you’d like the general public to know about? 
We are always running special dogs! Our website will be up and running soon, but in the meantime stay up to date with us on are social media pages.

Does Dog E Style feature catering or will they in the near future?
Yes, we offer drop-off catering for your office for lunch, dinner or even if you want to pick it up for any special event you can.
128 Genesee St
Buffalo, NY 14203
Me and the guys from work thought the food was awesome, the space was great and it is on our list of places to visit again and again {especially for lunch}. Thank you Tessa and Tom for helping me share more information on Dog E Style. And a special thank you to Mr. Termini for continuing to move Buffalo forward.
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{ The lunch crowd that began to form once we placed our order }
{ Offering a fully stocked bar – craft beer, wine and liquor }
{ I love the chalk board menu }
{ Italian sausage with onions and peppers and French fries }


Left Bank

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A few weeks ago I finally went to the well-known Left Bank with my friend Nicole. I’ve heard great things about the restaurant and wanted to check it out! Located at 511 Rhode Island St. in Buffalo, the wine was, of course, great and the food was delicious! I got the panko crusted chicken and it was so delish!

The décor was rustic, with exposed brick walls and dim lighting. The bar area was big enough and separated from the eating area, so if you wanted to go for cocktails you totally could. It is a little on the pricy side, but if you have a special event or occasion and you’re looking for a nice dinner out, this is a nice place to go. If you’re a brunch type person, I heard they have an amazing brunch that you may want to try. Make sure to call ahead of time to make reservations. Check out some of my pictures below. Have a great Monday!


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{ I loved the Sunflower on the table }

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{ Bread and Oil were served and we ordered the fried calamari for an appetizer }

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{ The bar }

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