Friday Favorites!

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I’m looking forward to the Easter weekend and getting to spend the next few days in my old neighborhood celebrating the holiday and just having a little fun! Have a wonderful holiday!

-B

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{ My friend Jen sent this to me and I absolutely love this shirt! I wish they had it in my size. #QueenB }

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{ Some times I enjoy rainy days, just so I can catch up on things indoors. I love the tips from Birchbox }

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{ Downtown Buffalo on a weekday afternoon }

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{ Tickets are on sale now to one of my favorite summer events Wines in the Wild at the Buffalo Zoo. The event sells out every year. If you need tickets I’m your gal }

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{ First ice cream since the warm weather hit WNY }

East Side Tradition

 

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A tradition my family and I have had for many years is going to the Broadway Market and picking up all of our essential Easter needs { eggs, polish sausage, pierogi, butter lamb, platzek, pussy willows, etc. }. As I’ve gotten older I have appreciated the family time more. There’s something about visiting the neighborhood you grew up in and thinking about all the memories you had when you were younger that makes this time of year more special to me. While most people only visit the market during this time of year, it is open ALL year round. If you’ve never been there before there’s still time to make a visit, be prepared to wait in lines and be patient.

-B

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{ The essential Easter needs, pastries and beads }

 

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{ A staple in the Broadway Market }

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{ A great place to go for all of your Polish souvenir/Dyngus Day needs }

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{ Potts Deli – first time eating there and it was great! } 

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{ BBQ Hamburger and Potato Pierogi at Potts }

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#BuffaloLinks

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1. Barre Centric is hosting a Barre class at one of my favorite locations in Orchard Park, Research and Design on April 23 from 7-9pm. RSVP for your spot.

2. One of my favorite blogs to read is from EmJay Fit. A local Western New York trainer who teaches you how to be the healthiest you can be. Check it out!

3. Polish festivities are taking shape this week. With events being held at the Broadway Market and Dyngus Day events happening next Monday. I can’t wait to check out what St. Stanislaus has in store. Make sure you get your squirt guns and pussy willows!

4. I started following Her Story Boutique on Instagram and need to make it on my list of places to stop into next time I’m on Elmwood. I love the pictures they post. From the looks of it, it looks like its my style.

5. I can’t wait for the warm summer months when I go back to Lewiston and can stop by the Brickyard for a pulled pork sandwich and a nice cold beer on their patio.

-B

Sweet Treats

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Have you seen the commercial running on television showing the Mom making rice krispy treats with her kids, but in the shape of eggs. Well whether you have or haven’t, in the Easter spirit my niece and I made them over the weekend.

In my first ever attempt to make rice krispy treats I picked up all the necessary ingredients: Marshmallows, Rice Krispy cereal and M&M’s.

rice 2riceMost of you probably know how to make rice krispy treats, but in any case, first take 3 tablespoons of margarine or butter and melt in a microwavable bowl. Then take the marshmallows and in the same microwavable bowl with melted margarine or butter cook on high for 1 minute or until they are melted. Once melted add three cups of rice krispy’s and mix together. My niece added in the M&M’s while I was stirring all the ingredients together. You can then spread the rice krispy treats onto a cooking pan and serve or for the Easter holiday shape into eggs and put M&M’s inside for an “extra” sweet treat. Enjoy!

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-B

 

Friday Favorites!

I’m not going to lie when I say I’ve been a “little” moody the last few days. I think when there is a lot going on you sometimes can get overwhelmed and forget to take a deep breath. I’m hoping the nicer weather will help lift my spirits. Have a good weekend!

-B

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{ I love flowers, even when they aren’t for me. This is a beautiful arrangement my Mom received from our neighbors }

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{ I love this box, call me weird but sometimes you just need to make a statement to get recognized }

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{ My dad, cousin Jolleen and I helping out at my cousins benefit last weekend. I love my family }

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{ I had to snap this photo of the sunset while I was out for my run this week. So pretty }

#BuffaloLinks

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I don’t spend a lot of time in Niagara County, not because I don’t want to, but just because I really don’t have a reason to go North unless I’m visiting some of my family. This past weekend I was out that way and got to thinking that with summer coming I have to make a list of places to check out in that area.

Some places being the Lockport Locks and Erie Canal cruises. I think when you know the history that sits in your own back yard you appreciate the place you call home.

Niagara on the Lake is another place I would like to explore. Maybe spend a relaxing weekend or day visiting the vineyards on the lake. Its just a short drive over the border.

The Niagara Aerospace Museum. This looks like a neat place to go and learn about aviation and see some aircraft displays.

Newfane NY, While you would think there is nothing to do in that area, heading to a “smaller” small town and walking up and down the streets checking out the shops and restaurants. Sometimes its nice to get away and leave the “bigger” city behind and get back to basics.

 

Bacchus!

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The second stop I made for restaurant week was at Bacchus. Located on the corner of Franklin and Chippewa, I’ve always heard friends say how much they enjoyed this place, but I had never been there to eat before. The bar is “roomy” and has enough space to make you feel comfortable as you wait for your table and the live band that performs on the first Friday of each month was something my friends and I didn’t expect. The valet service is also a plus for when you don’t want to try and find parking downtown or pay to park in the ramp.

The food was delicious, everything from the calamari to the ahi tuna and baked apple pie was amazing. The service again though was a little slow. It wasn’t as bad as it was at Boss, but tables that came in after us were served before us and we had to flag down our waiter a couple of times.

I however would definitely go back as its a nice, fancier place to go before going to see a show at Shea’s or other special events  downtown. They also have a private banquet area for bigger and/or private parties.

Have you been? What do you think? What are some of the restaurants you went to for local restaurant week? Any “must go-to spots?” Let me know!

-B

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{ Ahi Tuna }

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{ I loved the wine corks in vases that decorated the walls }

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{ Live band that performed during dinner }

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{ Wine anyone? }

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{ I love the bar area, the bartender wasn’t that bad to look at either ;) }

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{ Hostess area }

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