Category: Buffalo Locals

The Roaming Table

Last week a few friends and myself took a culinary tour of Lewiston with The Roaming Table. Led by Chris and Alicia, the tour was full of food and beer tastings and history of Lewiston. What I liked even more were some of the fun facts that Alicia threw in because she grew up in the area.

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{The tour group!}

We made six stops on the tour, starting at the Silo and trying the ever so popular “Haystack.” From there we went to Water St. Landing and enjoyed some smoked gouda mac n’ cheese and the Bavarian burger. We “washed” that down with a sample of the 42 North pilsner. After Water St. Landing we walked up Main St. all while learning about the history of Lewiston.

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{First stop The Silo}

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{D’Avolio’s}

While on Main St. we also stopped at D’Avolio Olive Oils, Vinegars & More, Orange Cat Coffee Company {one of my favorite spots on the tour}, The Brickyard Pub & BBQ and The Village Bake Shoppe. In between a couple stops we veered off Main St and walked through neighborhoods to see Lewiston outside of the main strip.

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{History was a part of the tour}

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Throughout the tour Chris and Alicia asked us what festivals we like to go to, told us about themselves and answered any questions we had. When I asked them what their favorite part of the business was they each had a different response. Alicia mentioned its a unique experience and its something new, it challenges yourself. Chris responded saying he loves meeting new people, he always wanted to open his own restaurant and this is the next best thing. Both work full time jobs outside of hosting tours thru the Roaming Table and I give them lots of props for doing both, they are great hosts!

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I had never been on a culinary tour before so I didn’t know what to expect, but after the tour I will say I would definitely go back and do it again. The amount of food and drink your receive along with the history and learning of all the things taking place in town is highly worth it. For a list of tour times and availability go here. A big thank you goes out to Alicia and Chris for inviting me out to spend a fun afternoon with them!

Cheers!

-B

{Photos – Just a Blonde in Buffalo}

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{One of my favorite spots on the tour!  Orange Cat Coffee Co.}

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{Alicia and Chris took us through the neighborhood}

Friday Finds!

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{Last week at Providence Social I found these shopping carts used as a garden, I love the creativity on their patio!}

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{Shooting some boats races for an upcoming boat and car show at the Outer Harbor, this picture gives a beautiful shot of Downtown Buffalo in the background.}

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{Last week was my first time shopping inside Half & Half Boutique and I must say I love the store! The mix of clothing and home décor is perfect!}

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{Co-worker love at a wedding last week at Flying Bison Brewery. Happy Canada Day, Kayla!}

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{The Roaming Table offers an AWESOME food tour of Lewiston, one of the stops was at Orange Cat Coffee and I found this guy inside. Orange Cat is probably my new favorite coffee shop in town, I only wish it was a little closer. See my write up on The Roaming Table in the next couple of days!}

“Where Friends Come Together..”

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{hard hat ready!}

Last week I was able to take a tour of the Curtiss Hotel which sits on the corner of Franklin and Huron in Downtown Buffalo. Built in 1912 the hotel is being renovated and should be open in September. Taking this tour was pretty cool, the operators of this property {Mark Croce and his team} are offering free valet parking, smart cars for guests to use while they are in town {for free!}, a rooftop bar {OMG, the views are amazing!}, indoor and outdoor hot springs, coffee service, a 24 hour fitness center {for anyone to use or have a membership to} and a revolving bar and Chez Ami restaurant. Pricing will range from $190-$400 depending on room choice.

Being in a construction zone and seeing the work in progress was pretty cool. I liked it even more, when Conner said it is a place where anyone can go, you don’t just have to be a hotel guest to be able to dine at the restaurant or grab a drink at one of the bars. Below are some pictures from the tour. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product in the Fall!

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{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

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{view of the Curtiss Hotel from the outside}

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{main entrance off of Franklin}

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{inside of the reception area}

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{views from the revolving bar}

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{K. Sweet}

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{views from up on what will be the rooftop bar}

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{these windows are amazing}

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{6th floor views}

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{basement views – Danger}

Friday Finds!

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Celebrating the first full day of Summer with Make Music Day at Wilkeson Pointe!

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A good crowd came out for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Annual Report meeting at Larkinville on Wednesday morning. Larkinville is one of the prettiest places to be in the summer

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A behind the scenes tour of the Curtis Hotel was quite fun! The beautiful walls from the original building are stunning. This place is going to be a pretty cool place to go in the Fall

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Rooftop views in downtown Buffalo got me smiling from ear to ear

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I love this!

Fun at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor – Architects of Air

IMG_8912Its Memorial Day weekend and with everyone thinking of their plans – BBQ’s, yard work, etc. one fun thing to do is spend a few hours or the whole day at the Outer Harbor. It’ opening weekend and there is much to do! Grab a bite to eat and drink at the Consumer Beverages “The Pointe” beer garden, rent kayaks from the Longboard Paddle Co. Water rentals aren’t your thing? grab a bike from are bike rental stand and hit up the beautiful trails along the water.

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Or stop by the Architects of Air – a luminarium that uses sunlight to create beautiful colors inside an inflatable exhibit. This traveling art piece has come from Nottingham, England and travels the world. It will be at Wilkeson Pointe thru Monday so if you have a morning, afternoon or evening free come check out all the new and exciting things taking place at the Outer Harbor!

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See a couple of my photos inside the luminarium below:

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Enjoying the New, Old First Ward Tavern

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It was 1934 when Adolf’s Old First Ward Tavern opened. Since then a lot of changes have taken place specifically over the last 2 years. Mike Burns and his team have renovated the bar and the new patio is open with live music on Saturday nights. Now they are working on a food menu option so customers can enjoy some high quality basic food {like a Guinness Sandwich} when they are at the bar. Born in South Buffalo, Mike is working with local groups in the neighborhood so everyone can work together.

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The Old First Ward Tavern offers 45 different bottles of beer and they have expanded their liquor selection based on customer demand. Mike loves the small business and running a business the best that he can – at the end of the day he just likes when people have a good time and wants his customers to have fun.

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Having never been to the Old First Ward Tavern, in my opinion Mike has done something great. The live music that was going on when I was there was great. The bar is beautiful and spotless and the beer is ice cold! Make sure to put them on your list of places to go for a drink for Memorial Day weekend or this summer.

-B

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

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A little taste of the South

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Last week my friend Nicole and I were finally able to get together for what we try to be a monthly wine/let’s catch up night. After a long hiatus, we met up at Toutant, a southern restaurant with grass roots cuisine right on Ellicott St. What I thought was a small place, surprised me with their upstairs seating with a balcony that overlooks the downstairs entrance and bar.

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Our waitress was great, offering her favorite dishes, filling our wine glass when she passed by and explaining some items we didn’t know about. If you haven’t been or if you’re looking for some really good southern food definitely check Toutant out.

What we ate and I recommend: Fried Chicken and the Shrimp & Grits. Appetizer: the Hush Puppies.

-B

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

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{A surprise dessert – delicious!}

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